Oct 16 – 20, 2023
Asia/Tokyo timezone

Travel Information

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan: 



  • Japanese Yen (JPY)

Electricity / Power outlet

  • 100 V, 50 Hz
  • Sockets: Type A, 2-pin
    • You better have plugs with two flat prongs with the same width. Plugs with one prong wider than the other would not fit into all the sockets. Type B (3-pin) sockets are equipped only in some places


  • There are two major airports, Narita (NRT) and Haneda (HND). You can specify Tokyo (TYO) in searching for your flights.

Transport between the Airports to Tsukuba:

  • From/To Narita airport
  • From/To Haneda airport: 
    • The easiest to travel from Haneda airport to Tsukuba is to take a highway bus (Fare: 1,900 JPY). The ticket counter can be found in the arrival floor at each terminal. https://tokyo-haneda.com/en/access/bus/index.html
    • As for going to the airport, it is not recommended to take a bus, unless you take a night flight, for there can be a huge delay due to traffic jams in and around Tokyo. There are several ways to get there: https://tokyo-haneda.com/en/access/train/index.html
      • Get off Tsukuba Express at Kita-Senju, take a JR train to Shinagawa, and Keikyu Line to Haneda Airport.
      • Get off Tsukuba Express at Akihabara, take a JR train to Hamamatsucho, and Tokyo Monorail Line to Haneda Airport.
      • Get off Tsukuba Express at Kita-Senju, take Hibiya Line to Ningyo-cho, and Asakusa Line, where you see trains coming from Narita Airport bound for Haneda Airport.
      • More different routings are possible
  • By Train:
    • If you come by train from the Airport to Tsukuba, first go towards Tokyo (not necessarily the Tokyo Station, but somewhere in the city), find a connection to Tsukuba Express line (https://www.mir.co.jp/en/), take either a Rapid, a Commuter Rapid, or a Semi-Rapid train, and get off at the terminal station "Tsukuba". (Some of the local trains do not reach "Tsukuba")

PASMO / SUICA: IC cards for public transportation

  • Having one of those cards would ease your moving around with public transportation in Japan, especially when you take a bus every day to get to the meeting venue.
  • The cards can also be used for small shopping, not everywhere but the shop at KEK accepts payment by these IC cards
  • PASMO: You can purchase one at the airports https://www.pasmo.co.jp/visitors/en/
  • SUICA: https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pass/suica.html
  • See also https://www2.kek.jp/rso/eng/BeforeCome/PASMO-Suica.html

Tuskuba center

Tsukuba center to KEK

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