Hotels (IMPORTANT): Due to the high influx of tourists this time of year, we strongly recommend attendees to book their accommodations as soon as possible. It is likely that hotels will sell out quickly.
Those who made a reservation through the online system before 28 September 2018, can review their reservation information using their ID number here. Others are encouraged to make their own hotel reservations as soon as possible.
GEO Week 2018 will be held in the Kyoto International Conference Center (ICC Kyoto).
A guide of the surroundings of ICC Kyoto can be accessed here.
Taxi stands are at your right when exiting from Kyoto station using the "JR Line Central Exit".
The temperature in Kyoto during the period will range between 7-17 degrees Celsius.
The Kyoto time zone is UTC/GMT +9.
Tipping is not generally required.
Electricity and Water Supply
The voltage in Japan is 110 volts (60 cycles). The plug type is the "A-type", the one with two flat pins. Tap water is safe to drink, but bottled water is widely available.
In Japan, there is no general prohibition on smoking in public areas. Bars and restaurants are divided into smoking and nonsmoking zones. Smoking is prohibited inside theaters, museums and other cultural or educational institutions (designated areas are usually provided for smokers).
Useful Telephone Numbers
Emergency (Police): 110
Emergency (Fire and Medical): 119
Credit cards may be accepted in large hotels, shopping centers and restaurants whereas smaller shops cannot accept credit cards. Credit card users are advised to check before paying the bills.
Currency and ATMs
The official currency of Japan is the YEN. All payments must be made in Japanese YEN so it is necessary for visitors to change other currencies into YEN in order to make cash payments. Currency exchange points are located at any airport, Exchange rates and service fees vary. It is also possible to use ATMs located in banks, hotels, and large shopping centers.
Mobile Phones Information
Most modern mobile phones can work in several settings that can use roaming services in different networks. For roaming the participants need to contact their mobile network operator. Participants can hire mobile phones at each Airport. Detailed information is available on Airport website:
Where is Kyoto?
Address: 1-294 Kiyomizu Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City
Access: 10-minute walk from City Bus Stop Gojozaka (from Keihan Gion Shichijo Station and JR Kyoto Station)
10-minute walk from City Bus Stop Kiyomizu-michi (from Keihan Gion Shijo Station/Hankyu Kawaramachi Station)
25-minute walk from Keihan Kiyomizu Gojo Station
10-minute walk from City Bus Stop Higashiyama-gojo
Kinkaku-ji Temple （The Golden Pavilion)
Address: 1 Kinkakuji-cho Kita-ku, Kyoto City
Access: City Bus Stop Kinkakuji-mae / City Bus Stop Kingaku-ji-michi
Address: 13 Ryoanji-Goryo-no-Sita-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City
Access: 7-minute walk from City Bus Stop Ritsumeikandaigaku-mae (from JR Kyoto Station/Hankyu Oomiya Station)
1-minute walk from City Bus Stop Ryoan-ji-mae (from Keihan Sanjo Station)
7-minute walk from Railway Ryoan-ji Station on the Keifuku Kitano Line
Address: 68 Saga-tenryuji-susukinobaba-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City
Access: 10-minute walk from JR Saga-arashiyama Station on the JR Sagano Line
1-minute walk from Kyoto Bus Stop Keifuku Arashiyama-eki-mae or City Bus Stop Arashiyama
3-minute walk from Arashiyama Station on the Randen Arashiyama Line
15-minute walk from Arashiyama Station on the Hankyu Railway
Address: 2 Ginkakuji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City
Access: 30-minute walk from Demachiyanagi Station on the Keihan Railway
5-minute walk from City Bus Stop Ginkakuji-mae