Travel Information

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Event Location

Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Center
East Hall 1, 2 and 3
3-10-1 Ariake, Koto-ku
Tokyo 135-0063 Japan

Local Time


The local time zone is GMT +9 hours.

Welcome to Japan

A country of ancient temples, futuristic cities, mist-shrouded hills and lightning-fast bullet trains. From kimono-clad geisha to suit-clad businessmen: find it all in the country of the rising sun!

You can spend weeks in cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara, gorging yourself on temples, shrines, kabuki, tea ceremonies and museums packed with treasures from Japan's rich artistic heritage. If modern culture and technology is your thing, Japan's cities are an absolute wonderland - an easy peek into the future of the human race, complete with trend-setting cafés and fabulous restaurants.

But for many visitors, the real highlight of their visit to Japan is the gracious hospitality of the Japanese themselves. Whatever your image of Japan, it probably exists somewhere on the archipelago - and it's just waiting for you to discover it!

Transportation to the Venue

Click here to download instructions on how to reach the venue.

Tokyo Tourism Information

Click here for more information about touristic attractions in Tokyo.

Visa Information

Please click here for more visa information, including a list of nationalities that are are not required to obtain an entry visa for Japan. 

Invitation Letter

We can support your visa request by supplying an official invitation letter to CPhI, ICSE, P-MEC, InnoPack, BioPh  and MEDTEC Japan. However, an invitation letter alone will not be sufficient. You will also need a guarantee letter to enter Japan. There have been cases where people have been deported at the airport due to insufficient documentation. As the event organiser, we DO NOT issue any guarantee letters. It is your sole responsibility to arrange one for yourself.

Again, please note we DO NOT issue guarantee letters for any individuals.

Invitation Letter Arrival

We process your application within 5 business days. All visa invitation letters will be sent by AirMail, which typically takes 1 to 2 weeks depending on the destination country. Please keep the information above in mind when arranging your trip. We will not respond to any enquiry that disregards the timing stated above. For example, if you send us your visa information and then enquire about it in two days, we will not be able to respond to your enquiry. This policy reduces unnecessary workloads and allows us to serve more pharma professionals better.

You can apply for your visa invitation letter via the Visitor's My Page portal, after you have pre-registered for the event. Please note, pre-registration will be open later in the year. Stay tuned!

Arranging the flight


We’re proud to announce that we’ve chosen SkyTeam as our Official Alliance Network for air travel. We would like to offer you seamless air travel via SkyTeam Global Meetings to our event. Our registered Global Meetings event offers you attractive airfares. By booking and buying your airline ticket via the dedicated link below, you will benefit from:

  • Savings – take advantage of exclusive discounts up to 15% in both Business and Economy Class; no fee for your online bookings;
  • Convenience – book the most convenient itinerary online with any of the 20 SkyTeam member airlines;
  • Reward Miles – earn Miles on your frequent flyer program of a SkyTeam member airline and save on your future travels;
  • Valuable services – SkyTeam Elite Plus, First and Business Class customers will experience SkyPriority, the alliance network red-carpet treatment, and will get access to the exclusive SkyTeam lounges;
  • SkyTeam network – travel to your event from virtually anywhere in the world with over 16,270 daily flights covering more than 1,050 destinations in 179 countries.

To book your air travel now, visit the booking page or go to and enter our Event ID; 3825S

Hotel information

Plan your visit in advance to efficiently use your time at the event. Due to the high demand for hotel accommodation for this event we are advising exhibitors and visitors to make their booking early.

JTB Corp. has been appointed as the official accommodation agency for CPhI Japan 2018. The agency has secured a range of hotels at various price segments and is ready to assist you with bookings.


A glimpse of the available hotels at discounted rates:


Tokyo Bay Ariake Washington

3-7-11, Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0063
Tel: +81-3-5564-0111
5 min. to the venue by walk


Sunroute Ariake

3-6-6 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0063
Tel: +81-3-5530-3610
5 min. to the venue by walk


Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba

2-6-1 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo 135-8701
Tel: +81-3-5500-4507
15 min. to the venue by monorail


Sunroute Shinagawa Seaside

4-12-8 Higashi-Shinagawa,
Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0002
Tel: +81-3-6716-0011
20 min. to the venue by train

Useful Japanese Phrases




How are you?

Fine, thank you






Phonetic Translation


Hai / Iie





HIGH / EE-eh


GEN-kee dess

Click here for more useful phrases!

Japanese Business Etiquette


Doing business in Japan is all about trust and building relationships. Therefore face-to-face contact with potential business partners is of vital importance. Important pillars in Japanese business etiquette are politeness, sensitivity and good manners. Here are a few tips that can help you in your participation for CPhI Japan:

1. Japanese greetings
Bowing is the most common and important way for greetings. However, as shaking hands is not very common, it is accepted to do so with foreigners nowadays. Especially if the company has many international relations.

2. Business cards
Make sure to have them always on you. Give or receive business cards with respect, using both hands.

3. Business attire
Men: During autumn and winter dark suits with a white shirt and a tie. Don’t combine a black suit and tie with a white shirt as that is perceived as funeral attire. During spring and summer light coloured suits (grey) can worn as well.

Women: Common attires are trouser suits or longer skirt suits with seasonal colours as described in the men’s section.



Japan, home of many good restaurants. From sushi & sashimi to ramen and okonomiyaki to tempura - you can find some of the best in Tokyo and eat your heart out. Below you can find a list of restaurants in different categories.*
*These restaurants are top search results from TripAdvisor. UBM has no deals with these restaurants.

Cheap Eats:

  1. Ichiran, Shibuya
  2. Ippudo Roppongi - Minato


  1. Han no Daidokoro Kadochika - Shibuya
  2. Glutenfree Cafe Littlebird - Shibuya

Fine Dining:

  1. Ise Sueyoshi - Minato
  2. Tapas Molecular Bar - Chuo