XXIII World Congress of Neurology  WCN 2017, Kyoto

Dear Friends and Colleagues:
On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee, we are very proud to host the 23rd World Congress of Neurology 2017 in Kyoto. We welcome all of you from every part of the world.
Founded originally in 1902, the Japanese Society of Neurology (JSN) has evolved into a large society with 8,579 members. Initially a combined neurology and psychiatry association, the current JSN separated in 1959 and continued to flourish ever since. It was the 12th WCN meeting held at Kyoto in 1981 that greatly contributed to the development of JSN and Asian and Oce​anian Association of Neurology (AOAN). Therefore, WCN 2017
which is being held at the very same venue would be a very historic meeting which will again serve as a springboard to strongly advance the Asia Initiative of WFN for world‐wide advancement of neurology in both scientific and clinical aspects, thus “Defining the Future of Neurology”. 
You can participate in very active discussions and cutting‐edge lectures by the world’s top scientists and neurologists including three Nobel laureates as well as hear all the advances of scientific and clinical neurology. Gene therapy and stem/ iPS cell medicine are such examples on the one hand and Brain‐Machine‐Interface, information technology and robotics in care and rehabilitation on the other. Neurology related to environmental and disaster medicine will also attract many neurologists particularly in rapidly developing
Taking pride in its more than 1,000 years of history as Japan’s ancient capital, Kyoto still serves as the nation’s cultural center in terms of Zen Buddhism, tea ceremony, or flower arrangement, to name but a few. Kyoto is one of the world’s leading historic cities of scenic beauty with many temples and shrines designated as World Cultural Heritage sites. You can also enjoy very modern aspects of Japan in Kyoto and other places. In Japan you can go any place within 1 or 2 hours by train or aircraft.
The Local Organizing Committee of JSN in close collaboration with the World Federation of Neurology looks forward to welcoming you in Kyoto for WCN 2017.
Hidehiro Mizusawa
Congress President
XXIII World Congress of Neurology (WCN2017)
President, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry (NCNP), Japan







​Takaragaike, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-0001, Japan
Phone 81-75-705-1229 
Fax 81-75-705-1100​​

Created in Kyoto, Japan's first state-sponsored international conference center

Kyoto has nurtured a unique culture over more than 1200 years. This culture reveals in beauty of the four seasons and forms the heart of Japanese hospitality. Kyoto has 17 temples, shrines and castles inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List and about 2,000 temples, shrines and other historical sites. These historical buildings and places are integrated with diverse facets of culture, including tea ceremony, flower arrangement and Noh.

A convention pioneer

Kyoto International Conference Center was established in 1966 in this mecca of Japanese culture, as Japan's first state sponsored international conference center. Kyoto International Conference Center has staged over 16,000 conferences since it opened. ICC Kyoto has not only played a key role in the history of international conferences in Japan but is a flagship platform for large-scale conventions in Asia as well. It continues to be a leader in Japanese conventions and a base for diffusing information and values from Kyoto to the wider world.


Kansai International Airport

More than fifty airlines from over seventy different cities throughout the world serve Kansai International Airport (KIX) with approximately 700 flights per week. Europe, West coast USA and Australia are all about 10 hours flight to Japan. Since October 2012 KIX is home to Japan's first purpose-built low cost carrier terminal, which has made Kyoto even closer to Asian destinations. From the airport it is just a little over an hour to Kyoto via a multitude of convenient transport choices.

Additional International Gateways

Plentiful domestic flights and excellent transport make Kyoto access very convenient. With its close proximity to two airports and a Shinkansen bullet train station in the city center, Kyoto is so well connected to the rest of Japan that you can choose to land at any international gateway. For those flying into Tokyo Narita (NRT) and Haneda (HND) international airports the transit flight to Osaka Itami (ITM) is just one hour.

Kansai and Itami airports are connected to Kyoto via two rail services, direct coaches, convenient fixed-price shuttle minibuses, and fixed-price taxis.

Domestic Access from Kyoto

Kyoto is convenient for travelling to other parts of Japan. Almost all major cities can be accessible within 60 to 90 minutes from Osaka Itami airport. The safe and comfortable bullet train, or Shinkansen, directly connects Kyoto to major cities, such as Tokyo, Fukuoka, Nagoya and Sendai, as well as other destinations all over the country.​

​​​Airport to Kyoto Access​


Upon registering onsite you will receive your name badge. You are kindly requested to wear your badge during all Congress sessions and events.


As a participant at the WCN 2017 we recommend you visit the "Explore Japan"​ page to find out more about this beautiful city and all the attractions and excellent facilities it offers.


The official language of The World Congress of Neurology is English.​


The Japanese currency is the yen. One yen corresponds to 100 Sen. However, Sen are usually not used in everyday life anymore, except in stock market prices. Bills come in 1,000 yen, 2,000 yen (very rare), 5,000 yen and 10,000 yen denominations. Coins come in 1 yen, 5 yen, 10 yen, 50 yen, 100 yen and 500 yen denominations. Counterfeit money is not an issue in Japan. Foreign currencies are generally not an accepted outside of major international airports.


WCN 2017 participants are requested to consult the Japanese Embassy or Consulate in their home country or with their travel agency for specific details relating to visa requirements. It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain a visa if required. 

Participants requiring a formal letter of invitation to enable them to make their arrangements to participate in the Congress should send a request for an official invitation letter to our Invitation Department (see "Contact Us" page).​ 

Please note that this letter cannot be regarded as a commitment regarding scheduling or financial support from the organizers.​

 Additional information about visas to Japan can be found on the "Visa Information" page. 


The Congress Secretariat and Organizers​ cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of o​r damage to private property of participants. Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.


Additional information about CME/CPD Accreditation of this medical event will be located on the Congress website in due course. 


An exhibition will be held concurrently within WCN 2017​. See the "Sponsorship & Exhibition"​ page for more details regarding support.


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​As Organizers of the XXIII World Congress of Neurology taking place in Kyoto, Japan from September 16-21, 2017 we entrusted TWT srl, Rome, to collect the applications from the Italian Pharmaceutical Companies and file them with the Italian Ministry of Health agency AIFA, in compliance with the instructions given by the Legislative Order 219 of the 24th April 2006 – art. 124. ​


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