The workshop will be held in Kunibiki Messe in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture. Kunibiki Messe is located a 7 min walk from both the official workshop hotel “Matsue Excel Hotel Tokyu” and JR Matsue station. Wifi is available in the conference site.
Matsue city is located in Southwest Japan and is known as the “City of Water”. Matsue is also a true castle town crossed with a lot of canals and Matue castle (National treasure) is one of the twelve remaining original Japanese castles. Shinji-ko Lake is very famous for its beautiful sunsets. Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine, where the myriad gods from all over Japan gather, is one of the most important shrines in Japan and is located in the neighborhood area. Further, Tamatsukuri Onsen, called the “baths of gods”, is located south of Shinji-ko Lake and offers you a relaxing hot spring experience. You can enjoy plenty of Japan’s ancient legends and cultural places in Matsue and surroundings areas.
There are several ways to reach Matsue city. The most convenient way for overseas travelers is via airplane. There are two airports, Izumo and Yonago, near Matsue city. There are 11 flights daily from Tokyo Haneda, 5 flights daily from Osaka Itami, 3 flights daily from Fukuoka, 1 flight from Nagoya, and further 3 flights per week from Incheon International (South Korea). It takes around 40 min by the airport shuttle bus from either Izumo or Yonago airports to Matsue JR station.
The Limited Express Train “Yakumo” service to Matsue from Okayama is also available.
In detailed information, please visit the access website.
You should ask details to the Japanese embassy and the consular office in your own country as soon as possible if you need a VISA to enter Japan. If you need our help, please let us know soon and we can provide the papers required.
On arrival at Matsue City
At the airport: On Sunday 22nd, students from my (M. Fujinami) group at Chiba University will wait for you at the arrival gates in both airports and guide you to the Airport Shuttle Bus stop for JR Matsue station. The bus departs according to the arrival time of each flight. It takes around 40 min from the airport to JR Matsue station. The fare is:
Izumo airport to JR Matsue station: 1,030 JPY.
Yonago airport to JR Matsue station: 990 JPY.
You can buy tickets at the vending machines in the airport, although you need to have Japanese Yen (JPY) already upon arrival. There are no places to exchange foreign currency to JPY in the airport. Matsue Excel Hotel Tokyu is located in front of Japan Railway (JR) Matsue station. You will find it easily after leaving the station.
Reception: On Sunday 22nd, the reception is open from 2 pm to 7 pm in the Garden Terrace (the ground floor) at Karakoro Art Studio (not the Workshop venue), located in the center of the down town area of Matsue city. It takes 20 min from JR Matsue station to Karakoro Art Studio on foot. A detailed map is exhibited below. The most convenient way is to take a taxi and the fare is around 1,000 JPY (7 Euro). Please say to the taxi driver “Karakoro Kobo” as the destination or show the map. You will receive an entrance ticket for Matsue Castle (a National treasure) upon registration. Please visit it on your own time, if you register at Karakoro early you will have time to visit before the welcome party. The castle opening hours are from 8:30 to 18:30. On Monday 23rd, we will open the reception desk from 8:10 am to 6 pm at the workshop venue in Kunibiki Messe.
Conference Map: Locations related with SLOPOS14 are illustrated below. The map can be downloaded. Further, you can access the extensive map in Matsue city.
Conference bag (Furoshiki) for the regular and the student participants
"Furoshiki" is a Japanese wrapping cloth. It is very useful to wrap and take something. We will provide 6 kinds of patterns and the number of each pattern is limited. First come, and first selected.
A Japanese fun (Sensu) for the regular participants
"Sensu" is a traditional Japanese fan, made with Japan paper and bamboo. We will provide 5 kinds of patterns and the number of each pattern is limited. First come, and first selected.