Travel Information

Weather | Attire | Meals | Venue Access | Transportation | Visa | Scholarships

Weather

Hiroshima has a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and cool winters. The summer is noticeably wetter than the winter, although rain falls throughout the year.

Current Weather in Hiroshima

Partly Cloudy
Wednesday 12/19 0%
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy. High 56F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.
Chance of Rain
Thursday 12/20 70%
Chance of Rain
Showers early becoming a steady light rain later in the day. High 57F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70%.
Chance of Rain
Friday 12/21 70%
Chance of Rain
A mix of clouds and sun in the morning will give way to cloudy skies and light rain during the afternoon. High 58F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70%.
Overcast
Saturday 12/22 20%
Overcast
Cloudy. High 64F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of Rain
Sunday 12/23 50%
Chance of Rain
Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. High 58F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%.

Attire

During the event sessions, the expected dress code is business casual. If you will be traveling around the city, we suggest wearing comfortable shoes and to bring a light jacket and hat.

Meals

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: Sunday, March 24, 2019
Time: 14:00 to 15:00
Meeting Point: Mitsui Garden Hotel, Hakuho Ballroom 3F
Cost for Registrants: Free (Registered Participants Only)

Venue Access

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All sessions will be held in the Mitsui Garden Hotel Hiroshima, which is located a short distance from Peace Park. Situated in the city center, this hotel is close to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Also nearby are A-Bomb Dome and Bell of Peace.

Transportation

  • 15 minutes from JR Hiroshima Station to Fukuro-machi stop by streetcar.
  • 10 minutes on foot from the Bus Center
  • Approx. 1 hour Limousine bus from Hiroshima Airport (arrive at Bus Center)

Hotel Address

Mitsui Garden Hotel Hiroshima Address & Website
Address: 9-12 Nakamachi, Nakaku, Hiroshima, 730-0037

TEL: 082-240-1131
FAX: 082-242-3001
Email: hrs_front@gardenhotels.co.jp
Website: http://www.gardenhotels.co.jp/eng/hiroshima/

Transportation

International Travelers

Hiroshima Airport serves both international and domestic flights, and is an accessible route for participants traveling via Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT) or Osaka Kansai International Airport (KIX).

Limousine buses from Hiroshima Airport to the Hiroshima City

  • Bus service from Hiroshima Airport to the city center depart every 15 minutes. It takes approximately 50 minutes and costs 1300 JPY; or you can pay 2,360 JPY (both ways; ticket valid for 7 days). The bus has two destination options: (1) the Hiroshima Bus Terminal in the center of the city, and (2) Hiroshima Train Station, also in the center of the city. Streetcar service from both locations will reach most hotels around the city. Alternatively, you may opt to take a taxi.
  • The conference does not provide transportation services to and from the airport. Airport shuttle services or taxis are readily available outside of the airport.

Click Here for Maps and Information on Hiroshima International Airport

Domestic Travelers

Shinkansen (bullet train) Service from Tokyo and Osaka

  • Shinkansen trains depart from Tokyo Station and Shinagawa Station every 15 to 20 minutes. The distance from Tokyo to Hiroshima is 894km or 559 miles, and will take approximately 4 hours. The train fare depends on the type of ticket and train service. For more information, please click here
  • Shinkansen trains depart from Shin-Osaka Station every 15 to 20 minutes. The distance from Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima is 342km or 212 miles, and will take approximately 1hr, 45 minutes. The train fare depends on the type of ticket and train service. For more information, please click here

Click Here for Maps and Information on the Hiroshima Transit System

Visa

According to the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as of 2017, passport holders from (68) countries have visa exemptions for entering Japan, and do not need to apply for a visa with an invitation letter.

Click Here to See the List of Countries with Visa Exemptions

Invitation Letters

If you are from a country without a visa exemption, then you will need an invitation letter when applying for visa permission to travel to Japan, which can be prepared for registered presenters and audience on a case-by-case basis by the event organizer. If you are unsure, please contact the Embassy or Consulate of Japan nearest you for travel requirements.

Please note that registering for the event does not oblige the organizers to provide visa support nor does the registration fee payment include the costs associated with preparing, processing and mailing letters of invitation. An official, original hard copy is stamped, signed and sent by to you by EMS.

There are two types of invitation letters: a PDF acceptance letter with an invitation to present, which the organizers provide free-of-charge to all accepted proposals; the second type is a formal invitation letter for travel, which will be provided for free on a case-by-case basis to confirmed registrants only. Formal hard copy invitation letters mailed by express mail service are 15,000 JPY.

Scholarships, Funding & Waivers

  1. Do you offer scholarships, funding or waivers to participants?
    Unfortunately, we are unable to offer scholarships or funding for this event. This is a small event and the budget is very limited. We hope this situation will change in the future.
  2. Can the registration fee be waived or reduced? The registration fee is necessary for covering the event costs, so the fee cannot be waived nor reduced; however, we do offer a virtual presentation option (contact us for details).