Conference Venue


Ritsumeikan University, Japan (Osaka Ibaraki Campus (OIC))
Address: 2-150 Iwakura-cho, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-8570 Japan


The history of Ritsumeikan dates back to 1869 when Prince Kinmochi Saionji, an eminent international statesman of modern Japan, founded “Ritsumeikan” as a private academy on the site of the Kyoto Imperial Place. Ritsumeikan University offers a wide range of courses in advanced studies at its Kinugasa Campus in Kyoto, Biwako-Kusatsu Campus (BKC) in Shiga, and Osaka Ibaraki Campus in Osaka (OIC). Today, Ritsumeikan has become one of the most prestigious private universities in Japan, consistently earning one of the highest rankings among Japanese private universities in the renowned QS world university rankings. With its distinct strength in international orientation, it has been selected as part of the ongoing Top Global University Project by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) since 2014. Ritsumeikan University is also being highly appraised by society as the world-class educational institution which attracts many students both in Japan and overseas, consisting of 16 colleges and 22 graduate schools.

Travel Tips

With a history spanning centuries, Osaka has cemented its place as a beacon of culture and heritage. As the third-largest city in Japan, it stands as a testament to the country’s unwavering spirit of innovation and creativity. Nestled in the lush Kansai region, Osaka is a mecca for both history enthusiasts and economic fans, offering a treasure trove of cultural gems and economic opportunities.

History of the city
Osaka’s history dates back to the early 5th century when it was a small fishing village. During the Edo period (1603-1868), it became an important center of commerce, thanks to its location on the Tokaido and Nakasendo trading routes. It was also a center of manufacturing and distribution, and the city’s thriving economy attracted merchants and traders from all over Japan.
The city suffered severe damage during World War II, but it was rebuilt in the postwar period and emerged as a key economic center in Japan. Today, Osaka is a modern and cosmopolitan city but still retains its rich cultural heritage and traditional charm.

Traditional Osaka
Traditional Osaka is a true testament to the city’s rich cultural heritage. Despite the advancements and modernization that Osaka has undergone over the years, it has managed to preserve its unique traditional charm. One of the most prominent symbols of traditional Osaka is Osaka Castle. This majestic fortress has stood the test of time.
The castle’s architecture is a beautiful blend of traditional Japanese and Western styles, making it a sight to behold. Visitors can explore the castle’s interior and marvel at the stunning artifacts and exhibits that showcase Osaka’s history and culture.

Modern-day Osaka
Although the city is rich in history, it has been able to cement itself as a booming cosmopolitan city that has a lot to offer visitors. It offers standout landmarks like the Umeda Sky Building, a stunning skyscraper that offers panoramic city views.
But it’s not just the cityscape that is astonishing to see. The city also has attractions such as Universal Studios Japan! A theme park featuring popular movies and TV shows like Harry Potter and Jurassic Park. The city is also known for its numerous shopping arcades, including the famous Shinsaibashi and department stores like Namba Parks.

Trending Attractions in Osaka




Universal Studios

Theme park at Osaka’s waterfront

  Minami (Namba)

Southern downtown of Osaka

  Osaka Aquarium

One of Japan’s most impressive aquariums

  Osaka Castle (Osakajo)

Reconstruction of the large castle




Sumiyoshi Taisha

Head shrine of all Sumiyoshi Shrines

  Osaka Museum of History

Well done museum about the city’s history


Nostalgia evoking district around Tsutenkaku

  Shitennoji Temple

One of the oldest temples in Japan

Visa Application

Entry Visa
Currently, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs grants visa waivers/exemptions to approximately 60 countries that have special agreements with Japan. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a short-term visa to enter Japan in order to attend this conference, please consult the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan website.
If your country is not listed, you will need to contact the Embassy of Japan, or the nearest Consulate of Japan in your home country, to receive guidance on the application process and necessary documents. For more information please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan website.
As part of the visa application process, you may be required to submit a Letter of Invitation from the MLPR Organizing Committee.

Letters of Invitation
A Letter of Invitation is an official document that confirms payment of registration fees and extends an official invitation to the paid registrant to attend and participate in the upcoming conference. In other words, it provides the holder with an official reason to come to Japan. It may be required by your university for administrative purposes, and will likely form one of the documents required for visa application if you are from a country that does not have a visa exemption agreement with Japan.

Letters of Guarantee
MLPR cannot provide Letters of Guarantee. Please note that a Letter of Guarantee is different from a Letter of Invitation. Depending on your professional situation, background and nationality, you may be required to submit a Letter of Invitation and/or Letter of Guarantee.
A Letter of Guarantee is a letter in which an individual or body agrees to be legally and financially responsible for you during your stay in Japan. You may know an individual or institution in Japan willing to act as a guarantor, or, if you have no connection with the country, Japanese immigration authorities may find that it is acceptable to have your university act as the guarantor.

Further Visa Assistance
All questions/concerns regarding the status of your visa should be directed to the Japanese immigration authorities or Japanese Embassy in your home country.
If your visa application is denied, please note that MLPR will not be able to change the decision of the Japanese immigration authorities, nor will MLPR engage in discussion or correspondence with the Japanese immigration authorities or the Japanese Embassy on behalf of the applicant.

MLPR is not authorised to assist with the visa process beyond providing a Letter of Invitation.