Useful Information

Visas

It is the responsibility of participants to ensure that they obtain a visa if required, and the passports, travel documents and visas are valid for travel. For information on entry requirements, please consult your nearest Japanese embassy or consulate, or visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website: http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/index.html
For those who require an application form or other visa assistance, please contact us.

Travel Desk:

Getting There

Flights

International flights get you to Kansai International airport (KIX) or Osaka International airport (ITM). Domestic flights to KIX and ITM are available from all major cities in Japan. After get to Kyoto Station, please go to Kokusaikaikan Station where is the closest to the venue. There are train stations and Limos in the both airports to get to Kyoto Station. If you don't wish adventure, we recommend to use Limos.

Limousine Bus: https://www.okkbus.co.jp/en/

Kyoto Station to Kokusaikaikan Station on the Karasuma Subway Line: 20mins   290yen

Taxi from Kyoto Station to the venue: 30mins in normal traffic  3000-4000yen

Trains

The closest station from Kyoto International Conference Center is Kokusaikaikan Station on the Karasuma Subway Line.

From KIX: Get on Haruka Airport Express in JR to Kyoto Station (1h 50mins, About 3500yen)

From ITM: Get on the monorail to South Ibaraki Station which is bound for Kadoma City – Transfer to South Ibaraki Station in Hankyu and Get on the train to Karasuma Station which is bound for Kyoto Kawaramachi on the Hankyu Kyoto Line – Transfer to Shijo Station on the Karasuma Subway Line and Get on the train to Kokusaikaikan Station which is bound for Kokusaikaikan Station (1h 30mins, About 1000yen)

From Other Cities: Popular transportation, Shinkansen is one of your choice from Tokyo and other major cities. Also, Kyoto Station is where you get off.

For details to get to Kyoto International Conference Center, please visit: https://www.icckyoto.or.jp/en/visitor-2/access/getting_here/

Getting Around

Taxis are widely available in Kyoto, with the meter beginning at about 500 yen. Please ask your driver in advance if you wish to pay by credit card.
Your hotel concierge can call a taxi for you or arrange for a hired car.

Money Matters

The local currency is the Japanese yen. Most stores will not accept any other currency. For shopping and dining, payment by credit card is generally accepted throughout Japan, but some business, especially smaller establishments, require payment in cash. VISA and MasterCard are the most commonly accepted card brands.

Unfortunately, many ATMs are not equipped to accept cards issued outside of Japan. Please consult your hotel concierge or card issuer website for help locating an international ATM. ATMs at most Japan Post locations accept all VISA and MasterCard credit and debit cards.

Tipping

Tipping is not customary in Japan. It is not necessary to tip taxi drivers, wait staff, or hotel staff. O MO TE NA SHI (means Hospitality) is one of our spirits to be proud.

Weather and Clothing

Kyoto in June remains warm, with lows of around 19 degrees Celsius at night, reaching up to about 28 degrees Celsius during the day. Light clothing is ideal when venturing outdoors, but be prepared for chilly humid in a day time, and for the possibility of strong air conditioning in some rooms and restaurants. Dressing in layers and carrying a light cardigan or light jacket is always recommendable.

Electricity

The standard electricity supply is 100 volts, provided from A-plug two prong outlets.

Water

Tap water is safe to drink, but bottled mineral waters are available at most hotels and at any convenience store or grocery stores.

Local Time

Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +9). There is no daylight savings time in Japan.

Medical Emergencies

All participants are advised to ensure they have medical insurance coverage before traveling to Japan. In case of a medical emergency, English speaking doctors and medical staff are available.

Insurance

IPOS 2020 doesn’t accept any responsibility for any loss, damage or injury of any kind which may arise from cancellation of, participation in, or registration for IPOS 2020. Participation in all organized events is at the participant's own risk. As registration fees do not include insurance coverage of any kind, attendees are strongly urged to ensure they have sufficient coverage for all eventualities, including travel and trip interruption insurance.

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