Practical Information

Local Information


ISA World Congress of Sociology is taking place at the international conference center Pacifico Yokohama Convention Complex, located in the center of Yokohama:
1-1-1, Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku
Yokohama, Japan.

Pacifico Yokohama

Congress sessions and other services will take place in:

Congress venue and hotels


Registration desk

The registration desk is located in the Conference Center main building, 2nd floor. Opening hours July 13-19, 2014:

Day Time
Sunday 10:00 am – 08:00 pm
Monday 07:30 am – 06:00 pm
Tuesday 08:00 am - 06:00 pm
Wednesday 08:00 am - 06:00 pm
Thursday 08:00 am - 06:00 pm
Friday 08:00 am - 06:00 pm
Saturday 08:00 am - 03:00 pm



Congress certificates can be downloaded from Speaker's Corner. An e-mail with instructions on how to download a certificate was sent to all participants. For any queries pelase contact

Opening Ceremony and Reception

The Opening Ceremony will take place on Sunday, 13 July from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the National Convention Hall.
The Reception will be held from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm at
the Exhibition Hall. Snacks and drinks will be served. Congress registration fee includes access to Opening Ceremony and Reception. Additional tickets, JPY 2000, can be purchased at the registration desk.

Farewell Party, Friday, 18 July, 2014

See more information


Japanese Culture Program

A variety of classes of Japanese culture, like Tea ceremony, Paper holding (Origami), Calligraphy and Writing English Haiku will be offered. Tickets can be purchased at the registration desk.


Hotel, Travel & Sightseeing Information Desk

Hotel, Travel and Sightseeing Information Desk is available at the registration area.

Technical information for presenters

All session rooms are equipped with a computer, LCD projector, screen, microphone, and pointer. PowerPoint facilities for roundtable sessions: There will be one monitor connected to a single computer for all the participants at each table. It is recommended that presenters bring their own thumb drives so that they can easily load their presentations onto a single computer to save time between presentations. In the case of Mac users, if they want to use their own Mac, they need to bring a connector.

We recommend you to bring either PowerPoint or Adobe PDF presentation files in a USB memory compatible with Microsoft Windows OS. The expected format of the presentation file is Microsoft Windows PowerPoint version 2003, 2007 or 2010. Speakers can also use their own computers for presentation. The session room computers will not have internet access or sound connection.

If a presentation includes ANIMATION, it is recommended to use your own computer.

Speakers are requested to upload their presentations to the session room computer, or to connect their own computer to the on-site projector, not later than during the break proceeding a session. Speakers will operate the slides themselves.

Note to those who bring their own computer:

Photocopies and Printing

Photocopy and printing service is available at the
Business Center.

Internet Access

Wireless Internet access is provided in the all Foyer of the Convention Complex and in the ISA 2014 Café situated in the Exhibition Hall B&C. The Business Centers located in the Exhibition Hall, 2nd floor, and in the Conference Center provide a paid connection to Internet and computers (PC).

Message Board

A message board for delegates will be located at the registration area and in the Exhibition Hall. The Message Board facilitates contact between participants
and carries messages from the organizers.


Members of the Japanese Sociological Society and students will be working during the congress as volunteer staff members. Many of them speak English and other languages, so feel free to ask for any assistance; they dress in matching outfits.

Catering order for RC/WG/TG

Please fill in the blank to order and send e-mail to or fax: +81-3-3219-3577 by June 13, 2014.

Catering order form: Word pdf
MS Word file

Adobe Acrobat file

For more information, please send your requests to WCS2014 secretariat by email


First Aid

A First Aid Room is available at the Conference Center,
1st floor and the Exhibition Hall, 1st floor.

Childcare Services

Organized by the Japanese Local Organizing Committee for the XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology in 2014



Monday – Saturday
July 14  - 19, 2014


10 children per day


Children between the ages of
3 months to 12 years

Location for Child Care

Kid’s Square at Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyuks-iro-ss幅560
3-minute-walk from PACIFICO Yokohama
Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu, 6th Floor 
2-3-7 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-8543

Nursery type

Temporary childcare service at an existing childcare facility 

Entrusting Company

ALPHA Corporation Inc.
Member of the All Japan Childcare Services Association (ACSA)


Tax included


  • JPY 10000  entire day / child
  • JPY  2000  two hours + JPY 500 per extra 30 min / child

  • Diapers/nappies and food not must bring your own for your child.
  • The above fees are discounted from their actual cost by 70% subsidized by the ISA World Congress of Sociology 2014.
  • Payment is required in advance to secure a reservation. Successful applicants will be contacted with payment details.
  • No refunds can be made after receipt of payment.


To make a reservation, please e-mail or call no later than Monday, July 7, 2014 and provide the following information:

Subject: Reservation for Child Care ISA-WCS2014

  • Registration ID for ISA-WCS2014
  • Parent’s/guardian’s name, affiliation, contact information, including her or his mobile phone number
  • Number of child(ren), name, age, and gender
  • Date and time of care
  • Special instructions (e.g. allergies)

Call: +81-3-5772-1222 
between 9:30 am and 5:30pm on weekdays

You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your reservation with an application form, payment details, and terms of service. Please fill out and sign the form and bring it to Kid’s Square on the first day.

Closing date
for application

Monday, July 7, 2014
Places are limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so reservations may close early.

ALPHA Corporation Inc. is a liability insured company. XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology 2014 takes NO responsibility for any accident or problem during the care.



Baby Feeding Room

A Baby Feeding Room is available at the Exhibition Hall,
2nd floor.


Cloakrooms are located in the Conference Center 1st

Local Information

About Yokohama

More than 150 years ago, Yokohama became the first
harbor city opened to the world, the entrance to Japan.
Since the time its port was opened, Yokohama has been
vigorously acquiring new cultures and information from
abroad. Today, as a result of the fusion of a variety of foreign cultures and new urban cultures, Yokohama keeps growing as an attractive city.

For more details see

Calling for Help

Police 110
Fire Brigade / Ambulance 119


The voltage in Japan is 100 Volt, which is different from North America (120V), Central Europe (230V) and most other regions of the world. Japanese electrical plugs have two, non-polarized pins, as shown below. They fit into North American outlets. Adapters can be bought in any Japanese electronics store for 200-500 JPY.

Check the transformer device of your electrical devices. If you see a message that says INPUT: 100V-240V (From 100V to 240V), it can be used in Japan. Most laptops nowadays have this kind of universal transformers. Some North American equipment will work fine in Japan without an adapter and vice versa, however, certain equipment, especially equipment involving heating (e.g. hair dryers), may not work properly or even get damaged.

If you see only INPUT: 220V the device can be used only at 220V. Buying a transformer can cost 30-70 USD.
The frequency of electric current is 50 Hertz in Eastern Japan (including Tokyo, Yokohama, Tohoku, Hokkaido) and 60 Hertz in Western Japan (including Nagoya, Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Shikoku, Kyushu); however, most equipment is not affected by this frequency difference. A possible exception are timing devices such as clocks.

Currency Exchange

Only Japanese yen (¥) are accepted in regular stores and restaurants. You can buy yen at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money exchangers on presentation of your passport.
Banks normally open on weekdays from 9 am to 3 pm.
Traveler's Checks and Credit Cards
Traveler's checks are accepted only by leading banks
and major hotels in the main cities; the use of traveler's checks in Japan is not as popular as in some other countries.
VISA, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express
credit cards are widely accepted at hotels, department
stores, shops, restaurants and nightclubs.


Shops and other sales outlets in Japan are generally open on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays as well as weekdays from 10 am to 8 pm.


Tips are not required anywhere in Japan, even at hotels, restaurants, or in taxis.


Train and subway system in Japan is provided at almost
5-10 minute intervals. Shinkansen is a high-speed train
which allow for easy access to other major cities such as Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Sendai etc.


The temperature in Yokohama in July can vary from
23º to 28º, average humidity 72-75%. Congress venue is air-conditioned          


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