Practical Information


ISA World Congress of Sociology is taking place at the international conference center Pacifico Yokohama, located in the center of Yokohama.

o    Congress venue Pacifico Yokohama

Travel to Yokohama

Yokohama is a suburb of the Tokyo metropolitan area, 25 minutes away by train from Tokyo Central Station. The nearest international airports are Narita International Airport (NRT) and Haneda Airport (NRT) in Tokyo. From Narita Airport (NRT), it takes 90 minutes by limousine bus or by Narita Express train. From Haneda Airport (HND), it takes 30 minutes by limousine bus. For more details see

o    Yokohama visitors' guide


Dear colleagues,

For those of you traveling to Yokohama -- we have no ISA information for the moment about the typhoon and adverse weather conditions in the region, but we kindly advise that participants should be looking for news online, for instance through the Japan meteorological agency
Also, please check with your airlines if travel may be safe. And if we have some ISA information we will let you know.

Your safety and health is of utmost importance -- scientific exchange will always follow suit! Please stay safe and take good care.

Travelling in Japan

More affordable than you expect
Information from the Local Organizing Committee. Are you hesitating to come to Yokohama because you are worried about the cost? The reality is that Japan is not as expensive as you might think. Many visitors to Japan from Europe and North America are surprised to discover that things are less expensive than in their home countries. So plan your trip for the 2014 Yokohama World Congress of Sociology today!

Cost EstimatesTraveling to & in JapanUSD 1 = JPY 93EUR 1 = JPY 120GBP 1 = JPY 143(as of April 2013)

Air Fare (Economy)from


USD 930

Paris or Berlin

EUR 1,020


GBP 860

Hotel Stay /Day

JPY 5-20,000 USD 53-212 EUR 42-160 GBP 35-140

Cheaper hotel or Japanese style inn called “ ryokan

JPY 3,000~

Reasonable Business Hotel

JPY 5,000~

3 Star Hotel

JPY 9,000~


JPY 500~ USD 5.30 EUR 4.16 GBP 3.5

Big Mac (with fries and drink)
Mac Hamburger
O-Bento Lunch Box

JPY 550~ JPY 100~ JPY 450~


JPY 800~ USD 8.51 EUR 6.66 GBP 5.16

A delegate choosing cheaper accommodation might only spend:|| 7 Nights Accommodation

USD 420 (USD 60/night)

Meals ($20 per day)

USD 140+drinks

Registration (early bird, ISA member)

USD 376


USD 936 EUR 750 GBP 617 + air fare

All prices and tax above are as of April 1, 2013

No tipping is required - not even expected! in Japan

Looking forward to meeting you all in Yokohama! Contact: = Guidelines for ISA registration grant application submission=

1.     Type of grant Registration grants have been established for active participants in the Research Committee (RC), Working Group (WG) or Thematic Group (TG) programs.

2.     Eligibility Individual ISA members in good standing (i.e. who have paid the individual membership fee at least two years before the month of the ISA conference ) are eligible for registration grants.

3.     How to apply One can apply for a grant to only one RC/WG/TG. Multiple applications will not be considered. A letter of application should be sent before January 31, 2014 to the Program Coordinator of the RC/WG/TG where a paper will be presented. E- mail addresses of the Program Coordinators of the RC/WG/TGs are available in the relevant RC , WG , TG section.

4.     Decisions The Board of each RC/WG/TG will review all applications and recommend the allocation of available funds by March 1, 2014. A list of the selected individuals will be posted on the ISA website in mid-March 2014.

5.     Grant allocation Registration grant code will be provided to the selected individuals by the ISA Secretariat so that all successful applicants can register with this code to the conference before the early registration deadline April 1, 2014.

Yokohama 2014

Yokohama 2014

**Grants for East Asia** **Next Generation Sociologists**

___= Visa Requirements=

1.     List of countries having visa exemption arrangements

2.     Participants from several countries need to obtain an entry visa to Japan. Please visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan for information on visa application procedures:

o    Guide to Japanese Visas

The Japanese Local Organizing Committee will provide assistance in the preparation of documents for visa application for the registered participants only . Please note that visa cannot be issued earlier than in April 2014, three months before the Congress .
Any inquiries concerning visa support should be addressed to Visa Support Office which will be opened in February 2014. Contact e-mail address to be provided. __= Hotels and Tours=


On-line booking of the hotels with special discount rates for the delegates selected by the Japanese Local Organizing Committee. This service will be operational till June 11, 2014.|| ||

Online Hotels & Tours Booking


Online Hotels & Tours Booking

Links of a variety of accommodations including Youth Hostels and Guest Houses For queries on hotel accommodation and tours, please contact : JTB Global Marketing & Travel Inc., ===Tours===
Information on study tours, excursions and sightseeing options prepared by the Japanese Local Organizing Committee for the ISA World Congress of Sociology will be announced in March 2014. A variety of classes for Japanese culture, like Kimono dressing, Tea ceremony, Paper holding (Origami) and Writing English Haiku will be held within Pacifico Yokohama. Please consult the below links for information on visiting Yokohama, Tokyo, and other parts of Japan. They include information on Attractions and Tours, Accommodations, Transportations, Art Galleries and Museums, Festivals and Events, and Travel Tips. From traditional ryokan stays, historic sites, art museums , Imperial Palace to Tokyo Disneyland, Tsukiji-Fish Market, Ghibli Anime Museum for Totoros!

o    Yokohama Visitors’ Guide



o    Go Tokyo Official Tokyo Travel Guide


o    Hato Bus - Tokyo Bus Tours Information

Japan in general


o    JTB Global Marketing & Travel

Food and Restaurants
Searchable Restaurant Site
For queries on hotel accommodation and tours, please contact : JTB Global Marketing & Travel Inc., ___= Farewell Party=
Friday, July 18, 2014, 21:00-23:00
The //Osanbashi// Pier
Fee: JPY 3,000 per person The Japanese Local Organizing Committee invites you and your family to the ISA World Congress Farewell Party at the Osanbashi Pier - the Grand Pier - of the Yokohama International Passenger Terminal. Don't miss a beautiful night view from the Osanbashi Pier of the sparkling city and twinkling stars above Yokohama Bay! Still having another half day, Friday will be the last evening for us to share our great conference outcomes and to enjoy our friendships, conversations, dishes, and fantastic views of the City and Bay. The Farewell Party Fee of JPY 3,000 per person includes:

o    Delicious Food – Japanese and Other World Dishes Including but not limited to:

o    Vegetarian including Vegan, Kosher, and Halal Foods

o    American – Yokohama with special historical ties with the USA

o    Chinese – Yokohama with the largest Chinatown in Japan

o    Beverages – Drink as Much as You Can! Including but not limited to:

o    Soft Drinks – tea, fresh juice, non-alcohol cocktails

o    Beer – Yokohama has the 1st place in beer production in Japan!

o    Japanese sake, wine, cocktails, and more

o    Desserts – fruit & sweets

o    Ice Cream – Yokohama is the best place for ice creams in Japan!

Tickets can be bought through the registration form. See you all at the Osanbashi Pier!


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