The 6th International OTEC Symposium will take place at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology's (OIST) Conference Center. For more information on reaching OIST, please visit their website at:
OIST's Conference Center
- 1919-1 Tancha, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun
- Okinawa, Japan 904-0495
Onna Area Map
Click the map below for a link providing information on the Onna Village area in which many hotels are located, including access maps.
Details on transportation between Naha and the Event Location will be updated here when available. The executive committee is working to have bus transportation to and from the Onna Village area and Naha, as well as morning and evening pickups from hotels to the venue itself. There are also public transportation (bus/taxi) and rental cars available in Okinawa.
Please be aware you will need a valid international drivers license to rent a car in Japan.
The link below includes information on a 6x per day shuttle service between Naha Airport and hotels in the Onna Village Area. Cost is ￥1500-1700 depending on final stop.
We suggest booking through an online site such as hotels.com or expedia.com to get the lowest price available.
Below are a few of the area hotels. In addition, there are many alternative and smaller hotels. Of the hotels below, Rizzan will likely have the lowest fee. If you need assistance, please contact us.
The reception on 9/26 will take place at Moon Beach Hotel.
Okinawa Prefecture's main airport is in Naha City on the Okinawa Mainland. There are numerous flights between Okinawa and Tokyo (Haneda and Narita), and other nearby international locations as well. Domestic carriers include JAL, ANA, JetStar, and others.
Kumejima (Tour) Access
Please see this page for more information.
Okinawa is prone to Hurricanes in this season. We will keep a careful eye on the weather and make any announcements as needed as soon as possible. If the symposium is cancelled due to weather, act of god, etc. we will do our best to refund any fees collected.
Okinawa as with Japan is also subject to occasional earthquakes. More information on things to consider when traveling in Okinawa is available at:
Japan has high-quality medical care and a national insurance system. We do, however suggest you get traveler's insurance valid in Japan.
Most business is still done with cash in Japan. While many businesses such as hotels and convenience stores now accept major credit cards, some restaurants, smaller stores, taxis, and busses may not. We suggest purchasing and keeping some yen on hand while in Japan. Travelers Checks are generally not accepted. While crime is less prevalent than in many other countries, we suggest caution as well.
While uncommon, police may request your ID at any time. Non-residents are required to keep their passport on hand.