AOCC 2016


Travel Information

Weather

The temperature in Kyoto during July ranges from 24 to 33 degrees centigrade, and 75 to 91 degrees in Fahrenheit. Average relative humidity during the morning and afternoon in July is 68%.

Currency Exchange

Only Japanese yen (JPY / ¥) is acceptable at regular stores and restaurants. Certain foreign currencies may be accepted at a limited number of hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops. You can buy yen at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money exchangers on presentation of your passport.
1,000 yen is approximately equivalent to US$8.35 or €7.49 (as of October 01, 2015).

The Japanese unit of currency is the Yen. There are 6 different denomination coins in circulation - 500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1 - and 4 different denomination notes - 10000, 5000, 2000 and 1000.

ATMs

You can withdraw cash using your international brand credit, debit, prepaid and cash cards nationwide at ATMs of Japan Post Bank and Seven Bank. Citibank ATMs are also in service but number of ATMs is very limited with most of their ATMs located in major international airports and in their branch offices. Please note that no other Japanese banks currently accept international transactions.

Traveller’s cheques and Credit Card

Traveller's cheques are accepted only by leading banks and major hotels in principal cities, and the use of traveller's cheques in Japan is not as popular as in some other countries. Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, and American Express are widely accepted at hotels, department stores, shops, restaurants and nightclubs.

TAX

Consumption tax currently rate 8%, and prices shown on the price tag include tax

Tipping

In Japan, tips are not necessary anywhere, even at hotels and restaurants.

Electricity

Electric current is uniformly 100 volts, AC, throughout Japan, but with two different cycles: 50 in eastern Japan including Tokyo and Yokohama, and 60 in western Japan including Kyoto and Osaka. Leading hotels in major cities have two outlets of 100 and 220 volts but their sockets usually accept a two-leg plug only.

Shopping

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 be open on Sundays and national holidays.

Insurance

The conference organizers cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained, or for loss of, or damage to, property belonging to Conference participants, either during or as a result of the Conference. Participants are encouraged to purchase travel insurance before leaving your home country. Insurance plans typically cover accidental loss of belongings, medical costs in case of injury or illness, and other possible risks of international travel. Please check the validity of your own insurance.