Kyoto is the former capital of Japan, famous worldwide for its temples and shrines. It was the center of politics and culture for 1,100 years and is known around the world for its stunning beauty on the island of Honshu. Kyoto is the country’s seventh largest city, with a population of 1.4 million people. The tea ceremony, flower arrangement, kimonos, and Maiko can all be found in the cultural center of Kyoto. In the midst of this ancient culture is a thriving city, home to cutting edge industries and upscale shopping. Come and experience the hospitality, mystique, culture, bustle, and serenity that make Kyoto the perfect location for ADI 2017. For more information, you can visit the Kyoto Convention Bureau or the Japanese Tourist Board websites.

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Travel

Plane

Japan is easily accessible from the UK and continental Europe with over one hundred direct flights every week to four of Japan's 22 International Airports. Although Kyoto does not have its own airport, travellers can get to the city via Kansai International Airport and Osaka International Airport. For those travelling from the US and Canada, it is advised to travel into Kansai International Airport, Kyoto’s main international entry point. The Haruka Express operated by JR West carries passengers from Kansai Airport to Kyoto Station in 73 minutes. All other destinations within Japan can be reached quickly and conveniently using the country's extensive network of rail, bus and domestic air services.

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Getting around Japan

Japan has an efficient public transportation network, especially within metropolitan areas and between the large cities. Japanese public transportation is characterised by its punctuality, its superb service, and the large crowds of people using it.

Train (Shinkansen)

Located on the main Shinkansen (Bullet Train) line, Kyoto is directly accessible from Narita (Tokyo), Haneda (Tokyo), Centrair (Nagoya) and Kansai (Osaka) International Airports.

Tokyo and Kyoto are connected with each other by the JR Tokaido Shinkansen. Nozomi trains are the fastest train service running on the Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen lines in Japan and require about 140 minutes to reach Kyoto from Tokyo. Hikari trains, a high-speed train service running on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen "bullet train" lines take around 160 minutes and Kodama trains which stop at all stations take around 4 hours.

The regular one way fare from Tokyo to Kyoto is 13,080 yen for a non-reserved seat on any train, around 13,500 yen for a reserved seat on Hikari or Kodama trains and around 14,000 yen for a reserved seat on a Nozomi train. A 7-day Japan Rail Pass costs about the same as regular round trip tickets. The Japan Rail Pass is valid on Hikari and Kodama trains, but not on Nozomi trains.

To check train times & fares anywhere in Japan, please visit www.hyperdia.com or www.jorudan.co.jp

Bus

Few of Kyoto's tourist attractions are located close to subway or train stations. Instead, Kyoto has a dense bus network with direct bus lines from Kyoto Station and/or the city centre around Shijo-dori (4th Avenue) and Kawaramachi-dori (Kawaramachi Street) to most major sights.

Kyoto is served by multiple bus companies. For central Kyoto, the green Kyoto City Bus buses are the most frequent and popular. The red buses by Kyoto Bus are the second most prominent and tend to be convenient to access sights in more outlying areas of the city.

Buses are entered through the back door and left through the front door and the fare is paid when leaving the bus. Inside much of central Kyoto, there is a flat rate of 230 yen per ride. Outside the flat fare zone, the fare increases with the distance.

Subway

There are two subway lines in Kyoto, the Karasuma Line which runs from south to north along Karasuma-dori (Karasuma Street) and stops at JR Kyoto Station, and the newer Tozai Line which runs from east to west and crosses the Karasuma Line at the intersection of Karasuma-dori and Oike-dori. Instructions for the machines are available in English. Like the city buses, the subway cars feature announcements in English. Similarly, there are electronic signs displaying the names of the next stop in English above the doors.

Single fares for adults on the system range from 210-340 yen and 110-170 yen for minors. There are a number of travel cards available including theKyoto Sightseeing Pass Card (one day card 1,200 yen for adults and 600 yen for children; two-day card is 2000 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children). The pass is valid for the subway and city buses. An all-day inner city bus pass is 500 yen for adults and 200 yen for children.

The Kyoto City Subway One-Day Pass allows unlimited travel on Kyoto's metro and costs 600 yen for adults and 300 yen for children. The pass is available at the Kyoto Tourist Information Center (KYO Navi) on the second floor of the Kyoto Station building.

Taxi

Kyoto is the Japanese city with the highest concentration of taxis, especially in the city centre. Most taxis accommodate up to four passengers while larger vehicles are able to accommodate an additional fifth passenger. The rate starts around 650 yen for the first two kilometers and increases by 80 yen for every additional 300-400 meters travelled. There are taxi ranks throughout the city and taxis can also be hailed at any time.

Bicycle

Kyoto City's simple layout and flat terrain make it easy and convenient to explore by bicycle. Numerous bicycle rental outlets can be found around the city, especially around major stations, such as Kyoto Station, or in popular biking areas like Arashiyama. Typical rental prices are around 1,000-1,500 yen per day for basic bicycles and around 1,700-2,000 yen for electric assisted bicycles. Some hotels and hostels may also provide their guests with bicycles however depending on the hotel there may be a small fee associated with this.

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Time Zone

All of Japan is in the same time zone, GMT + 9. No Daylight Saving Time is practiced in Japan.

Currency

The unit of Japanese currency is yen. Coins are available in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 yen and bank notes in denominations of 1,000, 2,000, 5,000 and 10,000 yen.

Yen is available to purchase at foreign exchange banks and other authorised money exchangers. At the international airports, currency exchange counters are usually open during normal office hours. The exchange rate fluctuates daily depending on the money market.

Japan is predominantly a cash society. Although credit cards are becoming more widely used, foreign credit cards are not always accepted and even in major cities you will still find that most transactions are settled in cash. It is possible to get a cash advance on your credit card or withdraw money from a bank account using ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) in Japan; however, the number of ATMs that accept foreign credit and cash cards is limited and most have restricted operating hours. Foreign credit and cash cards can be used at Post Office and Seven Eleven ATMs throughout Japan. Japanese bank ATMs don't usually accept foreign cards, so it is advised you go to Post Offices and Seven Elevens to withdraw cash in Japan.

Climate

March – May is considered Spring in Japan.  During this time, temperatures are warm but not too hot and rain is limited to the occasional shower.  The famous cherry blossoms of Japan are at bloom during this time and it is widely considered the best time of year to visit.

Visa

Japan National Tourism Organization provides all the necessary information concerning Japanese Visa requirements.

Language

The official language of the 32nd International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International is English. Simultaneous translation will be provided throughout the conference in Japanese.

Dress Code

Attire for the 32nd International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International is informal business wear during conference hours.

Personal Insurance

We recommend that all participants take out personal travel and health insurance for the duration of their trip.

Taxes

Consumption tax in Japan, known in other countries as VAT, GST or sales tax, is a flat 8% on all items. Stores are required to list the after-tax price, so what you see is what you should pay. Note that the consumption tax rate is scheduled to increase to 10% in April 2017.