Official excursion of IP 2013 Awaji is scheduled as follows:
Date: September 26 (Thr.) 1:00pm
1. Otsuka Art of Museum
    The location is indicated with "L" on the map in the Sightseeing Spots below.
    Official website of the museum
2. Cruise to watch the Naruto Whirlpools aboard a tourist boat
    This will be cancelled in case of bad weather condition.

* Students: You are cordially invited to the excursion. Your participation will be supported by the monetary contribution from the organizers of IP2011 which was held in Akron, US in 2011.
Please bring the student ID with you.
* Lunch boxes will be handed out to the pariticipants in the tour bus.

Optional Tour

Naoshima Tour  September 27(Fri) Starts at 8:00am in front of the Westin Hotel Awaji Island
Awaji Yume Tours will arrange an optional day trip in which you could enjoy a four-hour round trip cruise to Naoshima. There will be no English speaking guide provided for this tour.
The registration deadline is September 20, 2013.
Please make your reservations on or before September 20, 2013 using the following page:Naoshima Tour
In case the tour is decided to be implemented with less than 52 participants (the maximum number for the tour), Awaji Yume Tours will accept additional reservations on or before September 24, 2013.
If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact the Secretariat of IP2013 Awaji at officeip13awaji.jp
For further information, click this image information

Post Symposium Tour Opportunities

JTB (Japan Travel Bureau) will arrange post-symposium tours, starting from the convention venue, to Kyoto and Nara. A minimum number of 20 participants is required for the tours, otherwise the tour will be cancelled.
An English speaking guide will attend to all tours.
Please access the following pages and enjoy browsing tour plans for your selection:

Destination Plan
Nara  (Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Grand Shrine) (Day trip) naraen naraja
Kyoto  (Nijo Castle and Kinkakuji Temple) (Day trip) kyotoen kyotoja
Kyoto  (Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo Castle, Kiyomizu Temple and Kyoto Station) (Overnight) kyoto2en kyoto2ja

Official Website of Nara City Sightseeing Information Center

Official Website of Kyoto City Tourism Association

If you wish to join in the aforementioned tours, please use the automated reservation system provided by JTB. Click the blue box shown below.

English    register button

Japanese  register button

JTB also offers "Sunrise Tours", pre-arranged tours for foreign visitors.
Sunrise Tours*: http://www.jtb.co.jp/shop/itdw/info/e/  
*(note: Starting Point is not Awaji Island. An English speaking guide will attend to all tours.)

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact the Registration Desk of JTB as follows:
Tomoko Abe (Ms.)
(Please replace the image with @ when you email her.)
JTB Western Japan Corp.  
Corporate Sales Central Office Western Japan Regional Headquaters
11F Honmachi cross bldg., 3-1-8 Minami, Kyuhoji-cho, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, 541-0058
Tel: +81 6 6252 2830 Fax: +81 6 6252 2695  Office hours: 9:30 - 17:30 (weekdays only)

Sightseeing Spots


If you wish to see the guide map, please click the green note.
Guide maps of C to J are courtesy of Kobe Convention & Visitors Association.

Official Website of Hyogo Tourism Guide
Official Website of the Awaji Island Tourist Association
Officila Website of Kobe Convention & Visitors Association

  Guide Maps English (pdf) Japanese • Chinese • Korean(pdf)
A Awaji Island Fun Map awajimap
B Awaji Yumebutai Area Guide Map yumebutaimap  
C KOBE WEST Tourist Map kobewestmap kobewestmap
D SUMA Tourist Map sumamap sumamap
E TSU-NO-MICHI Tourist Map tsumap tsumap
F BAY AREA / CITY CENTER Tourist Map minatomap minatomap
G KITANO Tourist Map kitanomap kitanomap
H Kobe Tourist Map guidemap guidemap
I Mt. ROKKO Tourist Map rokkomap rokkomap
J ARIMA HOT SPRING Tourist Map arimamap arimamap

For further information regarding the guide map, please refer to the following page: http://www.feel-kobe.jp/_en/guidemap/index.html

K: Himeji Castle: a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Japanese National Treasure; It is under restoration and preservation work, however, the main keep interior will be opened to visitors during this restoration period.

©2011 IP2013 Organizing Committee