International fright to the
Kansai International Airport (KIX),
and railway from the airport to Himeji Station. It takes about 2
hours from KIX to Himeji Station. The conference site, Egret Himeji, is 10 minutes
walk from the station. Detailed guide on trains from airport to
station is here.
However, the simplest and cheapest way from Kansai
Airport (KIX) to Himeji is use of Airport
Non-stop bus, return ticket: 5,000 Yen.
Kansai Int. AP
This Limousine Bus will be available from 15th July.
You can also use international flight to
the Narita International
Airport (NRT), and connecting flight (domestic flight) from
Osaka(OSA). From Osaka Airport to Himeji by Airport Limousine Bus or railway.
We never recommend use of rent-a-car in Japan. Driving in
Japan is not comfortable even for our Japanese, because of heavy
traffic jam, poor road sign, and unreasonable toll of highway. Please
remember that Japan is not "a nation on the wheel" but "a nation on the
2. Hotels and Tours
We recomend foreign attendant to reserve the hotel via Shinki Travel
Service (Co., Ltd.) because of the difficulty in language (Most
inns in Himeji may not accept the reservation in English).
Please visit following web-site : http://www.snk-travel.com/
Guide of sightseeing and optional tour are also available
the above web-site.
Please watch the web-site of Ministry of Foreign Affair,
4.Tax and Tips
A consumer tax (VAT) rate is 5% in Japan, but it is included
There are no customs of tip in Japan. Instead of tip, a 10% service
charge might be added in your bill at restaurants, bars or
The climate of Japanese summer is simply summarized by two
and wet". Average temperature in July is 26 Celsius degree
Himeji, and humidity is 77%! The temperature is usually over 30 °C
time. However, the conference site is fully
100 V/60 Hz, Two-parallel-blade type connector. See figure.
remind that the US connectors resembling to this are not
full-compatible in Japan.
7. Currency and Credit Card
Local currency is Japanese Yen (JPY). You can also pay by your
credit card (Amex, VISA, Mastercard, etc) at major hotels,
restaurants, and shops, and you can also use US$ in some case. But
you must remind that checking by credit card is not so popular in
Japan as in USA or EU. Local shops or restaurants may not accept
We recommend all the foreign participants to exchange to JPY at the