Fast Facts

About Japan

Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean with dense cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples. Shinkansen bullet trains connect the main islands of Kyushu (with Okinawa’s subtropical beaches), Honshu (home to Tokyo and Hiroshima’s atomic-bomb memorial) and Hokkaido (famous for skiing). Tokyo, the capital, is known for skyscrapers, shopping and pop culture.



Fukuoka International Congress Center (FICC)
2-1 Sekijo-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City 812-0032



November weather ranges from cool to chilly making sweaters a hot commodity. It’s cooler and drier, with average high temperatures around 17°C and much less precipitation.


Business Day

Sundays to Thursdays, from 09:00 to 13:00 and 16:30 to 20:00
Major shopping malls and food outlets opens from (an average of) 10:00 to 21:00.


Time Zone

Japan local time is GMT/UCT + 9 hours



The most widely spoken language in Japan is Japanese. However, basic English conversations are still commonly used in Japan.


Medical Care

If you have a medical condition that requires ongoing treatment, you are kindly advised to bring sufficient medication for the total length of your stay. Also, do ensure that you bring along a medical certificate that sanctions the use of relevant prescribed medicines since certain substances are prohibited. Lastly, do ensure that you have adequate travel insurance that covers you for healthcare, in case of an emergency.



Japan bank opening hours are from Monday through Friday, 9am to 3pm. Besides that, ATMs do close. Many close at 5:00pm daily (and most at 5:00pm on Sunday); others stay open until 7:00pm or 8:00 pm. Machines in convenience stores may close, however mostly banks are now operating 24-hours.
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The standard voltage in Japan is 100 volts and the standard frequency is 50 / 60 Hz)



The yen JPY; also abbreviated as JP¥ is the official currency of Japan.
Banknotes are in the forms of ¥1000, ¥2000, ¥5000, ¥10,000. Coins are in the forms of ¥1, ¥5, ¥10, ¥50, ¥100, ¥500. For example: ¥1000 = 8.91USD, ¥1 = 0.0089USD



Don’t tip; it’s often considered degrading (the service charge is generally included in the bill), but, do give a slight bow and say thank you. Hotel porters, however, customarily receive a bit of change, as do taxi drivers- but only if they assist with the luggage.


Getting around



Getting around downtown Fukuoka is easy and inexpensive, as we have an extensive network of public/ private carriers. If you are relatively unfamiliar with Fukuoka, and assuming that you are based in Hakata or Tenjin, the city subway is perhaps the least stressful, the most dependable means of transportation. The city subway runs every 3 to 7min. A one- way ticket is reasonably priced between 200 and 300 yen.

BUS (Operator: Nishitetsu)

A convenient way to travel around the city is through the local bus service run by one of Fukuoka’s biggest firms – Nishitetsu. The buses mainly arrive and depart from Hakata Kotsu Center (Hakata station bus terminal) and Tenjin Bus Center. The 100-yen loop bus connecting Hakata and Tenjin comes in very handy for sightseeing.


If you are in a hurry, consider taking a cab. You’ll find a number of them cruising on the streets of downtown Fukuoka. The basic fare for a standard taxi within the city is 580 yen. Premium taxis, which offer higher quality service, have a Hakata-ori textiles design that conveys the culture of Fukuoka and its spirit of hospitality.

Refer to the URL below for other transportation information such as Sightseeing Bus, JR train, Nishitetsu local train.

Source: Fukuoka City Guide YOKA NAVI (


Visa Requirements

Delegates are required to make the necessary travel visa arrangements with your preferred travel agencies.

Should you require an official invitation letter from us for visa application purposes, please write to with your full name, designation, institution name and registration ID.

Kindly note that invitation letters will only be issued to delegates / presenters who have registered for the conference.


Social Customs & Rules

Photo-taking Etiquette

At each sightseeing spot, be sure to check whether photo-taking is allowed. Also, if you want to take a photo inside a shop or with other people in the frame, always obtain permission from the shop owners or other people before shooting the photo.

Cellphone Etiquette

At Japanese gardens and other quiet places, and on buses and trains, you are well-advised to set your mobile phone to silent mode to prevent the phone’s ringtone from disturbing those around you.

Source: Fukuoka City Guide YOKA NAVI (


Dress Code

Appearance should always be clean and neat. For business meetings, men should wear suits and ties; women should wear suits or dresses. Overly casual or sloppy attire is not appreciated.


Credit & Debit Cards

American Express is not as widely accepted around the world compared with Visa and Mastercard, but you should have no trouble using your Amex card at most places where credit cards are accepted in Japan.


Security and Emergency Numbers

Police Tel: 110
Fire & Ambulance Tel: 119

For more detailed contacts, please view here:


Most of the QS-APPLE participants are coming in to Fukuoka through the Fukuoka Airport. We also expect that most of you will be staying in downtown Fukuoka – Hakata and Tenjin. Assuming that to be the case, let us explain a couple of ways in which you may get to downtown Fukuoka from the airport. You have basically two options: subway and buses. You can also take taxis but we will confine ourselves to these two.


Many of you can fly direct to Fukuoka, but others will come via Tokyo. In the latter case, you are likely to arrive through the domestic terminal. The airport’s domestic terminal has two different arrival areas – north and south. From either of these areas, you can take subway or buses that will take you directly to downtown Fukuoka. To buy tickets, go to the ticket counter and tell the clerk where you’d like to go. English interpretation available. A oneway ticket to Hakata is about 260yen.


Arrival Area NORTH

Types of buses:

  • Express bus (Operator: Nishitetsu Bus) for Hakata Station, Tenjin, and other areas.
  • Shuttle bus for International Terminals (approx.15 min.)

Arrival Area SOUTH

Types of buses:

  • City bus (Operator: Nishitetsu Bus) for Hakata Station, Tenjin, and other areas.
  • Royal bus (Operator: HEARTS Airport Bus) for Canal City Hakata, Tenjin
  • Fukuoka Shiyakusho-Mae, and Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk.
  • Express bus for Hakata Station, Tenjin, and other areas.
  • Shuttle bus for International Terminals (approx.15 min.)

If you want to take a subway to downtown Fukuoka, it does not matter which arrival area you get out of—north or south. There is only one gate with a series of ticket wickets through which to enter Fukuoka Airport Subway Station. You can buy tickets via the automatic ticket machines by the gate. A one-way ticket to Hakata would cost you 260yen. As you can see on the map below, there are only two stops to Hakata and 5 stops to Tenjin from the airport.


Some of you arrive into Fukuoka directly from international airports outside Japan. In that case, you will be going through the international terminal. Once again, you may want to take the subway, buses or taxi to get to downtown Fukuoka.


There are buses going to Hakata and Tenjin directly from the international terminal as you can see on the map below.

Types of buses:

  1. Shuttle bus for Domestic Terminals (approx.15 min.)
  2. City bus (Operator: Nishitetsu Bus) for Hakata Station, Tenjin, and other areas
  3. Royal bus (Operator: HEARTS Airport Bus) for Canal City Hakata, Tenjin-Fukuoka Shiyakusho-Mae, and Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk.

The airport’s international and domestic terminals are spread apart. But the city subway does not stop at the international terminal. So, you are required first to go to the domestic terminal to use the subway. Take advantage of free shuttle buses going back and forth between International and Domestic Terminals. (taking 10 to 15 min.)

Once you land on the domestic terminal, follow the signs leading to the subway station. Just outside the Domestic Terminal, you will see several entry points for Fukuoka Airport Subway Station. You can’t miss it.

Souce: Fukuoka Airport (

2-1 Sekijo-machi, Hakata-ku,
Fukuoka City 812-0032
TEL: 092-262-4111

From Gofukumachi: Subway + Foot

The easiest, most straightforward, way to get to FICC from within downtown Fukuoka is to take the City Subway. Get off at Gofukumachi (H02), which is just two stops from Hakata or Tenjin. Go to the street level, and start walking straight toward northwest in the direction of the Hakata Wharf for about 10 minutes. You’ll see FICC in front of you. Don’t get it confused with the Fukuoka Kokusai Center, a standard venue for auto expos and such, as It is also located in the same area.

See the next page for the enlarged map of “A” and “B” In the mornings of the first two days of the forum, Kyushu University’s staff members will be standing at several points on the street between Gofukumachi and FICC with the placards in their hands so that you will not get lost.

From Hakata (Bus Stop F), take bus no.99 or bus no.88, and get off at International Congress Center/ Sunpalace-Mae.

From Tenjin (Tenjin Solaria Stage-Mae Bus Stop 2A), take bus no.80, and get off at International Congress Center/ Sunpalace-Mae.