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The 44th Annual Meeting will be held at the Kyoto International Conference Center 

Book your accommodations in Japan! Click here to book now. 

This website has a variety of hotels with different price points, standards, and distances from the ICC Kyoto, where all of the conference activities will take place. All of the rates include the 8% consumption tax and hotel service fees. These rates do not include breakfast or any other additional items that will be available for purchase through the booking site. Please use this information to help with your planning. 



Information on Kyoto International Conference Center

Address: Takaragaike, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-0001 Japan 


The ISEH 44th Annual Scientific Meeting will take place at the Kyoto International Conference Center or ICC Kyoto. The Kyoto International Conference Center is located at Takaragaike, Sakyō-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. Rich in history, the Kyoto International Conference Center was established in 1966 in this mecca of Japanese culture, as Japan's first state-sponsored international conference center.The Kyoto Protocol was signed in this hall.While based on old Japanese styles, the architecture has a richly individual modern sense. Three-dimensional and spatial art forms part of the interior, and the lobby and lounge are comfortably spacious. The Conference Center is surrounding by beautiful gardens an a lush natural environment.  For more information on the location of the venue please see the following map with great information on local attractions and access:

For more information on Kyoto International Conference Center click here


Getting to the Kyoto International Conference Center (ICC Kyoto)

The Grand Prince Hotel is walking distance from the ICC Kyoto. All other hotels can access the ICC Kyoto via the Subway line. You will have to get on the Karasuma Line to get the ICC Kyoto but may also have to get on the Tozal line depending on the location of your hotel and transfer at Karasuma Oika to the Karasuma line. The ICC Kyoto is located at Kokusalkalkan Station. From the Karasuma Oika Station it is 14 minutes via subway train to the ICC Kyoto. From the Shijo Station it is 18 minutes and from the Kyoto Station it is 20 minutes. There will be a map of the Convention area available when to view when you exit the subway.


For travel within Kyoto there are multiple options including: subway, bus, and taxi

The subway is the easiest method of transportation to reach the Kyoto International Conference Center, located at the north end of the Karasuma line. It takes 20 minutes from Kyoto Station, and most of the signs are in Japanese and English. Tickets range from 210-340 yen and are available for purchase from bilingual machines located beside the ticket gates.


Most of Kyoto's innumerable temples, shrines and other cultural treasures are located away from the subway and are better accessed by the network of city buses. Buses are entered through the rear doors, and the fare paid at the front when leaving the vehicle. Change should be made before the stop at the change machine beside the driver, although it is important to note that bills larger than 1000 yen are not accepted. Most of central Kyoto city is accessible by a flat rate of 220 yen. For suburban destinations, the fare increases with distance, and requires you to take a number slip when getting on.

Take advantage of the following discount cards

-Kyoto Sightseeing Card
Allows for the unlimited usage of Kyoto City Buses and the Kyoto Subway system
-Kyoto City Bus One Day Card
Allows for the unlimited use of the Kyoto City Buses, within the set fare area

Kyoto is the city with the largest number of taxis in Japan, and are consequently easily found on all major roads. Taxis are available if the light on the roof is on, and the sign in the bottom corner of the windshield is red. Fares start from under 600 yen for the first couple of kilometers. Japanese taxis are safe, clean and comfortable to ride. Remember not to touch the doors as they are fully automated. 

About Kyoto: 

Kyoto, a beautiful destination surrounded by gracefully wooded hills and mirrored by 1200 years of rich history, was the capital of Japan from 794 to 1868 AD. In addition to beautiful Imperial Villas, Kyoto has about 400 Shinto shrines and 1,650 Buddhist temples which dot the entire city. Innumerable cultural treasures and traditional crafts, as well as beautiful spring cherry blossoms and autumnal colors, attract visitors to Kyoto, both from within and without Japan.
Today, the city of Kyoto is also a bustling academic city that is young-at-heart, with nearly 50 institutions of higher education, and a home to many world-class corporate research giants. The spirit of Kyoto lies in the unique blend of old and new, taking the best of the old and applying them to the future.

Getting to Kyoto:

Three airports with easy access to Kyoto:

1. Osaka International Airport (Itami; ITM): This is the closest airport to Kyoto and is 50 minutes by convenient airport limousine bus.

2. Kansai International Airport (KIX): The main international access point to Kyoto and is about 90 minutes from Kyoto by direct express train.

3.Central Japan International Airport (Centrair; NGO): This airport is less than 90 minutes from Kyoto by airport express and shinkansen.

You may also fly into Tokyo (Narita or Haneda) – please note, this airport is much further from Kyoto.

Each of these airports has its own transport options for getting to/from Kyoto and the airports. Click to see the access chart for information on getting to and from these airports and the ICC Kyoto. 

Websites with additional travel and access information include:


Helpful Travel Tips

All of the information on this site is meant to be used as a guide to help you plan your trip. Additional suggested websites include:

Our scientific meeting will take place from 17 September – 19 September. September is a beautiful month in Kyoto with warm sunny days. The temperature averages in September are:

Average high (C/F): 28/83
Average low (C/F): 20/68

Time Difference
The time difference between Kyoto and other major cities throughout the world is given below during the time when ISEH will be in Kyoto.



Passport & Visa
Foreign visitors entering Japan must carry a valid passport.
A visa is required for citizens of countries that do not have visa exempt agreements with Japan.
Contact your local Japanese Embassy or Consulate for visa requirements and further details, as each country has a different policy for application. Click here to be directed to a helpful website for those with visa questions. 

Money Matters
Traveler's checks are accepted by leading banks, hotels and ryokan (traditional Japanese inns) in major cities including Kyoto. International credit cards such as American Express, VISA, Diners Club, MasterCard and JCB are also acceptable at these major establishments, although credit card payments are not always accepted at local stores (especially at establishments dealing with food and drink), and outside large cities. Japan is undoubtedly a cash society, and obtaining cash beforehand is highly recommended when visiting the country.

The currency utilized is Japanese Yen.  Below are the current exchange rate (February 2015) in some common currencies. Please be sure to check the exchange rate prior to coming to Japan. (Please note all of the exchange rates below are subject to change). 
1 USD = 118 Japanese Yen
1 EUR = 134 Japanese Yen
1 GBP = 181 Japanese Yen
1 CAD = 95 Japanese Yen
1 AUD = 92 Japanese Yen

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*UFJ & Mitsui Sumitomo Bank ATMs are open 24hrs. Other Bank ATM access hours vary.
*Some main post offices are open daily. 

*Some department stores are closed a couple of weekdays a month.
*Most museums are closed Mondays.


The electric current for home use is uniformly 100 volts, AC, throughout Japan, although there are two different cycles in use - 50 hertz in eastern Japan, 60 hertz in western Japan (& Kyoto).
Major hotels in large cities often have two outlets of 110 volts and 220 volts.
As well, many hotels have hair dryers and other electric appliances available on a loan basis.
Sockets in Japan are usually shaped to accept two even-sized prongs only.
Most hardware & electric stores carry current converters and prong converters.

Internet: ISEH will have complimentary wireless internet available in the ICC Kyoto. Please check the hotel that you book for costs on internet. There will also be personal wi-fi hot spots available for rent at the airport. 
Phone: Please check with your mobile phone provider prior to your trip to see if you will have coverage in Japan and to verify charges.

Mobile phone systems of other countries are not always compatible with the Japanese system, and many times will not work. Mobile phones with Japanese numbers may easily be rented at the airport after arriving.
Here is some Contact information on Telecom and Mobile Phone Companies in Japan:
Telecom Square
Pupuru Mobile Phone Rentals
NTT DoCoMo: (Customer Service Center) TEL: (0120) 680100


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