General Information

Visitors information

About Kochi
  •   Kochi Prefecture faces the vast Pacific Ocean and covers half of southern part of Shikoku island. In former times it called Tosahan. Its distance from the Inland Sea coastal side, as well as being divided by a steep mountain range, has preserved its unique culture. We will begin to explore the vibrant nature of sunny Treasure Island to discover its fascinating culture.
    Reference from Kochi Visitors & Convention Association
    "Welcome to Kochi"
  • One-week Forecasts Kochi, Japan by Japan Meteorological Agency
  • The average temperature of Kochi in July is around 30.7 degrees Celsius in daytime and 23.5 degrees Celsius at night.
  • For more information about Kochi, please refer to the following site.
  • * Yosakoi-net Website:
  • Useful Web Sites for the Travel in Japan
  • * Japan National Tourism Organization
Request of visa
  • Every person entering Japan must have a valid passport. In addition, persons coming from certain countries must have a visa issued by a Japanese consulate in their country. Please be aware that in some cases, it takes more than one month to obtain a visa. For details, please inquire at your nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate.
  • The "Documents provided from Japan" may be requested to get the visa. Requests should be made no later than 1 month before the conference starting date.
  • 1. First, register online;
  • 2. Then, email to "Secretariat of the 9th APMBC" the following documents;
  • To support your VISA application, we need the following information.
  • Please fill the following items.
  • 1) Nationality:
  • 2) Occupation:
  • 3) Name: must be same with the one written in your passport.
  • Surname:
  • Given name:
  • 4) Birth Date: Date, Month, Year
  • 5) Age:
  • 6) Sex:
  • 7) Address:
  • 8) Tel:
  • 9) Belonging Institution:
  • 10) The schedules of stay in Japan:Date, Activity Plan, Contact, Accommodation
  • [Example.pdf]
  • 11) Purpose to join this Conference
  • 12) Registration receipt No. & Abstract No. (presenter only)
Currency Exchange
  • Only Japanese yen is acceptable at stores and restaurants in Japan. You can exchange money at the airport, foreign exchange banks, and other authorized exchanges upon presentation of your passport.
  • We strongly recommend you to exchange money to Japanese yen at the airport when you arrive in Japan. It is not possible to exchange money in Kochi Ryoma Airport.
  • Narita Airport
  • Haneda Airport
  • Fukuoka Airport
  • Kansai International Airport
  • Central Japan International Airport
Credit Cards and Traveler's Cheques
  • Visa, Master Card, American Express, Diners Club and JCB are widely accepted at hotels, department stores, shops and restaurants. Only major banks and hotels in principal cities can accept traveler's cheques, but their use in Japan is not as common as in some other countries.
  • Banks are open from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM weekdays.
  • However, Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15 is a holiday, and Monday, July 16 is a National holiday and banks will be closed.
  • There is no custom of tipping in Japan. Instead, at places such as restaurants, bars and hotels, 10% service charge is usually added to your bill.
  • Wireless internet access will be available at 3F Galleria in the CUL-PORT.
Time zone
  • GMT/UTC +9 hours
  • Participants are advised to provide their own travel insurance, as the Organizing Committee will assume no responsibility for personal accidents, sickness, theft or property damage.
Electrical Appliances
  • Japan operates on 100 volts for electrical appliances. The frequency is 60Hz in west Japan including Kochi.
  • 5% consumption tax is added to your bill.