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All ACES 2018 sessions and the welcome reception will be held in the Hiroshima Kokusai Hotel, 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.

Hotel Features

High-speed (wired) Internet access is complimentary in public areas. Additional amenities include Room service (during limited hours), dry cleaning/laundry services, and a safe deposit box at the front desk. The property has designated areas for smoking.


There are 4 restaurants located in the Kokusai Hotel: Geishu (Japanese cuisine), Mi Casa (Spanish cuisine), Tonfon (Chinese cuisine) and a spinning restaurant/bar called Kuru Kuru (American cuisine). Room service is also available.


From JR Sanyo Line Hiroshima Station South Exit: 10 minutes by Hiroshima Electric Railway train bound for Hiroden-Miyajimaguchi or Eba get off at Tatemachi Station, which is a 3 minute walk from there to hotel. Alternatively, it’s a 5 minute walk from Hiroshima Bus Center or 7 minutes by taxi from JR Hiroshima Station

Hiroshima Kokusai Hotel Facilities and Amenities

  • 76 air-conditioned western and Japanese style rooms
  • Check in 14:00 / Check out 11:00AM
  • American Express, Diner’s Club, JCB Master Card, VISA or Japanese yen(card must be presented at check in)
  • Room Service
  • Toothbrush/paste, shampoo, soap, razor, hair dryer, etc.
  • Mini refrigerator and coffee/tea maker
  • TV (free satellite or pay-per-view)
  • Coin laundry and vending machines
  • Free Internet in rooms(wired)
  • Massage Service
  • Currency exchange

Hiroshima Kokusai Hotel Address & Website

Address: 3-13 Tachimachi, Naka-Ku, Hiroshima-Shi, Hiroshima, Japan 730-0032
Phone: 082-248-2622
FAX: 082-248-2622

Japanese Website:
English Website: Hiroshima-Kokusai-Hotel-English


The hotels shown below are the nearest hotels to the Hiroshima Kokusai Hotel. There are no conference discount rates at any of these hotels. Click on the hotel photo for a link directly to that hotel’s reservation website:

Toyoko Inn Heiwa Odori Oriental Hiroshima Crowne Hiroshima Dormy Inn
Toyoko Inn Heiwa Odori
Oriental Hotel Crowne Plaza Hiroshima Dormy Inn Hiroshima
Other Suggested Hotels in Hiroshima

Granvia Hotel Hiroshima (Cost: $$$)
The hotel adjoins Hiroshima station, which makes it excellent choice for travelers arriving in Hiroshima by bullet train. There is also convenient access from this hotel to the Mitsui Garden Hotel Hiroshima — by taxi, it only takes 5 minutes.

Toyoko Inn Hiroshima Heiwa Odori (Cost: $)
Amenities: free Internet service and continental breakfast. Located on Heiwa Odori Street, this hotel is just minutes on foot to Peace Park.

Toyoko Inn Hiroshima Station Shinkansen Exit (Cost: $)
Amenities: free Internet service and continental breakfast. Located next to Hiroshima Station, this hotel is just minutes by tram to the venue site.

Toyoko Inn Hiroshima Station South Exit (Minamiguchi-migi) (Cost: $)
Amenities: free Internet service and continental breakfast. Located near the south exit of Hiroshima Station, this hotel is just minutes by tram to the venue site.

Toyoko Inn Hiroshima Station Bridge South (Ohashi-minami) (Cost: $)
Amenities: free Internet service and continental breakfast. Located near the south bridge in front of Hiroshima Station, this hotel is just minutes by tram to the venue site.

Hotel Sunroute Hiroshima (Cost: $)
Located on Heiwa Odori Street, this hotel is just minutes on foot to Peace Park.


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.


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 JPY 1300; or you can pay 2,360yen (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.

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


During sessions and the reception, the expected dress code is business casual. The Hiroshima Kokusai Hotel is air conditioned and some rooms may feel cold at times. If you are sensitive to air conditioned rooms, we suggest wearing a long sleeve shirt or bringing a light jacket when inside the hotel.

Hiroshima has a temperate climate, with average lows staying above freezing even during the coldest part of the year. Average temperatures range from 35 degrees Fahrenheit in January to 90 degrees in August, with daily means hovering between 45 and 75 most of the year. Rainfall averages 60 inches annually and is spread throughout the year; June and July are the wettest months, receiving roughly 10 inches. The driest months are December and January, with less than 2 inches of rain each. Light snowfall occurs from December to January, averaging no more than 2 inches a month.


Early Bird Registrants will receive a free, one-day, Visit Hiroshima Tourist Pass
The Visit Hiroshima Tourist Pass for foreign visitors offers you unlimited rides on designated transportation areas, including expressway buses on seven routes, all Hiroshima Electric Railway (Hiroden) streetcar lines, and ferries to Miyajima.

Peace Park Tour Peace 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.

The Pass can also be used for traveling to Miyajima the Shrine Island

Miyajima Tour Constructed 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. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is considered
a ‘must see’ for travelers to Japan.



Frequently Asked Questions regarding Invitation Letters and Visa Support:

  1. How can I know if I need a visa for travel?
    Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Japan for details.
  2. What visa support is provided by the organizers?
    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 requires additional fees due to the complexity of the application. Formal hard copy invitation letters mailed by express mail service are 15,000 JPY.
  3. What if my visa application is rejected?
    All decisions by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are final. We cannot and will not assist you if your travel application is rejected.
  4. What if I cannot attend due to visa difficulty? We offer a virtual presentation mode for participants unable to attend due to visa difficulty, lack of funding or schedule conflicts.

Detailed visa policies and other information can also be found on the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. As of 2017, passport holders from (69) countries have visa exemptions for entering Japan, and do not need to apply for a visa with an invitation letter.

To view the list of countries with visa exemptions, please visit the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs website by clicking here.

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