All the following information are as of June 2023.
Please check the information effective in October 2023 for making reservations, by yourself.
Aomori airport: https://www.aomori-airport.co.jp/en/
Flights are operated between Aomori ⇔ Tokyo (Haneda), Sapporo (New Chitose), Osaka (Itami), Nagoya (Komaki), and Kobe.
Flights are suspended between Aomori ⇔ Seoul (Incheon, Korean Air) and Taiwan(Taoyuan, Eva Air)
Between Aomori airport and Aomori station (downtown Aomori, near the forum venue and hotels), you can take
* JR Bus Tohoku (~35 min. 860 JPY, departing from bus stop 2 outside the passenger terminal. The timetable is here.)
* Taxi (~30 min. above 5,000 JPY)
JR East: https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/routemaps/tohokushinkansen.html
The timetable for “Hayabusa” which are reachable to Shin-Aomori is here.
You need to take a local train (Ohu line) between Shin-Aomori and Aomori.
Aomori city is situated at the north latitude of 40.49 and has an annual average temperature of about 10~11 degrees Celsius. Leaves will begin changing colors in the middle of October, just in time when the forum is held. Light winter clothes is recommended to be brought with you.
In Japan, 2-flat-pin plugs are used. The voltage used throughout Japan is uniformly 100 volts, A.C. There are two kinds of frequencies in use; 60 Hertz in western Japan and 50 Hertz in eastern Japan (incl. Aomori). A convertible type of electrical appliances such as a travel iron, hair dryer, and shaver will therefore be handy. Otherwise, a step-down transformer is required to convert the voltage.
Currency & Foreign Exchange
The local currency is Japanese Yen (JPY). Japanese money comes in bills (1,000, 2,000, 5,000 and 10,000 JPY) and coins (1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 JPY). Major currencies, such as the US dollar and EURO, can be exchanged at international airports, major banks and major hotels. Banks are open from 9:00 to 15:00 on Monday to Friday.
International credit cards such as American Express, VISA, Diners Club, MasterCard and JCB are also acceptable at these major establishments. Credit card transactions, however, are not always convenient outside big cities. Therefore, obtaining cash beforehand is recommended when you travel to the countryside.
Individual tipping is not common in Japan, since a 10 to 15 % service charge is added to the bill at major hotels and higher-class restaurants.
Japan is in a single time zone, nine hours ahead of GMT. No Daylight Saving Time is in effect.
The organizers do not accept responsibility for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. Participants are advised to take out their own personal insurance policy.