The International Media Center (IMC), set up at Rusutsu Resort, is a facility for media to cover the Summit. IMC consists of an existent structure of Rusutsu Resort and a temporary structure which is built environmentally friendly for the Summit. IMC offers various services and facilities to expedite media coverage.
The Opening Ceremony of the International Media Center was held on Saturday, July 5, 2008, with the presence of Mr. Nobutaka Machimura, Chief Cabinet Secretary, and Ms. Harumi Takahashi, Governor of Hokkaido Prefecture.


Rusutsu Resort    (Access to Rusutsu Resort)

13 Aza Izumikawa, Rusutsu-mura, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido 048-1711, JAPAN

'IMC Hotel & Convention'
Rusutsu Resort Hotel & Convention
'IMC The Main'
Temporary Structure located at Car Parks No. 3 and 4 of Rusutsu Resort
Opening Hours* (tentative)

Opens: Noon, Saturday, July 5, 2008
Closes: Noon, Thursday, July 10, 2008
*Open around the clock during this period.

Admission to IMC

Access to the IMC is permitted only to the Hokkaido Toyako Summit Press ID card holders and holders of other authorized IDs issued by Japanese Government.


There is no parking space at the IMC. (Exceptions apply: Special vehicles, such as broadcasting vans with a parking permit.) Please load/unload only at designated points.

Main Facilities/Services

Information Desk
Pool Gathering Point
Common Work Area
Briefing Rooms
Presidency Press Conference Room / Press Conference Rooms
Presidency Media Liaison Office
Media Officers' Rooms for G8 countries
Host Photo Agency
Summit TV (CCTV)
First Aid Room

International Broadcasting Center (IBC, operated by NHK International)

IBC offers Broadcasting Organizations (TV/Radio) various media services. IBC will deliver Host Broadcast (by relay), distribute to broadcasters' Working Booths and transmit. It also supports transmission of coverage materials to participating media's home countries. There will be Master Control Room, Editing Suite, Individual Working Booths, etc. in the IBC. Arrangement of individual Working Booths, reservations for transmitting images and stand-up reports will also be performed at the Booking Office in the IBC.

Service Booth

Various services for media are planned, including information on Japan and Hokkaido, newspapers, a post office, and courier service.

Environmental Initiatives of IMC / Environmental Showcase
Environmental Initiatives of IMC / Environmental Showcase

We make our uppermost effort to make this Summit as eco-friendly as possible. In constructing "IMC The Main", we base on such concepts as Three Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle). The construction involves the usage of environmentally-friendly technologies and materials such as solar panel, wall greening system, snow storage for air-conditioning, and thinning wood materials.

At the entrance space of "IMC, The Main", there will be an Environmental Showcase, exhibiting Japan's environmental technology, with a focus on energy-saving efforts and measures currently undertaken for the environment.

Also, we will operate shuttle buses between the Summit venue and the IMC, using eco-friendly vehicles (i.e. Fuel Cell Bus).