Japan is a cash country. Have cash on you!
The closest Seven-Eleven to the conference venue with an ATM is located across the road in front of the main gate of Yayoi Campus of the University of Tokyo (the venue). This link (General Info of IETF76) provides the information on how to use ATMs in Japan.
Electric Power Plugs
The electric power supplied in Japan is typically 100V. The frequency is 50Hz in Tokyo areal, which is less relevant these days to your hand-carry appliances.
The power plug used in Japan is as follows:
Route planner for train and subways
The following links offer on-line timetable and route search tools for train and subways in Japan:
Places to visit
Chiyoda Area: The Imperial Palace is located on the former site of Edo Castle. It is within walking distance from Tokyo station. Note that the visit of several places inside the Imperial Palace requires your advanced application. The application is available through a Web form in the Imperial Household Agency.
Akihabara: Akihabara is known as an Electric Town and the center of the Otaku culture; Otaku means people with obsessive interests, particularly anime, manga, or video games.
adjacent to the Ueno Station, is a large public park.
Ueno Park is home to museums (e.g., Tokyo National Museum,
The National Science Museum, and The National Museum of Western Art),
Ueno Zoo, temples and shrines (e.g., Kaneiji Temple, and Tosho-gu Shrine),
and Shinobazu Pond.
Ueno AMEYOKO (AMEYA-YOKOCHO), an Asian-fashioned market and shopping street, is also next to the Ueno Station.
Asakusa: Asakusa is most famous for the Senso-ji, a Buddhist temple and Kaminari-mon, its outer gate. Nakamise, a shopping arcade inside in Senso-ji Temple, is one of the best places in Tokyo to buy souvenirs.
is a major commercial and administrative center.
The view of Tokyo from the Tokyo metropolitan office in Shinjuku is wonderful.
One of the lookout points is the observatory of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Tower;
it is accessible by a dedicated elevator from the 1st floor of
the Main Building 1 (第一本庁舎).
The north wing opens from 9:30 to 23:00 (22:30 for entry)
but closes on 2nd/4th Mondays,
and the south wing opens from 9:30 to 17:30 (17:00 for entry)
but closes on 1st/3rd Tuesdays.
The south wing opens from 9:30 to 23:00 (22:30 for entry),
provided that the north wing closes.
A national garden, Shinjuku Gyoen, is another place to visit in Shinjuku area, which has a different mood from the center of Shinjuku as a business center. Shinjuku Gyoen is a large park with an eminent garden in Shinjuku. The garden is walking distance from Shinjuku-gyoenmae station (M10) on the Marunouchi subway line.
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Events in Tokyo
Eric Clapton's Tour (Dec. 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 10th, Nippon Budokan, Tokyo)
Guide to onsen (Japanese hot springs)
Onsen come in many types and shapes, including outdoor (Rotenburo, 露天風呂) and indoor baths. Since Onsen were traditionally used as public bathing places, the manner is same as that in public baths in Japan; i.e., you need take off all your clothes. This link provides the information on how to take Onsen.
The followings are examples of places to buy souvenirs:
- Oriental Bazaar in Harajuku: http://www.orientalbazaar.co.jp/en/
- Some shops in Asakusa (as introduced above)
We wish you a very pleasant and nice stay and a successful conference in Tokyo. For any questions on local information, please email