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WOC2014 TOKYO in conjunction with 29th Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress/118th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Ophthalmological Society/Host:Japanese Ophthalmological Society/Co-Host:Asia-Pacific Academy of OphthalmologyWOC2014Tokyo

Complimentary Programs and Tours

Hospitality Program

Make the most of your stay in Tokyo with city tours and cultural programs conducted in English and free of charge—courtesy of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Overseas delegates and accompanying persons are invited to simply sign up at the “TOKYO CITY TOUR” desk in the registration area of Tokyo International Forum. The reservation desk will be open from April 1-5 and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

1. Tokyo City Tour

The free bus tour with an English-speaking guide takes you to the most popular sightseeing areas in Tokyo. Each tour takes 3-3.5 hours to visit each famous spot by bus.

Date Morning Afternoon*
April 2 (Wed)   T-1 Hama-Rikyu Gardens (40)
T-2 Tokyo Tower (40)
April 3 (Thu) T-3 TOKYO SKYTREE® (80)
T-4 Meiji-Jingu Shrine (80)
T-4 Meiji-Jingu Shrine (80)
T-5 Tokyo National Museum (80)
April 4 (Fri) T-3 TOKYO SKYTREE® (80)
T-4 Meiji-Jingu Shrine (80)
T-1 Hama-Rikyu Gardens(80)
T-5 Tokyo National Museum (80)
April 5 (Sat) T-2 Tokyo Tower (40)
T-5 Tokyo National Museum (40)

*Numbers in parentheses indicate available number of seats.

T-1 Hama-Rikyu Gardens—A park blooming with history and tradition


Experience the beauty of a traditional Japanese garden. From the 17th to mid-19th century, this vast park was where the Tokugawa Shogun came to practice hunting with their falcons, and key features of the park include a scenic pond with two islands connected by wooden bridges and a great 300-year old pine tree.

T-2 Tokyo Tower—Stand at the top of an important national symbol


Get a bird's eye view from the second-tallest structure in all of Japan. Modeled on the Eiffel Tower of Paris, Tokyo Tower was completed in 1958 as a symbol of Japan’s rebirth as a major economic power and also serves as a broadcast antenna for television and radio. After descending back to ground level, this tour will also take you next door to the Zojoji Temple, which is one of the main Buddhist temples in Tokyo.

T-3 TOKYO SKYTREE——A view above all others


Join this tour to visit the TOKYO SKYTREE. Opened in May 2012, this 634-meter high broadcasting tower is the tallest in the world and showcases a number of architectural features unique to Japan. On arriving at the 360° observation deck, a staggering 350 m above ground, you can enjoy an unrivalled view of Tokyo on a clear day, with sights such as the Rainbow Bridge across Tokyo Bay and even the iconic Mount Fuji !

T-4 Meiji-Jingu Shrine—Where Tokyo celebrates life’s milestones


Visit a shrine synonymous with the celebration of important Japanese events, such as New Year’s day, birthdays, and weddings. Dedicated to the late 19th-century emperor who opened Japan to trade with the West, Meiji-Jingu shrine is the most famous Shinto shrine in Tokyo.

T-5 Tokyo National Museum—Japan’s largest museum


See the largest museum in Japan, packed with more than 110,000 items including national treasures and important pieces providing fascinating insights into Japanese culture and history. You can even find ancient pottery and clay figures from as early as the Jomon period, as well as Hokusai’s celebrated ukiyo-e landscapes.

*Note: All Tokyo City Tours are subject to change with or without notice.

2. Cultural Programs

The free cultural programs conducted in English provide an excellent opportunity to learn about Japanese traditions.

Date 10:00-12:00 14:00-16:00
April 2 (Wed) CP-1 Experience Ikebana CP-1 Experience Ikebana
April 3 (Thu) CP-2 Traditional Mochi Pounding
CP-3 Dress in Kimono
CP-2 Traditional Mochi Pounding
CP-3 Dress in Kimono
April 4 (Fri) CP-4 Learn Origami
CP-5 Learn Japanese Calligraphy
CP-4 Learn Origami
CP-5 Learn Japanese Calligraphy
April 5 (Sat) CP-6 Experience Ukiyo-e CP-6 Experience Ukiyo-e
Imperial Hotel
Free of charge

CP-1 Experience Ikebana—The Japanese art of flower arrangement


Try your hand at the art of kado, “the way of flowers,” which originated with early Buddhist floral offerings in the sixth century. While being uniquely creative, the Japanese art of flower arrangement observes certain rules of construction, while expressing the three elements of heaven, earth, and mankind in a balanced composition. So much more than merely placing flowers in a vase, ikebana is a true art form that embodies the beauty and healing powers of nature and humanity.

CP-2 Traditional Mochi Pounding—Try your hand at this festive food


Mochi is a traditional food eaten to celebrate the Japanese New Year. This preparation involves pounding the polished, glutinous rice with wooden mallets (kine) in a traditional mortar (usu). It requires two people to work together—one pounding the mochi while the other turns and wets the mochi with water to prevent it from sticking to the mallet. Once the pounding process is complete, the mochi is then carefully shaped by hand.

In this program, you can taste a piece of Mochi which is hot and fresh.

CP-3 Dress in Kimono—Traditional Japanese attire


Try on a real, traditional kimono. The kimono is an internationally recognized symbol of Japan with a distinctive T-shape, wide sleeves, and a sash called an obi that secures the gown around the body. Kimono are still commonly worn today on formal occasions, and men and women alike are welcome to participate in this memorable cultural program.

CP-4 Learn Origami—The magic of paper


The traditional Japanese art of origami literally translates as “folding paper” and involves transforming a flat, square sheet of paper into a finished sculpture. Practically anything can be created in origami from a simple airplane to flowers and animals. You may have seen an origami Japanese crane before, which is one of the most commonly created origami animals.

CP-5 Learn Japanese Calligraphy—Inspiration in ink


Sho is a uniquely Japanese form of calligraphy in which the artist strives to achieve beauty through the strengths of the brushstrokes used, the gradations of the ink, and the shapes and positions of the resulting characters. In this introductory class, you can choose your desired Japanese character, receive instruction on how to draw it, and then have a go for yourself. You can then sign your best piece and take it home to show your family and friends, or to frame is as a souvenir.

CP-6 Experience Ukiyo-e—The ancient art of woodcut printing


Woodcut prints known as ukiyo-e first appeared in late 17th-century Japan (Edo period). Common themes included beautiful scenes and landscapes that tell us so much about life in historical Japan and they were an early form of mass produced art—requiring the skills of three types of craftsmen comprising the painter, the wood carver, and the print maker. In the beginning, ukiyo-e were produced with a single black ink or just a few colors. But over time, the art of ukiyo-e became much more colorful and ornate.

Note: All cultural programs are subject to change with or without notice.

3. Airport Welcome Desk

Please stop by the Airport Welcome Desk in Arrival Lobby of Haneda International Airport, Narita Airport Terminal 1 and 2, which open 8:00-20:00 on Tuesday, April 1st and Wednesday, April 2nd for the WOC2014 to get assistance for your transportation.


Haneda International Airport
Welcome Desk
(International Terminal 2F)


NARITA Airport
Welcome Desk


NARITA Airport
Welcome Desk

Date Airport Desk Open Hour Welcome desk
Tuesday, April 1 8:00 - 20:00 Haneda International Airport, arrival lobby Narita Airport Terminal 1, North and South Narita Airport Terminal 2
Wednesday, April 2