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(updated July 14, 2010)

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The pdf file "Information for Mentors" tells you general information necessary for the mentors and other accompanying persons before and during the IChO period. The file is available at the Documents section in the "Downloads" page. All the accompanying persons including Guests are supposed to be familiar with the contents there.
Arrival (Updated):
Narita Airport (Tokyo) is the official airport for the 42nd IChO 2010. Our guides will see you outside the custom at the arrival floor of the airport on your arrival on July 19. Transportation will be prepared for you from the Airport to the accommodation/registration site (OVTA).
Those who will arrive earlier or staying late are encouraged to visit the Pre and Post-Olympiad request section of the Registration page. Nippon Travel Agency (NTA), our partner, will help you with accommodations and travels with a reasonable price.
Register your flight information at the Online Registration page when your arrival and departure flights are determined. Registration before June 15 will help us arrange the smooth transportation for you.
Those who are planning to land on elsewhere are requested to contact with us as well as the registration. Either we or the NTA staff will discuss with you what you should do and what we can do for you so that you can smoothly arrive at the accommodation/registration site.
Since a number of countries arrive on 18th July, these teams will probably see their student guides at Narita. Free transportation to OVTA will also be available on July 18 if you so wish. The guides will be glad to advise on your traffic to early accommodations other than OVTA and its neighbors.

Go to OVTA by yourselves
Mentors will stay at Overseas Vocational Training Association (OVTA) Training Center, Makuhari, Chiba. Makuhari is a satellite part of Chiba city and about 30 km east of the Center of Tokyo. Arrival Registration will also be conducted here.

Students will stay at National Olympics Memorial Youth Center (NYC), Yoyogi, Tokyo. After Arrival Registration, they will move by bus to NYC with guides. Opening Ceremony is held in the Large Hall of NYC.

Please note that these lodgings will afford services for your stay, they are not hotels and do not have services and functions expected for hotels. The details will be announced later.
Arrival Registration (at OVTA):
What you should bring with you (we will photocopy and keep during your stay)
  • Passport
  • Medical insurance (valid for the whole of your stay in Japan)
  • Return ticket (for confirmation of departure times)
What you should do
  • All of you have to sign an academic code that includes a voluntary communication restriction between students and mentors and observers between the end of the Opening Ceremony and the Reunion Party. Students must hand their mobile phones, PCs, and other tele-communication tools to the organizer on arrival at NYC. They will be returned at NYC after the Reunion Party.
What you receive
  • A name tag: showing their country and their status (student, mentor etc). Please wear these throughout the event.
  • A baggage: containing general information, the program for the Olympiad, a shirt, a notepad, writing equipment, and a calculator.

Notice for Students

(1) Students are requested to bring their own laboratory coats for the practical task.
(2) Throughout your stay in Japan, you are forced to keep the local laws in Japan. Some of them are shown here.
  • - Drinking an alcoholic beverage and smoking are forbidden to those under twenty (this means all of you). Violation causes you an arrest by police and may result in elimination from the competition. In parties with participation of students, alcoholic beverages are not served.
  • - Army knives or alike are not allowed to take with in public, even for the defense or survival purposes.
Major items provided by the organizer in a Students baggage:
  • A souvenir T-shirt
  • An umbrella and a raincoat (poncho)
  • A Calculator
  • A ballpoint
  • A ruler
  • A sharp pencil and an eraser
  • A combo of spoon, fork, and chopsticks
  • A combo of toothbrush, toothpaste, and cup
  • A clinical thermometer
  • A bath towel
  • Three hand towels
Items that students are encouraged to bring with (in addition to the daily or personal items for traveling):
  • A swimming wear: a swimming pool is available (300 yen/2 hours)
  • An athletic wear
  • Indoor athletic shoes: an athletic hall is available.
  • Cash in Japanese yen: in addition to souvenirs and personal favorites, coin laundry service etc. is available.
  • Tennis shoes (outdoor, all-weather) if you wish to play in the free time.
Note for Competitions:
  Please do not forget to bring with you a ballpoint, a ruler, and a calculator on the day of competition tasks. Please also bring a laboratory coat on the day of the practical task.
  Use the calculator provided by the organizer on arrival. Students are encouraged to be accustomed with it.
  Use a ballpoint (black or blue) for answering the tasks. A black, non-washable one will be provided by the organizer on arrival.
  Goggles: students may use their own goggles in the practical task. If not, wear the goggles provided by the organizer.
Free time in NYC:
  In the evening, an athletic hall and a mixing room is available. In the athletic hall, you can enjoy basketball, volleyball, and/or badminton. In the mixing room, please feel free to plan and enjoy social events, such as paper-folding crafts, and other with other students and guides.
  On July 25 in the early morning and late afternoon, students will have a mixing day. An additional athletic hall is available and you can also enjoy table tennis. Tennis courts and a swimming pool is reserved. In addition, the guides will prepare opportunities of experiencing a variety of traditional Japanese cultures, such as origami, calligraphy, and tea ceremony.
Japanese culture in daily life:
  There are a few cultural habits in daily life that are unique to Japan. We show below a few of them.
(1) Public bathing
(2) Fountain toilet
More of unique cultural habit may be found in Japan. You may first feel hesitating, but we hope that you will enjoy them by the end of your stay.