Extremophiles2016 - 11th International Congress on Extremophiles

Social Programs

Open to all participants and accompanying persons

Welcome Reception

Monday, September 12, 2016, evening
Kyoto University Clock Tower Centennial Hall

* All participants and accompanying persons are cordially invited to the buffet style "Welcome Reception" in the "International Conference Hall", on the second floor of Kyoto University Clock Tower Centennial Hall.


Thursday, September 15, 2016, evening
Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto, Mizuho-no-ma

* All participants and accompanying persons are cordially invited to the "Banquet" in the Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto. Advance reservation required.


Wednesday, September 14, afternoon
Tour fee:
¥ 8,500 (includes lunch)

There will be an excursion in the afternoon of Wednesday, September 14th in hopes that Extremophiles 2016 participants will enjoy and deepen their understanding of Kyoto, Japan. There are two options, as described below. To make a reservation for the excursion, please proceed to the "On-line hotel and excursion application" page.


12:45 Kyoto University
- Lunch (Italian) at Sodoh
- Kiyomizu Temple
- Sanjusangendo Hall
17:30 - Hotels

Sodoh Higashiyama

Sodoh is the name of the former private residence of the great Japanese painter, Seiho Takeuchi.

Kiyomizu Temple

Kiyomizu Temple

UNESCO World Heritage Site
Kiyomizu Temple is one of the oldest temples in Kyoto, its origin dating back to the 8th century. The temple is noted for the unique style of its architecture. Its main hall stands on a cliff, with a wooden platform in front which provides a panoramic view of Kyoto. Most of the present buildings were reconstructed in 1633, but they reflect the styles of residences of the 8th and 9th centuries.

Sanjusangendo Hall

Sanjusangendo literally means the "hall of thirty-three spaces." It is called so because there are thirty-three spaces between the pillars in front of its extraordinarily long altar. Thirty-three is an important symbolic number in preaches that Kannon manifests himself in thirty-three different forms to save mankind. Sanjusangendo is a temple with the longest frontage in Japan, measuring about 120 meters in length. The present building was reconstructed in the mid-13th century, and is regarded as one of the best specimens of architecture of its kind. The temple is also known as the "Temple of Thousand Images" because of its numerous Buddhist images. As well as the main image, there are one thousand carved wooden images of Kannon on the long altar.


12:45 Kyoto University
- Lunch (Japanese) at Shozan
- Kinkakuji Temple
- Koryuji Temple
17:30 - Hotels


Shozan Kyoto is proud of its kimono industry, and Shozan, established in 1948 at the foot of Mt. Takagamine, has been famous for beautiful kimono cloth including Shozan-Omeshi. You can enjoy lunch in the beautiful garden.

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Kinkakuji Temple

UNESCO World Heritage Site
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) was originally the villa of a Court noble named Kintsune Saionji in the precincts of the present Kinkakuji Temple. The villa was greatly improved by its second owner, Yoshimitsu, the third Shogun of the Ashikaga Shogunate. Yoshimitsu laid out an extensive garden and built a beautiful pavilion toward the end of the 14th century. The pavilion became known as the "Golden Pavilion" or Kinkaku because of its gorgeous gilding. After Yoshimitsu's death the villa was turned into a Buddhist Temple of the Zen sect under the name of Rokuonji. However, the temple is better known by its popular name Kinkakuji or the "Temple of the Golden Pavilion".

Koryuji Temple

Koryuji Temple was founded in 622 for the repose of the soul of Prince Shotoku of Uzumasa. It is one of the oldest temples and although the main hall was reconstructed in 1165, most of the Buddha statues it houses were carved in the 7th and 8th centuries. The halls contain over 50 statues, most of which are National Treasures. One statue in particular has historically attracted a lot of devotees - the "Miroku Bosatsu", with its mild pensive expression, ranks among the best figures from this period.