Onsite Information for WPC 2019 Delegates
Kyoto International Conference Center
Takaragaike, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-0001, Japan


Delegates must wear their badge at all times in the Convention Center.

For currency exchange you will need to have your passport. Generally, weekday hours for banks are 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM or 5:00 PM, closed Saturdays and Sundays. You can also change currency at Post Offices or in department stores such as Takashimaya or Daimaru (procedures are often less laborious than in banks).

All best efforts will be made to present the program as printed. However, the Congress hosts and secretariat reserve the right to alter or cancel, without prior notice, any arrangements, timetables, plans or other items relating directly or indirectly to the Congress, for any cause beyond its reasonable control. The Congress hosts and secretariat are not liable for any loss or inconvenience caused as a result of such alteration. In the event of cancellation of the Congress all pre-paid fees will be refunded in full. However, the Congress hosts and its agents are not liable for any loss or inconvenience caused as a result of such cancellation. Delegates are advised to take out their own travel insurance and to extend their policy to cover personal possessions as the Congress does not cover individuals against cancellation of bookings or theft or damage to belongings.

You may dress informally for the congress. The dress code for the social program and special events is also informal.

The voltage in Japan is 100 volts AC. There are two possible frequencies: 50 hertz in Eastern Japan and 60 hertz in Western Japan.

Severe Medical Emergency: In case of severe medical emergency (requiring an ambulance), call 119 immediately. Give them essential details, including location, condition, gender and any other information regarding the patient. Then contact the Security Center by calling the 075-705-1311 (ext. 2271) or by contacting the staff on site so that they can help to guide the ambulance.
Earthquake: In case of JMA seismic intensity of 5-upper or above, an emergency message will be broadcast. Please follow the indications given by the staff and the emergency message.
Fire: In case of fire, an emergency message will be broadcast. Please follow the indications given by the staff and the emergency message.

Tuesday, June 4

7:00 – 9:00 PM

Wednesday, June 5

11:00 AM – 6:45 PM

Thursday, June 6

11:00 AM – 6:45 PM

Friday, June 7

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: The WPC 2019 will offer space in two exhibit halls, the Event Hall, and the New Hall.

The WPC Passport sponsors invite you to visit their booths to discover their products and services and to get your passport stamped for the drawing. One lucky winner will walk away with ¥10,000 (USD$100) at the end of each day of the exhibition, three winners in all! Raffles take place in the WPC Theater (Event Hall) at 6:30 PM on Wednesday and Thursday and in the Plenary Room at 6:00 PM on Friday.

Daily boxed lunches as well as tea and coffee during the official afternoon breaks are included in your registration fee. There will be lunch tables in the two exhibition halls of the Kyoto International Conference Center (Event Hall and New Hall). Light food and drinks will be served during the Opening Reception on June 4, the Music & Movement evening activity on June 6 and the Closing Remarks on June 7.


Free Wi-Fi is offered at the Kyoto International Conference Center during the congress.

The official language of the World Parkinson Congress is English. Simultaneous interpretation from English to Japanese will be available for morning sessions and the program will also include a special Japanese-language track each afternoon.

Did you know that we trained city members throughout Kyoto to welcome you to the city? We trained front of house staff, the convention center staff, airport staff, tour guides, and others to better understand Parkinson’s. This training has been done at every WPC since 2010 and is designed to help them prepare for welcoming you, but it’s also part of the WPC Legacy, leaving our mark behind well after we are gone by educating these community members to better understand Parkinson’s.


The free WPC 2019 mobile app allows you to carry the WPC details on your smartphone or tablet, including program, general information, side activities, list of participants and the opportunity to exchanges messages with fellow delegates. To download visit any App Stores and look for World Parkinson Congress 2019.

Mobile phones must be switched off or muted in the session meeting rooms.

Photography and videotaping are not permitted in any of the oral or poster sessions without the express permission of the relevant oral presenter or poster authors.
An official photographer/videographer will be on site to capture the essence of the congress for the WPC web site and records. These images may be used for promotion of the World Parkinson Coalition.

Posters will be displayed throughout the congress dates in the exhibition (Event Hall and New Hall). Official poster sessions are scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, at which time poster presenters will be stationed by their poster to discuss with delegates. See the poster session program for details on when posters will be hosted.
Poster set-up time is Tuesday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Wednesday 8:00 to 10:30 AM. All posters must be taken down by 3:00 PM on Friday.

Poster tours will be held from 5:15 to 6:30PM on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, June 5 and 6, at which times a select number of posters will be hosted. Sign up for tours in the New Hall, at the table near the first row of posters at the back of the hall (rows for posters P01.01 – P02.09).

This room (Location: C2) will be open daily from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM for a quiet space for resting, napping on a futon, or just sitting quietly in meditation or prayer.

At the lobby of Hotel Vischio
Sunday, June 2

10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Monday, June 3

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

In the lobby of Event Hall of the Kyoto International Conference Center (KICC)
Tuesday, June 4

7:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, June 5

7:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Thursday, June 6

7:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Friday, June 7

7:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Please do not smoke on streets and sidewalks. Only smoke in designated outdoor areas. All indoor areas of the Convention Center are non-smoking.

Like us on Facebook @World Parkinson Congress
Follow us on Twitter @WorldPDCongress The hashtag is #wpc2019.
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Join our network on LinkedIn World Parkinson Coalition
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All invited speakers can go to the Speaker Ready Room 157 where computers are available to invited speakers wishing to review or modify their presentation.

Speaker Ready Room Schedule
Monday, June 3

3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Tuesday, June 4

7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Wednesday, June 5

7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Thursday, June 6

7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Friday, June 7

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The bus networks in Kyoto work very well. Tickets can be bought on the bus, only by cash. It is best to prepare your change before boarding. One bus ticket is ¥230 ($2 US, €1.84) if you stay within the city fare zone. If you go outside of the city fare zone, you will pay according to the distance (you will have to take a numbered ticket when you get in and a screen in the bus will broadcast your number and your fare). The bus stop for the Kyoto International Conference Center is Kokusaikaikan-eki-mae stop on the Kyoto City Bus and Kyoto Bus lines. It is located five minutes walk from the Kyoto ICC. Most major cities in Japan have a subway network. In Kyoto, a ticket costs range from ¥170 ($1.53 US, €1.40) for 1 to 6 km, ¥200 ($1.80 US, €1.70) for 7 to 11 km, etc. Rates vary according to the companies. The subway station for the Kyoto International Conference Center is Kokusaikaikan Station on the Karasuma Subway Line. Take the Exit 4-2. It is located five minutes walk from the Kyoto ICC. Even if taxi drivers do not always speak English, they are very helpful in working out how to get you to where you need to go. The invoice is delivered by an electronic box. Depending on the time of year, coverage varies from ¥400–700 approximately ($3.59–6.29 US, €3.21–5.61); the meter then increases from 2 km. All taxis accept cash and some of them accept credit card. It is better to check with the driver if your credit card is accepted before boarding.

The WPC leadership thanks the many volunteers who donated their time to help welcome the thousands of delegates who traveled from around the world to attend the WPC 2019. More than 100 volunteers from 19 countries prepared to welcome and support you. Please thank a volunteer when you see them in their blue shirts. They improve the WPC experience!

The WPC Store is located in the lobby of the Main Building and is open from 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM Wednesday through Friday. Stop by to pick up a WPC t-shirt, baseball hat, your very own Parky the Raccoon, or a handmade bracelet. One hundred percent of the store profits go into the WPC Travel Grants program to support junior investigators, clinicians, and people with PD to attend the next WPC.
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