RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science


Map and Directions

RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science(RIKEN AICS)
Address: 7-1-26 Minatojima-minami-machi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0047, Japan (Google map)
TEL:+81-78-940-5555  FAX:+81-78-304-4955

(Five minute-walk from K(or Kei) Computer-Mae Station on the Port Liner train)

*From Sannomiya or downtown Kobe, take the Port Liner train from Sannomiya station. It takes approximately 14 minutes to K Computer-Mae Station. Can be very crowded in early morning.


Getting to RIKEN AICS

AICS is located in an artificial island called "Port Island" at City of Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. It is about 20 minutes from downtown Kobe by train.

1. Getting to nearby airports

International visitors are recommended to reach Kansai International Airport (KIX) if you have a convenient direct flight from your origin. Another option is to first come to Tokyo (HND or NRT) and then connect to Osaka International Airport (ITM) or take the bullet train (JR Shinkansen) from Tokyo to the Shin-Kobe station, which is about 150 minutes.

- Airport buses do not accept credit cards. Bring cash: 1950 JPY from KIX; 1050 JPY from ITM. Cheaper round-trip tickets from KIX are available.
- No guest parking spot available around AICS. No need to have a car if you stay in Kobe.
- From Sannomiya Station on the Port liner, please take a train heading towards Kobe Airport. You need to buy tickets in cash: 280 JPY.

Airports serving the Kobe/Osaka region include:

Kobe airport (UKB):
Very small airport with a small number of domestic flights only. The most convenient airport to get to AICS and downtown Kobe once you reach there, but often difficult to find convenient flights to there.

• Best route to AICS
UKB - (Port-Liner) - K Computer-mae Station (7 minutes)

Kansai International Airport (KIX):
One of the largest international airports in Japan. Direct flights from many regions are available, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris, Istanbul, and many other Asian cities. About 70 minutes to downtown Kobe, Sannomiya, by bus. Another option to come to AICS is to use "Bay Shuttle", which takes you to Kobe airport from Kansai airport in about 40 minutes by boat and bus.

• Best route to AICS
1. KIX − (Airport Limousine Bus) − Sannomiya Station Bus Stop - (walk) - Sannomiya Station - (Port-Liner) - K Computer-mae Station (About 120 minutes)
2. KIX − (Bay Shuttle) − UKB - (Port-Liner) - K Computer-mae Station (About 70 minutes)
*Port-liner from Sannomiya can be very crowded in early morning.

Osaka International Airport (ITM):
A large domestic airport. If you fly in to Tokyo/Narita first, you will connect to another flight to this airport. About 40 minutes to downtown Kobe by bus.

• Best route to AICS
ITM − (Airport Limousine Bus) − Sannomiya Station Bus Stop - (walk) - Sannomiya Station - (Port-Liner) - K Computer-mae Station (About 70 minutes)
*Port-liner from Sannomiya can be very crowded in early morning.

2. From bullet train (JR Shinkansen) station

Get off the bullet train (JR Shinkansen) at Shin-Kobe Station, and transfer to the Kobe City Subway. At the first stop, Sannomiya, transfer to Port Liner, heading towards Kobe Airport. Ride the Port Liner for approximately 14 minutes and get off at K Computer-Mae Station.



Many hotels are available in downtown Kobe, and can be booked via normal booking sites. Typical price per night is around 6,000 to 10,000 JPY. Note that Japanese hotels charge accommodation per person rather than per room. Make sure to choose one that is walking distance to the Sannomiya train station so that you can directly come to AICS by Port Liner train.

Another option is to stay inside the island to reduce your transportation time from the hotel to AICS. Here are the hotels inside the island and within walking distance from the Shimin-Hiroba station, which is two stops from the K Computer-Mae station.

- Kobe Portpia Hotel
- Hotel Pearl City Kobe
- Ariston Hotel Kobe


About Kobe

Visit official Kobe Tourism website: Feel Kobe for more information about Kobe.