Despite being one of Belgium's oldest cities, Ghent remains small enough to feel cosy but big enough to be a vibrant, relevant centre for trade and culture. There's a wealth of medieval and classical architecture here, contrasted by large post-industrial areas undergoing urban renewal that give Ghent a gritty-but-good industrial feel.
You can find more useful information about things to do on the VisitGent webpage.
We gathered all the following info for the 2020 conference and will be reviewing it for the 2021 conference to make sure that all the information is still up to date.
The Embassy is closed during weekends, including the consular section. During weekends, please call the 代表電話（02-513-2340) in cases of emergency. The call will be treated by a central call center, which will inform our consular section.
Before travel: the consular section of the Japanese Embassy in Brussels recommends to visit the following link: https://www.be.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/consular_merumaga_190405.html
Concerning passports: The embassy only has a limited amount of new passports available. The consular section therefore recommends that - in case of group travels - all participants keep their own passports (and not hand over the passports to the tour leader).
Getting to Ghent
Ghent lies at the intersection of the E17 and the E40 motorways and is therefore easily accessible by car or coach. With two railway stations in the city and the international ‘Brussels Airport’ at Zaventem less than an hour’s drive away, arrival by train or plane are easy options.
All the info on getting to Ghent can be found on the city website https://visit.gent.be/en/good-know/practical-information/how-get-ghent. The sections “by train” and “by plane” have useful videos with practical instructions.
Keep in mind that Ghent's central is a low-emission zone since 1st January 2020, therefore access by car is restricted.
by Train - Ghent has two stations: Gent-Sint-Pieters (main) and Gent-Dampoort. Ghent is well connected to European high-speed train network through Brussels (Thalys to Paris, Cologne; Eurostar to London) and has a direct connection with Brussels Airport. Book your tickets via thalys.com, eurostar.com or bahn.com
by Car - Ghent’s inner city (the area within the ring road) is a low-emission zone since 1 January 2020. A vehicle with a foreign number plate must ALWAYS be registered. Your vehicle’s Euro standard and fuel type determine whether or not you are allowed to enter the city centre of Ghent. Clean cars can enter the city, polluting cars must pay. Check your car here.
Beware of companies that offer you a service/sticker against payment. This service has no legal value and City of Ghent is not in any way involved.
by Air - Ghent does not have an airport of its own but is easy to reach from the two main airports in Belgium: Brussels Airport and Brussels South Charleroi Airport. Ghent is only a 45 minutes’ drive away from the national airport of Belgium, Brussels Airport, in Zaventem. On the lowest level you will find the airport’s own railway station, Brussel-Nationaal-Luchthaven, accessible by lift and escalator from the arrivals hall, see here for a directional video.
Getting to Ghent University
Main venue address: Campus UFO, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 25, 9000 Gent
The car-free city centre is tailor-made for the pedestrian and the cyclist. Best way to get around in the centre is by foot, tram or bus. You can by Ghent CityCard for 35€ for 72h. With CityCard you can use public transport and attend the tourist attractions in the city for free. There are plenty of taxis, many of them are electrical.
Walking or Cycling - Ghent city centre is quite small and easy to walk around. Trainstation Gent-Sint-Pieters is about 2km from University (20min walk). You can also rent a bike (1 day for free with CityCard).
by Taxi - you can get a taxi from the Gent-Sint-Pieters and Gent-Dampoort train stations, and at many other strategic locations around the city: Korenmarkt, Woodrow Wilsonplein (‘de Zuid’) and Flanders Expo. Click here for the local taxi companies or here for the electric taxi list