Venue

BioCAS 2019 will be held at the Nara Kasugano International Forum. It is located in the center of Nara National Park, which is famous for its beauty and 1,200 tame deer. Nara was the capital of Japan from 710 to 784, and has many historical shrines and temples containing national treasures. Famous tourist spots such as Kofukuji Temple, Todaiji Temple, Kasuga Shrine are within walking distance from the hall.

Kasugano

Getting Around Nara

Access to Major Areas

Getting Around Nara

Served by the Kintetsu Railway and West Japan Railway (JR West), most of Nara's regions can be accessed with ease by train. An extensive bus network operated by Nara Kotsu is also in place for access to more rural areas, and as an alternative to rail travel.

 

Trains

The Kintetsu Railway and West Japan Railway (JR West) operate rail service throughout Nara. Both network operators offer money-saving passes to overseas visitors, making rail travel an affordable and convenient option.

Trains

Buses & Bus Tours

Nara Kotsu operates the prefecture's extensive bus network, making it possible to travel to many of the more remote areas not served by rail. They also run many tourist-friendly bus routes linking the key attractions in Nara City, and in other popular areas like Asuka. For affordable pay-as-you-go travel within the city, look out for the red and blue Gurutto buses: fares are just ¥100 per trip.

 

Taxis

Taxis provide a convenient alternative to travel by bus, especially in more remote areas where bus services from train stations to key attractions can be infrequent. In such areas, it is worth noting that taxis generally cannot be hailed and are only available from ranks outside train stations.

 

Bicycle Rental

Bicycle Rental

With numerous businesses and tourist information facilities offering bicycle rental services throughout Nara, cycling can be an exciting and more active alternative to travel by bus and train. In addition to regular bicycles many outlets offer battery-powered bicycles, which make hills a breeze. It is also worth noting that certain rental locations allow for bicycles to be returned at partner locations elsewhere. 

To read more about getting around Nara, visit the Visit Nara webpage.