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Nara is a histrical city that was the capital of Japan up until the 8th century. It has Japan's largest number of structures that are National Treasures. Informations about sightseeing spots and National Treasures are available from Nara City Sightseeing Information Center , A journey to the ancient city


The weather in Japan is very hot and humid in August. Nara has an average maximum temperature of 32°C and average minimum temperature of 25°C. The possibility to have rain is 25% in late August. You can check one-week weather forecasts in Nara area. One-week Forecasts: Nara

Time Zone

The time zone in Japan is UTC/GMT + 9 hour.


Japanese electrical standards in Western Japan are 60Hz, 100 Volt. Appliances set up for 240V will require a transformer if they don’t already have built-in voltage adjustment. Mains sockets require a Type A plug and you are advised to obtain an adaptor before departure if needed. Type A plugs have two flat blades and are used in the US and Canada too.

Currency and Credit Cards

Japanese Yen is Japanese currency. Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept major credit cards. Travelers’ cheques are only accepted for exchange in banks and post offices, and, in general cannot be used to purchase goods and services. Foreign exchange can be performed in banks (look for sign in English), larger post offices, limited number of hotels: there is no street-side foreign money exchange in Nara. Bank counters are open 9 am to 3 pm, post offices financial services from 9 am to 4 pm on weekdays only. You can draw cash on your credit card or debit card at certain ATM cash machines: all post offices (found in every neighborhood; not 24 hr) and Seven Bank (in all 7-Eleven stores; 24 hr) ATMs accept overseas credit cards with PIN, and some debit card systems.


The most common way to pay for taxi is cash. If you want to pay by credit card, you should ask the driver in any case before using the taxi. Many taxis accept Japanese but no foreign cards, so that the stickers with the logos of the credit cards on the windows of the taxi can be misleading. Please be aware that it is not common to tip the taxi driver – they will decline it in most cases.

Hours of Business

Around Nara station, restaurants and many shops are close at 9 pm except for several bars and first food restaurants. 7-Eleven stores offer beverages and foods.
Bank counters are open 9 am to 3 pm, post offices financial services from 9 am to 4 pm on weekdays only.

Internet Access

Free wireless internet will be available at the Reception Hall and rooms for Poster Session and Industrial Exhibition. A password will be required and will be issued at registration. There will also be an internet café available.
In Japan you can not buy prepaid SIM card for your cell phone. Instead you can rent a WiFi device at the airport for mobile internet. Major hotels offer internet access with enough connection speed.

Insurance & Liability

The organizers of FEL12 do not accept liability for medical, travel or personal insurance. Participants are strongly recommended to arrange their own personal insurance.


Emergency call numbers are: 110 for police and 119 for fire/rescue.

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