Site Information

The meeting will convene in the CDB Auditorium at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) in Kobe, Japan.
RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology
RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology
Auditorium, 1F Building C
2-2-3, Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0047, Japan
(Approximately 5 minutes walk from "Iryo Center" port-liner train station)
For details, please see "Access".


Wireless internet connections are available.


Lockers and luggage rooms are available. Please make sure to keep your valuables with you and do not leave them in the lockers.


Depending on the country where your travel will originate, a visa may be required to enter Japan. Visa rules can be complex and can change on short notice. You can find further information regarding Visa’s by visiting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan at [].

Attendees requiring an entry visa should inquire at their local Japanese embassy or consulate regarding the required visa and documents.

Please contact the meeting staff for any documents required for your visa application as soon as possible. We advise you to apply for your visa well in advance as visa application may take some time depending on such factors as the situation in the embassy or consulate concerned and the content of an application.

General Information

Information about climate, money, healthcare, etc. is available from here.

About Kobe

The city of Kobe is located in the western part of Japan in a unique setting between the Rokko Mountains and the Inland Sea.

The city's port has historically played an important role in opening Japan up to international influence and the city retains a cosmopolitan and sophisticated air to this day. In addition to a bustling Chinatown and the more relaxed historical foreign settlement, there are a number of famous hot springs to the north of the city.

Japan's renowned public transport system also means that Kobe is within easy reach of the ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara, which contain over 1,000 historical temples and shrines.

Tourist Information
Japan National Tourism Organization
Kobe Convention and Visitors Association
Kyoto Travel Guide
Nara City Sightseeing Information Center
Gurunavi - Japanese restaurant guide