Tokyo Exporting Study Tour

Posted on Apr 26, 2018 in News

Tokyo TowerAre you ready for exporting to Japan?

DBEDT is planning a study tour to Tokyo, September 3 – 7, 2018. The objectives are to prepare Hawaii companies that are new-to-export to enable them to exhibit at future Hawaii Pavilions and be able to book orders and close sales. By actually traveling to Tokyo, study tour participants will learn first-hand from advisors on the ground, as well as from other experienced Hawaii companies on how to succeed.

DATES:  September 3 – 7, 2018 
COST:  $300.00

Please note: participants must cover their own costs for airfare, hotel, transportation, meals, and incidental expenses.


If you are interested in joining this Study Tour, please complete the registration form and we will be in contact shortly.

Tentative Itinerary 

Day and timeAction
Prior to departureOrientation meeting. Study and review:
  • HiSTEP training materials
  • online resources
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3Arrive in Tokyo (HND or NRT)
  • Transfer to hotel and check-in
Tokyo International Gift Show (TIGS) @ Tokyo Big Sight
  • Visit Hawaii Pavilion
  • Visit other booths to study
LunchPresentation on how to succeed at trade shows and post-event follow-up
PMVisit other booths at TIGS to study
Briefing at American Center
  • Opening remarks by Keith Kirkham, Minister Counselor
  • Presentation by US Commercial Service and Foreign Agricultural Service on market entry strategies, initial inquiry and Gold and Platinum Key services

American Center Japan
Nomura Fudosan Tameike Bldg. 8F
1-1-14 Akasaka, Minato-ku
Tokyo 107-0052
LunchLunch meeting with ACCJ and key member companies

American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ)
Masonic 39 MT Bldg. 10F
2-4-5 Azabudai, Minato-ku
Tokyo 106-0041
PMVisit import stores (Kaldi, etc.) and supermarkets (Kinokuniya, Queens Isetan, Seijo Ishii)

Retailer visits: department stores

Dinner at department stores
Packaging design and/or manufacturers
Lunch TBD
PMVisit Natural House, Seikatsu no Ki (Tree of Life), Isetan basement level
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7Fill out activity report and/or survey

Depart from Tokyo

Return to HNL
POST STUDY TOURDebrief meeting in person
6 MONTHS LATERFollow-up on activities, export strategy