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Congress Details


The 2018 World Congress will be held at the International Conference Center in Hiroshima (ICCH).

The ICCH opened in 1989 and lies within Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. This central venue is easily accessible by bus, streetcar, taxi or just walk there if you're staying nearby!

We are very excited to be holding our World Congress at this wonderful venue which we believe will offer delegates a great congress experience. The ICCH's location within the Peace Memorial Park means delegates can take time to explore the park after a day listening to presentations, or go for a walk during a lunch break to take advantage of the peace and quiet if you want some time out.

For more information about the ICCH, you can view their website at


Post Congress Workshop venues Tuesday 17th July 2018

The Cluttering workshop will be held at the Satellite Campus of the Prefectural University of Hiroshima. This venue is a short walk away from the ICCH and on the morning of Tuesday 17th July we anticipate that delegates will meet outside the ICCH to walk together to the Cluttering workshop.


The Solution Focused Brief Therapy workshop will be held at Hiroshima International Youth House. The International Youth House is only 5 minutes walk from the ICCH and again, the Congress Organising Team will arrange to walk together to the venue on the day of the workshop.

Travel Information

There are many airlines that fly to Japan from most international cities. Once in Japan, you can fly to Hiroshima Airport from Tokyo (either Haneda or Narita Airport - flight approx. 1.5 hours). It is also possible to fly directly to Hiroshima Airport from Seoul (South Korea), Taipei (Taiwan), Shanghai (China) and Hong Kong. If you plan on travelling in Asia before or after the Congress, flying from one of these airports may suit you.

Depending on your country of origin, you may need a visa for entry into Japan. There are 68 countries where Nationals and Citizens do not require a visa to visit Japan for a short stay. For more information about visa requirements and applications, please see the following links:

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Once you have registered for the World Congress, you will be sent a confirmation email which it should be possible to use as a 'letter of invitation' to support a visa application. If you need additional information from the Organizing Team, please contact us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. but we hope that the confirmation email will contain the information needed for most visa applications.

Once you arrive in Hiroshima City, there are lots of options to get to the Congress Venue.

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Accommodation options

Delegates coming to the World Congress can choose from a wide variety of accommodation options. The associations involved in the World Congress cannot recommend one specific hotel, but we have identified a variety of search methods and accommodations (at a range of different prices) with easy access to the Congress venue. These options are:

Web search
We suggest delegates run a search on one of the following sites to ensure best prices available are found: Google, TripAdvisor, For example, a Google search for ‘Hotels near the International Conference Center Hiroshima’ currently generates lots of useful hits for accommodation near the congress venue at a range of prices.

Hiroshima hotel list
Yokoso accommodation linkWe have worked with a Japanese booking agency to create a booking website, which highlights a selection of hotels near the congress venue. Please be aware that this company has negotiated advantageous rates with some of the hotels but, for others, has been unable to compete with deals negotiated by large international accommodation search engines. We recommend, therefore, that delegates compare prices with one of the international accommodation search engines to ensure they are getting the best value for money.

Please click the link to access the hotel selection provided by the  travel agency:


Budget accommodation

Cheaper accommodation is available is available in three nearby hotels - The Hiroshima City Bunka Koryu Kaikan,   (, Simple Stay Heiwakouenmae (Google 'Simple Stay Hiroshima' to see photos of rooms) and, for students and delegates from developing countries*, the Hiroshima International Youth House ( The local team has reserved rooms in some of these hotels, so don't despair if you look on the website and see no rooms are available, that may be because we have reserved them for our delegates!

〇The Hiroshima International Youth House

Both single rooms, twin rooms and Japanese rooms (for up to 4 people) are available. En suite facilities are available for most rooms, but seminar / overnight rooms and some other rooms have shared bathroom facilities. If you wish to form a group to share a room, you may find it helpful to join the congress Facebook group to find others who may be interested in sharing. See

〇Simple Stay

Simple Stay is the guest house where is near our venue (International Conference Center Hiroshima). Special discount price is offered until the end of May, which is 2,000 JPY per night. The price will become 2,500 JPY per night if you reserve on June 1 or later. This guest house has sharing rooms only. Sharing baths and toilets are equipped. The check-in time is from 15:00 to 21:00. Please check the following website. Once you click the following website, there is a link to Google Translater on the top right. Please choose English so that you'll able to read the contents of this website in English.

If you are interested in these options, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and members of the local team will assist you to book a room if you are eligible to do so, dependent on availability. Please title your email either Hiroshima City Bunka Koryu Kaikan, Simple Stay Hiroshima or International Youth House as appropriate, and attach a copy of the photo page of your passport and your student ID (if applicable).

*Developing countries are defined by the UN on p.146 of the document found at the following link:

Another option is to look at what is available via Airbnb, as there are currently plenty of apartments available within walking distance of the congress venue.

Lots of delegates may wish to consider room sharing or options for booking into a hotel or Airbnb apartment alongside friends and fellow congress attendees. Please feel free to join our closed Facebook group to discuss these points and to find people to share with:



Information about Japan and Hiroshima

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?


Read more: Information about Japan and Hiroshima


The IFA implemented Japanese translations of some pages on the site for the 2018 Joint World Congress. Choosing Japanese below to see these translations.

Not all pages are translated, but you can use Google translate to see a machine translation using the switch below

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