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The 1st Japan Tourism Showcase in Osaka, Kansai: Event Report

156 exhibitors from Hokkaido to Okinawa!

95.7% of visitors expressed an increased desire to travel, showing a promising sign for tourism in Japan

When: Friday, March 25- Sunday, March 27, 2022

Where: INTEX Osaka


Friday, March 25- Sunday, March 27, 2022 saw the successful first holding of the Japan Tourism Showcase in Osaka, Kansai. In addition to officials from destinations across Japan, travel service providers representing the latest travel styles and trends gathered at INTEX Osaka in order to showcase their offerings and give new inspiration to travelers, with a total of 156 organizations exhibiting. The travel styles on display included not just traditional tourism packages but also workation offerings, educational travel, micro-tourism ideas, travel tech, and many other tourism-related services. Over the course of the event’s three days, a total of 4,775 people visited the Japan Tourism Showcase, and 585 business talks were scheduled between service providers and their new potential partners, bringing about renewed interest, attention, and appeal within the travel industry.

The upcoming Golden Week holidays, summer vacation, and the autumn period are peak travel seasons in Japan, meaning that this exhibition was held at the perfect moment to reignite consumer demand for travel as well as to foster new connections for industry professionals. The Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau as well had their own station within the event’s Kansai booth, and also hosted seminars to foster discussion on key travel topics.


An exhibition to reignite demand for the travel industry

Although the tourism industry has taken a serious blow amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the outlook promises to be bright with Japan’s successful vaccine rollout and popular tourism stimulus programs from local governments across the country encouraging people to travel again. Although international travel to and from Japan remains difficult, travel demand within Japan is expected to rapidly recover. Additionally, travel styles and needs have greatly shifted in response to the pandemic, with traveler demand expecting more diverse and enhanced as well as brand new service offerings from across different industries.


With the 2025 World Expo opening in Osaka, Kansai in only three years, the region will continue to develop as Japan’s new gateway for travelers around the world. Osaka will become a showcase for the wonders of travel in Japan and will serve as a hub for encouraging travelers to see all that Japan has to offer. With this in mind, the Japan Tourism Showcase in Osaka, Kansai was created as a joint initiative from government, economic, and travel-industry circles across Osaka and the Kansai region to become a catalyst for recovery in the tourism industry.

Opening Ceremony

Tourism Expo Japan, the largest annual event in the Japanese travel industry, was originally scheduled to be held at INTEX Osaka in November 2021 but was ultimately postponed. To meet the calls from the industry for such an event now that Japan’s pandemic situation has improved, the Japan Tourism Showcase was created as a spiritual companion to Tourism Expo Japan and to serve as an instigator for the recovery of travel demand. The Japan Tourism Showcase was attended by many members of the media and attracted the attention of travelers and industry professionals across Japan。


Kazuyuki Ochiai, President of the Japan Tourism Showcase Executive Committee and Executive Officer of Mynavi Corporation, gave the welcome address at the event’s opening ceremony. Speaking on the recent complete lifting of Japan’s domestic restrictions, Ochiai discussed the public’s calls for the revival of Japan’s popular Go To Travel Campaign, which was suspended amid a resurgence in the pandemic in 2021. Ochiai stated that the Japan Tourism Showcase will invigorate Japan as a catalyst for, and a beacon of, recovery in the tourism industry, and expressed desire for the event to be a source of discovery of new destinations and new travel styles.


Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura then gave a special address to the audience with a video recording. Governor Yoshimura emphasized the importance of domestic travel in the recovery of the tourism industry and acknowledged the overwhelming demand for such a revival. Mentioning the upcoming 2025 World Expo in Osaka, Governor Yoshimura expressed his hope for the success of the Japan Tourism Showcase.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, key figures from eight of the event’s supporting organizations came forward to together cut the ceremonial ribbon.


Exhibition booths with excited crowds

Within the venue, destinations from across Japan were on display to allure visitors with exciting travel ideas in their area. Kyoto showcased their special sake and Abashiri, Hokkaido brought drift ice all the way from the northernmost part of Japan for visitors to touch. The dining area even featured food trucks selling specialties from across the country otherwise rare to find outside of their home regions.


Seminars on travel topics

The Japan Tourism Showcase also featured a wide range of seminars and discussions on travel topics covering everything from the key to the vitalization, to the secrets to truly enjoying travel. Staff from the Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau also hosted two seminars to contribute to the discussion.

On the Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau’s initiatives

Hiroshi Mizohata

President, Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau


The tourism industry has faced unprecedented struggles amid the pandemic, but with Japan’s successful vaccine rollout and new medicine being developed the outlook has grown even more promising and the desire to travel has grown. Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau President Hiroshi Mizohata passionately explained the Bureau’s initiatives, including how they are strategically planning 2022 to be the turning point in the recovery of tourism, and how this year will see rapid advancement in the preparation for the upcoming 2025 World Expo in Osaka, Kansai.

LGBTQ Tourism in Osaka

Shintaro Koizumi

Tourism Advisor, Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau /

CEO, Out Japan Co. Ltd.


The Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau strives to make Osaka a diverse and welcoming destination for all visitors including LGBTQ travelers, especially in preparation for the influx of visitors that will come with the 2025 World Expo. Eri Kimura, LGBTQ Tourism Project Manager of the OCTB, opened by giving an overview of the OCTB’s goals and initiatives in LGBTQ Tourism, including strategies to bring the International LGBTQ Travel Association (IGLTA) Global Convention to Osaka in 2024. Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau Tourism Advisor Shintaro Koizumi then continued on to give an overview of why it is important to focus on the LGBTQ community and explained recent progress in LGBTQ tourism both in Japan and around the world.

New business connections made, and a perfectly timed push for new travel demand


The tourism industry as a whole contributes greatly to the regional economy because how it encompasses many different fields. Although the restrictions on international travel have been unavoidable, the pandemic proved to be a damper on the public’s appetite for even domestic travel. With this in mind, the Japan Tourism Showcase aimed to be a catalyst for the recovery of tourism, and with the recent complete lifting of all domestic restriction in Japan, the event can be considered a monumental turning point for the travel industry.

INTEX Osaka became the meeting place for 156 organizations from across Japan who received 4,775 visitors, and also saw a total of 585 business meetings both online and in-person with industry professionals. In addition to the new business opportunities yielded from these meetings, regular travelers were also able to get new travel information and inspiration on locales across Japan. Many visitors expressed how helpful the event was in planning their next travel itinerary. The upcoming Golden Week holidays, summer vacation, and the autumn period are peak travel seasons in Japan, meaning that this event was held at the ideal time to spark travel demand among domestic consumers.

Many people also declared their intent to attend next year’s event, and the Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau will strive to make sure that the event continues to be a valuable contribution to the tourism industry.

The next Japan Tourism Showcase is planned to be held Friday, March 24- Sunday, March 26, 2023, at INTEX Osaka.


Event Outline

Event Name: 第1回 日本観光ショーケース in 大阪・関西
The 1st Japan Tourism Showcase in Osaka, Kansai
Dates: March 25- 27, 2022
Venue: INTEX Osaka
1-5-102 Nankokita, Suminoe-ku, Osaka 559-0034
Entrance: Free Admission
Organizer: Japan Tourism Showcase in Osaka, Kansai Executive Committee (Mynavi Corporation, among others)
Special Collaborator: Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau
Sponsors: Japan Tourism Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Osaka Prefecture, Osaka City, Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kansai Economic Federation, Kansai Association of Corporate Executives, Union of Kansai Governments, Japan Travel and Tourism Association, Japan Association of Travel Agents, All Nippon Travel Agents Association, Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition, Osaka International Business Promotion Center, Osaka Metro Co., Ltd., Kansai Airports, Kintetsu Group Holdings Co., Ltd., Nankai Electric Railway Co., Ltd., East Japan Railway Company, Hankyu Hanshin Holdings, Inc., and the Tourism EXPO Japan 2023 Osaka, Kansai Venue Liaison Committee

For inquiries:

Japan Tourism Showcase Executive Committee Secretariat
7F The ParkRex Shintomicho, 1-9-6 Shintomi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0041
Email: [email protected]
TEL: 050-3066-9150 (Weekdays: 10:00- 17:00)