Social Program

Welcome Reception

Date 25 June, 2017, 18:00 - 20:00
Location Entrance Lobby of the Conference Hall of Hokkaido Univeristy
Price Free

A Welcome Reception is planned on Sunday, June 25th at the Entrance Lobby of the Conference Hall. This welcome reception is included in the registration fee. All participants are invited to attend the Welcome Reception.



   A Bus Tour of around Yoichi and Otaru

Date 28 June, 2017, 12:00 - 18:00
Start Conference Venue (12:00)
Finish Banquet Restaurant “Sapporo Beer Garden” (18:00)
Price 4,000 JPY (Lunch box is included)
Note We will have lunch in the bus. Don’t forget to pick up your lunch box before you get on the bus.

The Old Aoyama Villa

The villa of the former Aoyama clan, which prospered through the Pacific herring in the late 19th to early 20th century. All of the corridors, pillars and kamoi (a narrow piece of wood that passes over the sliding doors and around a whole Japanese room) are painted with Shunkei lacquer. The sliding doors contain works by prominent artists and writers from that time. MORE INFO


Nikka Whisky Factory

Nikka Whisky, one of Japan‘s top whisky makers, has its main distillery in Yoichi, the neighboring town of Otaru. The company was founded by Masataka Taketsuru, known as the father of Japanese whisky, who studied the art of whisky making in Scotland, the university of Glasgow. Yoichi factory produces rich, peaty and masculine malt whisky. Traditional distiller for direct heating distillation by natural coal will be found at the factory. MORE INFO


Conference Banquet

Date 28 June, 2017, 18:00 - 20:30
Location Kessel Hall, Sapporo Beer Garden
Price 5,000 JPY

The conference banquet will be held on Wednesday, 28th June at 18:00 in Kessel Hall of “Sapporo Beer Garden”. Participants who join the Excursion are directly transferred to the Banquet site. Enjoy eating fresh lamb, traditional Genghis Khan and grilled vegetables as much as you like!

Banquet Site: Sapporo Beer Garden

  • Address: 9-2-10, Kita7Jo, Higashi-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
  • TEL: 0120-150-550
  • Link: Official web, Brochure
  • Access:
  •    By walk from the conference veune: 2.3 km
  •    By bus from Sapporo station: 7 minutes (North exit, Bus terminal 2)

Accompanying Persons Programs

During the conference, we would like to welcome all accompanying persons and invite them to special events affording an experience of Japanese culture (Tea Ceremony and Kimono Dressing). The accompanying persons programs will be provided by local volunteers who are experts in Japanese cultural activities.

1. Sado (Japanese Tea Ceremony)

Date 26 June, 2017, 16:30 - 17:30
Location Entrance Lobby of the Conference Hall of Hokkaido Univerisity
Price Free

Participants and accompanying persons will be welcomed to learn a little of the history behind Sado (The way of having Japanese tea), and enjoy the ceremony dedicated to the drinking of Zen-influenced drink.

2. Kimono Wearing

Date 27 June, 2017, 11:15 - 12:30
Location Room 4 in the Conference Hall of Hokkaido University
Price Free

A chance will be arranged for accompanying persons to try on Kimono, the Japanese traditional garments. Simple step-by-step instructions allow even a novice to wear the intricate silk gowns with dignity, and the resulting photographs will surely serve as a unique reminder of your time in Japan.