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Date: 11.06.2018 - 14.06.2018

Location: Sapporo, Japan

The International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) takes pleasure in inviting you to its Annual Meeting, to be held in Sapporo, Japan, from 11–14 June 2018.  

The National ISTA Designated Authority of Japan is delighted to be hosting the next ISTA Annual Meeting and would like to cordially invite you to Japan.

Located on Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido, Sapporo is not just at the top of Japan geographically speaking. With a population of 1.9 million, Sapporo is Japan’s fifth largest metropolis, over 60% of which is covered by greenery and 7 meters of snow for the period of 132 days a year. The former host of Winter Olympics has also been a longtime frontrunner of local production - local consumption, with an overwhelming food sufficiency rate of 208%, which is five times more of Japan’s average, giving the destination its reputation and brand value as Japan’s greatest city for food, not to forget its beer. 
Find out more about Sapporo: 
http://www.sapporo.travel/?lang=en


Venue
Hotel Emisia Sapporo is located at Shin Sapporo Station, with direct access to New Chitose Airport (CTS) and Sapporo Station (city center) by train and subway. To get to the venue from the airport takes only 28 minutes, while Sapporo Station/downtown area is just 8 minutes away by train or 15 minutes by subway. FYI (in case you didn’t have a chance to dip in one), there is a hot spring right at the airport.

Accommodation
To reserve accomodation in Hotel Emisia Sapporo please follow the link:
Hotel reservation
As June is high season in Sapporo we invite you to make your hotel booking as soon as you have registered.

Fees
1. Member registration for full Annual meeting:
early registration (before 30.04.2018): 760 USD
late registration (from 01.05.2018): 840 USD

2. Non member registration for full Annual meeting:
early registration (before 30.04.2018): 1140 USD
late registration (from 01.05.2018): 1250 USD

3. Seminar ONLY (11 July): 
member: 130 USD
non member: 195 USD

4. Students: 350 USD

5. Accompanying person: 250 USD

One day Seminar , 11 June, 2018:
"Validated vigour tests and the scientific basis of their development".

Exhibitors
Reach seed professionals from laboratories and organisations worldwide. Only a limited number of exhibition stands are available.
The exhibitor registration fee includes one exhibitor for the duration of the Annual Meeting (11-14 June,2018) as well as welcome reception, coffees, lunches and official dinner.
For detailed information about exhibition possibilities, please contact: events@ista.ch.

VISA
Certain foreign visitors need to follow some special immigration procedures. Please check with your local consular authorities if you require a visa for Japan. 

For more information, visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan web site:
http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/index.html 

If an official invitation letter is required, please contact: 
ista_sapporo_visa@sakata-seed.co.jp

On behalf of Center for Seeds and Seedlings, Sakata Seed Corporation takes care of paperwork for VISA application.
Sakata Seed Corporation is a member of NOC (National Organizing Committee) for ISTA Annual Meeting in Sapporo 2018.

Post-Meeting tour, June 15.
Durng the tour you will visit :
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, founded in 1924. Tour of the whisky production process and tasting.
Old Aoyama Villa. The Old Aoyama Villa is a symbol of herring fishing. The Aoyama family fortune was built up over two generations by Tomekichi and Masakichi Aoyama. Masakichi`s daughter, Masae, provided the impetus for the villa. When she was 17 years old, she visited the mansion of the Honma family in Sakata. The splendid Honma mansion reflected that family`s vast landholdings in Japan, ut Masae returned home with a wish for the Aoyama family to have an even finer villa. And thus when Masakichi Aoyama had become a herring millionaire, he began constraction of the villa in 1917, guided by his daughter Masae and her husband Tamiji.
June is a flower time in Otaru, you will enjoy peony in full bloom and have a lunch, choice of sushi or tofu course (incuded in tour).
Otaru city, enjoy romantic canas and glass shops in Otaru. 2 hours free time.
Tanaka Sake Brewery, storehouse tour and tasting.

Tour:
Nikka Whisky Distillery Tour - Old Aoyama Villa - Lunch - Otaru (free time) - Tanaka Sake storehouse tour
Time of the tour: 08:30-18:00
Price: 90 USD (incuding lunch)

Post-Meeting Workshop
Quality Assurance and ISTA Accreditation for Begginers Workshop
19-21 June, 2018
Tsukuba city, Ibaraki
Organiser: Center for Seeds and Seedlings, NARO (NCSS)