Conference Venue

International Conference Center Hiroshima

International Conference Center Hiroshima (ICCH) has supported many international meetings and conferences held in Hiroshima since 1989. It stands in Hiroshima's sacred Peace Memorial Park.

Being centrally located in Hiroshima City, the ICCH is easily accessible from any major location in the area. Local buses and streetcars are available from JR Hiroshima Station to ICCH. Limousine bus goes directly from the Hiroshima Airport to the city of Hiroshima, taking about 70 min. Hiroshima Airport is connected to Haneda and Narita Airports and Hiroshima JR train station is also connected to Kansai Airport. Those airports are the hub airports in Japan from all around the world.

Hiroshima

Where is Hiroshima? (domestic transport)

Hiroshima is the largest city in the Chugoku region located at the western part of the main land of Japan (highlighted in green on the map shown on the right). The city is the home of the Mazda Motor Corporation, a global automobile manufacturer that has been in the limelight recently for its prize-winning sports car, Mazda MX-5. While being a bustling commercial and industrial city, it has been flourishing with agriculture and fisheries industries because of its natural surroundings such as the Seto Inland Sea and the Chugoku mountains.

Hiroshima is also historic and cultural city with two UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Atomic Bomb Dome is just around the ICCH, and the Itsukushima Shrine is located on the Miyajima Island 1 hour away from ICCH by a ferry ride. The City of Hiroshima has been promoting an urban development with the image of an International City of Peace and Culture in order to create a community that is open to the world.

On 6 August 1945, 8:15 a.m., the first atomic bomb used in the history of mankind exploded approximately at a height of 600 meters, 160 meters southeast of the facility now named Atomic Bomb Dome. The force of this terrible blast was 35 tons per square meter with a blast speed of 440 meters per second. The atomic blast and heat wave washed over the Dome setting its roof ablaze and completely gutting the building. The blast wave that traveled in a nearly vertical direction killed all the people working in the building while the center of the main building was miraculously spared from destruction. The metal frame of the Dome, which was laid bare, formed the ruins that over time came to be called the "A-Bomb Dome" by the local residents.

Itsukushima Shrine was constructed a little more than 1,400 years ago using the Shinden style of architecture, symbolic of the type of construction used for the residences of the noble classes. It seems as if it is floating on the sea. Visitors get the sensation of being on a boat. The beauty of the Otorii Gate and Itsukushima Shrine are illuminated from dusk until 11pm.

More information in the official guide to Hiroshima, Dive! Hiroshima.

Do you need a Japan SIM card for a visitor?

There are counters and vending machines selling SIM cards for tourists at the international airports in Japan. At Hiroshima Airport, you will be able to find the service on the 1st and 2nd floors.

The world heritage, Miyajima

The world heritage “Miyajima Island and Itsukushima Shraine (Miyajuma Shrine)” is easily accessible from a pier near the main venue using high speed ships. The pier (Motoyasu Pier), timetable and fares are available from the following site. Detailed information will be also available on the information desk at the main venue. This tour is not organized by the committee but arranged by yourselves. The Miyajima Public Aquarium also deserves seeing.

Access from the main venue to Miyajima by ships: Aqua-net Hiroshima

Other places to be explored in Japan

(from JNTO website)

Those visiting Japan can expect myriad beauty, whenever they arrive. An island nation of forests and mountains, it has abundant rainfall and seas that teem with marine life, nurturing a culture in which the Japanese coexist with the changing seasons and mother nature.

Venture outdoors, explore pristine ecosystems and sample wide-ranging eco-friendly accommodation. Enjoy locally sourced food and ancient hot springs that epitomize Japanese values and their respect for nature. Sample the living history of traditional towns. Take in the performing arts and traditional festivals that shape Japan’s culture. Or delve into the rich history of Japanese craftsmanship.

Embracing sustainable travel in Japan brings you at one with the country. Gain matchless insights into cherished local customs through unbreakable bonds with nature. We hope these authentic experiences with the environment, culture and community will inspire a world of new travel ideas. A globally unrivalled choice of sustainable travel and a warm welcome awaits!

Click the Mt. Fuji image below to find more information on travel in Japan!

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