Receptions & Tours

Welcome Reception

Welcome Reception

Following the opening remarks and plenary, we will have reception serving Japanese, Western and vegetarian appetizers with tea and coffee. The reception is for all registered participants only.

Date: Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Time: 12:00 to 13:00
Meeting Point: Mitsui Garden Hotel, Hakuho Ballroom 3F
Cost for Registrants: Free



As one of the largest cities in western Japan, Hiroshima has been a bustling, affluent and prosperous city with a rich history dating back to 1589, when it was established as the capital city of a powerful samurai warlord. Today, of course, Hiroshima is most well-known as the first city in the world to have suffered an atomic bombing, which occurred towards the end of World War II on August 6, 1945.

Around the city of Hiroshima, you will find many well-used green spaces, none of which are more important than the poignant Peace Memorial Park, where various statues and monuments reside, as well as the A-Dome building, which has become a symbol of peace and has been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Apart from war memorials, Hiroshima boasts some of the best traditional Japanese landscaping, including the beautiful Shukkeien Garden complete with tea houses, ponds and bridges.

Finally, there is the iconic Miyajima Shrine Island, which is revered as on of the “three views of Japan” with its towering red torii gate standing in the midst of the inland sea. Built in 593, it was renovated to its current splendor in 1168. The main hall of the shrine is furnished with vermillion-lacquered columns and Japanese cypress bark roofing. The shrine pavilion is a unique example of Heian Period architecture and has been designated as a national treasure of Japan. The Miyajima Shrine is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its close proximity to Hiroshima makes for a wonderful afternoon visit.

Planned Event Tours

Hiroshima UNESCO Peace Park Tour

Hiroshima Peace ParkPeace Park is dotted with dozens of memorials and monuments. Each has a story to tell about the people who once lived here. A narrated walk around the park with an English speaking guide will give you insight into the modern history of Hiroshima. During the walk, you will hear stories about monuments, memorials and people concerned in addition to the historical facts. The Peace Park Tour is free for all registered participants.

Tour Date: Friday, August 3, 2018
Time: 12:30 to 13:30
Meeting Place: Mitsui Garden Hotel lobby at 12:25
Cost: 0 (Free for all registrants)

++ The Peace Park Tour is conditional on favorable weather and having at least 12 participants joining the tour. The group meeting point will be in front of the Peace Memorial Atomic Dome at 13:00. Please note that the walking tour of Peace Park is conducted in English and it is free; however, participants are responsible for transportation and the entrance fee for the Peace Park Museum, if you wish to enter.

MiyajimaConstructed in 593 A.D., Itsukushima (popularly known as Miyajima Shrine Island) was undamaged by the atomic bombing. The island consists of a series of temple buildings, tea houses and quaint shops. The long pier from which the torii in the sea can be seen offers majestic views of the inland sea and is considered one of Japan’s three most iconic views. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is considered a ‘must see’ for travelers to Japan.

Optional guided tour to Miyajima the Shrine Island
Date: Friday, August 3, 2018
Time: 13:30 to 16:30
Meeting Place: Mitsui Garden Hotel lobby at 12:25
Cost: Free for the first 10 early registrants and thereafter 2,000 JPY per person. The tour is limited to a maximum of 20 participants.