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bulletB Registration Hours

The Registration Desk will be located in the Kyoto International Conference Center at the reception area of the main entrance. All attendees and accompanying guests must register and receive a conference badge in order to participate in conference activities.

Hours of operation for the Registration and Information Desks will be:
Saturday, 4th June 16:00 - 19:00
Sunday, 5th June 08:00 - 19:00
Monday, 6th June 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday, 7th June 08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday, 8th June 08:00 - 16:00
Thursday, 9th June 08:00 - 14:00

bulletB Visa

Please refer to the following page for details.

bulletB Insurance

It is encouraged to prepare travel insurance before leaving your home country. Insurance plans typically cover accidental loss of belongings, medical costs in case of injury or illness, and other possible risks of international travel.

bulletB Duty Free Import

Personal effects and professional equipment can be brought into Japan duty free as long as the customs officer deems their contents and quantities to be reasonable. You can also bring in 400 cigarettes, 500 grams of tobacco or 100 cigars; 3 bottles of alcoholic beverages; 2 ounces of perfume; and gifts and souvenirs whose total market price is less than 200,000 yen or its equivalent. There is no allowance for tobacco or alcoholic beverages for persons aged 19 years or younger. Firearms and other types of weapons, and narcotics are strictly prohibited.

bulletB Time

The local time zone in Japan is GMT +9 hours.

bulletB Climate

June in Kyoto is the season we see transition from spring to summer. The highest temperature is around 27 Celsius (81 Fahrenheit), and the lowest temperature is around 16 Celsius (61 Fahrenheit). It is recommended to prepare layered clothes, for example, to have cardigans and other similar items, since temperature becomes higher in the mid-day, but cooler in the night, and indoor facilities are mostly air-conditioned.

bulletB Electricity

Electricity provided in Kyoto area is100 volts, A.C/60 Hertz. A convertible type of electrical appliance such as a hair dryer, travel iron and shaver will therefore be handy; otherwise a step-down transformer may be required to convert the voltage. The shape of electricity socket is shown above. It is what is called Type A: two flat parallel non-coplanar blades and slots.

bulletB Currency & Foreign Exchange

The local currency is Japanese Yen (JPY). Major currencies, such as the US dollar and EURO, can be exchanged at the Kyoto International Conference Center, as well as at international airports, major banks and major hotels. Banks are open from 9:00 to 15:00 on Monday to Friday.

bulletB Traveler's checks and Credits cards

Traveler's checks are accepted only by leading banks and major hotels in principal cities; the use of traveler's checks in Japan is not as popular as in some other countries. International credit cards such as American Express, VISA, MASTERCARD, Diners Club and JCB will be widely accepted at hotels, main facilities, and stores.

bulletB ATMs

The ATMs placed in the post offices and at 7-Eleven convenience stores throughout Japan will accept withdrawals on credit cards issued abroad. On or around such machines, a notice "International ATM Service" and stickers showing VISA, VISA Electron, PLUS, MASTERCARD, Maestro, Cirrus, American Express, Diners Club International, JCB, etc., logos are displayed. Post Office opens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekday only).
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bulletB Shopping

Shops and other sales outlets in Japan are generally open on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays as well as weekdays from 10:00 to 20:00. Department stores, however, are closed on one weekday, differing by store, and certain specialty shops may not be open on Sundays and national holidays.

bulletB Tipping

Tips are not required anywhere in Japan, even at hotels or restaurants.

bulletB Drinking Water

Tap water is safe to drink anywhere in Japan. Mineral water including major imported brands can be easily obtained from supermarkets, convenience stores and other similar places.

bulletB Japanese Foods

Food is a large part of Japanese culture while dishes such as sushi and sashimi are world famous. There are also delicious dishes like sukiyaki and the very healthy shabu-shabu that are made with thinly sliced meat and vegetables. Another popular dish is tempura which is made by deep frying seafood and vegetables.

Useful Information

bulletB Japan Rail Pass

The Japan Rail Pass offers overseas visitors an economical, flexible, and simple-to-use advantage over regular tickets, allowing unlimited travel on a vast network of JR trains and some buses throughout Japan. For more information and details, click here.

Helpful Websites

Welcome to Kyoto
Kyoto City Tourism and Culture Information System
Kyoto Official Travel Guide
Japan National Tourism Organization