Third Capacity Building Workshop of the WMO/IOC Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP) for the North Pacific Ocean and Its Marginal Seas (NPOMS-3)


Application of Regional Ocean Observations for Increasing Society's Understanding and Forecasting of Typhoons


6 - 8 October 2014

Kyoto University Uji Campus, Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan


Hosted by

Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI)

Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability (GSAIS)

PDF version of this document is here.

About the workshop at WMO/IOC JCOMM:


Updates (updates on 2 Oct 2014)


The workshop venue is Kihada Hall on Oct. 6th, and is Seminar Room 4&5 on Oct. 7th and 8th. Both conference rooms are located in Obaku Plaza, the Uji campus of Kyoto University. Please find the map of the Uji campus at


Ice breaker:

Ice breaker will take place in the 2nd floor of Obaku Plaza, just upstairs of Kihada Hall, starting at 6:00 pm, October 6th. Light meal and drinks will be provided. Please pay 2,000 JPY (cash) at the registration desk.

Time Table of JR Nara Line from Kyoto to Obaku on October 6th

Access from the Kyoto station to the Uji campus is found at

In order to be in time for the workshop on October 6th, please take local trains at 8:37 am or 8:52 am of JR Nara Line at the Kyoto station.

You can find some useful information of the train at the JR West web page at


Workshop program and abstracts:

Workshop program (PDF file)

Abstracts for the presentations (PDF file)




NPOMS-3 will take place in Uji Campus, Kyoto University on 6 - 8 October 2014. Uji Campus is located in Uji City, to the south of Kyoto City. The workshop venue is Kihada Hall on Oct. 6th, and is Seminar Room 4&5 on Oct. 7th and 8th. Both conference rooms are located in Obaku Plaza, the Uji campus of Kyoto University.

The access guide to Uji Campus of Kyoto University is found at


Hotel Information

The workshop hotel is Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto-Hachijoguchi. A block of one-bed rooms is currently reserved for the participants.

Address: 9-2, Higashikujo-kitakarasumacho, Minami-ku, Kyoto, 601-0817, Japan

Direction: about 5 minutes walk from JR Kyoto Station (access to JR Kyoto Station from the nearest airports are described below). Access map is found at:

Accepted payment: Cash (Japanese Yen) or credit cards (accepted credit cards: VISA, JCB, AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, UC, and China Union Pay)

Web site:


Hotel Reservation

The rate is around 8,000 to 9,000 Japanese Yen (JPY) per night per person (depending on date). The rate includes breakfast. The local organizer has reserved a block of one-bed rooms (for use of up to two persons) from the night of October 5th to the morning of October 9th, so you do not have to reserve a room at the hotel by yourself. Note that because autumn in Kyoto attracts tourists the most, it is extremely difficult to make hotel arrangements by yourself. All you have to do is to fill out the following hotel reservation form and return to Tetsuya Takemi (E-mail: by August 25th, Monday 1200 UTC, September 4th, Thursday (extended).


Hotel reservation form (or use the excel form)


Sex (Male/Female):

Affiliation (Department/Institute/Country):


E-mail address:

Check-in date:

Check-out date:

Smoking/Non-smoking (but depends on the availability):


Visa Information

Foreign visitors are required to obtain a visa before entering Japan except for from countries with visa-waiver programs with Japan. You can apply a visa at the embassy or the consulate of Japan in your country with an authorized invitation letter to NPOMS-3. Please ask the embassy/consulate of Japan or your local travel agents in your country for details.

If you need an invitation letter from DPRI, please send the following form to Tetsuya Takemi (E-mail: at your earliest time.


Visa invitation form


Affiliation (Department/Institute/Country):

Contact address:





Your travel itinerary to/from Japan and within Japan:


Workshop Ice-breaker

The workshop ice-breaker will take place in the 2nd floor of Obaku Plaza, just upstairs of Kihada Hall, starting at 6:00 pm, October 6th. Light meal and drinks will be provided. The cost is 2,000 JPY. Please pay in cash at the registration desk.

Please let us know whether you would attend the ice-breaker no later than September 15th, Monday by sending e-mail to Tetsuya Takemi (E-mail:



Transportation from the airports to Kyoto Station and the hotel

Kansai International Airport (KIX)

Kansai International Airport (KIX) is the nearest international airport to Kyoto. Kansai International Airport is located in Osaka Prefecture, and there are many international flights and connecting flights within Japan.

There are a couple of transportations between Kansai International Airport and Kyoto Station: railways, limousine buses, and taxis.

Limousine buses are convenient and cost-effective to Kyoto Station. It takes about 85 minutes from Kansai International Airport to Kyoto Station. The bus stop is at the Hachijoguchi exit of Kyoto Station, where is convenient to reach Roynet Hotel (5 minutes walk). The fare is 2,550 JPY for one-way ticket, and is 4,180 JPY for round-trip ticket.

West Japan Railway Company (JR) operates a service from Kansai International Airport to Kyoto Station by limited express called Haruka. It takes about 90 minutes. The fare is 3,570 JPY (one-way trip).

The map of Kyoto Station and its surroundings is found at:

Useful web sites:

Kansai International Airport:

Kansai Airport Limousine bus:

West Japan Railway Company:


Osaka/Itami Airport (ITM)

Osaka/Itami Airport (ITM) is an airport for domestic flights in Japan. If you arrive in Japan at other international airports (for example, Tokyo/Narita International Airport), you will use a connecting flight to Kansai International Airport or Osaka/Itami Airport.

Limousine bus service is the most convenient and cost-effective from Osaka Airport to Kyoto Station. The bus stop of Kyoto Station is located near the Kyoto Station Hachijoguchi exit, the same with the bus stop from Kansai International Airport. It takes about 55 minutes from the airport to Kyoto Station, and the fare is 1,310 JPY (one-way ticket).

Useful web sites:

Osaka/Itami Airport:

Osaka Airport Limousine:


Airport Limousine Bus Stop at Kyoto Station

The bus stop is located near the East Exit of the Kyoto Station Hachijoguchi exit. The table and the map are found here:





Access from Kyoto Station to Roynet Hotel

Kyoto Station Hachijoguchi East Exit is the nearest exit of Kyoto Station to Roynet Hotel. The bus stop of the limousine buses is also located near Hachijoguchi East Exit. It takes about 5 minutes  by walk from the bus stop or the East Exit to Roynet Hotel. The map is also found at:

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto-Hachijoguchi

Located at about 5 minutes walk from the Kyoto Station.

Web site:


Useful web sites:

Kyoto Station map:


Medical and Travel Insurance

Please be sure to arrange your own travel and health care insurances before entering Japan. The Local Organizing Committee are not responsible for any health problems, hospitalization, accidents, theft or damage to properties that may occur during your participation at the workshop.



The average temperature in Kyoto in October is 17.8 degrees Celsius, with daily maximum being 22.9 degrees and daily minimum being 13.6 degrees. The weather of autumn in Kyoto is very mild and comfortable, but there are sometimes rainy days due to fronts or typhoons. Autumn is the best season to visit Kyoto, which attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world.



The local standard time in Japan is 9 hours plus UTC. There is no summer time.



Currency in Japan is Japanese Yen (JPY). The exchange rates between JPY and US dollar and between JPY and Euro (as of August 1st) are:

100 JPY = 0.963 USD

100 JPY = 0.7186 EUR

You can exchange from your country’s currency to Japanese Yen at money exchange counters at Kansai International Airport or at banks in Kyoto. It is recommended that you should exchange to JPY at the airport, because the opening hour of regular banks outside international airports is from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. You can also exchange to JPY at local money exchanges in Kyoto (although the rate is not good).



The voltage in Japan is 100 Volt, which is different from North America (120V), Central Europe (230V) and most other regions of the world. Japanese electrical plugs have two, non-polarized pins, as shown below. It is recommended to bring a plug adaptor from your country.

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City of Kyoto, and City of Uji

Kyoto City is the old capital of Japan (from 794 AD to 1868 AD). Kyoto is one of the best tourists’ destinations in the world. In addition to the renowned touristic place, the population of Kyoto City is about 1,500,000, and the activities of industry and economics are very high.

Uji City is located to the south of Kyoto City. This city also has a long history of more than 1,000 years, and was famous for an area of villas for noble people in Kyoto City. Uji City has the Byodoin temple, a World Heritage, and is well known for Japanese tea production.

The Byodoin temple in Uji

Useful web sites:

Kyoto Travel Guide:

Kyoto City Tourism Association:

Kyoto City (Sightseeing information):

Uji City (Sightseeing information):

The Byodoin temple:

Kyoto Prefecture Tourist Guide: