Travel

The International HPC Summer School 2019 will be held on 7-12 July at the RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS), Kobe, Japan.

Below are some information on the location and getting to R-CCS. Please note that selected participants will be provided with instructions from the organisers in due course on making travel arrangements. Further information about accommodation and local transport will be provided prior to commencement of the school.

Maps and Directions

RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS)
Address: 7-1-26 Minatojima-minami-machi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0047, Japan (Google map)
TEL: +81-78-940-5555
FAX: +81-78-304-4956

(Five-minute walk from K(or Kei) Computer-Mae Station on the Port Liner train)

*From Sannomiya or downtown Kobe, take the Port Liner train from Sannomiya station. It takes approximately 14 minutes to K Computer-Mae Station. Can be very crowded in early morning.

Getting to R-CCS

R-CCS is located in an artificial island called “Port Island” at City of Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. It is about 20 minutes from downtown Kobe by train.

1. Getting to nearby airports

International visitors are recommended to reach Kansai International Airport (KIX) if you have a convenient direct flight from your origin. Another option is to first come to Tokyo (HND or NRT) and then connect to Osaka International Airport (ITM) or take the bullet train (JR Shinkansen) from Tokyo to the Shin-Kobe station, which is about 150 minutes.

Attention:
– Airport buses do not accept credit cards. Bring cash: 1950 JPY from KIX; 1050 JPY from ITM. Cheaper round-trip tickets from KIX are available.
– No guest parking spot available around R-CCS. No need to have a car if you stay in Kobe.
– From Sannomiya Station on the Port liner, please take a train heading towards Kobe Airport. You need to buy tickets in cash: 280 JPY.

Airports serving the Kobe/Osaka region include:

Kobe airport (UKB):
Very small airport with a small number of domestic flights only. The most convenient airport to get to R-CCS and downtown Kobe once you reach there, but often difficult to find convenient flights to there.

• Best route to R-CCS
UKB – (Port-Liner) – K Computer-mae Station (7 minutes)

Kansai International Airport (KIX):
One of the largest international airports in Japan. Direct flights from many regions are available, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris, Istanbul, and many other Asian cities. About 70 minutes to downtown Kobe, Sannomiya, by bus. Another option to come to R-CCS is to use “Bay Shuttle“, which takes you to Kobe airport from Kansai airport in about 40 minutes by boat and bus.

• Best route to R-CCS
1. KIX − (Airport Limousine Bus) − Sannomiya Station Bus Stop – (walk) – Sannomiya Station – (Port-Liner) – K Computer-mae Station (About 120 minutes)
2. KIX − (Bay Shuttle) − UKB – (Port-Liner) – K Computer-mae Station (About 70 minutes)
*Port-liner from Sannomiya can be very crowded in early morning.

Osaka International Airport (ITM):
A large domestic airport. If you fly in to Tokyo/Narita first, you will connect to another flight to this airport. About 40 minutes to downtown Kobe by bus.

• Best route to R-CCS
ITM − (Airport Limousine Bus) − Sannomiya Station Bus Stop – (walk) – Sannomiya Station – (Port-Liner) – K Computer-mae Station (About 70 minutes)
*Port-liner from Sannomiya can be very crowded in early morning.

2. From bullet train (JR Shinkansen) station

Get off the bullet train (JR Shinkansen) at Shin-Kobe Station, and transfer to the Kobe City Subway. At the first stop, Sannomiya, transfer to Port Liner, heading towards Kobe Airport. Ride the Port Liner for approximately 14 minutes and get off at K Computer-Mae Station.