Practical Information

Climate and Weather

The max. and min. temperature is 15-20 degree Celsius and 5-10 degree Celsius, respectively. Sometimes it may become significantly cold. Please bring a warm jacket with you. You may be able to check weather at Kamakura with this page.

Credit Card, Currency Exchange, and Withdrawal of Cash

The SVC accepts major credit cards. You can also exchange US dollar/Euro into Japanese Yen at the SVC reception desk. If you want to withdraw cash with your credit card around the conference site, the closest machine is the international ATM service at the post office in Hayama town. Detailed information on the ATM service can be found here. The ATM service hours are 8:45-19:00 (weekday) and 9:00-17:00 (weekend). The post office is located from 10 min. by taxi. It is reachable by local bus although connection is not convenient. We would rather suggest that you would withdraw your money at the airport upon your arrival.

Restaurants and Shops

You may find some shops and restaurants around the Japan Railway (JR) station in Zushi city. To reach the station, you need to take a local bus from a bus stop in front of SVC. Most of shops and restaurants accept cash only. In Kamakura city, there are a lot of shops and restaurants.
There is a small shop inside the SVC building near the reception desk. It opens during 8:00-22:30.

Travel Desk

The JTB travel desk is open at the conference site. Here you can ask them to arrange your hotel/trip after the conference. Open hours are : 14:00-21:00 on December 1st, 9:00-17:00 from December 2nd to 5th, 9:00-12:00 on December 6th.

How to Reach Kamakura City

We will have Kamakura tour. However, it is impossible to visit all of famous historical properties in a limited time and it would be a good idea to go there by yourself. To visit Kamakura, first you have to take a local bus (~30 min) to the JR Zushi station, where bus stop is just in front of the SVC building, and then you take a JR train bound for Yokohama/Tokyo. Kamakura is the next station (~5 min). More instructions to use a local bus should be found below.

If you want to take a taxi, please contact to the SVC reception desk.

How to Ride a Local Bus

Detailed information on how to ride a local bus can be found here.


In Japan, electric power is 100V AC and 60 Hz in east Japan. You need to bring plug A type for electric outlet in Japan.