General Information

Congress Venue


​Takaragaike, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-0001, Japan

Phone 81-75-705-1229 

​Fax 81-75-705-1100​​

Created in Kyoto, Japan's first state-sponsored international conference center

Kyoto has nurtured a unique culture over more than 1200 years. This culture reveals in beauty of the four seasons and forms the heart of Japanese hospitality. Kyoto has 17 temples, shrines and castles inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List and about 2,000 temples, shrines and other historical sites. These historical buildings and places are integrated with diverse facets of culture, including tea ceremony, flower arrangement and Noh.

A convention pioneer

Kyoto International Conference Center was established in 1966 in this mecca of Japanese culture, as Japan's first state sponsored international conference center. Kyoto International Conference Center has staged over 16,000 conferences since it opened. ICC Kyoto has not only played a key role in the history of international conferences in Japan but is a flagship platform for large-scale conventions in Asia as well. It continues to be a leader in Japanese conventions and a base for diffusing information and values from Kyoto to the wider world.


Kansai International Airport

More than fifty airlines from over seventy different cities throughout the world serve Kansai International Airport (KIX) with approximately 700 flights per week. Europe, West coast USA and Australia are all about 10 hours flight to Japan. Since October 2012 KIX is home to Japan's first purpose-built low cost carrier terminal, which has made Kyoto even closer to Asian destinations. From the airport it is just a little over an hour to Kyoto via a multitude of convenient transport choices.

Additional International Gateways

Plentiful domestic flights and excellent transport make Kyoto access very convenient. With its close proximity to two airports and a Shinkansen bullet train station in the city center, Kyoto is so well connected to the rest of Japan that you can choose to land at any international gateway. For those flying into Tokyo Narita (NRT) and Haneda (HND) international airports the transit flight to Osaka Itami (ITM) is just one hour.

Kansai and Itami airports are connected to Kyoto via two rail services, direct coaches, convenient fixed-price shuttle minibuses, and fixed-price taxis.

Domestic Access from Kyoto

Kyoto is convenient for travelling to other parts of Japan. Almost all major cities can be accessible within 60 to 90 minutes from Osaka Itami airport. The safe and comfortable bullet train, or Shinkansen, directly connects Kyoto to major cities, such as Tokyo, Fukuoka, Nagoya and Sendai, as well as other destinations all over the country.​


Official Language

The official language of the congress is English.


During the entire meeting, attire will be informal.​

Visa requirements

SIOP 2018 participants are requested to consult the Japanese Embassy or Consulate in their home country or with their travel agency for specific details relating to visa requirements. It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain a visa if required. 

Participants requiring a formal letter of invitation to enable them to make their arrangements to participate in the Congress should send a request for an official invitation letter to our Invitation Department (see "Contact Us" page).​ 

Please note that this letter cannot be regarded as a commitment regarding scheduling or financial support from the organizers.​

 Additional information about visas to Japan can be found on the "Visa Information" page. 

CME Accreditation

For any questions, related to CME/CPD​ Accreditation of this medical event, please refer to

Liability & Insurance

The congress secretariat and organisers cannot accept responsibility whatsoever for injury or damage involving persons and property during the meeting. Participants are advised to make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.

Guest Attendance Policy​

All event activities (including educational sessions, meal functions, exhibit hall, etc.) are exclusively reserved for registered attendees. Non-registered guests (including children, family members, colleagues, etc.) are not allowed in any of the event areas. Badges provided at registration are required for entrance into all functions and will be strictly enforced.

SIOP 2018 Organiser and Secretariat

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