Japan is a country made up of over 6000 islands (with four main ones) situated in Northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and Sea of Japan. The country has a population of over 126 million people, just over one million of whom live in Hiroshima City. Japan is famous for its shrines, temples, national parks, hot springs and is home to 21 World Heritage sites, including two in Hiroshima: Itsukushima Shrine and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (also known as the A-bomb Dome).
Why not combine your World Congress visit to this amazing country with a holiday to explore all that Japan has to offer?
The following websites offer a lot of useful information to plan your trip:
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Something to think about - if you are plan to spend a few days in the wonderful cities of Osaka or Kyoto before the Congress, you might like to look at flights into Kansai Airport rather than flying into Tokyo. From Kansai Airport you can take the JR train to Shin-Osaka and then ride the famous Japanese bullet train to Hiroshima City - what an opportunity! This journey will take approx. 3 hours from Kansai Airport to Hiroshima City and cost approx. 13,000 JPY one way (prices correct August 2017).
The Prefecture of Hiroshima is located in the Southwestern part of the Japanese islands and its mountains, sea, rivers and valleys are characteristic of Japan.
Hiroshima City offers lots to do and explore, including sightseeing, history, traditional Japanese food and culture. This website will give you more information about this marvellous city:
Japanese Language and Culture
The official language used in Japan is, unsurprisingly, Japanese! Many people will understand some English and the following link will take you to a very useful handbook (free to download) that will help you out with some simple Japanese words and expressions.
- download pdf format Japan-English tourist language phrase bookdownload pdf format Japan-English tourist language phrase book
If you are coming from a Western background, there may be some differences in Japanese culture to your own. The following weblink will take you to some useful information about Japanese culture.