2nd Symposium on
Complex Biodynamics & Networks
11-13th May 2015 | Tsuruoka, Japan

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Access and useful information:


The symposium will be held in the Tsuruoka Metabolome campus at the Institute for Advanced Biosciences

Symposium venue:

Lecture Hall, Tsuruoka Metabolome Campus
Mizukami 246-2, Kakuganji, Tsuruoka City
Yamagata 997-0052, Japan


Venue map

By Air:

   Narita airport to Haneda airport (Terminal 2) by limousine bus (60-100 min)
   Flight from Haneda to Shonai (50 min)
   Between Shonai airport and Tsuruoka:
Free Airport to Hotel transfers are provided for recommended hotels Yaotome, Kairokuen and Dai-Ichi.
      Taxi (~5 000 JPY, 20 min)
      City bus (~780 JPY, 30 min):
         - From airport to Tsuruoka: departure 10 min after aircraft arrival, stops at Tsuruoka station and Dai-Ichi Hotel.
         - From Tsuruoka to airport: daparture at 5:55am, 7:10am, 11:30pm and 16:25pm from Dai-Ichi Hotel.
      Car rental agencies are also available at airport.

By Train:
   Transfer from Narita airport to Tokyo station by Narita Express train (53 min)
   Tokyo station to Niigata by Joetsu Shinkansen (~1:45h)
   Niigata to Tsuruoka by Limited Express train (Uetsu line) Tsuruoka (~1:45h)

   Car rental agencies are available near the station.


Symposium recommended hotels:

A discounted rate (below) is provided for participants
on a first-come first-served basis, please book through the registration form.

All prices are quoted per night including breakfast
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Yura Onsen Yaotome
   Single occupancy: 15 000 JPY
   Double occupancy: 24 000 JPY
   Additional guest: 12 000 JPY (Child: 6 000 JPY)
   Free transfers between symposium venue and hotel are provided

Tokyo Dai-Ichi Hotel Tsuruoka
   Single occupancy: 8 600 JPY
   Double occupancy: 16 800 JPY
   Free transfers between symposium venue and hotel are provided

Yunohama Onsen Hotel Kairokuen
   Single occupancy: 10 000 JPY
   Double occupancy: 16 000 JPY
   Additional guest: 8 000 JPY (Child: 4 000 JPY)
   Free transfers between symposium venue and hotel are provided

Hotel Alpha-1 Tsuruoka
   Single occupancy: 5 500 JPY
   Double occupancy: 10 000 JPY
   Hotel is located ~2km from venue


Yamagata Tourism Information Center
Japan National Tourism Organization

The Three sacred mountains of Dewa
Shonai is located northwestern coast of Japan, surrounded by the three sacred mountains: Mt. Haguro, Mt. Gassan and Mt. Yudono (Dewa Sanzan).

The Dewa Sanzan are popular pilgrimage sites within Japan, priding themselves for the oldest known history of mountain worship.

Mt. Haguro
(414m) is known for its 1000 year-old Gojū-no-tō pagoda (left) and Sanzan Gosai-den temple compound (below).

These structures are listed as Special Places of Scenic Beauty, Special Historic Sites and Special Natural Monuments by the Japanese government’s Agency for Cultural Affairs.

The Four Seasons in Northern Japan
Due to its temperate climate, the northern part of Japan experiences clear seasonal changes and many tourists come to appreciate its beauty.

In Spring, one can enjoy the festival of viewing cherry blossoms in full bloom (Hanami). In Summer, mountains are covered with lush vegetations and plains by rice paddies forming a green velvet carpet all over the countryside. Crimson red and yellow leaves covers valleys and mountains while snow tops the highest peaks in Autumn. Beutiful snow falls cover mountains in Winter, the winter-sports season sets in, and ski resorts and hot spring spas become crowded with visitors.

Some views of Shonai and Yamagata

Last update: April 16, 2015