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Accommodations at Tokyo Daiichi Hotel Nishiki

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 (taylor@kinjo-u.ac.jp). 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 time.  

Room information:

Deluxe singles, non-smoking, with king size bed: 8,800 per night
(about $77 USD, $106 CAD*). 15 are now set aside for us.

Non-deluxe singles, non-smoking, with single bed: 6,800 per night
(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.)

*Yen equivalence 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 on!


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 (taylor@kinjo-u.ac.jp) 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 International Airport

Fly directly to Chubu International Airport (Central 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 Narita or Haneda 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 and inconvenient.

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 subway system.

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 this address:

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

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 recommended.


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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