The location of IAME 2017 is Kyoto, the former capital of Japan from A.D. 794 to 1869. This is one of the most internationally popular tourist cities in East Asia. In fact, Kyoto was ranked No.1 among the tourist cities in the world by the US magazine “Travel + Leisure” in 2014 and 2015.
The city embodies 1,200 years of Japanese history and tradition in 17 UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites and more than 2,000 old temples and shrines. Many famous sites can be easily accessed by a convenient integrated network of buses and trains with multilingual signs. All the UNESCO sites can be accessed in less than 30 minutes from the city centre.
The friendly city of 1.5 million people offers endless opportunities for visitors to gain meaningful hands-on experience of rich Japanese culture through tea ceremony, sake brewing, kimono wearing, swordsmanship and more. The renowned safety of Japan and the compactness of Kyoto makes for wonderful strolling during free time.
Map of Kyoto
- Hotel Granvia Kyoto (Conference venue)
- TKP (Additional conference venue in case that applicants exceed the capasity of Hotel Granvia Kyoto)
Kyoto Official Travel Guide
Foreign travellers can find detailed information on the tourism in the city from the official website. The information covers transport, accommodation, sightseeing, experiences, shopping, food etc.
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Hotel Granvia Kyoto is the main venue of the conference. The hotel is a part of Kyoto Station Building, which is accessible directly from the international airport by train or limousinee bus. The bottom of this page provides the information on the access from the airport. The following is the official website of this venue.
The ceremonies of the conference are held in a big ballroom of the hotel, which can accommodate 200-500 guests. Small rooms for the parallel sessions can accommodate up to 30-50 guests for each room. 200 presentations can be given in this main venue within 2.5-day conference.
Hotel Granvia Kyoto is a part of Kyoto Station Building
Access to the venues
Kansai International Airport (KIX, http://www.kansai-airport.or.jp/en/access/index.html) is the closest international airport to Kyoto. Kyoto Station can be directly accessible from KIX by train or limousine bus.
Express train “Airport Express HARUKA”, operated by JR West, is the easiest way to access Kyoto Station. This train connects KIX and Kyoto Station directly within 75 minutes. One-way fare is ¥2,850 for a non-reserved seat, and ¥3,370 for a reserved seat. The information is found in the official website of JR West.
Limousine buses connect KIX and Kyoto station within 88 minutes. One-way fare is ¥2,250. The information is found in the official website of KIX.
Shuttle taxi is also available to take you from the airport to your accommodation directly. Reservations are usually required at least two days in advance. One-way fare is around \3,500. The followings are the websites of the two firms that provide shuttle taxi service.
Access from Osaka Itami Airport (ITM)
The international airports in Tokyo (Narita International Airport and Haneda International Airport) serve more flights to multiple international destinations than KIX. These airports serve frequent domestic flights to the two airports close to Kyoto, KIX and Osaka Itami Airport (ITM). From ITM, Kyoto station can be accessed by limousine bus or shuttle taxi within 60 minutes. The information is found in the official website of ITM.
TKP in Kyoto Tower Hotel (Additional conference venue in case that applicants exceed the capasity of Hotel Granvia Kyoto)
TKP in Kyoto Tower Hotel is the supplementary venue of the conference. This venue is located within two-minute walk from Hotel Granvia Kyoto. If the number of presentations exceeds 200, additional conference rooms will be provided from this supplementary venue.
TKP in Kyoto Tower Hotel is located North of Hotel Granvia Kyoto
In order to come to TKP in Kyoto Tower Hotel from Hotel Granvia Kyoto, please follow the following guide.
Please use the left entrance to the hotel instead of the right entrance to the shopping floor.