Hiroshima, the “City of Water”

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Why choose Hiroshima for your next MICE event?

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The city of Hiroshima, now the largest city in the Chugoku Shikoku region, is also referred to as the “City of Water.” River cruise boats in and open-air cafes alongside the six rivers offer relaxing moments for tourists.

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Hiroshima is one of the most attractive MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Convention, and Event/Exhibition) cities, where more than 300 MICE events of varying scale are held every year.

In addition to good accessibility which is a must for a convention city, Hiroshima has a wide range of convention venues that can be used for many purposes. Centered around the International Conference Center Hiroshima in Peace Memorial Park, many hotels and convention venues are located within walking distance of each other, which makes it possible to host any kind of MICE events of any scale ranging from a conference with over 10,000 participants to a small-sized meeting.

The area boosts abundant tourist attractions including two UNESCO World Heritage Sites―the Itsukushima Shrine and the A-Bomb Dome. What makes Hiroshima even more attractive is its local dining―in particular, the oysters, okonomiyaki, and sake are famous all across Japan.

On August 6, 1945, the first atomic bomb in history was dropped on Hiroshima, killing around 140,000 people. Since then, however, the city has achieved a remarkable recovery from that devastation and has pursued everlasting peace for mankind.

Around 1.2 million people visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum annually; there is also an endless flow of people who come to offer a silent prayer and flowers at the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims, and to the many other peace monuments in Peace Memorial Park. In 1996, the Atomic Bomb Dome was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It reminds visitors from all over the world of the preciousness of peace.

The city of Hiroshima, now the largest city in the Chugoku Shikoku region, is also referred to as the “City of Water.” River cruise boats in and open-air cafes alongside the six rivers offer relaxing moments for tourists. MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima, completed as a new symbol of the city in March 2009, spectators can enjoy not only watching games in different styles with various types seats, such as field seats and party floor-style seats, but also tasting a variety of delicious foods at stands lined side by side along the concourse.

Come and see Hiroshima, the “City of Water.”

With six beautiful rivers flowing through it, Hiroshima is called the City of Water. The origins of the City date back to 1589 when Mori Terumoto, a feudal lord, built Hiroshima Castle (also referred to as Rijo, or Carp Castle) at the large delta of the Ota-gawa River. (The current castle was reconstructed after the original was destroyed by the atomic bomb during the war.)

Because the delta resembled a large island, the area was called “Hiroshima,” or ‘wide island’ in Japanese. The town was the seat of the Mori and Fukushima families, and later of the Asano, who laid the foundations of Hiroshima’s further development as the most lively castle town in western Japan.

Shukkeien Garden, located in the center of Hiroshima and a designated official National Place of Scenic Beauty, was built during the Edo Period by Asano Nagaakira, then castle lord, as a villa garden. It is popular among Hiroshima residents for its style, typical of the gardens of that time.

World Heritage Sites

A-Bomb Dome

In December 1996 at UNESCO’s 20th World Heritage Committee Convention in Merida, the Atomic Bomb Dome was listed as a World Heritage site being a building that communicates the total devastation caused by nuclear weapons.

Designated Site:The area on which the Atomic Bomb Dome is situated: Approx. 0.39 hectare

The Atomic Bomb Dome was constructed in 1915 as a facility for the display and sale of commercial products within Hiroshima prefecture and was the location for the Hiroshima prefecture art exhibition and other such events. When it was established, it was called that “Hiroshima prefecture Industrial Products Display Hall”.

Following that it was renamed the “Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Products Exhibition Hall” and finally in 1933 was named the “Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall.”

The designer, Mr. Jan Letzel a Czechoslovakian architect, used a brick construction partially reinforced with a steel frame with the exterior walls being made of stones and mortar. This was a modern building, the main body being three stories with a five-story stairwell capped with an oval shaped copper dome located in the center of the entrance hall.

At that time such a grand European style building was extremely rare and the contrast of this modern beauty with the river surface led it to be counted as one of Hiroshima’s major sites.

1945, August 6, 8:15 a.m. The first atomic bomb used in the history of mankind exploded approximately at a height of 580 meters, 160 meters southeast of the Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Products Exhibition Hall. The force of this terrible blast was 35 tons per square meter with a blast speed of 440 meters. The atomic blast and heat wave washed over the Dome setting its roof ablaze and completely gutting the building. As the blast wave traveled in a nearly vertical direction while the center of the main building was miraculously spared from destruction, all the people within the building died instantly. The metal frame of the Dome, which was laid bare, formed the ruins that over time came to be called the “Atomic Dome” by the local residents.

In 1953 management of the site was transferred from Hiroshima Prefecture to Hiroshima City, and in 1966 the Hiroshima City Council passed a resolution to preserve the Atomic Dome. Since that time due to weathering, extensive preservation works have been carried out on the building twice made possible by goodwill donations from both Japan and abroad.

Further requests by the city, City Council and widespread local residents’ campaigns to have the site listed as a World Heritage site resulted in the building being designated as a historical site in June 1995 and the Agency for Cultural Affairs making application for registration to UNESCO. In December 1996, it was listed as a World Heritage site.

Presently as a remaining landmark of the devastation caused at the time of bombing, it is a symbol for the motto “No More Hiroshimas.” Spanning the generations it has become a symbol for the abolition of nuclear weapons and the importance of lasting peace throughout the world.

Itsukushima Shrine

It is said that Itsukushima Shrine, one of the Three Scenic Views of Japan, was established by Saeki-no-Kuramoto. In the late Heian Period, the current shrine building was constructed in its present form, as a shrine on the sea, with the assistance of Taira-no-Kiyomori.

The conception of a shrine whose grounds include the sea, with its form ever changing with the ebb and flow of the tides, is like nothing else in the world. In December of the year Heisei 8 (1996), Itsukushima Shrine was registered as a World Heritage Site.

Looking out over the inland sea before it and crowned to its rear by Mt. Misen, a sacred mountain where the gods are believed to have descended to earth, Itsukushima Shrine strikes a harmony between natural and man-made beauty.

 Convention Facilities

Reasonable Prices

Hiroshima has over 100 hotels and Japanese ryokans with 15,000 rooms in total. Room rates are reasonable compared to other major cities in Japan. Convention venues in Hiroshima offer reasonable prices as well.

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