Join us in vibrant Tokyo

The Asia Pacific Regional Council 2017 will take place in the iconic city of Tokyo. Tokyo can fascinate even the most demanding travelers due to its unique combination of modern and traditional elements. With the world’s fastest railways, huge pedestrian walkways, hundreds of themed cafes and restaurants, vibrant colors, a plethora of products to choose from and a fine cuisine that will inspire you, Tokyo is the place to be.

See all there is to do in Tokyo

Photo: Japan
Photo: Japan

Waseda Central Library (Photo courtesy Waseda University)

The event will be held at Waseda University in Tokyo. Waseda University was established in 1882 with the aim of upholding the independence of learning, promoting the practical utilization of knowledge and creating good citizenship. It currently consists of 13 undergraduate schools, 21 graduate schools and various affiliated research institutes. In addition, it has about 3,000 full-time faculty members and about 55,000 students.

The Central Library houses more than 2.7 million books, 17,000 academic journals and valuable materials including rare books and manuscripts. The library also provides access to various online databases and electronic journals, which are available to faculty and students both on and off campus.

Conference Dinner

If you registered for the conference dinner, we invite you to join us at the Rihga Royal Hotel.

Photo: Playfair Library

Photo courtesy Rihga Royal Hotel

Photos and videos

Photographers and videographers will be present at the event. Please note that images may be taken and used for the OCLC website, social media, and other non-commercial publicity purposes. If you refuse to be photographed, please let us know.

Library visits

Waseda University Library

Waseda University is one of the most prestigious private universities in Japan due to its history and traditions. Including the Central Library, there are 21 library facilities located within Waseda University, with a combined total of approximately 5.8 million books.

This library visit consists of either free entry so that you can have a look around the library on Wednesday, 29 November or Thursday, 30 November, or enjoy a guided tour. The tour will take place on Thursday, 30 November from 16:30 until 17:30 and spaces are limited. Please note that the guided tour will be carried out in English.

National Diet Library

The National Diet Library is Japan's only national library and its collections are developed through purchase, exchange, donation and the legal deposit system. There are three separate libraries—Tokyo Main Library, the Kansai-kan and the International Library of Children's Literature.

The tour will take place on Friday, 1 December between 10:30 and 12:00, with pick up from the Rihga Royal Hotel at 09:30. Spaces are limited.

You will receive information about booking your place on the library visit(s) once you have registered for the meeting.


OCLC staff will stay at the Rihga Royal Hotel, which is a five-minute walk from the conference venue. The conference dinner will also take place at the Rihga Royal.



Tokyo has two main airports: Haneda and Narita.

Transportation from Narita Airport: (approximately 2 hours)

Route 1
  1. Take JR Narita Express (N'EX) or an Airport Limousine bus to Shinjuku Station.
  2. At Shinjuku, take JR Yamanote Line (light green signs) bound for Ikebukuro, Ueno.
  3. At Takadanobaba Station, take Metro Tozai Line (light blue signs) bound for Nishi-Funabashi.
  4. Disembark at Waseda Station.
Route 2
  1. Take Keisei Skyliner to Ueno Station.
  2. At Ueno, take Metro Ginza Line (orange signs) bound for Shibuya.
  3. At Nihonbashi Station, take Metro Tozai Line (light blue signs) bound for Nakano.
  4. Disembark at Waseda Station.

If it is too much trouble to transfer trains, take a taxi from the Shinjuku or Takadanobaba stations. The ride takes 10 to 15 minutes from Shinjuku or five minutes from Takadanobaba to reach the Waseda Campus. Show the campus map to the taxi driver and point out the number representing your desired destination.

Train Stations

JR rail
Yamanote line, Takadanobaba station (20-minute walk)

Seibu Railway
Seibu Shinjuku line, Takadanobaba station (20-minute walk)

Tokyo Metro
Tozai line, Waseda station (5-minute walk)
Fukutoshin line, Nishi-Waseda station (17-minute walk)

Toei Bus, Sodai Seimon


If you are coming to Tokyo from overseas, the Japan National Tourism organization website provides useful information on the types of visas required to enter the country.

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