Kitakyushu Convention and Visitors Association


The Kitakyushu Convention and Visitors Association is dedicated to foster industrial development and promote trade in Western Japan by presenting industrial products, for example, from overseas and Japan. Moreover, by inviting and supporting conventions in Kitakyushu City, the association aims at invigorating the region’s economy and promoting its culture to contribute to Japan’s sound economic development.

At every exhibition fair, trade show and international meeting, let alone conferences and sports event, our highly experienced and hospitable staff offers to support organizers in making successful conventions.

Corporate name Kitakyushu Convention and Visitors Association

3-8-1 Asano, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka 802-0001

*Kitakyushu International Conference Center
3-9-30 Asano, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka 802-0001

Business description
  • Organises, invites and supports trade shows, exhibitions of domestic and foreign industrial products.
  • Invites and supports all kinds of conferences, events and sports events.
  • Administrates and manages the West Japan General Exhibition Center (Main Building and Annex) as well as the Kitakyushu International Conference Center.

*We hold various enterprises such as the very distinctive Japan Woman Haiku Contest, the Hi-vision Shogi Tournament, including various industry exhibitions like the West Japan Machine, Tool and Industry System Fair and the Eco-Technology Exhibition (Environment Industry Exhibition).


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Major enterprises hosted by the association

The Kitakyushu Convention and Visitors Association independently plans trade shows and exhibition meetings for all kinds of industries. As a host, we also manages them with the aim to promote various industries and help develop the region.Moreover, by hosting a wide variety of sports and cultural events or networking events of various nature, the association actively promotes culture and invigorates exchanges in West Japan.

West Japan Import Fair

It is a sales fair where attractive imported goods from dozens of countries around the world are exhibited. Products include food, beverages, furniture, furnishing goods, clothes, jewelry, toys and folk crafts.It is a sales fair where attractive imported goods from dozens of countries around the world are exhibited. Products include food, beverages, furniture, furnishing goods, clothes, jewelry, toys and folk crafts.

West Japan Machine Tool & Industry System Fair

This is the largest commodity fair specialized in mechatronics and machines in West Japan. Industrial equipment such as production equipment, machine tools and parts, manufactured goods and technologies are displayed with live demonstrations. *Held yearly since 1961.

Fukuoka Nanotech Now (Held in conjunction with the West Japan Machine Tool & Industry System Fair)

Specialized nano-tech products and technology trade show which offers opportunities to start new ventures. The show both displays nano-tech products from member companies and organizations of the Fukuoka Nanotech Promotion Conference and shows the current state of research development.

West Japan China Ware Festa

General fair regrouping tens of thousands of ceramics mainly from West Japan but also from most production centers throughout he country. Chinaware for all tastes – ranging from artistically tasteful gems to user-friendly dishes for everyday use – can be directly purchased at the source. All kinds of events and planning exhibitions are held.

Eco-Technology Exhibition

This general exhibition on environmental technologies provides information and introduces, on a large scale, the latest environmental technologies, environmental products. Only a city like Kitakyushu – which is aiming to become the nation’s environmental capital – could plan such a show which presents technologies, facilities, eco-products or environmental citizen movements related to pollution control, waste disposal, recycling and energy.

West Japan International Welfare Equipment & Devices Fair

This is the largest welfare equipment and devices fair in the region which gathers equipment ranging from user-friendly cars, pets, wheelchairs to daily utensils. As a locally rooted welfare general exhibition it provides information while working along the lines of national, provincial and municipal policies.

National Woman Haiku Contest

The first ladies-only haiku contest to be held in the country since 2001.

Kitakyushu Hi-vision Shogi Festival

Organized ever since 1991. The festival was open to promote the Japanese cultural tradition of Shogi while making use of Kitakyushu International Conference Hall’s hi-vision facilities.

The event offers various activities such as shogi games (where anyone can play under the guidance of professional shogi players from the Japan Shogi Association), talk shows with famous shogi players, hi-vision commemorative games or large demonstration boards.



There are discounts for all the facilities listed below.

A “convention rate” applies if the number of people staying surpasses 30 people. A price reduction of 10~45% can be obtained from the normal rate. (As of October 2009, there are 17 facilities at the city center)
For more information, please contact us.

Hotel Name Address Detail
STATION HOTEL KOKURA 1-1-1,asano,Kokurakita-ku,Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka +81-93-521-5031
RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL KOKURA 2-14-2,asano,Kokurakita-ku,Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka +81-93-531-1121
ASANO HOTEL 2-9-6,asano,Kokurakita-ku,Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka +81-93-521-3366
Comfort Hotel Kokura 2-6-21,asano,Kokurakita-ku,Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka +81-93-512-8311
JR KYUSHU HOTEL KOKURA 1-3-6,asano,Kokurakita-ku,Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka +81-93-522-8800
NISHITETSU INN KOKURA 1-4-11,komemachi,Kokurakita-ku,Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka +81-93-511-5454
HOTEL HARMONIE CINQ 12-3,ohtemachi,Kokurakita-ku,Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka +81-93-592-5401
HOTEL CROWN PALAIS KOKURA 1-2-1,bashaku,Kokurakita-ku,Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka +81-93-511-4111
HOTEL NEW TAGAWA 3-46,furusenbamamachi,Kokurakita-ku,Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka +81-93-521-7000


9-11,minatomachi,moji-ku,Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka +81-93-321-1111


Attractive features of the convention

Conferences & conventions in Kitakyushu City!

Kitakyushu, the gateway to Asia, is separated from Honshu by the Kanmon Straits. From ancient times, the city was blessed with both a rich natural environment and culture and has developed as a key junction for trade. In present days, the tradition is passed on as access to the convention is of utmost importance.
Thanks to the opening of the 24-hour operating Kitakyushu Airport, access has become especially convenient with early and late flight routes to the Tokyo metropolitan area.
Direct access from JR Kokura station’s North Exit – a 5-minute walk – and the concentration of all its facilities make the International Convention the perfect location for large-scale conventions. The biggest attraction lies in the fact that hosting fees are very reasonable compared to those the Tokyo metropolitan area or the main domestic cities. We will support in various ways the convention by finding support for the organization of your meetings, conferences, events, haiku contests, trade fairs and exhibitions, by undertaking various planning and dispatching volunteers.

The International Convention Zone

In Kitakyushu, the North exit area of JR Kokura station, the Kitakyushu International Conference Center, the West Japan General Exhibition Center, hotels, commercial facilities are all concentrated in the “The International Convention Zone” which represents the perfect location for a large-scale convention.
JR Kokura station is located just 30 minutes away from Kitakyushu Airport and with the Shinkansen, JR trains and the municipal monorail, access is extremely convenient. The station is also linked to every convention facilities by a pedestrian deck which allows for easy access.


Support for the organization of academic conferences and special meetings

For conventions or meetings exceeding the capacity for Kyushu, a subsidy of up to 10,000,000 yen can be made available.
*The amount of the subsidy is to remain within 30% of the organiser’s expenses.

Convention Rate
For accomodation of more than 30 participants, a 10-45% discount off the basic accomodation fee applies. (There are 17 facilities as of October 2009)

Accomodation fee when visiting the premises
Accomodation is paid for by the association. A tour of every convention facility can also be arranged upon request.


  • Introduces conference halls, exhibition halls and hotels and prepares cost estimates
  • Introduces agents/suppliers related to the convention
  • Liaises with government organisations
  • Plans post convention activities
  • Introduces the charms of local arts
  • Organises volunteers at the convention
  • Provides congress bags, tourist pamphlets, and access maps
  • Provides welcome coupons, souvenirs (only for foreign visitors)
  • Provides coupons for visiting the city sights (discount coupons for cultural facilities in the city)

*All things provided are free of charge


Main Convention Facilities at the center of Kitakyushu City


Information on industrial tourism

Here you’ll find information on industrial tourism under the form of excursions organized in conjunction with all kinds of events and academic meeting.
Kitakyushu city is the birthplace of Japan’s steel manufacturing. Since the opening of the government-operated Yahata Steel Plant in 1901, it has played an important role in the modernization of Japan.
The essence and structure of the current industry is changing. Internal reforms from a once “basic material industry” towards a “high-value added processing industry” are being implemented and accumulated technologies are about to merge with the latest technologies.
Thanks to the co-operation of Kyushu’s representative enterprises, there is an industrial tourist system in place where it is possible to see for oneself what the actual state of the industry is. Spend an enjoyable time familiarizing yourself with the industry.


To exhibitors (organizers)

The West Japan General Exhibition Center
The West Japan General Exhibition Center Annex boasts 8,000 square meters (86,100 sq. ft.) of open floor space, the Main Building 7,000 square meters (75,340 sq. ft.), and AIM 3F and the medium hall 1,400 square meters (15,060 sq. ft.) to meet the needs of the exhibitors. The facilities allow to hold flexible full-scale trade shows and exhibitions to attract visitors.
The annex is suitable for varied special events of large scale. It can be arranged in ways that could not be realized before. High-quality conventions can therefore freely be organized.Another attractive feature is the possibility for the annex and the medium hall to be converted to three sizes (large, medium-size, small) to one’s goals with high-tech specifications.Moreover, with its history and past accomplishments the main building occupies an indisputable position as pioneer among all facilities.The slogan at every facility is to “develop new businesses and networks ”

West Japan General Exhibition Center Main Building

7000 square meters of open floor space (without protruding pillars).
Partitioning possible (self-supported).
Effective ceiling height 10 meters. Floor load 5t/m2 (concentrated load).
Apart from exhibitions, it can also be used for many purposes such as events and shows, or parties.

West Japan General Exhibition Center Annex

8000 square meters of open floor space (without protruding pillars).
Three separate spaces can be made using operable partitions.
Effective ceiling height 13 meters. Floor load 5t/m2 (concentrated load)
Equipped with all kinds of utilities and facilities such as a suspended battens and dimmers.


Asia Pacific Import Mart Medium Exhibition Hall

1377 square meters of floor space with protruding pillars.
Can be partitioned into 4 separate spaces using operable partitions. (Ceiling/pillars height 4.19m).
Ideal for small or medium-sized exhibitions.
The conference room can be partitioned into 2-5 separate spaces using operable partitions. (Ceiling height 3.69m).


Kitakyushu International Conference Center

The main hall (capacity: 585 people) is equipped with three 200-inch hi-vision projectors.
Simultaneous Translation Services (up to 4 languages) (Main hall, International Conference Hall)
Can also be converted into a large hall if combined with the event hall and the 6 small & medium conference rooms.