HOST CITY AND VENUE
How to get to Nara from Kansai (KIX) and Osaka (ITM) International Airports and JR Kyoto Sta.
From KIX and ITM International Airports
You can use railroads, but we recommend you to use limousine bus service.
Access to Nara: http://www.nara-kankou.or.jp/convention/e/about/access/access.html
Limousine bus from KIX: Take a bus bound for Nara and get off at JR Nara Sta. (Hotel Nikko Nara) or at Kintetsu Nara Sta (Nara Kasugano International Forum). It takes 60-90 min (2050 JPY). See the bus table (http://www.narakotsu.co.jp/language/en/limousine/index.html).
Limousine bus from ITM: Take a bus bound for Nara and Tenri, and get off at JR Nara Sta. (Hotel Nikko Nara) or at Kintetsu Nara Sta. (Nara Kasugano International Forum). It takes 45-90 min (1480 JPY). See the bus table (http://www.narakotsu.co.jp/language/en/limousine/itami.html).
From Kyoto Sta.
You can use Kintetsu Nara Line (to Kintetsu Nara Sta.) or JR Nara Line (to JR Nara Sta.). If you go to Hotel Nikko Nara, we would recommend the JR Nara Line. You cannot walk from Kintetsu Nara Sta. to JR. Nara Sta. with your heavy luggage. If you go to Nara Kasugano International Forum, Kintetsu Nara Sta. is much closer.
The fee for the JR Nara Line is 720 JPY. For Kintetsu Nara Line, you can choose either limited express trains (30 min) and express trains (40 min). The fee is 620 JPY, but you need reservation and additional fee for the limited express trains (500 JPY).
How to get to Nara Kasugano International Forum from Hotel Nikko Nara (JR Nara Sta.)
Take a No. 1 or 2 line at JR Nara Sta. East (N-1) and get off at Todaiji-Daibutuden (N-7) (8 min), and then walk to the meeting site (10 min). Lines 1 and 2(yellow) are circulating the downtown every 5-10 min. Line 1 goes anti-clockwise, and Line 2 goes clock wise. Line 2 is shorter. The fee is 210 JPY (one way). See the bus map. (http://www.narakotsu.co.jp/language/en/pdf/English_rosenmap.pdf)
Or take Line 70 (orange) at JR Nara Sta. East (N-1) and get off at Nara Kasugano International Forum Iraka-Mae (12 min). The meeting site is in front of you. The number of these lines are less frequent than Lines 1 and 2 (7: 15 42 56, 8: 22, 9: 4 33 58 Mon-Fri). The fee is 210 JPY (one way).
By Taxi (10 min, approximately 1000 JPY)
From Hotel Nikko Nara, you can walk through cozy sight seeing places and many shops on the Sanjyo St (30-40 min). You will see many deer around, but do not get closer them with food! They are all hungry and brutal. From Kintetsu Nara Sta., you can easily walk to Nara Kasugano International Forum (15 min).
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