Co-Organized by:

International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) Japan Society of Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (JSRAE)

Supported by Yokohama City

International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR)

General Information

General Information about ICR2015

PACIFICO YOKOHAMA provides a large space that meets the needs of world-scale conventions. Yokohama has very good access from the centre of Tokyo (30 min.), Narita International Airport (90 min.), and Haneda International Airport (25 min.) and in addition to the fine convention facilities has many wonderful hotels. As a cosmopolitan Japanese city, Yokohama has hosted numerous international conferences in the past, e.g. APEC 2010. Yokohama has truly first class international conference facilities and top-level infrastructure satisfies a variety of interests and offers budget plans for conference participants.


By air

From Haneda Airport: 20 minutes by car, 40 minutes by bus or 30 minutes by train From Narita Airport: 90 minutes by bus or 100 minutes by train

By trains

To Minato Mirai Station: 30 minutes from Tokyo Station or Shibuya; 32 minutes from Shinjuku

By Shinkansen

From Shin Yokohama Station (Shinkansen): 13 minutes by train or 30 minutes by car

Access from the nearest stations

3-minute walk from Minato Mirai Station (Minato Mirai Line)
From Sakuragicho Station (JR or Subway): 12-minute walk, 7 minutes by bus or 5 minutes by taxi
From Yokohama Station: 7minutes by taxi or 10 minutes by Sea Bass (boat)

General Information about Japan


To visit Japan, you must have a valid passport. A visa is required for citizens of countries that do not have visa-exempt agreements with Japan. Please contact the nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate for visa requirements. If you should require any assistance in preparing documents for visa application, please inform the Secretariat of it when you fill out the registration form.


Personal effects and professional equipment can be brought into Japan duty free as long as their contents and quantities are deemed reasonable by the customs officer. You can also bring in 400 cigarettes, 500 grams of tobacco or 100 cigars; 3 bottles of alcoholic beverages; 2 ounces of perfume; and gifts and souvenirs whose total market price is less than 200,000 yen or its equivalent. There is no allowance for tobacco or alcoholic beverages for persons aged 19 years or younger. Firearms and other types of weapons, and narcotics are strictly prohibited.


The organizer cannot accept responsibility for accidents that might occur. Delegates are encouraged to purchase travel insurance before leaving their home country. Insurance plans typically cover accidental loss of belongings, medical costs in case of injury or illness, and other possible risks of international travel.


The temperature in Yokohama during the period of the Congress ranges between 25-32 degrees Celsius.


Only Japanese yen (JPY) is acceptable at regular stores and restaurants. Certain foreign currencies may be accepted at a limited number of hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops. You can buy yen at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money exchangers on presentation of your passport.


Travelers checks are accepted only by leading banks and major hotels in principal cities, and the use of travelers checks in Japan is not as popular as in some other countries. VISA, MasterCard, Diners Club, and American Express are widely accepted at hotels, department stores, shops, restaurants and nightclubs.


In Japan, tips are not necessary anywhere, even at hotels and restaurants.


Electric voltage is uniformly 100 volts, AC, throughout Japan, but with two different cycles: 50 in Eastern Japan*, and 60 in Western Japan** . Leading hotels in major cities have two outlets of 100 and 220 volts but their sockets usually accept a two-leg plug only.

*Eastern Japan :   Tokyo, Yokohama, Tohoku, Hokkaido
**Western Japan : Nagoya, Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Shikoku, Kyushu


Shops and other sales outlets in Japan are generally open on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays as well as weekdays from 10:00 to 20:00. Department stores, however, are closed on one weekday, differing by store, and certain specialty shops may not open on Sundays and national holidays.