Nagasaki is essentially a city reborn from the ashes of World War II; today, the city has a population of half a million and is also known for its thriving port. In southern Japan, Nagasaki has a warm climate of mild winters and hot summers. The ambience of some Nagasaki MICE venues may offer the combined influences of Japan, China, and Europe.
Its principal airport is Nagasaki Airport (NGS), which is approximately 25 miles north of the center of Nagasaki and connected by fast train that takes 50 minutes to do the journey and leaves from both ends every 10 minutes. The airport has international service only to Shanghai, China, and Seoul, South Korea, but also to major Japanese cities such as Kyoto, Osaka, and Tokyo.
Nagasaki's main MICE venue is the Nagasaki Brick Hall, which has a main hall able to host up to 2,000 persons, the International Conference Hall for 500 and five meeting rooms, among other facilities.
MICE hotels in Nagasaki include the 216-room ANA Crowne Plaza Nagasaki Gloverhill, which has meeting space for up to 400 persons, reception space for 300 and banquet space for 220; the 181-room Best Western Premier Nagasaki, which has six meeting spaces, including the Premier Hall for 1,000 persons and Amethyst for 180; the 148-room Hotel New Nagasaki, which has eight function areas, including the Ho-oh-kaku that has room to fit 1,100 persons, and Tancho, with room for 240; the 123-room Monterey Nagasaki, in a distinctive, white, corner building and with three function rooms, the largest able to host up to 60 persons and 50 for banquets; and the 36-room Garden Terrace Nagasaki Hotel & Resort, which has four meeting rooms.
Unique places to meet in this re-created city include live music and events center Tin Pan Alley, named for the famous New York City song-writing and music publishing scene of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and which can be rented in its entirety; a visit to the Mount Inasa Observation Area (destination management companies can arrange) high above the city that allows marvelous views of the city, especially at night when it becomes one of the most lit cities on the planet, has an event deck and a restaurant and which is reached by cable car (although until April 2016 it will be replaced by shuttle buses while it undergoes repairs); Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, which has 70,000 lights (each one representing one of the people who died in the bombing), is a somber venue with a library, lounge, conference and meeting rooms and the Remembrance Hall Loft, among other areas; Nagasaki Prefectural Arts Center, which is right along the city's harbor, is an attractive mix of glass and metal above water and has a large collection of Spanish art among its permanent exhibitions, a roof garden, gallery space and a café: and the beautiful golf facilities, course and clubhouse at Nomozaki, a picturesque, undulating area right at the tip of Nagasaki, 16 miles south of the center of Nagasaki and overlooking the ocean.
Restaurants good for groups in Nagasaki include fine-dining, very Japanese Kagetsu, which has a Japanese menu and a history dating to the 17th century (when supposedly it was a brothel); equally ornate, equally authentic Shippoku Hamakatsu, which serves shippoku cuisine, a mix of Japanese, Chinese, and European fare that Nagasaki is famous for and which has three private rooms, one for up to 50 persons; Shikairo, by the harbor and which is one of Nagasaki's most famous restaurants for another local delicacy, champon (fried pork, vegetables and seafood with noodles); and two other ornate, soothing Japanese-cuisine options, Izakaya and Gohan.