Access to Kyoto
A direct flight to Kansai International Airport (KIX) is
the most convenient and economical route for overseas participants.
From there, participants can reach Kyoto by the following
- JR (Japan Railway) Airport Limited Express train, Haruka
directly connects you to JR Kyoto station. It departs
every 30 minutes. Traveling time: 75 mins. Fare: ¥3,290
for reserved seats, ¥2,980 for non-reserved seats.
- Airport limousine bus service. Buses depart every hour.
Traveling time: 95 mins. Fare: ¥2,500.
Participants arriving at New Tokyo (Narita) International
Airport, Tokyo (Haneda) International Airport or Central Japan
(Nagoya) International Airport may refer to the following
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Japan Rail Pass
Participants planning to travel within Japan are recommended
to purchase a Japan Rail (JR) Pass before departure from their
home country, as it cannot be purchased in Japan. This pass
includes all JR trains, including the Haruka, Narita Express
and Bullet train, but some restrictions apply; the pass is
not valid for "NOZOMI" trains on the Tokaido and
Sanyo Shinkansen line. A 7-day pass costs ¥28,300 (ordinary
class) or ¥37,800 (first class). URL: http://www.japanrailpass.net/
The organizers do not accept responsibility for personal accident
and damage to private property. Participants are advised to
make their own arrangements with respect to personal insurance
if they so desire.
located roughly in the center of Japan's main island,
is an ancient city with a 1200-year history. It was
Japan's capital from 794 to 1868 and has remained the
cultural and historical focal point of the country.
Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless
structures survive in the city today, comprising a "living
museum". As many as 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites,
known as 'The Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto',
are located in the city. Moreover, many festivals, ceremonies
and traditional industries convey the will of this city
to transmit and develop its 1200-year-old culture. As
many as 49 million sightseers visited Kyoto in 2010,
with the number of visitors steadily rising for the
last 10 years.
has also contributed greatly to the nation's industrial,
economic and cultural development and strength. The
city is a repository of research materials, since it
is mainly here that Japanese characters and technologies
were developed. It is also famous for its abundance
of academic facilities, having more than 30 universities
The city of Kyoto is the seventh
largest city in Japan, with a population of 1.4 million
people. The main business district in Kyoto is located
to the south of the old Imperial Palace.