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All COSTA 2018 sessions, lunches and receptions will be held in the KKR Hotel Hiroshima, which is located a short distance from Hiroshima Castle and the government offices of Hiroshima Prefecture.

Three public transportation rail systems pass within a short distance of the KKR Hotel Hiroshima:

  1. JOHOKU Station on the ASTRAM Rail Line is only 3 minutes west on foot.
  2. HAKUSHIMA Station on the Dentetsu Streetcar Line (also known as the ‘Hiroden’) is also 3 minutes west on foot. Please transfer at “Hacchobori” to Hakushima-line and get off at the termination.
  3. JR HIROSHIMA Station or JR YOKOGAWA Station is only 5 minutes by taxi

Hotel Features

The KKR Hotel Hiroshima is conveniently in the Center ward (Naka-ku) near the Hiroshima prefectural government offices. The hotel is within walking distance of Hiroshima Castle and Shukkeien Garden. By street car, it is only a few minutes to other attractions, which include the Hondori shopping arcade, a covered mall-like street of shops extending east from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park to Hacchobori. Also in Naka-ku is Okonomi-mura – a building housing a number of restaurants that serve Hiroshima’s famous food, okonomiyaki.

Hotel Facilities and Amenities

  • 63 air-conditioned western and Japanese style rooms*
  • *Please request room with bathroom when making your reservation
  • Large public bath on 5th floor with view of Hiroshima Castle
  • Toothbrush/paste, shampoo, soap, razor, hair dryer, etc.
  • Mini refrigerator / Tea set / Coffee maker
  • TV (free satellite or pay-per-view)
  • Check in 15:00 / Check out 11:00 a.m.
  • Accepts most credits cards or Japanese yen
  • Coin laundry and vending machines
  • Full service restaurant
  • Free Internet in rooms (LAN cable provided)
  • WIFI access is available in the lobby area
  • 3 minutes on foot to convenience stores, supermarket and restaurants


A buffet is available for breakfast is available in the B1 Hakushima Restaurant, which also serves lunch daily from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

KKR Hiroshima Hotel Hiroshima Address & Website

KKR Hotel Hiroshima
19-65 Higashi-hakushimacho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-city, Hiroshima

TEL:082-221-3736 / +81-82-221-3736
E-mail: info@kkrhiroshima.com

Click here to visit the KKR Homepage


The hotels shown below are the nearest hotels to the KKR 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 KKR 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 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.

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 Conference sessions and receptions, the expected dress code is business casual. The KKR 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.


All registered participants will be invited to a free, guided tour in English of Hiroshima Peace Park.

Date: Sunday, January 7, 2018
Time: 13:00 to 14:30
Meeting Place: Peace Park
Cost: Free for Registered Participants++

++ 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.

Hiroshima 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. During the walk, you will hear stories about monuments, memorials and people concerned in addition to the historical facts. The Peace Memorial Museum will be visited in the morning on the way to Miyajima.

Miyajima the Shrine Island (We are not organizing a tour for Miyajima for this event;
however, we do encourage participants to visit Miyajima.)

Miyajima Shrine Island 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. 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.



As a general rule, the organizers of COSTA 2017 do not provide travel support. Kindly ask your university or government to support your travel application. Requests for invitation letters or letters of guarantee will be declined.

Detailed visa policies and other information can also be found on the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. As of 2016, 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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