11-14 October 2016
OIST Conference Center
Japan timezone

Travel & Transportation

About Okinawa

Okinawa, located at the Southern tip of Japan and to the north of Taiwan, consists of 160 large and small subtropical islands, with scenic nature and unique history and culture. It is known as the birth place of karate, and is home to Japan's longest living people, and to a huge and wonderful variety of rare species of wildlife.

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Before it became part of Japan, the islands of Okinawa had been known as the kingdom of Ryukyu, which thrived in maritime trade with Japan, East Asia and Southeast Asia. After World War II, Okinawa came under the rule of the United States, until its reversion to Japan in 1972. This history of interaction with various regions has formed Okinawa's unique culture.

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On your way to/from the conference venue, you can drop by Naha City, the capital of Okinawa, to stroll around lively Kokusai Street to look for a souvenir, or to taste local delicacies at Makishi Public Market. You can also enjoy a trip to Shuri Castle, a world Heritage Site, where the Kings of the Ryukyus used to live.

Conference Area

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Onna village, the venue of the Pacific Graphics 2016, is conveniently located in the central part of the main island of Okinawa. This picturesque village is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Okinawa, with resort hotels, a superb view of the Cape Manza and an endless choice of idyllic white sandy beaches, and small private coves.

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If you head to the north of the island, you can visit the fascinating Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, currently the second largest aquarium in the world. It is located in the Ocean Expo Park, which has other attractions, including the dolphin pool, Tropical Dream Center (a botanical garden), and a Native Okinawan Village.

We will not organize an official excursion program for Pacific Graphics 2016, but there are plenty of options to explore Okinawa on your own. Each hotel also offers various activities for guests, including diving, snorkeling, fishing and sea kayaking. Please inquire with the concierge at your hotel for details. Whether you enjoy deep sea diving, meeting whale sharks at the aquarium, or appreciate the history of Okinawa at the Old Palace, it will surely be a memorable experience that remains with you over time.

During the conference period, you can enjoy Okinawan cuisine and sake near the conference area. Including them, you can find your favorite food from Onna-son Restaurant Guide.

For more information of Okinawa, please visit Okinawa Tourism.

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Transportation

Pacific Graphics 2016 will be held at OIST, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, in Okinawa, Japan. It is located in the Onna village at the center of Okinawa Island, which is located at about 1,500 km south from Tokyo, Japan.

For most passengers, Naha International Airport is the gateway to Okinawa. There are many domestic flights between Japanese primary airports (e.g. Narita, Haneda, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka) and Naha, especially between Haneda and Naha. Some airlines also operate international flights from Asian airports Okinawa Transportation Access.

From Naha Airport to official conference hotels, we serve conference bus in limited time. Even if the bus schedule is not suitable for your flight, there are some other transportations (limousine bus, monorail + local bus, taxi, and rental car). Typical travel time is about 90 mins. Please note that monorail and buses are not operated till so late.

From Naha Airport to Conference Venue

Airport limousine

You can use Airport Limousine Bus to access to OIST and main resorts hotels of Naha, including two official conference hotels (Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay and Hotel Monterey Okinawa Spa & Resort).

Note: the time table is updated on Jun. 1st, 2016. We will update it if the time-schedule is changed.

Domestic Terminal International Terminal Monterey Rizzan OIST
11:40 11:41 12:49 12:56 13:03
12:40 12:41 13:49 13:56 14:03
13:40 13:41 14:49 14:56 15:03
15:40 15:41 16:49 16:56 17:03
16:40 16:41 17:49 17:56 18:03
17:40 17:41 18:49 18:56 19:03

Ticket counter

When you reach at Naha Airport, please stop by the limousine bus ticket counter and purchase a ticket in advance.

  • The ticket counter is located in the arrival lobby (1st floor) of the domestic terminal.

Pacific Graphics 2016 conference bus

For late arrival outside hours of the Airport limousine, we plan to operate free conference bus from Naha airport to official hotels.

An advance reservations is required for a bus route from Naha airport to official hotels.
The online reservations form is now available:

Domestic Terminal International Terminal Monterey Rizzan
19:25 19:30 20:30 20:35
21:55 22:00 23:00 23:05
22:55 23:00 0:00 0:05

Shuttle bus (between OIST and hotels)

Shuttle bus between the conference venue and official hotels are operated every day, generally morning and evening time. We have no shuttle during rest of the day, thus please ask hotel staff to get a taxi when you need a transportation.

Shuttle Bus Schedule is now available. You can check the time table during the conference period, including transportation between Conference Venue and Naha Airport.

From Conference Venue to Naha Airport

Airport limousine

Airport limousine bound for Naha Airport is operated from 9:15 to 15:15 and departures from OIST and hotels. You cannot pay in the limousine. Please purchase a ticket at OIST shop (Jimmy's) in advance. The fare is JY 1700.

Note: the time table is updated on Jun. 1st, 2016. We will update it if the time-schedule is changed.

OIST Rizzan Monterey Domestic Terminal International Terminal
9:15 9:26 9:38 10:50 10:57
10:15 10:26 10:38 11:50 11:57
11:15 11:26 11:38 12:50 12:57
13:15 13:26 13:38 14:50 14:57
14:15 14:26 14:38 15:50 15:57
15:15 15:26 15:38 16:50 16:57

Pacific Graphics 2016 conference bus

For early departure outside hours of the Airport limousine, we plan to operate free conference bus from conference venue to Naha airport.

An advance reservations is required for a bus route from official hotels to Naha airport.
The online reservations form is now available:

Rizzan Monterey Domestic Terminal International Terminal
5:35 5:50 6:55 7:02
7:35 7:50 8:55 9:02
8:35 8:50 9:55 10:02

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