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4. Travel and transportation arrangements

The nearest international airport to Kyoto is Kansai International Airport at Osaka.

As the Japanese Government will arrange transportation from Kansai airport to Kyoto, all representatives and other participants are strongly recommended to use Kansai International Airport as their port of entry into Japan. Please indicate arrival and departure time in the form provided. If you do not see anyone to assist you at the airport, please proceed to the counter for the Regional Committee, which is located at the JICA counter in front the right side exit.

For those arriving at Narita Airport in Tokyo, a domestic flight can be taken to Itami Airport, Osaka. Kindly indicate in the enclosed travel and accommodation form which airport you will use.

In the event that representatives are not able to give advance notice to WHO of their expected time of arrival and therefore are not met at the airport, trains are available from Kansai International Airport to Kyoto. Travel time by train to Kyoto is about 75 minutes and the cost of reserved seats is JPY 4220 one way. Tickets for the train can be purchased from the train station near the airport. Travellers should go to the second floor of the airport and walk across to the station. They should take the "Haruka" Express. The schedule of trains and the sample ticket are shown in Annex B.

On departure from Japan, there is an airport tax (Passenger Service Facility Charge) or PSFC of JPY 2650 for adults and JPY 1130 for children under 11 years. The PSFC is purchased from the ticket vending machine after the airline check-in counter and just before entering the security check area. The vending machine takes only local currency (notes and coins) and does not accept credit cards. A picture of the airport tax vending machine and a sample of the ticket are shown below:

Airport tax ticket-vending machine

Passenger Service Facility Charge (PSFC) ticket

The ticket is inserted in the automatic gate to enable entry to the security check area.

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