General Information


Clothing (Important Information)

The conference will be held at Kenchoji Zen temple. Please come in business attire and also be aware that you will be asked to take off your shoes at the entrance of the temple. The weather in Japan in the autumn is mild but it can get chilly due to the windy condition of the coastal city, so please dress in layers and be ready for cool temperatures. We also suggest wearing warm socks while in the temple.

Information for Presenters

  • Presentation Style

    • Please follow the chairperson's instructions.
    • Presentation times have already been informed to all presenters.
    • Please come to the Speaker Ready Desk which is next to the Registration Desk 30 minutes before your presentation.
    • All presentations must be done using a PC. Please note that there will be no slide equipment or OHP available. Please ensure that your presentation is compatible with "Microsoft PowerPoint 2003-2016" and bring your data stored on a USB or bring in your own PC. If you prepare your presentation with Macintosh, bring your data on your own PC and connector which can be connected with Mini D-sub 15-pin connectors.
    • Please make sure that the data is not infected by any virus by checking it with the latest antivirus software with the most up to date virus definitions.
    • Please prepare any printed data if necessary. There will be no equipment available to make print outs.
    • Please make and bring back up data on another media device.
  • Data preparation for presentation

    • For presenters who bring data on media devices
      • Please prepare your presentation so that it is compatible with "PowerPoint 2003-2016". We'll use a PC with "OS: Windows 10".
      • To avoid problems, such as improperly positioned characters and paragraphs, unreadable characters, and missing characters, please try to use the following fonts:
        Century Gothic, Arial, Times New Roman
    • For presenters who brings data on their own PC
      • Please make sure you bring your own AC adapter. We use a two-way flat type socket, so please bring an adapter if necessary.
      • Please make sure that it can be connected with Mini D-sub 15-pin connectors which the organizer will provide. Please bring an auxiliary adapter if conversion is needed.
      • Please check that all data appears on outside monitors beforehand.
      • Please cancel screen saver, power saver set up or a password for start up, if it's set.
      • Please check that all moving images and audio data appear on monitor beforehand.
      • Please be sure to bring a back up of the data beside your own PC.

Conference Language

All sessions will be conducted in English.

Passport and Visa

To visit Japan, you must have a valid passport. A visa is required for citizens of countries that do not have visa exempt agreements with Japan. Please contact the nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate for visa requirements.


The Organizing Committee accepts no liability for accidents or damage to the private property of participants. Please make your own arrangements for health insurance and any other necessary insurance.


In early November, the average high temperature is 15°C, while the low is 10°C in Kamakura.

Local Time

Japan Standard time is 9 hours ahead of G.M.T. The time difference for major Asian cities is shown below (decrease by 1 hour during Daylight Saving Time period):


  • Beijing: -1 hour
  • Seoul: 0 (same)
  • Singapore: -1 hour
  • New Delhi: -3.5 hours

Public Transportation

For general transport, taxis are plentiful but expensive. JR Railway provides easy access to and from Tokyo Station


Currency in Japan is the Yen (¥ /JPY). Notes are available in denominations of 10,000, 5,000, 2,000 and 1,000 yen. Coins are minted in denominations of 500, 100, 50, 10, and 1 yen. Exchange at the airport is recommended for your convenience. Most foreign currencies can be exchanged at authorized foreign exchange banks. However we highly recommend bringing cash in Yen, U.S. dollars or Euros before leaving your home countries. A passport may be required for currency exchange services.


Electric current is uniformly 100 volts, AC, throughout Japan, but with two different cycles: 50 in eastern Japan including Kamakura and Tokyo, and 60 in western Japan including Kyoto, Osaka and Nara. Leading hotels in major cities have two outlets of 100 and 230 volts but their sockets usually accept a two-prong wall outlet only.


In Japan, tipping the hotel and restaurant staff is not necessary.


Shops and other sales outlets in Japan are generally open on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays as well as weekdays from 10:00 to 20:00. Department stores, however, are closed on one weekday, differing by store, and certain specialty shops may not open on Sundays and national holidays.

Mobile Telephone

Mobile telephone rental is recommended, as most foreign cellular phones are not compatible with Japan's network. Mobile phone rental shops are conveniently located at Narita and other international airports. Please check with your mobile network provider prior to your departure. We recommend using NTT DOCOMO phone if you rent a phone in Japan. Other mobile phones e.g. AU, Softbank etc., may not function there. Pocket Wi-Fi is also recommended for renting from the airport or carrier shops as internet service is unavailable in Kenchoji.

Kamakura Highlights and Tourism Spots

Kamakura Shirasudon

Many restaurants in Kamakura features freshly-caught shirasu, or young sardines, as Kamakura dining table staples. Some of the many variations include shirasu rice bowls, shirasu-topped pizza and shirasu pasta.

Hasedera Temple

According to legend, this old temple has been here well before the Kamakura period.
Hasedera Temple is five minutes’ walk from Hase Station on the Enoden. Called the “Temple of Flowers,” it’s popular as a place where visitors can watch the scenery change with the seasons.

The Great Buddha of Kamakura

The Great Buddha of Kamakura (鎌倉大仏, Kamakura Daibutsu) is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple. The statue was created in 1252 and originally located inside a large temple hall.
However, due to multiple hurricanes and tsunamis during the 14th to 15th centuries, the temple buildings were destroyed leaving the buddha standing in open air since then.

Komachi Street

Komachi Street begins right outside JR Kamakura Station’s east exit, and span 360 meters in length, running all the way to Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine.

Both sides are lined with shops where you can pick something up to eat while you stroll along. Sample senbei rice crackers, takoyaki and more! There are also peculiar accessory stores, among the many genres, so you should try stopping at as many places as you can.


Kamakurakokomae, Yuigahama

This picturesque spot at the Enoden Kamakurakokomae train stop frequently appears in anime, manga and movies. Snap a photo of this tranquil scene for yourself, with the sweeping view of Shichirigahama Beach’s sand and surf spreading out behind you.

Meigetsuin (The Hydrangea Temple)

Meigetsuin Temple in Kita-Kamakura is also called “the hydrangea temple” for its flowers. You can view the garden through the “windows of enlightenment,” shaped like circles, which symbolize enlightenment, truth, and the cosmos. The garden behind the temple is only open for viewing during the fall foliage season.

The Mysterious Forest At Hokokuji Temple

Behind Hokokuji Temple, known as “the bamboo temple,” a forest comprising over 2000 bamboo trees lies in wait. A visit to this whimsical, mysterious scene is highly recommended for tourists. From Kamakura Station, the bus to Hokokuji is about a 12-minute ride, while it takes up to half an hour to reach the temple on foot.

Enoshima Island

With only a short train ride west of Kamakura, Enoshima (江の島) is a pleasant touristy island just off the coast but connected by bridge with the mainland. The island offers a host of attractions, including a shrine, park, observation tower and caves. Views of Mount Fuji can be enjoyed on days with good visibility and fair weather.