Do come and participate in the 1st PanPacific RMC conference!
Information for overseas participants
How to reach Kumamoto?
Fly to Aso-Kumamoto Aiport (KMJ), from Tokyo, Osaka or Nagoya. From Tokyo, most flights are form Haneda Airport (NHD), whereas many international flights arrive at Narita International Airport (NRT) — be aware, you need ca. 2 hours of TRAVEL TIME between the two ariports, so ca. 4 hours is the safe interval between landing at NRT and take-off from HND. See the KMJ webpages as to how to reach central Kumamoto from the airport; the aiport limusine bus is quite frequent, takes about 50 minutes and costs about 7 EUR one way (tickets must be bought in advance, in the terminal building!). (For the more adventurous, there are some ‘no-frill’ flights from the South Korean capital, Seoul-Incheon Airport, to Kumamoto.)
Fly to Fukuoka Aiport (FUK). Quite a few international flights land here, and connections are available to virtually every domestic aiport in Japan. From FUK, there is an hourly highway bus to Kumamoto (2hrs, price: ca. 20 EUR one way) that may well drop you off in front of your hotel in central Kumamoto (for the city centre, get off at ‘Toricho-suji’). (Again, tickets must be bought in advance, in the terminal building!)
Take the Shinkansen from many Japanese cities! With the Japan Rail Pass (to be bought before you enter Japan!), you may reach Kumamoto from Tokyo in about 6 hours (1300 km-s!). The price of the JR Pass, valid for unlimited travel for one week, is about 260 EUR, whereas a single (shinkansen) ticket from Tokyo Narita Airport to Kumamoto (nearly 1400 km-s, 7 hours) costs about the same…
How to use the public transport in Kumamoto?
This is useful page for a detailed description of transport possibilities within inner Kumamoto.
For reaching the university, you will need to use ‘normal’ public buses (see ‘Access Kumamoto University‘). The same procedure applies everywhere in Japan for city/village buses: (1) you board the bus at the rear door, (2) take a number (printed on a small piece of paper) from the machine on your right, and (3) you pay the exact amount (within Kumamoto, between 150 and 400 yen (ca. 1.3 and 3 EUR) by coins at the driver when getting off. The amount you need to pay is shown on a display, located in front (next to/above the driver), next to number that is written on the slip that you took when boarning the bus. (As I read this, it’s probably simpler to by one of the pre-paid cards mentioned in the previous paragraph…) Here is detailed description on how to use buses in Japan.