General Information




Conference Site

The APMC 2006 will be held from December 12 to 15 at the Conference Center in Pacifico Yokohama. Pacifico Yokohama is one of the largest convention centers in the world, consisting of the Conference Center, the Exhibition Hall, a hotel and a big national hall, and is located in the Minato Mirai 21 (MM21) area of Yokohama (see the map on the back cover). Its beautiful shell.and.sail.shaped appearance is impressive when viewed from sea and from land as well.

The conference will be held in the Conference Center: 2nd Floor Entrance Hall for Registration; 3rd Floor Meeting Rooms and Lounge for Technical Sessions, Workshops and Short Courses; and 5th Floor Meeting Rooms for the Opening Ceremony and Keynote Address.


Yokohama faces the western coast of Tokyo Bay and lies mere 30 kilometers from Tokyo. The port of Yokohama, a naturally blessed harbor surrounded by gently undulating hills, opened in 1859, and ever since has played a major role as the window to the world. Japan's first Western style hotel and restaurant were opened in Yokohama, and the city was also the site of Japan's first coffee shop and bakery as well as its first modern waterworks and railroads. Yokohama, built on its rich heritage of enterprising endeavor, has become a truly international city and Japan's largest international trading port.

Yokohama has a host of exciting places to visit. You can savor various works of art, familiarize yourself with Yokohama's history and culture. Red Brick Warehouse Park is one of such visiting spots, for example. Lovely red brick buildings with their original facades (about 100 years old) have been refurbished from top to bottom. In these buildings, there is a hall, multipurpose space, a restaurant with live performances, a beer garden, and 31 shops selling a variety of food and goods. Outside the building, you can relax with greenery and trees.

To the south lies Kamakura, once the political and cultural capital of the Shogunate, from 1192 to 1333. It boasts a heritage comparable with that of Kyoto and Nara. You can experience the charm of many ancient temples and shrines, including the famous Great Buddha statue. It can be reached by train in 30 min from Yokohama.