Hosted by NIFS

18th Joint Workshop on Electron Cyclotron Emission
and Electron Cyclotron Resonance Heating

Nara Prefectural New Public Hall,
Nara, Japan, 22-25 April 2014
Registration & Accommodation
Location & Access
Excursion & Banquet



National Institute for
Fusion Science
322-6 Oroshi, Toki, Gifu,
509-5292 Japan

Excursion: Half day bus trip, April 24, P.M.

Nara is a traditional town where the first capital of Japan was located. There are a lot of old temples and Japanese national treasure. Some of them are designated World Heritages. Notable sites will be introduced in this excursion.
You can find the excursion program here.

See also Nara city sightseeing information center web site

Mini Tour: Program for accompanying person, April 23, A.M.
Mini Walking Tour for Experiencing Nara's Culture, Life, and Shopping.
A half day mini tour with an English speaking guide is planned on Wednesday 23rd April morning 9:00-12:00.

Example of Plan:
Nikko Nara Hotel - Nara Prefectural Government Observatory - Kofukuji Temple National Treasure Hall
- Sarusawa Pond - Naramachi (Area with traditional Japanese houses for commoners), etc.

Fee: about 1,000 yen, depends on the tour size, weather, and participants' interests.
If your accompanying person is interested in joining the tour, please inform the Secretariat by 15th April  (email:

Banquet: April 24, Night at Hotel Nikko Nara
(18:30-20:30, reception counter opens at 18:00)

We will enjoy a dinner buffet featuring western and Japanese cuisine.
We also have vegetarian dish. If you need, please inform us in advance.

Now we are planning to appreciate a digest version of Noh performance titled “Shohjoh”. Noh is one of Japanese traditional performing arts. It is described as a highly stylized masked dance-drama with songs and musical instrument.

(Toshifumi Tanaka, licensed instructor and performer of Kongoh School)

A scene of Noh performance “Shohjo” in the Noh theatre. The main Noh actor wears a mask and a wig of Shohjoh. Shohjoh is an imaginary creature of China. It has a monkey head and a human body. “Shohjo” is one of the most popular and happiest plays of Noh performance. The story is derived from a Chinese folklore.

Noh and Kyogen (generically called Nogaku) was designated an ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ by UNESCO, 2001.