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Globally acclaimed, PACIFICO Yokohama is one of the largest convention complexes in the world and one of Japan's most popular international conference venues.
PACIFICO Yokohama, which is located in the waterfront area of the Minato Mirai 21 district, a new town in Yokohama, is one of the largest convention complexes in the world.
Since its opening, PACIFICO Yokohama has been the stage for a number of important exchanges and communications thanks to the cosmopolitanism of the city of Yokohama, which was the first port opened to Western merchants and since has been a window to the world. Global communications beyond differences between nationalities, languages and cultures are playing more important a role than ever with our planet facing various pressing issues such as the environment, peace and human rights. People from all over the world come to this beautiful venue with an ocean view to meet, exchange their thoughts, and create new values.
PACIFICO Yokohama proudly offers the ultimate stage for your convention's success.
In 1965, Ichio Asukata, the then mayor of Yokohama, made a proposal, “Six Major Development Plans” to revitalize the city, one of which was the “Downtown Development Plan” that became “Minato Mirai 21 Project” in 1983.
The construction of a convention complex including international conference venues became the core project of this “Minato Mirai 21 Project.” PACIFICO Yokohama was inaugurated as a hub of international communication as well as a major tourism destination in aiming at the city's revitalization.
On August 22 of 1991, the Conference Center and the hotel were opened, and the Exhibition Hall (1st) on October 13 of the same year. The National Convention Hall of Yokohama was opened on May 19, 1994 and the Exhibition Hall (2nd) with an expanded floor space and Annex Hall were inaugurated on August 6, 2001. The National Convention Hall of Yokohama is the second national convention center after the Kyoto International Conference Center and the only national establishment of this category in Eastern Japan.
PACIFICO Yokohama is built and managed by the private sector, which is a first among major, large-scale convention complexes in the country.
As one of the world's largest convention complexes, PACIFICO Yokohama is designed to include all necessary functions to organize meetings, conventions, exhibitions, and events, such as theater style halls, conference rooms, exhibition halls and a hotel. The building, whose exterior is beautiful and unique, has become one of the landmarks in Yokohama.
The National Convention Hall of Yokohama is reminiscent of a seashell, with the Convention Center as light, the Exhibition Hall as waves, and the hotel as a sail. On the edge of the ocean side of the hotel is Michibiki-no-zo (a statue of navigation) that prays for the safety of navigation.
The hotel, managed by InterContinental Yokohama Grand, which is an internationally established hotel brand, has received a great number of guests since its opening.
Events Held at PACIFICO Yokohama
At PACIFICO Yokohama, about 1,000 events take place and more than four million people come to visit annually.
Especially in terms of international conferences, we are one of the most popular convention venues in Japan.
According to the statistics on international conferences in 2014 published by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), PACIFICO Yokohama ranks top for the number of international conferences held, attendees, and overseas visitors, which means that it attained the first place for the 12th consecutive year as to the number of international conferences and the 13th consecutive year as to the number of attendees.
PACIFICO stands for “Pacific Convention.”
The word “pacific,” which is derived from the Latin “pacificus” (“peace” in English), primarily means “peaceful” or “quiet” and is the origin of the word “Pacific.”
Yokohama, where our convention center is located, has a port on the Pacific Ocean and is a door to the world in terms of world trade in Japan. Combining the key words “Pacific” and “Contribution to International Peace,” which is our corporate philosophy, we named our company “PACIFICO Yokohama,” which is fit for one of the most representative and best convention centers in Japan.
The themes of our corporate logo are “Communications among People,” “Internationality,” and “Openness.” The corporate logo shows three people symbolizing “global spread of communications” and “crystallization of wisdom and creativity.”
The colors used in the corporate logo - “PACIFICO blue” and “PACIFICO green” - symbolize not only the sea and the greenery in the Minato Mirai 21 District but also five continents and seven seas.
Using soft color tones and lines in the corporate logo, we hope to become a global business to open new paths to the future of conventions.
Just as courageous navigators sailed to discover a new world in past times, we have aspired to create a new people-to-people network in the convention business.