The 15th Transgenic Technology Meeting (TT2019)April 7-10, 2019 Kobe, Japan

(TT2019 is held as a part of RIKEN Symposium Series.)

General Information

Passport and Visa

Japan waives visa requirements for travelers from over 60 countries and regions. Travelers on short-term stays with the purpose of attending a conference, tourism, commerce from these countries do not require visas to enter. Delegates from other countries are strongly advised to consult Japanese Embassy, Consulate or related government offices for visa requirements to attend TT2019.

You can also check the visa information at Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan website;

If you require any assistance for visa application, please contact our Secretary at

About Kobe city

Located in a southwestern-central part of Japan, Kobe is one of the major metropolitan cities in the Kansai region, readily accessible internationally either from Kansai International Airport (KIX) or Osaka Itami International Airport (ITM) with a variety of flight options. It is a city with its own rich heritage and located nearby to famous historic attractions in Kyoto and Nara. Many parts of the city have been rebuilt since a devastating earthquake in 1995, giving it a unique combination of tradition and modernity. The meeting’s dates in April are perfectly timed to enjoy the cherry blossom season that defines Japan’s beauty and appreciation for nature.

About Kobe city


International Access

Fly to Kansai International Airport (KIX)

Kansai International Airport is Japan’s first 24-hour airport and the 2nd largest in Japan after Narita Airport (Tokyo), connecting to 68 cities with 1,115 flights per week.

International AccessAll airport directional signage is posted in four languages - Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and English – so that international delegates can easily locate services and quickly find their way to connecting transportation.

International Access

Also, you can easily access to Kobe from Osaka International Airport (ITM), as well as Kobe Airport (UKB) via New Tokyo International Airport (NRT) or Tokyo International Airport (HND), major airports in Tokyo.

Access to the KCC Venue

Port Island automated transit rail system ‘Port Liner’

Access to the KCC VenueKobe Airport and the downtown city center are directly connected with Kobe Convention Center (KCC) by ‘Port Liner’ trains. These efficient rail shuttles provide fastest and easiest transfer between a city center and convention center in Japan. Ride time is just 10 min from the city center, or a mere 8 min from Kobe Airport.

Access to the KCC Venue

Local Access to Kobe

High-speed access by Shinkansen Bullet trains from all over Japan

Local Access to KobeShinkansen bullet trains stop Kobe’s ‘Shin-Kobe’ station every 15 min which ensures fast, easy access to delegates coming from all over Japan. It then takes just 12 min to reach Kobe Convention Center by metro and Port Liner (or taxi).


ClimateKobe is a pleasure to visit whatever the season or weather. It has a temperate northern hemisphere climate with clearly defined season and predictable weather patterns. In Spring the weather tends to be warm with many clear days although evenings can be cold. The famed cherry blossom season typically takes place in early April, the time of the meeting.

  Temperature Precipitation
April Average High Low
14.9°C/59°F 18.7°C/66°F 11.3°C/52°F 10.1/3.9inc


LanguageMost public signage in Kobe is written in both Japanese and English, including subway stations and streets.

No Tipping in Japan

Tipping is not common in Japan, something which international visitors find to be a great convenience. This means that taxi drivers, waiters, and bellboys do not expect a gratuity of any kind. An 8% Consumption Tax is imposed on bills but otherwise there are no extras.

No Tipping in Japan

No Tipping in Japan