Space Communications, Navigation and Earth Observation Systems in the 5G Era

About Okinawa and its Surroundings

A Fantastic Place to Visit…

Okinawa is located in the southern half of the Ryukyu archipelago stretching between Kyushu, Japan and Taiwan. Okinawa consists of 160 large and small islands including 49 inhabited islands over a vast ocean area ranging from approximately 400 km south to north and 1,000 km east to west. The coral reefs, crystal-clear blue seas, white sand beaches, and beautiful natural scenery combine to form different images on each island. You can also come face to face with the unique Ryukyu culture and legends.

Okinawa with its subtropical oceanic climate is blessed with beautiful nature such as clear transparent seas of abundant corals lush forests covering the islands and bright flowers. Thanks to this natural environment, precious animals and plants which are particular to Okinawa, make their home here. Okinawa has even been called the Galapagos of the East.

Okinawa was once an independent kingdom maintaining a flourishing trade with various East and Southeast Asian countries and at one time after World War II, it was under the administration of the United States. Such experiences have given Okinawa a unique history from other region of Japan. Okinawa has developed its own mixture of diverse culture influenced by Japan, China and other Asian and Western countries. Traditional performing arts and craft works, which evolved during that time, have been handed down and are still enjoyed today.
https://www.visitokinawa.jp/about-okinawa

Facts & Figures

  • Region: Okinawa Prefecture (Japan)
  • Prefectural Capital: Naha City
  • Population: 1.44 million
  • Land Area: 2,281 sqr km
  • Geographic Coordinates: 26°12’N; 127°41’E
  • Elevation: 3m above sea level at City Hall
  • Typical October-November low/ high temperature: low 20s°C(high 60s°F) / mid~high 20s°C(low 80s°F)

Traveller Information

Visas Prior to booking flights, registrants are strongly advised to confirm with their travel agent whether they require a Visa to travel to Japan.
Visit Website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Visit https://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/index.html

The Places to Visit

Naha City is an ideal base for touring the Ryukyu archipelago such as Kerama island, Kume island, Ishigaki island, Hateruma island and many other islands as well as Okinawa main island. You can enjoy beautiful sandy beaches, snorkeling or diving in clear blue ocean. Vising The Shuri Castle, the former royal palace of the Ryukyu Kingdom, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and many other attractive touring sites will be your unforgettable experiences.

Visit web sites shown below to create your itinerary
https://www.visitokinawa.jp/four-seasons
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15hlbvn-Fyg

Weather

The yearly average temperature is about 24°C (75°F). The highest temperature in the summer in Naha is 35°C (August) and in winter temperatures rarely if ever dip below 10°C (50°F) (January).
To get more information about current weather conditions, visit the following pages at:
https://www.visitokinawa.jp/about-okinawa/climate
https://www.accuweather.com/en/jp/naha-shi/224944/weather-forecast/224944

How to Reach Okinawa

Naha city in Okinawa, Japan is easily reachable from main cities in Japan and neighboring countries such as China, Korea, Taiwan, Bangkok and Singapore.
Frequent flights from Tokyo and Osaka are scheduled as shown below:
Tokyo/Haneda ≥ 25 Flights/day
Tokyo/Narita ≃ 5 flights/day
Osaka/Itami ≃ 5 flights/day
Osaka/Kansai ≃ 10 flights/day

Down town area where many hotels and shops locate is about 10 to 20 minutes ride on Yui-Rail (monorail system) from the Naha Airport. Or you can take taxi and it takes about 15 to 20 minutes.
(https://www.naha-airport.co.jp/en/flight/)

Conference Venue

37th ICSSC is held at Okinawa Prefecture Municipal Center (“Jichi-Kaikan” in Japanese).
Okinawa Prefecture Municipal Center is 3 mminutes walk away from Asahibashi station of “Yui-Rail” (monorail). Naha bus terminal is just in front of the Municipal Center.

Local transport in Okinawa

International Street where many shops and restaurants locate is walking distance from many hotels and conference venue. Monorail system “Yui-Rail” connects Naha Airport – Conference Venue area (Asahibashi Stn.) – Naha Downtown – Shuri Castle, and convenient to mive around City of Naha. Bus networks by Naha Bus, Okinawa Bus and Ryukyu Bus are well connecting inside of Okinawa Main Island.   For a sightseeing tour, there are various options for tourists taking you to beautiful scenery spots and attractive experiences. If you visit neighboring islands, you can take regular and express ferries, or inter-island flights.

Useful links
https://www.yui-rail.co.jp/en/
http://www.kotsu-okinawa.org/en/index.html/

Hotel Accommodations

JTB Okinawa Corp. (JTB) has been appointed as the Official Travel Agent for the Conference and will handle hotel accommodations.
JTB has reserved a sufficient number of rooms at two recommended hotels for the participants during the Conference period.
Hotel assignment will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please visit https://amarys-jtb.jp/37ICSSC/ for booking and information.

NOTE: Moreover there are a lot of hotels around conference venue and downtown Naha, and variety of options are available for you.

INFORMATION & INQUIRIES

   Information & Inquiries should be directed to:

   he 37th ICSSC Organization at icssc2019org@gmail.com/a>



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