AIB 2011 Annual Meeting
June 24-28, 2011
Nagoya Travel Information
- Japan Visa Information
- About Nagoya
- Air Travel Information
- The Conference Venue
- Basic Travel Information
- Additional Links
Japan Visa Information
61 countries have waiver or exclusion arrangements with Japan to allow travellers to visit Japan and attend a conference without a visa requirement. Participants from other countries, however, will require visas. Please visit our Visa Information Page for more information.
Nagoya is the fourth largest city in Japan with a population of 2.2 million, as well as the nucleus of the third largest metropolitan area in the nation. Residents of Nagoya know the city as a pleasant place to live that possesses many of the conveniences and advantages of a major city, while offering relatively easy and quick access to the countryside. Forests, mountains and beaches are all within two hour's travel either by public transportation or private vehicle, and while it may lack some of the glamor of other major cities in Japan, Nagoya offers the international visitor an excellent look at both modern and traditional Japan. It is a city with strong cultural, historical and industrial identity. Internationally, Nagoya is perhaps best known as the location of the Toyota Motor Corporation World Headquarters (it's technically in Toyota City, just outside of Nagoya).
A 6 minute video introducing Nanzan University and the city of Nagoya.
Air Travel Information
Nagoya Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO) is a large, modern facility that acts as the chief international facility serving the Chubu region of central Japan. The airport is located around 32 km/20 miles south-west of central Nagoya and serves flights to a long list of Japanese cities, as well as other Asian countries, the US and Europe.
From the Nagoya Airport to the City
The best way of connecting between Centrair Airport and central Nagoya is the Meitetsu Airport Line (train). The airport has signs and announcements in English, making it quite easy to find your way. The train station is only a short walk from the arrival area. After leaving customs, turn left. As you walk, on your right, you will see long corridors leading to an "Access Area". This is where all buses and trains leave from. After a short walk through these corridors, you will arrive at a large round opening. The entrance of the train station is on your left. ATM machines are on your right.
There are three train options: "μ-Sky" is the fastest (takes just 28 minutes), "Limited" is in the middle, and "Semi" is the slowest at about 1 hour. All leave very frequently so you won't have to wait too long (see the Meitetsu website for a timetable). Tickets have to be purchased as you enter the train station. The ticket machines are only in Japanese, so use the counter instead (cash only, noCredit/Debit Cards). Economy tickets (open seating) are 850 yen, first class tickets (with reserved seating) are 350 yen additional. The "μ-Sky" express train is all first class. On the other trains, usually the first two cars are first class, and the others economy. You will get off at Nagoya Station. Announcements in the train are also made in both Japanese and English. Exit from Nagoya station on the east side; the Marriott is right at the east exit. Signs from the Marriott are easy to see. The conference center, WINC-Aichi, is across the street from Marriott (see map below).
From the Narita Airport (Tokyo) to Nagoya
The trip from Narita to Nagoya Station is a two-stage trip:
From Narita Airport, take the Japan Narita Express (NEX) to Tokyo Station. Signs for the Narita Express are easy to see after you go through customs/immigration. It takes about an hour. Trains depart every 30 to 60 minutes. The NEX arrives (deep and directly) below Tokyo Station. The cost of this trip is about 3000 yen.
From the NEX platform go up to the main bullet train portion of Tokyo Station. The bullet trains are called "Shinkansen". Take a Nozomi bullet train on the JR Tokaido line from Tokyo Station to Nagoya station. Nozomi trains leave every 15 to 20 minutes. The tickets will cost 10,070 yen. It takes about 100 minutes from Tokyo to Nagoya. The Nagoya stop is short-only a minute-so be sure to get off in time. Exit from Nagoya station on the east side; the Marriott is right at the east exit. Signs from the Marriott are easy to see. The conference center, WINC-Aichi, is across the street from Marriott (see map below).
AIB 2011 will take place at the WINC Aichi - the Aichi Industry and Labor Center. The facility is less than 5 minutes walking distance away from Nagoya Station as well as the main conference hotel (Marriott Associa Hotel). You can download a AIB 2011 Directions leaflet for directions back and forth between Marriott and WINC-Aichi as well as for shuttle times for the Gala Dinner. The map below highlights (in dark blue) the location of the WINC-Aichi building with respect to the station as well as the hotel.
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Basic Travel Information
Nagoya is in the Japan Standard Time zone (JST) which corresponds to GMT + 9 hours.
The voltage in Nagoya is 100 volt (60 hertz). This is different from the North America (110 Volt), Europe (220 Volt), and most other regions of the world. Therefore, please make sure that your electronic devices can work at 100 volts, or bring a voltage transformer with you. The plugs are Type A plugs (flat 2-prong, similar to North American plugs).
The mobile phone technology used in Japan, WCDMA, is incompatible with popular GSM and CDMA networks found in other countries. Therefore, your phone (even if it is a world-phone) may not work in Japan. However, some 3G phones (including the iPhone) do work in Japan assuming that your phone is enabled for international roaming. There are kiosks at the airport where you can rent phones.
The currency is the yen (JPY). You can use the XE Japanese Yen page to convert the Yen into your currency of choice. Cash is the most widely used payment option in Japan. However, most stores, restaurants and large hotels accept Credit/Debit Cards. When going sightseeing though, make sure to carry cash with you.
Not all ATMs in Japan accept international cards. Typically, only ATMs located in post offices and at 7-Eleven convenience stores throughout Japan will accept withdrawals on 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 Offices are usually open from 9 am to 5 pm (weekday only), although some ATMs outside post offices might be available for use until 9pm.
Tax and Tipping
Japan has a 5 percent consumption tax which is levied on all goods and services purchased in Japan, including food. In addition to the consumption tax, a 10-15 percent service charge is added to the bill at most hotels and first-class restaurants.
It is not customary to tip in Japan, even in hotels and restaurants. Therefore, please refrain from tipping.