Site Information

The symposium will convene in the CDB Auditorium at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) in Kobe, Japan.

Auditorium, 1F Building C, RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology
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. Please inquire at the registration desk for details.


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

Preview Room

The anteroom adjacent to the Auditorium is available for speakers to preview and rehearse their presentation.


A day nursery is available for meeting participants. The nursery is located a few minutes away from the meeting venue. For details, please contact the meeting office. In principle, nursery users must contact at least 4 weeks before the day of their intended use. Please also note that the nursery may not be available when we reach capacity.


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 Japanese visa by visiting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan website 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.

Travel Information

Information about climate, money, healthcare, etc. of Japan 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
Arima Hot Spring
Mount Rokko National Park
Kobe Animal Kindgdom
Kyoto Travel Guide
Nara City Sightseeing Information Center
Gurunavi - Japanese restaurant guide