The International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences is pleased to offer delegates a selection of optional activities to help enhance the conference experience. A unique selection of tours and activities have been curated which provide excellent opportunities to further connect with colleagues and to provide one-of-a-kind experiences that highlight the conference host city through an offering of local outings and excursions. Use the jump links at the top of the page or scroll through to book one of our many optional activities.

Pre-Conference Tour: Sandankyo Gorge Day Trip

The International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences is pleased to offer delegates an optional pre-conference tour to the Sandankyo gorge.

Visit Japan's most famous canyon, the Sandan-kyo gorge, located just 70 minutes from Hiroshima City. Designated as a Japanese National Scenic Beauty, the Sandan-kyo gorge is famous for its beautiful ravine, hiking trails, and hot springs.

Conference delegates will be picked up at the conference hotel, the Crowne Plaza Ana Hiroshima, by our local guide and transported to and from the Sandan-kyo gorge. Along the way, see Japan's countryside as our guide gives us a history of Hiroshima and the Sandan-kyo gorge.

Upon arrival we will spend 3 hours at the Sandankyo gorge, hiking and touring the rapid currents, deep pools, large rock walls, and waterfalls ranging around the Sandan--kyo gorge. Enjoy the scenery on land and by boat as we board a ferryboat to cross the river at the Kurofuchi pool. Here we will enjoy lunch at the Kurofuchi so, where we will be treated to a traditional Japanese lunch.

To read more about the Sandan-kyo gorge, visit the Hiroshima Tourism webpage.

Space is limited, so be sure to book early.

Date: Tuesday, 25 July 2017
Time: 9:00 AM (Returns approximately 5:00 PM)
Pick up Location: Crowne Plaza Ana Hiroshima
Cost: US$175.00

Booking: Booking can be done at the time of registration. If you have already registered for the conference, please contact us to book your tour.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park Walking Tour

The International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences is pleased to offer delegates an optional tour of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

Join other conference delegates and plenary speakers the morning before the conference begins for a one hour tour of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Located just next to the conference venue sits the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum. The tour includes entry fees into the Memorial Museum and a private guide.

From the city of Hiroshima: "The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is located in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. By standing on the Peace Boulevard side, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, the Memorial Cenotaph, the Peace Flame and the A-Bomb Dome can be seen along a straight line. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, which opened in 1955, gives people an opportunity to learn of the outcome of the bomb attack and consider what peace really means through many reference materials. The East Wing exhibits photographs, panels, videos, and panorama models showing the actual history of Hiroshima before and after the bomb attack. The main building exhibits victims' belongings and references which show the misery of the bomb attack. You will see a burnt lunch box, a tricycle which a 3-year-old boy was riding, etc., which reflect the instantaneous destruction and strike right at the heart of visitors. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum was designed by a group headed by Kenzo Tange, who also designed the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The strength of humanity rising up from the ruins is expressed in the piloti-style space under the main building. People visit the museum throughout the year and should be moved to a desire not to repeat the same misery anymore and consider deeply whether atomic weapons currently present are really necessary or not for our future."

We hope you will join us before registration to tour this historic site!

Date: Wednesday, 26 July 2017 (before conference opening and plenary talks on the first day)
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Cost: US$25.00

Booking: Booking can be done at the time of registration. If you have already registered for the conference, please contact us to book your tour.

Conference Welcome Reception

The International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences is pleased to host the 2017 Conference Welcome Reception at The International Conference Center

Common Ground Research Networks and the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Conference will be hosting a welcome reception at the conference venue, International Conference Center, just after the last session of the first day. All delegates are welcome to attend and enjoy complimentary light refreshments. This is an excellent opportunity to connect with and get to know your fellow international delegates.

Date: 26 July, Wednesday
Time: Directly following the last session of the day
Location: International Conference Center Hiroshima
Cost: Complimentary to all conference delegate

Conference Dinner - Maruumiya Tatemachiten

The International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences is pleased to host the Conference Dinner at Maruumiya Tatemachiten

Join plenary speakers and other delegates for a delicious Japanese-style banquet at an izakaya style bar. We will sit on tatami mats and dine from low tables in the traditional Japanese style. Enjoy hearty flavors from the oceans and mountains of Hokkaido with a focus on seasonal homestyle dishes. The menu will be a traditional all-you=can eat and all-you-can drink menu from two hours.

Space is limited so be sure to book early.

Date: Thursday, 27 July 2017
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: Maruumiya Tatemachiten
Cost: US$60.00

Booking: Booking can be done at the time of registration. If you have already registered for the conference, please contact us to book the conference dinner.

Miyajima Walking Tour

The International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences is pleased to offer delegates an optional tour of Miyajima following the Conference Closing & Award Ceremony

Join other conference delegates and plenary speakers following the Conference Closing and Awards Ceremony for a 6 hour tour to Miyajima. From the conference venue our guide will meet us and take us through metro (Genbakudome Mae Station) to the world famous Miyajima and the Great Torii. The cost of transportation, entrance fees, and private guide to Miyajima Island are included.

From the city of Hiroshima: "Miyajima Island, one of the most scenic spots in Japan, and has long been regarded as an Island of Gods on the beautiful Seto Inland Sea. It is a romantic and historical island where Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage site, is located, along with the Virgin Forest of Mt. Misen, and numerous preserved shrines, temples and historical monuments."

We hope you will join us before registration to tour this historic site!

Date: Friday, 28 July 2017 (directly following the Conference Closing and Award Ceremony)
Time: 4:45 PM
Location: Departs from conference venue
Cost: US$90.00

Booking: Booking can be done at the time of registration. If you have already registered for the conference, please contact us to book your tour.