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Please find the latest information from the Japanese government for entering Japan under the COVID-19 pandemic.

Border enforcement measures implemented in Japan in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 
(Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Border control measures 
(Ministry of Health, Labour, Welfare)

About Japan


Japan’s official language is Japanese, but English is understood in major cities.

Time Zone

Upon your arrival, please set your clock to Japanese time!
To adjust your clock, please see the information here (


The fall season is perfect for outdoor exploration and a great time to taste what’s in Japan’s larder. It gets cooler in the evening, so be sure to bring light jacket with you!


Only Japanese yen (JPY) is accepted at regular stores and restaurants.
Certain foreign currencies may be accepted at a limited number of hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops.

ATM Information

Foreign currency can usually be exchanged at exchange counters, banks, and some hotels, and local convenience stores, such as FamilyMart, 7 eleven, and Lawson.
Exchange rates fluctuate daily in accordance with financial market trends. Currency that can be exchanged depends on the exchange counter.


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


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

About Kyoto

Kyoto is located in the central part of the island of Honshu, Japan. It was the capital of country for over a thousand years, and is still considered the heart and soul of traditional Japan. Enjoy the unique culture, fantastic food, and the beautiful scenery!


Getting around the city, public transportation is very convenient.
Fares start from 230JPY for City buses and 210JPY for subways.
For more information, please visit the website.

How to get to Kyoto International Conference Center (ICC Kyoto),
the ISA2021 symposium venue

From JR Kyoto Station, a major railway station and transportation hub in the city, you can take a subway that directly takes you to the venue.

By Subway Subway Karasuma Line Kokusai Kaikan station
(The last stop from Kyoto Station) Appx. 20 minutes
By Taxi About 30 minutes

Free Wi-Fi in Kyoto

Everyone can use Kyoto city Wi-Fi for free.
All you need to do is to select SSID on your device.
SSID (wireless network): KYOTO Wi-Fi

For more information about Kyoto, please visit Kyoto City Official Travel Guide