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Electricity supply is 100 Volts/50 Hz in eastern Japan including the Yokohama area, and 100 Volts/60 Hz in western Japan.


Yokohama lies in the temperate zone and has four distinct seasons. December is the beginning of winter, when Yokohama is rather cold but rarely has snow. The temperature ranges between 4°C (39F) and 12°C (54F), averaging 8°C (46F). Coats or sweaters are needed.

No Smoking Policy

Smoking is prohibited in the Conference Center except at limited smoking corners.


Japanese yen (JPY) is the only currency that is used at stores and restaurants. You can exchange foreign currencies for Japanese yen at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money exchangers by showing your passport. The exchange rate fluctuates daily.

Traveller's Checks and Credit Cards

Since travellerfs checks are not common in Japan, you may use them only at major hotels and leading banks. Major credit cards, such as VISA, Master Card, AMEX, and JCB, can be used at restaurants, hotels, souvenir shops, etc.


Tipping is not customary in Japan. For example, you do not need to tip waiters/waitresses at restaurants.

Rental Cars

Rental cars are available at major railway stations (e.g. Tokyo station) and airports (e.g. Narita airport).

Japanese Traffic

There are heavy traffic jams in Tokyo and Yokohama area. Public transportation (railways and subways) networks are convenient. Purchase your ticket by cash using the machine at the entrance. For most trains no advance reservation is needed. However, for JR Shinkansen limited express (Bullet train), advance reservation is recommended in order to secure a seat.

Internet connection

Internet connection through Wireless LAN and Ethernet cable will be available at the Conference Center. There is no charge for the service.