October 27th, 2008       Kitakyushu-City, Japan organised and funded by ARTIST 

Useful Informations

  • Workshop registration fee: 10,000 JPYen (60€)

  • Electricity :
    The voltage used throughout Japan is uniformly 100 volts, A.C. There are two kinds of frequencies in use; 50 Hertz in eastern Japan and 60 Hertz in western Japan (including Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka).
    A convertible type of electrical appliance such as a hair dryer, travel iron and shaver will therefore be handy; otherwise a step-down transformer is required to convert the voltage.
    There are no columnar-shaped plugs or 3-pin plugs used in Japan but 2-flat-pin plugs are used instead. It is therefore advised to purchase a plug adapter beforehand.

  • Mike Hinchey’s advices :
    "If you haven’t been to Japan before, then flying directly to Kitakyushu is probably very convenient. But if you want to see more of Japan (and it’s very easy to get around... and VERY VERY safe), a great option is to fly to Tokyo (flights will probably be a lot cheaper) and get a Japan Rail Pass .
    The Japan Rail Pass (and I recommend paying for the Green Card!) costs roughly US$300 for a week (there are longer options) and gives you free trains in Japan for the duration (including the Shinkansen, bullet train, and including the Narita Express train from the airport to the center of Tokyo). It’s about 5 hours by train from Tokyo to the conference venue, but great scenery and you could stop off at wonderful places like Hiroshima on the way, and use the trains in Tokyo if you want to explore the city (it doesn’t cover the metro or subway, but covers all local trains).
    By the way, the one week Japan Rail Pass costs less than the one-way fare from Tokyo on the train. But you must buy the pass in your own country; you cannot buy it in Japan."

  • Welcome Cards Free. The Japan National Tourist Organization has prepared a variety of special Welcome Cards for the use and convenience of travelers visiting Japan from abroad. These cards, which allow you to get special discounts at hotels, restaurants, stores, and sightseeing attractions, are issued by local government offices throughout Japan, and some can be obtained through the Internet.

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