VENUE

Kyoto International Conference Center (ICC Kyoto)
Takaragaike, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-0001 Japan
Phone: 81-75-705-1234  Fax: 81-75-705-1100  URL: http://www.icckyoto.or.jp/en/access/

About Kyoto

KYOTO

The venue of Worldsleep2011, Kyoto, proudly reigned as capital of Japan for 1200 years. The history and heritage of this city lives on in the 1.5 million population modern city: Seventeen UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites are situated in a cityscape dominated by 2000 temples and shrines. The city offers you endless opportunities to gain meaningful hands-on experience of rich Kyoto culture through Tea Ceremony, sake brewing, kimono wearing, swordsmanship, and more. Japan is renowned for its beauty and the compactness of Kyoto makes for wonderful strolling.

From the moment of arrival at Kansai International Airport - just 75mins from the city centre - guests of this city are pampered with the finest Kyoto service.

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For more information about Kyoto, please refer to the site of Kyoto Convention Bureau.

How to Access the venue, ICC Kyoto

Kyoto is conveniently accessible via the Kansai International Airport (KIX). There are direct flights from international cities and major hubs in Europe, North America and Asia to KIX.

From Airport KIX to the venue ICC Kyoto
(as of May 2011)

New Economical Way to ICC Kyoto (1,200)

Please take Nankai Line from KIX to Tengachaya Station. Semi-Express trains run directly from Tengachaya (Osaka Municipal Transportation) to Kawaramachi Station (Hankyu Railway) on Saturdays and holidays. For more details, please visit here.

Transferring at Karasuma Station (station before Kawaramachi Station)
Please get off at Karasuma Station (station after Omiya Station), and transfer to the Kyoto City Subway Line. There is an underground pass to the subway. The name of the subway station you will be getting on next is Shijo Station. From Shijo Station, it will be a northbound 16 min. ride to your destination, Kokusaikaikan Station. This is the last stop of this line. From 4-2 Exit, it will be a 5 min. walk to Kyoto International Conference Center (Kyoto Kokusaikaikan).

Map of Kyoto

The map of Kyoto City & Hotels

Please make a hotel reservation at your earliest convenience from here.

General Information

CLIMATE
The temperature in Kyoto during the period of the Congress ranges between 11-22 degrees Celsius or 51-71 degrees Farenheit.
CURRENCY EXCHANGE
Only Japanese yen (JPY) is acceptable at regular stores and restaurants. Certain foreign currencies may be accepted at a limited number of hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops. You can buy yen at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money exchangers on presentation of your passport.
TRAVELERS CHECKS AND CREDIT CARDS
Travelers checks are accepted only by leading banks and major hotels in principal cities, and the use of travelers checks in Japan is not as popular as in some other countries. VISA, MasterCard, Diners Club, and American Express are widely accepted at hotels, department stores, shops, restaurants and nightclubs.
TIPPING
In Japan, tips are not necessary anywhere, even at hotels and restaurants.
ELECTRICITY
Electric voltage is uniformly 100 volts, AC, throughout Japan, but with two different cycles: 50 in eastern Japan including Tokyo, and 60 in western Japan including Kyoto, Osaka and Nagoya. Leading hotels in major cities have two outlets of 100 and 220 volts but their sockets usually accept a two-leg plug only.
SHOPPING
Shops and other sales outlets in Japan are generally open on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays as well as weekdays from 10:00 to 20:00. Department stores, however, are closed on one weekday, differing by store, and certain specialty shops may not open on Sundays and national holidays.

Kyoto Sightseeing Guide

Flea Market "Koubou-ichi"
On the 21st of every month, the area around To-ji Temple hosts a flea market known as "Koubou-ichi". People sell second-hand clothing, pottery, and antiques here in small stalls. This is a fun place to chat with the sellers, learn about the items on sale, and even negotiate the prices if you feel up to the task. There are also plenty of food stalls as well.
Place:
To-ji Temple
Address:
1 Kujo-cho Minami-ku, Kyoto
Access:
3-minute walk from Kintetsu Railway To-ji Station
Date:
21st every month
Hours:
6:00-16:00

Please check "Kyoto Official Travel Guide" site

Excurtion and Tours

Excurtion and Tours
Japan's ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara provide visitors with an amazing glimpse of Japan's magnificent history and tradition. We provide you the following optional tours.
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EX-1 World Cultural Heritage 1
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 12:30PM-17:10PM / 4.5 hours
Fare: JPY8,900 per person
Course: ICCK ⇒ Lunch ⇒ Nijo Castle ⇒ Golden Pavilion° Kinkakuji-Temple°ň⇒ Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto
EX-2 Heian shrine and Sanjusangendo
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 12:30PM-17:00PM / 4.5 hours
Fare: JPY10,000 per person
Course: ICCK ⇒ Lunch ⇒ Heian shrine ⇒ Sanjusangendo ⇒ Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto
EX-3 Nara Half day Tour
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 12:30PM-17:30PM / 5 hours
Fare: JPY8,900 per person
Course: ICCK ⇒ Lunch ⇒ Todaiji Temple ⇒ Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto
EX-4 Culture Experience (Half day Tour)
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 12:30PM-16:30PM / 4 hours
Fare: JPY10,000 per person
Course: ICCK ⇒ Lunch ⇒ Culture Experience (Japanese wrapping cloth) ⇒ Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto
For your application and the details, please visit the official accommodation and tour site below.
https://mice.jtbgmt.com/ws2011/
For your pre/post congress tours, please visit the website below. Many attractive tours not only for Kyoto or Nara but also for all around Japan will be found.
http://www.jtb-sunrisetours.jp/index.aspx

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