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If you need an invitation letter from the URBIO2010 Organizing Committee to get VISA, please download the application form. After filled that form, please send it to Dr. Yoichi Kawaguchi (Tokushima Univ.) by email. We will send you an invitation letter by air mail.

Email: kawaguchi [AT]
Invitation Letter Application Form (MS Excel, 48KB)


Getting to Nagoya by Plane

Nagoya airport (Central Japan International Airport, Centrair) is linked by air with most of Japan's major cities. If you're coming from Tokyo, however, the Shinkansen (high-speed train, or 'bullet' train) is much quicker than flying: the Shinkansen takes 2hrs, whereas the train ride from the airport to Nagoya station takes about 30 mins.

Central Japan International Airport, Japan's third major international gateway, is located on an artificial island 30 minutes south from the center of city. Facilities include two hotels and an onsen spa with views of the runways. Centrair opened in 2005, and this airport replaces the existing Nagoya airport, also taking over its IATA code NGO.

The best way of connecting between Centrair Airport and central Nagoya is the Meitetsu Airport Line. Limited expresses take just 28 minutes (980 Yen plus a usually-optional 350 Yen for a reserved seat) to cover the distance to the city. Note that Meitetsu trains are not free for JR Railpass riders.

Not arriving via Centrair Airport

If you happen to arrive in Japan at Osaka's Kansai Airport, Nagoya can be reached in no less than two hours by taking the Haruka limited express train to Shin-Osaka station, then changing to the Tokaido Shinkansen.

A small number of air flights operate daily from Tokyo's Narita Airport to Centrair Airport, for the benefit of international passengers. Otherwise, Nagoya is no less than three hours away by taking the Narita Express limited express train to Tokyo station, then changing to the Tokaido Shinkansen.

Nagoya is located along the Tokaido Shinkansen route between Tokyo and Osaka.

  • A one-way ride from Tokyo is about 1 hour, 40 minutes via Nozomi (10,780 Yen) and between 1 3/4 and 2 hours via Hikari (10,580 Yen).
  • From Kyoto, Nagoya is reachable in 36 minutes via Nozomi (5,640 Yen) and between 36 and 55 minutes via Hikari or Kodama (5,440 Yen).
  • From the Shin-Osaka station in Osaka, Nagoya is 53 minutes away via Nozomi (6,380 Yen) and between 53 and 70 minutes away via Hikari or Kodama (6,180 Yen).

Getting to the Venues

The venues (except Meijo University Tenpaku Campus) are located within walking distance from Nagoya Station (see Venue page).

For the directions to Meijo University Tenpaku Campus, see Meijo University Web page.


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