25th General Conference

1-7 September, 2019

Useful Information

Official Language

The conference languages are English, French and Spanish.

Public Transportation

Kyoto has a convenient subway system and several different railway lines, to take you swiftly to your destination. From Kyoto International Conference Center, it is just about a 5 min. walk to the “Kokusai-kaikan” subway station on the Karasuma Line, which goes to Kyoto Station and runs north-south through central Kyoto, with key stops along the way for main shopping streets, such as “Shijo.” The Tozai Line runs east-west, and these 2 subway lines intersect at “Karasuma Oike” station.

For more details, please refer to the following websites.

Tour Taxi

Kyoto transportation network map

Currency Exchange

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 and travelers’ checks can be exchanged at authorized foreign exchange banks and major hotels. However we highly recommend purchasing travelers' checks or cash in Yen, U.S. dollars or Euros before leaving your home countries. A passport may be required for currency exchange services.

Automated Teller Machine (ATM)

Post offices in Japan and many 7-Eleven convenience stores have automatic teller machines (ATMs) that accept credit, debit and ATM cards that are issued outside of Japan, including Visa, Plus, MasterCard, Maestro, Cirrus, American Express and JCB cards and provide an English user menu. (Please note that most Japanese banks’ ATMs do not accept foreign cards.) In addition, international ATMs can be found at international airports, in some major department stores and in Citibank and Shinsei Bank branches.

Credit Cards and Travelers’ Checks

Major credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club, Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted at hotels, department stores, shops and restaurants. Personal checks are not accepted anywhere in Japan. Travelers’ checks are accepted only at leading bank and major hotels.


Tipping is not customary in Japan, and is not generally done in any situation. Service charges are already included in the bill at hotels, restaurants, beauty salons, taxis, etc.


An 8% consumption tax is included in all purchases.


Voltage in Japan is 100V and the frequency is either 50Hz or 60Hz depending on the area (Kyoto is 60Hz). The socket is type A, which has two flat plug holes. If you plan to bring any electric appliances that are not convertible, transformers and/or plug adaptors are necessary.

Mobile Telephones

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 the airports. In addition, Japanese providers offer roaming services where you can use your own cellular phone number (simply bring your own SIM card and insert it to a rental phone or your own 3G handset). Please make sure to verify with your local provider prior to your departure.


ICOM Kyoto 2019 is not responsible for accidents or damage to the private property of participants. Please make your own arrangements for health insurance and any other necessary insurance.

Time Zone

Japan Standard time, uniform throughout the country, is 9 hours ahead of GMT. There is no daylight-saving time system in Japan, and it is 8 hours ahead of London in Sep.


The temperature in Kyoto during fall ranges from 15 to 30 degrees centigrade, and 59 to 86 degrees in Fahrenheit. Fall weather may have some shower, however, generally it is hot and humid enough in Kyoto in September. Summer outfit is comfortable in this weather, and light cardigan or jacket would be useful at night time.