PIERS 2006 - Tokyo
Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium
2 - 5 August 2006
Tokyo, Japan
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Tokyo is one of the largest cities in the world with a population of 12.29 million and is the biggest of the 47 prefectures throughout Japan. It can easily be reached from various cities of the world. In fact, 1,600 international flights per week are served at the New Tokyo International Airport in Narita. Tokyo is an ideal center for exploring history and culture, and for natural beauty as well as for shopping. Historically, Tokyo replaced Kyoto as the capital of Japan in 1868 with the advent of the Meiji Restoration. At the same time, the Edo Castle, long used as the seat of the Tokugawa Shogunate Government, was converted into the present Imperial Palace. Visitors to the Imperial Palace grounds can find a few remains of the former Edo Castle and enjoy excellent historical displays. In downtown Tokyo, there are many attractions such as the Meiji Shrine, the Asakusa Kannon Temple, the Tokyo Tower, the National Diet Building. Tokyo also boasts of 240 art museums and galleries and 277 parks and gardens, drawing a large crowd of visitors. In the vicinity of Tokyo, there are many more attractive sightseeing spots. One hour by train from Tokyo, Kamakura is a small and quiet coastal town with many tranquil temple grounds, where most famous among the city's attractions is its giant bronze image of the Buddha, the Daibustu. 90 minutes by train from Tokyo, Hakone is a famous resort area set in the beautiful mountains which comprise the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Mt. Fuji, at 3,776 m in height, is known as the tallest and most beautiful mountain in Japan. In addition, two hours by train from Tokyo, Nikko is probably the best known of Japan's 27 national parks to foreign tourists. During the month of August, the average temperature is about 26 degrees C (79 degrees F) and the relative humidity is around 66%. The Korakuen Campus of Chuo University, the venue of PIERS 2006 - Tokyo, is conveniently situated in the heart of Tokyo, and it is easily accessible from the New Tokyo International Airport (80 minutes).

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