Getting to the Conference

Japan Writers Conference 2020 will be held at Tokai University, Shonan Campus in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa, on Saturday, October 10th and Sunday, October 11th. Our host will be award-winning novelist Charles Kowalski. Hiratsuka is on Sagami Bay, not far from Odawara. As in the past, the Conference will be free and open to all who wish to attend.

By Train

  • From Shinjuku or points east: Take the Odakyu line (local, express, or rapid express) bound for Odawara or Hakone-Yumoto.
  • From Odawara or points west: Take the Odakyu line (local, express, or rapid express) bound for Shinjuku.
  • If you wish to take the limited express Romance Car (reservation required), the nearest stop coming from Shinjuku is Hon-Atsugi. The nearest stop coming from Odawara is Hadano. From there, transfer to an express or local train.
  • Get off at Tokaidaigaku-mae station (about 65 minutes from Shinjuku or 25 from Odawara).
  • From the south exit (left turn after the ticket gates), it’s about a 15-minute walk to campus. Or, from bus stop #1, you can catch the 学04, 巻02, 秦44, or 秦45 bus to “Tokai Daigaku Kita-mon” (about 5 minutes).
  • There are also buses from Hiratsuka station on the JR Tokaido Line (平71 or 平74). These take longer (about 1 hour) and stop at the south side of campus (“Tokai Daigaku Seimon”), farther from the venue.

By Shinkansen

  • The nearest Shinkansen stop (for Kodama or Hikari) is Odawara. From there, follow the “by train from Odawara” directions above.
  • If you take the Nozomi, the nearest stop is Shin-Yokohama. From there, take the JR Yokohama Line to Machida. Walk from JR Machida to Odakyu Machida (about 5 minutes) and follow the “by train from Shinjuku or points east” directions above.

By Plane

From Narita or Haneda airports, the easiest way is to take a Kanachu bus to Hon-Atsugi or Sagami-Ono (about 2½ hours and ¥3500 from Narita or 1 hour and ¥1500 from Haneda). Details can be found at https://www.kanachu.co.jp/bus/airport/

By Car

The nearest interchange is Hiratsuka, on the Odawara-Atsugi road (a branch of the Tomei Expressway). The Hadano-Nakai interchange on the Tomei Expressway is also reasonably close. Parking on campus is available; please ask at the guard booth for a temporary parking permit.

By Other Means

Despite the name “Shonan,” the campus is far enough away from the water that travel by boat is not a viable option, and landing space for helicopters is severely limited. There is, however, no magical prohibition against Apparating or Disapparating on campus.

 

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