Anatomical Science 2004 From Gene to Body
Social Program
Announcement of Accepted Abstracts
Instructions to the speakers
Young Investigators' Award
Hotel Accommodationand Optional Tours
General Information
Access to Kyoto
Map of Kyoto
General Information
Kyoto, Your Host City
Kyoto, situated in the center of Japan was capital and residence of the Emperor of Japan for more than 1000 years, from the city's foundation in 794 until the Meiji era when the capital was moved to Tokyo in 1869.
Designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1994, Kyoto's many attractions include 17 UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites amongst its 2000 temples and shrines. The birthplace of much of Japan's traditional culture, including "Noh" theater, tea ceremony and flower arrangement, Kyoto is still considered to be the cultural center of Japan, and is the ideal place to savor some of the country's unique heritage, culture and cuisine.
The congress venue, Kyoto International Conference Hall (KICH), is situated in the north of the city, in an area surrounded by beautiful mountains and woodland, within easy access from the city center.
For general information on Japan and Kyoto :
Kyoto Convention Bureau :
Climate and Attire
The weather in Japan during the Congress period, late August, is usually hot and humid with daily temperatures ranging between 24°C (75°F) to 33°C (92°F), although all of the city's hotels & facilities, including the Kyoto International Conference Hall, are fully air-conditioned. Participants are recommended to bring light, cool clothing.
A variety of shopping opportunities can be found in Kyoto. Local arts and crafts, such as Kiyomizu pottery and Yuzen-dyed fabrics as well as other traditional Japanese products, can be purchased in many of downtown Kyoto's numerous shops. First-rate department stores are located throughout the city and offer many opportunities for browsing and the purchase of items unique to Japan and the Kyoto area. A 5% sales tax is applied to almost all consumer purchases made in Japan.
Currency Exchange
Exchange of major currencies is available at most banks, airports and large hotels in addition to the Congress venue site itself. (Please note that the Secretariat accepts payments in Japanese yen, cash only.)
Although 100v is the standard power supply throughout Japan, regional differences exist in frequency (Kyoto and Western Japan - 60Hz, Tokyo and Eastern Japan - 50Hz). Most hotels are equipped with 110v and 220v outlets, and converters are usually available on request.
Most major hotels provide outlets for connecting personal laptop computers to the Internet. A business center will be provided in the Kyoto International Conference Hall (KICH) for connection to the Internet.
Visa Requirements and Letters of Invitation
Participants from some countries may require visas for entry to Japan. Please contact your nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate well in advance to obtain information on requirements and application procedures.

Participants requiring an official letter of invitation to the congress, to support visa applications or local grant applications, should fill in a Visa Information Form (Form D). Please click on the button below to download the Visa Information Form and return it to the Registration Secretariat as early as possible.
Receipt of this form, completed in full, is essential for the preparation of necessary visa application documents.

Please note that a letter of invitation does not imply a commitment on the part of the organizers to the payment of any expenses on behalf of the participant.
Visa Information Form

16th IFAA 2004 Kyoto