IASLC 2022 Asia Conference on Lung Cancer

Venue & City Information

Nara, Japan

Nara, an ancient city in Japan, is a birthplace of Japan, and home to three World Heritage sites including 20 individual venues, such as Horyuji Temple (法隆寺), Todaiji Temple (東大寺), Kasugataisha Shrine (春日大社), Tamaki Shrine (玉置神社), and Kinpusenji Temple (金峯山寺).  Friendly deer which was believed to be messengers of the gods walking on the street is also a symbol of Nara. 

Nara is also full of nature resources.  Not only limited to the beautiful views with distinct seasonal scenery in the mountain area or around the temples, but you can also enjoy the Onsen, Hot Spring, over the Nara area. Wandering in the Naramachi is like walking in the ancient era of Japan by seeing the traditional houses, but now is featured with various crafts, eateries, and cafes. 

2022 Meeting Venue

The IASLC 2022 Asia Conference on Lung Cancer will be held at Nara Prefectural Convention Center.

Nara Prefectural Convention Center 
691-1, 1-chome,
Sanjo-oji, Nara City
Japan 

Nara Prefectural Convention Center was opened in April 2020. It is located in Nara city where is known for its abundance of historical and cultural varieties. There are World Heritage sites nearby. The Convention Center has won the Wood Design Award and the 54th Japan Sign Design Award in 2020.

Nara Prefectural Convention Center has 14 conference rooms and the largest conventional hall in Nara. It can be easily accessed from Kansai International Airport and connected to the public transport network.

Tourism Nara

For detailed information on activities, restaurants and useful tips, please visit the Visit Nara Japan website managed by Nara Prefectural Government Tourism Bureau Tourism Promotion Division. 
Todaiji Temple

Visit Todaiji Temple

One of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara.” This is the world's largest wooden building.

Nara Park

Visit Nara Park

Public park located in the city of Nara, Japan, at the foot of Mount Wakakusa.

Kasuga Taisha

Visit Kasuga Taisha

Spend some time immersed at Nara's most celebrated Shinto shrine.

Isuien Garden

Visit Isuien Garden

Easily the most beautiful garden in Nara, Isuien is easily accessed on foot from Todaiji Temple or the Nara Prefectural Museum of Art.

Getting Around

By Train 

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Nara and its surrounding cities have a wide range of public transport and sightseeing transport means.  There are different ticket types so that you can get to where you want to go in Nara easily and conveniently. 

By Train 
There are two train operators in Nara – Kintetsu Railway and West Japan Railway (JR West). Both of them provide various package pass for oversea travelers. 

By Bus 
Nara Kotsu operates the prefecture’s extensive bus network. It also has the Sight-seeing routes for tourists.  Various passes are available based on your needs. 

By Bike 
Cycling is an alternative option to travel around Nara.  Many tourist information facilities have offered a bicycle rental service. 

By Taxi 
Taxis are more easily be found in Nara city and can be hailed at peak times during the day. For the remote areas, usually you have to call to order a taxi but you might need local’s help to explain your location in Japanese. 

Nara has a temperate climate but summer can be hot and humid. The best weather is during Spring and Autumn in between 15 to 20 °C. Average temperatures in October: Maximum: 24 °C / 75 °F  Minimum: 15 °C / 59 °F   

The currency used in Nara is the Yen (¥). Bills come in 1,000 yen, 2,000 yen (very rare), 5,000 yen, and 10,000 yen. Coins come in 1 yen, 5 yen, 10 yen, 50 yen, 100 yen and 500 yen. 

Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 15.00. Nara Visitor Centre can also do currency exchange. There are plenty of ATMs at convenience stores where you can withdraw cash on an internationally issued card. 

Japanese is the official language in Japan, but English is generally understood in major cities and designated tourist sites. 

Some useful Japanese greeting and phrases to get attention: 

JAPANESEENGLISH
O-hai-yo Good Morning
Kon-ni-chi-wa Good Afternoon
Kon-ban-wa Good Evening
O-ya-su-miGood Night
Su-mi-ma-sen Excuse me
A-ri-ga-tou Thank you

The IASLC is monitoring the situation and will provide further updates on attendance guidelines shortly.