SEPG Asia-Pacific 2009

September 16-18, 2009 | Osaka, Japan

Travel & Venue

SEPG Asia-Pacific 2009 will be held at the Hotel New Otani Osaka in Osaka, Japan. The hotel is now accepting room reservations. Learn more.

Osaka is the second largest city in Japan and the central metropolis of the Kansai region. Osaka offers both historical and cultural attractions with all the delights of a modern Japanese city. At night its flashing neon signs pointing out tasty food and entertainment showcase the Japanese urban phenomenon.

Known as the Food Capital of Japan, Osaka is famous for its hearty cuisine. Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki are the most well-known Osakan dishes. Okonomiyaki is often called a Japanese pancake or Japanese pizza. It's a pan-fried batter cake that has various ingredients including shrimp, octopus, ginger, scallions, kimuchi, and more. Takoyaki, which means “fried octopus,” is a fried ball-shaped food composed of batter, ingredients, and pieces of cut octopus.

Osaka’s highlights include Osaka Castle, a symbol of Osaka, and its surrounding park; Shitennoji Temple; Osaka Aquarium with its five-meter-long whale shark; the 103-meter Tsutenkaku Tower, and the wonderful Open Air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses. The culture of Osaka itself can best be experienced through casual strolls and sampling the Japanese cuisine.

Visit the Osaka Tourist Guide the Lonely Planet guide, and the Travel Channel guide for more information.


Learn more about traveling to the conference hotel and getting around in Osaka via public transportation.


Learn more about the official conference venue and hotel, the Hotel New Otani Osaka.


Important Dates

For General Attendees:

  • Daily Activities available on website – April 30
  • Registration opens – July 21
  • Hotel room block opens – July 21
  • Preliminary Program available on website – June
  • Early Bird Deadline – August 14

For Speakers:

  • Call for Abstracts – March 16 through May 5
  • Speakers notified of acceptance – May 27
  • All Speaker presentation materials and information due – August 7

For Sponsors:

  • Sponsor opportunities available – March 16 through August 3

All dates are in 2009 and are based on 23:59 U.S. Eastern Time. Convert U.S. Eastern Time to your time zone with this time zone converter.

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