Pacifico Yokohama
    Yokohama, Japan
    23 - 26 April 2013
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    Travel and General Information

    Yokohama is located in the centre of Japan, along the coastline of Japan's Pacific Ocean, and is one of the 15 Japanese Government-designated cities. The average temperature in Yokohama is 16 degrees centigrade with pleasant weather in spring and autumn, high temperatures and high humidity in summer, and a mild climate and less snow in winter. The total population of Yokohama is 3,650,000, making the city the second largest after Tokyo. A number of foreign enterprises have established their branches in Yokohama by taking full advantage of the Yokohama Port. Yokohama is a city of dreams for every Japanese person as well as its local citizens who are very proud of living here because it is not only very famous as a tourist mecca, but also has every urban function including, but not limited to, business and culture.

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    Passport and VISA
    To visit Japan, you must have a valid passport. A visa is required for citizens of countries that do not have visa-exempt agreements with Japan. Please contact the nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate for visa requirements.

    Climate
    The temperature in Yokohama during the period of the conference ranges between 12° and 20°.

    Currency Exchange
    Only Japanese yen (¥) is acceptable at regular stores and restaurants. Certain foreign currencies and credit cards 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.

    Travelers Checks and Credit Cards
    Traveler’s checks are accepted only by leading banks and major hotels in principal cities, and the use of traveler’s checks 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.

    Duty Free Import
    Personal effects and professional equipment can be brought into Japan duty free as long as their contents and quantities are deemed reasonable by the customs offi cer. You can also bring in 400 cigarettes, 500 grams of tobacco or 100 cigars; 3 bottles of alcoholic beverages; 2 ounces of perfume; and gifts and souvenirs whose total market price is less than 200,000 yen or its equivalent. There is no allowance for tobacco or alcoholic beverages for persons aged 19 years or younger. Strictly prohibited are fi rearms and other types of weapons, and narcotics.

    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 Yokohama and Tokyo, 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 during one weekday, differing by store, and certain specialty shops may not open on Sundays and national holidays.