Academic Conferences/Conventions

Why you should choose Portopia Hotel

Features of Kobe Portopia Hotel

POINT 1 Extensive Experience

Our wealth of experience means full satisfaction for both organizers and participants.

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POINT 2 Venues that meet your needs

With a variety of unique venues we are able to accommodate proposals for meetings or social gatherings of up to 2,000 guests.

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POINT 3 Portopia Hotel’s Defining Cuisine

We have a special partnership with the 2 star Michelin restaurant “La Mere Brazier” in France. While preserving the traditions of authentic French cuisine, we continue to design our own original menu.

POINT 4 Surrounding Area

The hotel is located on Port Island, which it shares with the K Computer Building as well as some of the most respected medical centers in Kobe city. Due to this cluster of Business Centers, Universities, Academic Institutions, etc. Port Island is more and more becoming known as a place to gain new knowledge.

POINT 5 Access

10 min from Kobe Airport on the Port Liner
20 min from Shin-Kobe Shinkansen Station via the Hotel Shuttle Bus

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Kobe Convention Center

Right near the hotel is a large convention center. Each facility is within 5 min walking distance.
The meeting halls and the exhibition spaces have a dedicated optical line that supports smooth operation between the buildings creating a network that can support large-scale meetings and events.

Kobe International Conference Center

The Conference Center has a Main Hall and 21 meeting rooms. It is connected directly to the hotel via an elevated covered walkway making transferring between the two buildings very convenient.

Kobe International Conference Center Official website

Kobe International Exhibition Hall

Hall No. 1, Hall No. 2, and Hall No. 3 make up the large scale exhibition space. Exhibitions being held here can easily and conveniently be catered by our hotel.

Kobe International Exhibition Hall Official website



Internet Connection Services

Through a VPN connection, we have created an environment in which internet is easily accessible between our 36 different meeting rooms.
By connecting to the Kobe Convention Center (International Conference Center & International Exhibition Hall) through a dedicated optical line we are able to meet the demands of large-scale conferences.

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Restaurants & Catering

With carefully selected ingredients, our chefs prepare dishes that proudly display the variety of Japan’s four seasons.
We can accommodate your needs whether it be catering or a grand banquet. Above all, our kitchens are committed to giving guests the best food we have to offer.

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Universal Design

Portopia Hotel has updated out facilities with a universal design in mind. We wish for all our guests including those using wheelchairs, the elderly, families with infant children, pregnant women, and others to visit our hotel with peace of mind.

Fitness & Spa “Luana”

Available for use to our overnight guests and Portopia Club Members. New visitors can feel at ease thanks to the kind support of our staff.

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Business Service

Our PC booths are equipped with both a computer and printer. Guests are also able to use their personal devices in the booth. Copy machines are also available.

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FamilyMart (Convenience Store)

On the 1st floor of the hotel’s shopping arcade is the FamilyMart convenience store.


Human Support

Hotel staff is available to provide support in planning and preparing for your event.

  • Utilizing 40 years of knowhow we can suggest local attractions and excursions that correspond with your meeting’s theme.
  • Portopia takes pride in representing Japan as a hotel specializing in conventions. Portopia trains specialists in meeting planning and management through an in-house qualification system. Our convention support staff have been active in planning for many academic societies and are ready to support the client every step of the way.
  • We will propose an appropriate menu according to the client’s budget.
    From reasonably priced lunch boxes to extravagant party menus for large social events, our staff has the experience to help the client choose the menu that best fits their vision. The hotel can also accommodate guests with dietary restrictions and allergies such as vegetarians, gluten allergies, Muslim-friendly dishes, and so on.
  • A team of professionals in charge of signage, setting up the venue, audio/visual equipment and so on are happy to work with the client to fulfill their vision.

Financial Support

Subsidies and other financial support is available for international and domestic conferences held in Hyogo Prefecture and Kobe City.
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Major MICE Achievements


Month Association/Meeting Name
Dec. The 108th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Urological Association
Nov. The 28th Japan Digestive Disease Week 2020(JDDW2020)
Oct. IEEE GCCE 2020
Sept. The 23rd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Sept. The 68th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Chemotherapy
Sept. The 22nd Annual Congress of Japanese Society of Pressure Ulcers
Sept. The 49th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Spine Surgery and Related Research
Aug. The 49th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Interventional Radiology


Month Association/Meeting Name No. of guests
Nov. ICoFF2019/ICPH2019/ISNFF Joint International Conference 1,800
Nov. 27th Japan Gastroenterological Society Week(JDDW2019 Kobe) 20,000
Nov. International Litigation Law Association 2019 World Congress 350
Oct. 17th International Association of Prosthetics and Orthotics World Congress(ISPO2019) 5,000
Sept. 133rd Chubu Japan Orthopedic Disaster Surgery Society/Academic Meeting 1.300
Sept. Japan Accounting Research Association 78th Conference 600
July The 32nd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Clinical Orthopedics, Mahoroba Kansai 1,400
June The 11th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Lower Limb Relief and Podiatrics 1,500
June 13th International Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine World Congress 1,500
June 56th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine 4,500
June Annual General Assembly of P.I.A.N.C 300
May 66th Academic Meeting of the Japan Anesthesiology Society 9,000
March 18th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Regenerative Medicine 3,000
March 64th ICANN Conference 2,000


Month Association/Meeting Name No. of guests
Nov. 26th Japan Gastroenterological Society Week(JDDW2018 Kobe) 20,000
Aug. 27th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Cardiovascular Intervention Therapeutics 5,000
July The 41st Japan Neuroscience Congress 3,500
July The 16th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Clinical Oncology 7,000
June 63rd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Dialysis Medicine, General Assembly 18,000
June 114th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Psychiatry Society 6,400
June The 23rd Japan Palliative Medical Association Academic Conference 7,500
June Japanese Society of Ultrasonic medicine 91st Scientific Meeting 4,000
June International Conference on Harmonization of Pharmaceutical Regulations 350
May 91st Japan Orthopedic Association Academic Conference 10,000


Month Association/Meeting Name No. of guests
March 17th East Asia Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) 700


Month Association/Meeting Name No. of guests
Sept. G7 Kobe Health Ministers’ Meeting 200


Step 1
Make an inquiry regarding room availability
Step 2
A temporary reservation is made
Step 3
Visit the hotel to view the intended venues
Step 4
Finalize the decision to make the reservation official
Step 5
6 months prior:
An estimate for the cost of the venues is made
3 months prior:Meetings to discuss specifics begin
1 month prior:
Various arrangements and equipment are ordered
2 weeks prior:Final preparations are confirmed
Opened in 1981 on Port Island, the world’s first maritime cultural city, Portopia Hotel has welcomed a large variety of guests together with the International Conference Center, International Exhibition Hall, and our own multi-purpose facility as Kobe’s convention center.
Thanks to the experience and reputation we have built up over the years both the host and attendees are sure to feel satisfied from the hospitality unique to Portopia Hotel. We continually develop new services to benefit convention planners and hosts with the aim of attracting even more conventions and conferences.
We hope you will choose Kobe for your future convention. A city with a long history of international cultural exchange where you can enjoy the local attractions and the natural beauty of both the mountains and the sea. Portopia Hotel’s dedicated convention support staff and the rest of our team is waiting and ready to help make your convention or conference a success.
Kobe Portopia Hotel
Representative Director and President Nakauchi Hitoshi
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