Venue & Accommodation

Venue : ANA Crowne Plaza Osaka

Address: 1 Chome-3-1 Dojimahama, Kita Ward, Osaka, 530-0004, Japan
Phone: +81 6-6347-1112

About Japan

Japan, an archipelago in East Asia, blends tradition with modernity in a captivating tapestry. Its rich cultural heritage, showcased through tea ceremonies, kabuki theater, and cherry blossom festivals, juxtaposes seamlessly with its cutting-edge technology and futuristic cities. Renowned for its meticulous craftsmanship, Japan produces everything from sushi to high-speed trains with precision and finesse. Mount Fuji, an iconic symbol, towers majestically over the landscape, while ancient temples and shrines offer serene sanctuaries. Japanese cuisine tantalizes taste buds with sushi, ramen, and tempura, reflecting a harmonious balance of flavors. From bustling metropolises like Tokyo, Osaka to serene countryside landscapes, Japan captivates with its unique blend of tradition, innovation, and natural beauty.

2024WCAC Conference Destination: Osaka

Osaka, Japan’s vibrant heart, pulses with energy and culture. Renowned for its culinary delights, it’s a food lover’s paradise boasting street-side stalls and Michelin-starred restaurants alike. The city’s spirited atmosphere is epitomized by its iconic entertainment district, Dotonbori, with its dazzling neon lights, bustling crowds, and the famous Glico running man sign. Osaka Castle stands as a testament to its rich history, offering a glimpse into Japan’s feudal past. Modernity intertwines with tradition here, evidenced by its towering skyscrapers and historic temples. Known for its friendly locals and lively festivals, Osaka’s warmth and charm leave an indelible mark on all who visit.

How Can You Reach Osaka:

1. By Air: Osaka is served by two major airports: Kansai International Airport (KIX) and Osaka International Airport (Itami Airport). Kansai International Airport is the primary international gateway, located on an artificial island in Osaka Bay, while Osaka International Airport primarily handles domestic flights.

2. By Train: The extensive Japanese rail network connects Osaka with other major cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and more. The Shinkansen (bullet train) offers high-speed connections, making travel between cities efficient and comfortable.

3. By Bus: Long-distance buses also operate between Osaka and other cities in Japan. These buses offer a more budget-friendly option for travel but may take longer compared to trains.

4. By Car: Highways and expressways link Osaka with other cities in Japan. However, driving in Japan may be challenging for foreign visitors due to language barriers and different traffic rules.

Once in Osaka, the city has an efficient public transportation system including trains, subways, and buses, making it easy to navigate and explore its various attractions.

 

Attractions

Osaka offers a plethora of attractions for visitors to explore:

1. Osaka Castle: A symbol of the city, Osaka Castle dates back to the 16th century and offers a glimpse into Japan’s feudal past. The castle’s impressive architecture and surrounding gardens make it a must-visit.

2. Dotonbori: Osaka’s iconic entertainment district, Dotonbori, is renowned for its vibrant nightlife, neon lights, and bustling streets lined with restaurants, bars, and shops. Don’t miss the famous Glico Running Man sign and the lively atmosphere.

3. Universal Studios Japan: Perfect for families and thrill-seekers alike, Universal Studios Japan features exciting rides, themed attractions based on popular movies, and live entertainment shows.

4. Shitennoji Temple: One of Japan’s oldest Buddhist temples, Shitennoji Temple boasts beautiful architecture, serene gardens, and cultural significance.

5. Kuromon Ichiba Market: A paradise for food lovers, Kuromon Ichiba Market offers a wide array of fresh seafood, fruits, vegetables, and street food stalls where you can sample Osaka’s culinary delights.

6. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan: One of the largest aquariums in the world, Kaiyukan showcases marine life from various ecosystems, including a spectacular central tank with whale sharks.

7. Umeda Sky Building: An architectural marvel, the Umeda Sky Building offers panoramic views of Osaka from its observation deck, Floating Garden Observatory.

8. Osaka Museum of History: Learn about Osaka’s rich history and culture through interactive exhibits and displays at the Osaka Museum of History, located near Osaka Castle.

These are just a few highlights of what Osaka has to offer; the city is filled with countless other attractions, dining experiences, and cultural treasures waiting to be discovered.

 

Conference Date: October 18-19, 2024

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