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Getting to the ASLO Conference Venue – Detailed Information

ASLO-Biwako will take place at Otsu on the shores of Lake Biwa, a large (670 km2) ancient (>3 million years) lake that is the source of drinking water for the city of Kyoto. Otsu is the capital of Shiga Prefecture, and lies 10 minutes by local train from Kyoto Station. Kyoto is usually accessed by flights to Kansai Airport (Osaka), Itami Airport (Osaka) or Narita Airport (Tokyo), followed by rail or bus connections. We hope the detailed travel information presented here will help your rapid transit from these airports to your hotel. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the ASLO-Japan office (aslo.biwako@gmail.com).

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1. From Kansai Airport (KIX)

This is the probably the easiest of the three options, but not all airlines fly into or have easy connections to KIX.

2. From Itami Airport (ITM)

Many of us will arrive at this airport after a connection via Narita in Tokyo (or perhaps from Tokyo’s second airport, Haneda). If you need Yen, there are cash machines (ATMs) in the South Terminal, including 7 Bank which has an English option when you insert your card. If you have time between connections at Narita, it would be a good idea to use the ATM machines there (e.g., Citibank). Note: For your return trip, the first bus from Kyoto Station to Itami is at 5h50: http://www.okkbus.co.jp/en/timetable/itm/f_kyt.html. The bus could be delayed by traffic, so it would be best to stay overnight in Osaka if you have an early morning flight.

3. From Narita Airport (NRT)

Most international airlines serve Narita airport, which is about 60 km east of Tokyo. A good way to break up your trip would be to stay overnight in Tokyo, for example near Shinagawa Station where the bullet train (the shinkansen) stops en route for Kyoto, but it is also possible (albeit very tiring) to get all the way through from Tokyo to Kyoto and Otsu that day, depending on when your flight arrives.

Some flight connections require transfers from Narita airport to the other Tokyo airport, Haneda. This connection is also sometimes used by airlines if your flight is delayed and there are no Narita-Itami or Narita KIX flights available when you arrive. The Narita-Haneda transfer is by limousine bus, and the Information Desk near the terminal door will extremely be pleased to help you: http://www.limousinebus.co.jp/en/ .

If travelling by train from Narita to Kyoto, the Narita-Express to Tokyo Station takes about an hour, and Tokyo Station to Kyoto Station is 2 h 35 mins.