Tsuruoka is located in the Shonai region of northern Japan, in Yamagata prefecture and lies on the northwestern coast. The nearest station is JR Tsuruoka and the closest airport is Shonai (served exclusively by ANA). The Shonai area has a reputation for outstanding scenery, ancient shrines, hotsprings, a growing movie making industry and fantastic cuisine.
The conference will be held in two venues adjacent to JR Tsuruoka station:
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The route between the two venues is indicated by the green line (5-minute walk)
Daiichi Hotel Tsuruoka
Address: 2-10 Nishikimachi
Address 5-20 Suehiromachi
A valid passport is required to enter Japan. Participants from certain countries may be required to obtain a visa to enter Japan. If you are uncertain about your requirements, please consult your nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate, or visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. The Secretariat will send an official letter of invitation upon request, through the registration form below after the registration and payment is complete. Please note we cannot issue this letter if you are not accepted to make an oral or poster presentation at the conference.
If you need to obtain a visa, please apply 3 months in advance of your visit (before April). Metabolomics 2014 Local Organizers and the Secretariat are not responsible for visa issuance.
If you require a visa to enter Japan, please register first. The Secretariat will contact you in return with necessary applications. The Secretariat will then make an invitation letter and a guarantee letter based on the information that you provide in the Visa Information Sheet and send them to you at the address specified on the sheet. Please make your own application for visa acquisition at the Japanese Embassy or Consulate once you receive the letter.
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Tokyo has two International airports. The majority of flights use Narita airport, but a growing number use Haneda airport.
If you are travelling to Tsuruoka the same day via Haneda airport we recommend the following routes:
The easiest way is to take the Limousine bus from Narita airport to Haneda aiport. Please allow at least 3 hours for transfer. The limousine busfare is 3000円. Credit cards are only accepted at the counters not at the automatic vending machines.
There are a limited number of Keikyu or Sky Access direct trains. This takes around 1.5-2h and costs 1,560円-1,740円 depending on the service:
If you plan to travel to Tsuruoka by train or have a stopover in Tokyo please refer to Narita airport's access page.
If you have a stopover in a hotel near Narita airport we recommend you check with your hotel about ground transportation between the hotel and airport, as this is often free.
We recommend you to fly in Haneda Airport directly because the transfer from Narita to Haneda is time-consuming. To see international flights from/to Haneda Airport, please check this site.
To fly to Shonai airport please transfer to the domestic Terminal 2 using the free shuttle bus.
If you plan to travel to Tsuruoka by train or have a stopover in Tokyo, please refer to Haneda airport's access page.
There are four scheduled flights (60 min) per day to Shonai airport (SYO) from Haneda airport Terminal 2 with All Nippon Airways (ANA). If you speak with your travel agency or ANA in your home country, then you may be eligible for the discounted domestic fare tickets.
For selected arrival flights only and if you reserve your accommodation through our agent, we will arrange a free conference shuttle bus.
If you arrive outside the operation times of the conference shuttle bus service please use the regular bus service:
- Exit left at Shonai Airport
- Take the Tsuruoka bound bus (鶴岡)
- Alight at (payment due prior to alighting the bus) Tsuruoka Station for the Washington Hotel (Fare 760円) or SMall for the Diaichi Hotel (Fare 760円)
Announcements for the major stops are made in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean.
If you prefer, you can also take a taxi to your hotel or the venue. Expect to pay 3500円-4500円.
Train tickets can be purchased at Narita or Haneda airport or at Tokyo or Ueno station (or other major stations) in Tokyo. An economical way to travel by train during the conference is provided by the Japan Rail Pass. For example, a flexible 4-day JR-East rail pass costs around 20000円 for over people over 26 years of age, these passes are generally only valid for JR services.
Step 1 Narita Airport to Tokyo or Ueno (via Nippori)
There is also a direct night train from Ueno to Tsuruoka station (Akebono).
In Niigata, transfer to the Inaho express (JR Uetsu line) for Tsuruoka (110 mins). The transfer time is usually only 8-10 minutes, so please proceed promptly to the next platform. The conference venue and hotels are very close to Tsuruoka train station.
The one-way fare from Narita Airport is ~15000円 and depends on the chosen route.
Orion Bus operates overnight highway bus services between central Tokyo and Tsuruoka. Unfortunately most of the information is in Japanese only.
These highway buses leave from major train stations in Tokyo and can take you directly to Tsuruoka station area in 7-9 hours. One way fares vary between 4500円-7000円. For assistance in reserving the bus, please contact our travel agent.
If you wish to drive a car while in Japan, you must obtain an International Driving Permit prior to departure. You will also need to be in possession of your national license while driving in Japan. Some countries, such as Germany & Switzerland, do not have a reciprocal agreement with Japan to honour the permits. Please check with your automobile association when applying.
There are many car rental companies in Narita and driving to Tsuruoka takes about 6 hours by expressway. These are signposted withRomancharacters as well as Japanese. An example route from Narita airport to Tsuruoka station is illustrated. There are also car rental companies located in the arrival area of Shonai airport.
Many hire cars have satellite navigation and generally, if one avoids Tokyo and public holidays then travel is relatively easy. Parking is generally free in the hotels of Tsuruoka.
Also, the expressway fees in Japan are expensive and that non-discounted prices can reach up to 25円/km.
- Credit cards are generally not accepted on train or bus routes
- We are not responsible for information on external websites
- Please contact our agent if you need assistance