2019 Competition


Travel and Visa

Flying into Japan:

Tokyo is served by two airports.  Narita International Airport is located further from central Tokyo than Haneda International Airport. The airport is located about 37 miles (60 kilometers) east of central Tokyo. It takes about one hour by train and 1.5 hours by bus to central Tokyo.  Haneda International Airport is located closer to central Tokyo than Narita International Airport.  It takes about 20-30 minutes to central Tokyo by train or monorail and 30-40 minutes by bus.  Narita has more airlines than Haneda.


Visa Information:

Some teams may need to obtain a visa to enter Japan. Several countries, however, have exempts citizens of some countries. The following link provides information on exemptions for short-term stay: https://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/short/novisa.html


How to obtain a Letter of Invitation:

You should email Professor Tetsuo Morishita to request a letter of invitation for use in conjunction with a visa application.  You will need to provide all needed information, such as your full names, passport numbers, etc.  It is extremely important that you begin the visa process early if one is needed.  His email adress is tetsu-mo@sophia.ac.jp


Sophia Campus Information:

Campus Address:  Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus 7-1 Kioi-Cho, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo, 102-8554 Japan

The buildings on campus have building numbers.  For purposes of arriving for opening registration for the Competition, the relevant building number has not been fixed.

The following is a link to the Yotsuya Campus map:  https://www.sophia.ac.jp/eng/info/access/map/map_yotsuya.html

The closest JR (Chuo/Sobu lines) and subway (Marunouchi Line and Namboku Line) station is Yotsuya Station, which is approximately a five minute walk.  To walk from that station to the campus, you should take the Kojimachi or Akasaka exist (JR) or Exit No. 1 (subway).

About the transportation or other useful information on Tokyo, see the following website: The Official Tokyo Travel Guide: https://www.gotokyo.org/en/plan/getting-around/index.html


Recommended Accommodations in Tokyo:

The following hotels are recommended.  They are all located close to Sophia University (all in walking distance) and have good reputations.  The rates listed are a rough estimation of the room charge when you book through a travel agency.  Saturday night will be higher than other days.  You should be able to get better rate by using online booking websites, such as booking.com, trivago.com, agoda.com, hotels.com, tripadvisor.com, etc.  We strongly recommend that you book early, considering the heavy demand for good hotels in Tokyo.

•  Hotel Monterey Akasaka

https://www.hotelmonterey.co.jp/en/akasaka/  (about Yen 15,300 - Yen 20,000)

•  Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu

https://www.tokyuhotelsjapan.com/global/akasaka-e/#_ga=2.239653827.1711860040.1550245999-1958213204.1542379844 (about Yen 20,200 - Yen 22,000)

•  Hotel New Otani

https://www.newotani.co.jp/en/tokyo/  (about Yen 26,000 - Yen 36,000: “New Otani Garden Tower”. “The Main” would be more expensive)

There are also several small hotels near the University which have cheaper rates that can be found using online booking sites.  The cheapest accommodations are at youth hostels.  Be sure to check on the accommodations and reviews because traditional Japanese inns (called Ryokan) can be very different than western-style hotels.  Here is a useful link to TripAdvisor showing hotels near Sophia:  https://www.tripadvisor.com/HotelsNear-g298184-d7889165-Sophia_University-Tokyo_Tokyo_Prefecture_Kanto.html