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Tokyo is a city that never ceases to amaze.
Since the start of the Edo period in the 17th century, Tokyo has been the vibrant heart of the nation. And with a history spanning 400 years, it boasts tourist sites both traditional and ultra modern. Indeed, Japonism has had a revolutionary influence on art and culture worldwide, and one that continues to be felt today in our modern daily lives. Standing on this rich tapestry of history, modern Tokyo serves as a global business hub. It is home to astonishing modern architectural sights, advanced transportation systems, and hi-tech industries that are the envy of the world, and it has an established reputation as a trendsetter for fashion and pop culture in Asia.
Notes on the situation in Tokyo after the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011
Last update: January 13, 2012
Tokyo Convention and Visitors Bureau (TCVB) and Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) confirm that the present situation in Tokyo is completely normal and safe.
Eventough Tokyo had some minor inconveniences following the disaster of March 2011, Tokyo had not met with any severe damage. Tokyo and life in Tokyo were back to normal just few weeks after the disaster.
The current radiation level in Tokyo is similar to that in major cities in the world. Except for the proximate areas near the nuclear power plants, there is no dangerous level of radiation detected in Japan. Tokyo is NOT within radiation contamination concern area, located over 200km away from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant facilities.
Since the 3.11 earthquake, Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) continues to release updates on its website, including radiation conditions, transportation and other travel-related information.
Link to JNTO's earthquake page: www.jnto.go.jp/eq/eng.
Link to Japan Travel Advisory page: www.japantravelinfo.com/news.
The workshop will take place at the facilities of AIST Tokyo Waterfront in Odaiba district. Odaiba is one of Tokyo's most interesting tourist spots and the highly popular shopping and entertainment district.
The venue is easily accessed by the Yurikamome Line, departing from Shimbashi (a large station in South Tokyo accessed by various train and metro lines). It is located at 3 minutes walking distance from the station Telecom Center.
Full address of the workshop venue:
AIST Tokyo Waterfront
Bio-IT Research Building, 11th Floor
2-4-7 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0064, Japan
Location of Bio-IT Research Building of AIST Tokyo Waterfront in Google maps: link.
Information, maps and a detailed description about the access to the workshop venue are included in the following document: access map (pdf file 1.4MB).
Travel and Accommodation
Tokyo is 60 km from Narita Airport, the international gateway to Japan linked to 94 cities in 40 countries with 1,600 weekly international flights. With the recent completion of a new express train, the ride between the airport and the city center takes just 36 minutes. Moreover, Haneda Airport, located only 15 km from the city center, is also a portal to the world. With these two international airports, Tokyo truly is an international travel hub in Asia.
The city is linked by an intricate and comprehensive network of over 40 railway and subway lines. The network runs to a high-precision schedule that is rarely subject to delay. Subway stations are also conveniently numbered to aid understanding for foreign visitors. A detailed bilingual map of Tokyo's transportation network is available to download at the following link:
Tokyo route map (pdf file 1.7MB).
Hotels and other accommodations in Tokyo may be searched and reserved individually at the following website: Accomodation Search or by any other common e-booking services.
The map available in this document hotels (pdf file 2.5MB) may help you searching for a hotel.
Our suggestion: if you wish to be close to the workshop venue, we suggest you the Odaiba district or near the Shimbashi or Shiodome stations. If you wish to stay in a more central and touristic area, but still with easy access to the workshop venue, we suggest you Ginza, Roppongi or Central Tokyo.
Additional touristic information about Tokyo, surrounding areas and Japan may be obtained from the web site of the Japan National Tourism Organization at www.jnto.go.jp.
Japan waives visa requirements for travelers from 61 countries and regions. Travelers on short-term stays from these countries do not require visas to enter Japan. For other countries visas are required. For more information, check with the Japanese embassy/consulate of your country or visit the web page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan: www.mofa.go.jp.
The list of countries that have visa exemption arrangements with Japan is available at the following link: novisa.html.
We will provide letters of invitation for VISA purposes to the registered participants and authors of the accepted papers. For the letter requests please contact the conference office.
Please note that the deadline for requesting invitation letters is February 24, 2012.