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1 Location: IESP Asia Meeting meeting (Kobe, Japan)

April 11-13, 2012, at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (RIKEN AICS) in Kobe, Japan. Accommodations for the meeting will be provided at Hotel Area One Kobe. Transportation to and from the conference venue will be by rail from the conference venue at Riken AICS, which is walking distance from Hotel Area One. The second day of the meeting (April. 13th) will run through the day. We will have internet access provided during the meeting. An overview of the meeting arrangements is available both below, and in PDF.

Reception on April 11th: On April 11th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, there will be a reception with drinks and light hors d'oeuvres in the restaurant on the 2nd floor of Hotel Area One. Dinner is on your own.

Banquet on April 12th: On the evening of April 12th, there will be a banquet for meeting attendees on board a Concerto Dinner Cruise in Kobe harbor. The conference bus will leave from RIKEN AICS around 6:00pm, stop at the hotel for 15min. at approximately 6:30pm so that attendees can drop off their bags, and then take everyone to the Concerto dock. The dinner cruise will leave the dock at 7:20pm. (There is space available at the banquet for meeting attendees to bring a guest, for an additional charge of 8000¥.)

2 Registration

Invited attendees will receive a link by email enabling them to register. After receipt of link, all attendees to the IESP Workshop will need to register for the workshop as soon as possible to coordinate planning

3 Accomodations

Accommodations are being booked for workshop participants at Hotel Area One Kobe.
You SHOULD NOT make your own hotel arrangements but you do need to register for the meeting using the link to the registration page that should have been provided to you by email. The hotel Web site provides more details about the hotel and its amenities. Of particular note, "complimentary wireless (high speed) Internet access" is available in both the public areas and the guest rooms of the hotel.

Hotel Area One Kobe is in walking-distance from the train stop at Sannomiya Station. More details on different travel options for the meeting are below.

4 Transportation

4.1 From Hotel Area One to the Conference Venue (RIKEN AICS)

  • Hotel →(walk) →Sannomiya Station →(Port Liner Railway)→ K Computer mae Station →(walk)→ RIKEN AICS (Does any other supercomputer in the world have its own rail stop?)
    • Port Liner Railway (departs every 5-8min. from 5:40am)
    • Duration: approx. 15min.
    • Cost: 280¥

4.2 From Kansai International Airport (KIX) to the Hotel:

  • Route: KIX →(bus*1)→ Sannomiya Station →(walk)→ Hotel
    • bus*1= Airport Limousine Bus (departs every 20min. from 6:20am until 10:45pm)
    • Duration: approx. 70min.
    • Cost: 1,900¥ (round trip: 3,000¥)

4.3 From Narita International Airport (NRT) to the Hotel:

  • Alternative Route 1: NRT →(domestic flight)→ Osaka (Itami) Airport (ITM) →(bus*2)→ Sannomiya Station →(walk)→ Hotel
    • bus*2= Airport Limousine Bus(departs every 25min. from 7:45am to 9:10pm)
    • Duration: approx. 40min.
    • Cost: 1,020¥
  • Alternative Route 2: NRT →(train; Narita Express*3)→ Tokyo Station →(bullet train ; Shinkansen*4)→ ShinKobeStation →(subway; Seishin Yamate Line*5)→ Sannomiya Station →(walk)→ Hotel
    • *3 Narita Express (N'EX) (departs every 30min. from 7:30am to 9:44pm
      • *Duration: approx. 60min.
      • Cost: 2940¥
    • *4 Shinkansen (departs every 10-20min. from 6:00am to 8:30pm)
      • Duration: approx. 160min.
      • Cost: 14,470¥
    • *5 Seishin Yamate Line (departs every 5-8min. from 5:26am to 0:32am)

4.4 From Osaka (Itami) Airport (ITM) to the Hotel