Access to Kobe Convention Center/ Portpia Hotel

There are 3 major international airports in Japan; Kansai International Airport (KIX), Narita International Airport (NRT), and Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO). Since the KIX is the nearest airport among them, we recommend the participants to arrive the KIX if you have an accessible flight from your place of departure.
Int'l Airport
CHUBU Centrair
Int'l Airport
Int'l Airport
Kansai Airport Limousine Bus
approx. 75 min.
(Timetable) *2
Meitetsu Airport Line
approx. 50 min.
( Timetable)
Nagoya Station
JR Shinkansen, Nozomi Super-express*3
approx. 65 min.
Narita Express Line (N'EX)
approx. 60 min.
( Timetable )
Tokyo Station
JR Shinkansen, Nozomi Super-express*3
approx. 170 min.
Shin-Kobe Station
Kobe City Subway, Seishin-Yamate Line
approx. 2 min.
Sannomiya Station
Port Liner
approx. 10 min.
Airport Limousine Bus
3,000 JPY
approx. 75 min.
( Timetable)
Haneda Airport
Airplane (Operated by JAL, ANA, and Skymark)
approx. 70 min.
Kobe Airport
Port Liner
approx. 10 min.
Shimin-Hiroba Station
On foot
approx. 1 min.
Conference Venue and Hotel
*1 Bay Shuttle Ferry is also available from Kansai Int'l Airport to Kobe Airport. However, we do not recommend this route unless you can understand Japanese because there are few English guide signs on the way to and from the airports.
*2 Bus stops are located outside the International Arrivals floor of the Passenger Terminal Building (1st floor center). Tickets can be purchased from the ticket vending machines located outside the Passenger Terminal Building on the 1st floor.
*3 Please be careful not to take Nozomi trains bound for Shin-Osaka because they don't reach the Shin-Kobe station. Trains bound for either Hiroshima, Okayama, or Hakata are OK.

Access Maps

Access Map Access Map

Japan Railpass

For those who will arrive Narita Airport or attend Special SIGMUS Symposium, the Japan Rail Pass is an inexpensive way to travel between Tokyo and Kobe. This railpass allows overseas visitors to travel on JR Groupd transportation throughout the country. For example, the price of the 7-day passes are 28,300 JPY, which is cheaper than the round-trip tickets between Tokyo and Kobe. This railpass can only be obtained from a travel agency located outside of Japan.
Note that this raiplass is no valid for Shinkansen Nozomi. Thus, you have to take Shinkansen Hikari, which is a little bit slower than Nozomi.
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