JTB Western Japan has been appointed as the official travel agent for ASLO and will handle all related travel arrangements, including hotel accommodations.
JTB Western Japan MICE Center
Manager in Charge of Travel Arrangements: Tomonobu ASANUMA
Office Hours: 9:30-17:30 (weekdays only)
Hours for Consultation by Telephone: 9:30-17:30 (weekdays only)
Contact Made After-hours: Alteration or cancellation after business hours or holiday will be handled at the next business day. (In the case of receiving the cancellation after office hours via non-face-to-face communication methods, not via internet. (e.g. e-Mail, FAX and so on.)
Participants are free to make their own travel and hotel arrangements, but using JTB Western Japan is highly recommended and encouraged.
The closest two airports to Otsu (the conference venue) are in the Osaka area, which is just over an hour by bus or train to Kyoto, then 10 mins by local train to Otsu.
The easiest airport option is to fly directly to Kansai International Airport (KIX), then take the train to Kyoto.
However many airlines fly instead to Osaka's international airport at Itami (ITM) either directly, or more commonly via a connection in Tokyo. This is also fine, and there is comfortable bus service from the Itami Airport to Kyoto train station.
A third possibility is to fly to Tokyo, then catch a fast train (shinkansen) to Kyoto. It will probably take a couple of hours to make all the connections, buy tickets etc in Tokyo, then just over 2 hours by train from Tokyo Station to Kyoto station.