Travel and Lodging
Accommodations at Tokyo Daiichi Hotel
Our recommended conference hotel, the
Tokyo Daiichi Hotel Nishiki,
is in the Sakae area of Nagoya.
But we have found that online reservations at the link above do
not work well in English, and accordingly we have set aside
rooms for the conference for the nights of June 16, 17, 18 and
19 (the last night is for those who plan to attend the business
meeting). We have also been able to set what we think are
favorable room rates.
Please send your reservation request
to the conference organizer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
See below for room information. Please let us know if you want
different nights or a different room type.
Please send your reservation request
as soon as your travel plans are ready, and certainly no later
than May 30. After May 30 we will consider the list of
reservations complete and submit it to the hotel. Cancellations
must be made 3 days in advance of your stay. There is a
cancellation fee so if you cancel, please be sure to do so in
Deluxe singles, non-smoking, with
king size bed: ￥8,800
(about $77 USD, $106 CAD*). 15 are now set aside for us.
Non-deluxe singles, non-smoking,
with single bed: ￥6,800
(about $60 USD, $82 CAD*). 5 are now set aside for us.
(Breakfast buffet is
￥1,000 if you pre-order the night
before and ￥1,400
if you just show up at breakfast.)
will vary according to current exchange rate.
We recommend Tokyo Daiichi Hotel
Nishiki because it is close to Kinjo Gakuin University’s
satellite campus facilities (used for the first day of the
conference and for the business meeting on June 20) and close to
the train that will take us out to Kinjo’s main campus (a less
than 20 minute train ride) which we will certainly use on
Saturday and Sunday (June 18 and 19). (There are no hotels near
our main campus, which is in a suburban area.) We will also use
the Tokyo Daiichi Hotel Nishiki as a reference point on this
page, and as a rallying point at the time of the conference.
However, if you are not satisfied with
the Tokyo Daiichi Hotel’s facilities, please feel free to make
your own arrangements and search for other hotels. If you do
reserve a different hotel we strongly advise that you keep it in
the Sakae area. Sakae has many hotels, and all are fairly
conveniently located in relation to our conference venues. Some
are more luxurious but more expensive than our recommended
hotel, and conversely there are many business hotels that are
cheaper but smaller.
For travels tips for Nagoya,
directions to Sakae and advice about sightseeing, please read
Access to Nagoya and Accommodations
Access to Nagoya and our conference
hotel is relatively straightforward, but a few steps are
required no matter how you come.
We will send out detailed advice about
access to our campus facilities to those who register, and
hopefully we will be have rallying points and walking groups so
that people can move together from the hotel to our satellite
campus facility downtown (Sakae), and to our main campus, which
is a short train ride from the hotel area to the suburbs.
The rest of this page describes how to
get to Nagoya and our recommended hotel in Sakae. We also offer
a few suggestions about sightseeing in Japan at the bottom of
the page. We hope there is enough information here to help you
plan your trip. Please contact Matthew Taylor (email@example.com)
if you have questions.
Airports and Access to Nagoya
When coming to Japan from elsewhere,
you can reach Nagoya through three hubs
1) Direct Flights to Nagoya/Chubu
Fly directly to
Japan International Airport), which services Nagoya, and
thence to Nagoya Station by a fast
airport train (it
takes about half an hour and costs about $8 USD, plus about
$4 more if you prefer a first class car).
Do NOT try to take a taxi
from Chubu International Airport to Nagoya.
There are also airport buses from Chubu
but they are infrequent. The train leaves directly (and
frequently) from the airport and is the best and easiest way
to get to Nagoya.
Direct flights to Chubu
International Airport are plentiful from Asia but scarce
from America or Europe, unless you are connecting from
Honolulu or Helsinki. You will likely need to get to Chubu
International Airport by a connecting flight from Tokyo.
(See below; flights are very frequent and flying time is
less than an hour.)
Using Chubu International Airport,
either by direct flight from outside of Japan or through a
connecting flight from Tokyo, will probably be the easiest
way to get to Nagoya.
2) Connections to Nagoya from Tokyo
Most attendees will probably first
fly to Tokyo’s
airports, and then come to
Nagoya, either by plane connection or Shinkansen (bullet
train). If you are flying in to Tokyo’s Narita Airport
(which is most likely), a connecting flight to Nagoya is
highly recommended (unless you staying in Tokyo for
sightseeing). Train connections from Narita are complicated
However, if you are flying in to
Tokyo’s Haneda airport, which is near the center of Tokyo, a
Shinkansen (bullet train) or plane connection to Nagoya may
be about equal in time and convenience.
If you choose to get from Haneda
International Airport to Nagoya by Shinkansen (bullet
train), catch the Shinkansen at Shinagawa station, which is
a few train stops from Haneda. The Shinkansen trip from
Shinagawa Station to Nagoya Station is about 90 minutes.
Going by train from Haneda to Nagoya eliminates the time you
would wait for a connecting flight, as well as the airport
train from Chubu airport to Nagoya Station. Bilingual signs,
information kiosks, and helpful airport and train station
staff will help you find your way.
3) Coming from Osaka
Fly to Osaka’s
Kansai International Airport,
then come to Nagoya by train, one train from the airport to
the Shinkansen at Shin Osaka station, and one via the
Shinkansen to Nagoya station. Both train rides are about 50
minutes long (total about 100 minutes). There are no
connecting flights from Kansai International Airport to
Chubu International Airport. Flying in to Kansai
International Airport is not recommended unless you have a
good reason (business or sightseeing in the Kansai area,
or reduced fares which are sometimes available to those who
fly in through Kansai).
Getting to Sakae and the Hotel
When you reach Nagoya Station (either
by airport train from Chubu International Airport, or by
Shinkansen from Tokyo or Osaka), you will need to get to Sakae.
As mentioned, our conference hotel, the
Tokyo Daiichi Hotel Nishiki,
is in the Sakae area of Nagoya. (Any back up hotels we use will
be in the same area.) Sakae is either a short taxi ride or two
subway stops after you arrive at Nagoya Station.
The short taxi ride from Nagoya
Station to Sakae will be about $10 USD or slightly more (there
is no tipping in Japan). By subway it is about $2 USD and two
stops on the Higashiyama line (the yellow line on the schematic
maps). Numerous signs will direct you to taxi stands or to the
If you are travelling with others
and/or have cumbersome luggage, a taxi is recommended. Tell
the driver you are going to the Tokyo Daiichi Hotel Nishiki
("Tokyo dye each ‘E’ hotel knee she key"), or show him or her
Tokyo Daiichi Hotel Nishiki
Naka-ku, Nishiki 3-18-21
If you want to save a little money and
are travelling alone, the subway is not difficult. The Tokyo
Daiichi Hotel is a few blocks from Exit #1 of Sakae subway
station. See the hotel map
here.) It is easy to
miss the hotel on foot because the name on the portico is not
easy to see from the sidewalk. Look for the "Daily" convenience
store (bright red and yellow) which is connected to the first
floor and right next to the foyer.
Sakae is the heart of Nagoya, with
several major department stores and hundreds of restaurants.
Sakae has Kinjo Gakuin University’s small but convenient
satellite campus facilities, which we will probably use for the
first day (June 17) of our conference (and the business meeting
on June 20). Sakae also has easy access to the train that will
take us out to Kinjo’s main campus (a less than 20 minute train
ride). We will certainly be using Kinjo’s main campus on
Saturday and Sunday (June 18 and 19).
We will send out more information on
access to our campus facilities to registrants. As mentioned
above, hopefully we will also be able to arrange rallying points
so walking groups can move together and people won’t have to
navigate on their own.
Travelling and Sightseeing in Japan
Though there are places of interest in
Nagoya and Central Japan, keep in mind that Nagoya is primarily
a financial and industrial center and port town. It is a fun and
lively modern city but not the best place to see traditional
Japan and well preserved historical sites. For serious
sightseeing we recommend you go further afield.
Fortunately, Nagoya is an ideal
jumping off point for visiting Japan’s greatest travel
destinations. If you have extra time in Japan before or after
the conference, it is recommended you visit some of them, to
make the most of your trip. Below is an abbreviated list of some
top destinations, with a few travel tips. If you are interested
in visiting them, please consult a good travel guide in planning
that part of your trip.
Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital, is
less than an hour West from Nagoya by Shinkansesn (bullet train)
and many consider it a "must see" destination. You should
reserve your hotel far in advance as Kyoto has become a busy
international tourist destination. Alternately, since hotels
have become hard to reserve in Kyoto, you may want to extend you
Nagoya stay and make Nagoya your base for a day trip to Kyoto.
Nara is another significant ancient
cultural center with many temples. It is to the South of Kyoto,
and can be reached by a short train ride from Kyoto, or directly
from Nagoya on the Kintetsu line.
Many people find a trip to Hiroshima
and the Peace Memorial Museum to be a powerful life experience.
Hiroshima is about 3 hours West from Nagoya by Shinkansen
(bullet train). (A visit to Nagasaki would be equally
recommended except that unfortunately it is much harder to reach
from Nagoya, and would constitute a more ambitious trip.)
Himeji Castle is one of the largest
and best preserved castles in Japan. It is about 2 hours West
from Nagoya by Shinkansen (bullet train), with easy access by
bus from the Himeji Shinkansen station. A spectacular sight,
Himeji Castle would be great for a day trip from Nagoya, or a
good place to stop when coming to or from Hiroshima.
Tokyo is less than two hours East from
Nagoya by Shinkansen (bullet train). It is probably Japan’s best
tourist destination from the sheer variety of things to do and
places (old and new) to see. A few days in Tokyo are highly
A slight detour on the way to or from
Tokyo, Kamakura is another ancient capital along a rugged but
placid seaside area. It is very picturesque as well as
culturally and historically significant.
Extended Travel with a Rail Pass
For those who have enough time for a
longer adventure in Japan, a
Japan Rail Pass
is highly recommended. It gives you
unlimited rail access to almost anywhere in Japan. These highly
coveted rail passes are not available to Japan residents and can
only be obtained from outside of Japan.
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