General Information

Conference Term: February 20-24, Tokyo Japan

Venue: International Convention Center Pamir

Address: Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa,
3-13-1 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 108-8612 Japan
Tel: +81-(0)3-3442-1111


Onsite Registration will be available during Feb. 20-24!
Feb. 20: 8:00-19:00   Feb. 21: 8:00-19:00
Feb. 22: 7:00-19:00   Feb. 23: 7:00-19:00
Feb. 24: 7:00-12:00
Location: Entrance Hall, 1st Floor, International Convention Center Pamir

Important Dates
Onsite Registration Open Hours
Feb. 20: 8:00-19:00 Feb. 21: 8:00-19:00
Feb. 22: 7:00-19:00 Feb. 23: 7:00-19:00
Feb. 24: 7:00-12:00  
Location: Entrance Hall, 1st Floor, International Convention Center Pamir

*On-Site Registration will be also available at the conference venue.

Official Language: English

APASL 2016 Scientific Secretariat

Department of Gastroenterology and Nephrology,
Chiba University Graduate School of Medicine
Address: 1-8-1, Inohana, Chuo-ku, Chiba-shi, Chiba, 260-8670, Japan

APASL 2016 Congress Secretariat

Address: c/o Academia Support Japan, 8F Nittochi Nishi-Shinjuku Bldg.
6-10-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0023, Japan
Tel: +81-3-6380-0102 Fax: +81-3-6380-0103

Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver Central Office
(APASL Secretariat-Tokyo)

Address: 1-24-7-920, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0022, Japan
Tel: +81-3-5312-7686 Fax: +81-3-5312-7687

Climate and Clothing

February is a good time for visiting Japan as the weather is usually sunny and dry. Sunset is around 5:30pm in Tokyo. February is the best time for winter sports and viewing winter sceneries. It is recommended to bring an overcoat, gloves, warm sweater or cardigan.

*Tokyo: Average Daytime High: 10 C (50 F)
Average Nighttime Low: 2 C (36 F)


The Japanese unit of currency is the Yen. There are 6 different denomination coins in circulation - 500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1 - and 4 different denomination notes - 10000, 5000, 2000 and 1000.

Banking and Exchange Facilities

Currency exchange is usually handled by banks, post offices, some larger hotels and licensed money changers found especially at international airports. They are usually open during normal office hours (precise business hours depend on each bank/licensed money changer).

Many ATMs in Japan do not accept cards that are issued outside of Japan. Some cards are acceptable by the ATMs found at post offices and 7-Eleven convenience stores across the country, but service fees vary widely depending on the card. Please inquire with your card issuer in advance. Note that many ATMs in Japan are out of service during the night, and some are unavailable on weekends.

Travelers’ checks are accepted by leading banks, hotels, Japanese style inns (Ryokan) and stores in major cities. Credit, debit and prepaid cards of international brands are acceptable at wide variety of merchants.


The frequency of electric current is 50 Hertz in Eastern area (such as Tokyo, Yokohama, Tohoku, Hokkaido) and 60 Hertz in Western area (such as Nagoya, Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Shikoku, Kyushu); however, most equipment is not affected by this frequency difference. Flat 2-pin plugs.

Health and Safety

Japan has a high standard of hygiene, and doctors and dentists are highly trained and hospitals are well equipped. In the event of illness, hotel staff can arrange a doctor for you.

Japan is noted for its safety and well lit at night. However, you are always recommended to take the proper precautions you would normally practice when in an unfamiliar place.


It is advisable to take out Travel Insurance for the duration of your stay although Japan is a clean and relatively safe country.


Basically there is no tipping in Japan, especially when you stay in a hotel. However, it would be acceptable to tip when you receive a very good service from the maids in high quality Japanese style inns (Ryokan), one-day/long-time drivers for sight-seeing, tour guides for their hard work. It looks very polite if the money is put inside an envelope when tipping.

Restaurants and Japanese Cuisine

Tokyo is a big showcase of cuisines from all over the world, and the city has the largest number of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world. You can enjoy various foods, as well as those from all over Japan. Many eating places, from fancy dining restaurants to casual ones filled with local color, will entertain you. Restaurant offering lunch is open from 11:30 AM, and the ones offering dinner is open from 5:30 PM. Last call time depends on each restaurant, but many ones stop accepting orders around 9:30 PM.


Tokyo is also a shopping paradise: the cities such as Ginza, Shinjyuku, Shibuya and Roppongi will deliver you mature services and items with premium quality, and in Asakusa you can find many traditional Japanese items and warm hospitality from local people. Akihabara has transformed from a town of electrical appliances and personal computers into a famous pilgrimage spot of Japanese pop culture, including animation and comic strips. Most of leading department stores are open from 10:00 AM to 8:00PM.


Pay phones are available at the meeting venue as well as in the city. Also you can have an access to Wi-Fi inside the venue/hotel area.


Tokyo is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +9).

Public Transport

Tokyo is conveniently accessible from the international airports (Narita/Haneda) and also to the western Japan area such as Osaka, Kyoto by air and rail. Once in Tokyo, getting around is easy by using an extensive network of buses, subways, and railways in addition to tour buses and taxis linking almost all the major sightseeing spots.