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Access Information from Kansai International Airport


There are two recommendable way from Kansai International Airport to Kyoto Station, by limousine bus and Express Train, Shinkansen.



By Limousine Bus

Time: about 95 minutes
Price: 2,300 JPY / one way/ adult
Time Table: running every 40-60 min.
The first Train: Departure at 7:00
The Last Train: Departure at 21:45          


Map of bus Terminal at Kansai International Airport

*Kansai International Airport Website: http://www.kansai-airport.or.jp/en/index.asp
*Time Table: http://www.kate.co.jp/pc/e_time_table/e_kyoto_tt.html#from

By Express Train, Shinkansen ‘Haruka

Time: about 75 minutes
Price: 3,490 JPY / one way/ adult
Time Table: running every 30-40 min.
The first Train: Departure at 6:38
The Last Train: Departure at 22:16          


Floor Map at kansai International Airport

*West Japan Railway Company HP: http://www.westjr.co.jp/english/global.html


From Kyoto Station, to the symposium venue, KYOTO RESEARCH PARK,please take JR Sanin Honsen(JR Sagano Line)and get off at Tambaquchi Station



Tourist Information for Kyoto City


The stage for your event, Kyoto, proudly reigned as capital of Japan for 1200 years. This history and heritage lives on in the 1.5 million population modern city: Seventeen UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites are situated in a cityscape dominated by 2000 temples and shrines. The city offers you endless opportunities to gain meaningful hands-on experience of rich Kyoto culture through Tea Ceremony, sake brewing, kimono wearing, swordsmanship, and more. Japan is renowned for its safety and the compactness of Kyoto makes for wonderful strolling during free time. From the moment of arrival at Kansai International Airport - just 75mins from the city centre - guests of this city are pampered with everything you need from refined Kyoto service.


  • Kyoto - Ancient Capital
    In the year 794, the Emperor Kammu built a new city named “Heian-Kyo” - Capital of Peace. Kyoto remained the Imperial seat for over a millennium. In the twenty-first century the vibrant city proudly shows you why the undisputed culture heart of Japan is also the convention city of choice.

  • Fascinating World Cultural Heritage City
    A thousand years as the capital city has left a legacy of tradition and elegance making Kyoto a living museum. Indeed the concentration of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites in Kyoto is not matched by anywhere else in the entire world. Remarkably many of these locations are open to discuss holding your event onsite. The result: a truly unique, truly Kyoto programme cherished in the memory of each participant. Furthermore, the fine arts that define Kyoto can be brought to your event to give full immersion into this intriguing city. Indulge in epitome of Kyoto hospitality as geisha (known as Geiko and Maiko in Kyoto) from five thriving schools in the city entertain you with their famed willowy dances and haunting songs.
  • Inspiring & Progressive Modern City
    This rich heritage is reflected in modern technical advances. Kyoto is packed with opportunities to rub shoulders with new frontier industries and top Japanese scholars. In fact half of all Japanese Nobel Prize winners have been KyotoUniversity researchers. You can even learn how one leading company uses traditional ceramics to create solutions for the microelectronics industry.

  • Friendly People―Welcoming Atmosphere
    Kyoto residents are renowned for their hospitality: Outstanding service is part of the city pride. Therefore rest assured that wherever you go, be it meeting venues, hotels, restaurants or enchanting cobbled lane, you will be welcomed with all the warmth of the culture heart of Japan.

    Source: Kyoto Convention Bureau (http://hellokcb.or.jp/index.html)






Kyoto, nestled amid rolling mountains, keenly reflects the changes of the seasons. The gaiety of Spring flowers turns to fragrant young leaves, followed by Summer, with riverside greenery providing a cool respite - changing at last to the crimson stain of Autumn colors. Recall dynastic tragedy, probe into the ambition of the brave generals of the warring states, follow in the footsteps of Edo artists, trace the events of the Restoration, savor the quaint charm of nameless thickets and narrow lanes. History and culture become one with the beauty of nature in the charm of Kyoto, where you will never tire of the changing seasons.



Visa Information


Nationals of many countries are eligible to enter Japan without a visa unless the purpose of the visit is to reside in Japan, to obtain employment or to otherwise engage in remunerative activities.
The following is a list of nationals of countries that have "Reciprocal Visa Exemption Arrangements" with Japan:
For a period of 6 months or less
Austria, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (UK citizens only)
For a period of 3 months or less
Argentina, Bahamas, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Finland, France, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mauritius, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal (except when the passport was originally issued in present or former Portuguese colonies), San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Surinam, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey and Uruguay
For a period of 90 days or less
Andorra, Australia, Barbados, Bulgaria, Czech Rep., Estonia, Hong Kong, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Monaco, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia and the U.S.A.
For a period of up to 14 days
Notes: In the case of the waiver of visa requirements of up to three months or 90 days, foreigners are granted upon landing a temporary visitor status for a period of 90 days (15 days for Brunei). Nationals of countries and regions that have taken measures concerning the waiver of visa requirements with Japan for stays of up to six months in principle are granted permission to stay in Japan for 90 days at the time of landing. Nationals of these countries and regions who wish to stay in Japan for more than 90 days must apply at their nearest immigration authority in Japan for an extension of their period of stay.

Nationals of countries that do not have "Reciprocal Visa Exemption Arrangements" with Japan must obtain a visa.

A "Temporary Visitor's Visa" is usually required as permission to stay in Japan for a period of up to 90 days for non-remunerative activities such as sightseeing, participating in amateur sports, visiting relatives, taking inspection tours, participating in lectures or research, attending conferences, making business contacts or other similar activities.

Needless to say, the "Temporary Visitor's Visa" cannot be used for any remunerative purposes, which involve profit making or payment acceptance within Japan by the visitor.

To apply for a visa, the applicant must apply in person to a Japanese Embassy or a consulate, usually in his or her home country. The following documents must be submitted whatever the purpose of visit you are going to make:
(1) Valid passport;
(2) Two passport photos taken within the six months previous to the date of application;
(3) Two official visa application forms, available at the embassy or consulate;
(4) Documents certifying the purpose of the visit.

As the type of documents required for the application may differ according to the purpose of your visit, the applicant is advised to check with the Japanese Embassy or consulate beforehand.

Visa Fee Exemption: The nationals of some 60 countries around the world are exempted from visa fees.




-Japan National Tourist Organization: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/index.html
-Kyoto City Web: http://www.city.kyoto.jp/koho/eng/index.html
-The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan: http://www.mofa.go.jp/index.html