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Access & Accommodations

Conference Venue - Nara Kasugano International Forum

Nara is an ancient capital city in Nara Prefecture, Japan. Its 1,300 years of cultural history as Japan's first permanent capital attracts more than a million visitors every year. Besides being home to many important scenic and historical sites, Nara is located less than one hour from Kyoto and Osaka.

The SICE Annual Conference 2018 (SICE 2018) will be held at Nara Kasugano International Forum. The conference site is near several historic treasures, including Todai-ji temple and Kasuga-taisha shrine.

Getting Nara is easy with frequent and convenient shuttle service from the following two major airports in Kansai region; Kansai International Airport (KIX) and Osaka International Airport (ITM). To know how to get to Nara from other places, visit

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SICE Annual Conference is held at the Nara Kasugano International Forum.
Address: 101, Kasugano-cho, Nara, Nara 630-8212, Japan

On Foot

20 minutes from Kintetsu Nara Station or 30 minutes from JR Nara Station.

By Bus

To know how and where to take buses, see the website of Nara Kotsu Bus.

To the conference venue

From the conference venue

Be advised that some of the bus routes are not reversible, i.e., the bus route that took you to the conference venue may not be the best choice when coming back from the venue. For example, to arrive at the stations, it is faster to take Route 1 instead of Route 2. Furthermore, Route 1 does not stop at Todaiji-Daibutsuden/Kasugataisha-mae; you should board on at Todaiji-daibutsuden/Kokuritsu-Hakubutsukan bus-stop.

By Taxi

To know how and where to take taxis in Nara, see the Nara transportation guide. Neither Uber nor Lyft is available in Japan.

Local Information


If you have ordered lunchboxes in advance, you can pick up your lunchboxes around at the Registration Desk. It is prohibited to take lunch in the garden, Noh Theatre, and the lobby on the first floor. You may take lunch in the session rooms and the Reception Hall 1.

Coffee Service

Coffee service will be provided in the Reception Hall 1 from Wednesday, September 12th through Friday, September 14th.


You can find our great exhibitors in the Reception Hall 1 from Wednesday, September 12th through Friday, September 14th.
You can find the detailed information here.


Thursday, September 13th, 19:30-21:30, Hotel Nikko Nara (next to the JR Nara Station)
Address: 8-1 Sanjo-hommachi, Nara, Nara 630-8122, Japan
You can find the detailed information here.

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Hotel Reservation

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