General Information


Kobe Portopia Hotel

10-1 6 Chrome Minatojima Nakamachi, Chuo-ku 650-0046, Kobe - JAPAN

Kobe Portopia Hotel

Come to the Kobe Portopia Hotel and enjoy a panoramic view of beautiful sunsets, the Osaka Bay and Kobe's enchanting $10 million nightscape.

Conveniently located 8 minutes from Kobe Airport, 10 minutes from Sannomiya and 20 minutes from Shin-Kobe Station, the Kobe Portopia Hotel has a complimentary shuttle bus to and from Sannomiya and Shin-Kobe Station throughout the day.

With 745 guest rooms, 36 banquet and meeting rooms, the 1,702-seat Portopia Hall, 13 restaurants and bars, and a fitness center and spa facilities, the Kobe Portopia Hotel provides a wide array of services to meet our guests' every need.



The official language of the 44th ISPN Congress is English.



The time zone in Japan is Japan Standard Time (JST) +9 UTC



International participants to the 44th ISPN Congress may require visas in order to enter Japan.

Visa regulations depend on your nationality and country of origin. Please contact your local Japanese Diplomatic and Consular mission for full and official instructions on the specific visa regulations and application procedures that apply to you. It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain a visa if required.

For up to date information regarding visa requirements, please visit the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs website:



Kobe is near to Kansai International Airport (Osaka), a major gateway to Japan, making it ideal for international conventions.

Additionally, Kobe Airport opened in February 2006 bringing with it new land, air and sea access options primarily handles domestic flights.

Travel to Kobe is easier and smoother than ever before. Within the city there are various public and private rail services (JR, Hankyu, Hanshin, Kobe Kosoku, Sanyo, Kobe Rail, and Hokushin Express). Furthermore there is a subway system, the Kobe New Transit Port Liner and Rokko Liner, plus a comprehensive bus network, all of which ensure participants can move around town safely and efficiently.

  • From Tokyo
    2 hrs. 47 mins. by Shinkansen train
    1 hr. by air
  • From Osaka
    Approx. 20 mins. by JR Shinkaisoku (Express train)
  • From Kyoto
    Approx. 50 mins. by JR Shinkaisoku (Express train)




Transfer by Train, Ferry or Limousine Bus

A: Kobe's nearest major international airport is Kansai International Airport (KIX). There are two main ways to reach Kobe from KIX.

OPTION 1) Bay Shuttle Ferry: Just 29 minutes to reach the Kobe Airport ‘Marine Air’ island. Then take the Port Liner from Kobe Airport Station to Shimin-Hiroba Station in 8 minutes.
OPTION 2) Limousine Bus: 70 minutes by Limousine Bus from Kansai International Airport to Sannomiya, and 10 minutes by Port Liner.

B: Arriving in Kobe by train, transfer directly to the Port Liner terminal at Sannomiya. The Port Liner takes 10 minutes to Shimin-Hiroba Station. (For Shinkansen arrivals, Sannomiya is 10 minutes by tube from Shin-Kobe Station).

C: Other Access Info. From Osaka Itami Airport, 45 minutes by Limousine Bus to Sannomiya.

D: From Tokyo: 2 hours and 48 minutes by Bullet Train (Shinkansen)

Please check direct link for all transport options to the Kobe Portopia Hotel. 



The weather in Japan during the Congress period, late October, is usually warm during the day and cool at night. The average October temperature in Kobe is 19.5⁰C (67.1⁰F), although there is about 4 degrees difference between Kobe’s downtown (sea level) and the heights of Mt. Rokko. Lightweight jackets and sweaters will be comfortable for this season. All of the city’s hotels and facilities, including the Congress venues, are fully air-conditioned.  Light to moderate rain is expected during this month.



The voltage used throughout Japan is uniformly 100 volts, A.C. There are two kinds of frequencies in use; 50 Hertz in eastern Japan and 60 Hertz in western Japan including Kobe and 2-flat-pin plugs are used.



The Congress Secretariat and Organisers cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participant.

Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.



The unit of Japanese currency is Yen (JPY). Coins are available in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 yen and bank notes in denominations of 1,000, 2,000, 5,000 and 10,000 yen.

You can buy Yen at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money exchangers. At the international airports, currency exchange counters are usually open during normal office hours.

Japan has a reputation of being a cash-based society, but trends have gradually been changing, and there has been a significant increase in the acceptance of other payment methods.  Credit cards and Traveller’s Checks are widely accepted in big cities more commonly in hotels and mid to high end restaurants and stores.



Please do not leave bags or suitcases unattended at any time, whether inside or outside the session halls. Hotels strongly recommend that you use their safety deposit boxes for your valuables.