When You First Arrive at WPI-SKCM2
    Contact Details
    Practical Information
    VBL: The WPI-SKCM2 Building
    Hiroshima University Food Establishments, Libraries, etc.
    Local Transportation
    Japanese Language
    How to get Japanese Yen
    Visa and Entering Japan

When You First Arrive at WPI-SKCM2

On your first day at WPI-SKCM2, please come to see one of our staff members on the 1st floor Secretary’s office of VBL. A staff member will take you to the support office to complete any necessary administrative procedures.

Contact Details

General Inquiries
Should you have any questions or issues during your stay in Hiroshima, please contact the Secretary’s Office during Japanese working hours M-F 8:30 am – 5:15 pm.

Email: chiral-secretary* (Please replace * with @)
Phone: +44 (0) 824 24 7881

Please be aware that during Japanese holidays, there might be a delay in email responses.

Emergency Contact Numbers in Japan
110 (Police)
119 (Fire, Ambulance, Emergency rescue)
For more details on calling for help in Japan:

Practical Information

Hiroshima experiences four distinct seasons. We recommend checking the current weather forecast before your visit to ensure you come well-prepared for the prevailing conditions.

Weather in Higashihiroshima

Tap Water
Tap water is safe for drinking in Japan. Hence preparing a refillable water bottle may help in cutting down costs for drinking water. Vending machines are also readily available in Japan to purchase hot and cold drinks.

Food Allergies and Special Dietary Requirements
In Japan, awareness of food allergies and dietary restrictions is not as widespread as in some other cultures. As a result, accommodating special dietary needs, including serious food allergies, may not always be possible.

If you have a food allergy or dietary requirements, you may like to print off a copy of this card in Japanese for local restaurants to understand your requirements:

A website called Happy Cow provides information on vegan and vegetarian restaurants:

Please note: whilst some dishes in restaurants are indicated as vegetarian, they often contain include bonito, dried sardine etc. in soup stock.

For more information:

SKCM2 strongly advises purchasing short-term travel insurance for your trip to Japan to ensure coverage for accidents or illnesses.

It’s possible to purchase insurance at most international airports after you’ve arrived in Japan. Insurance companies have desks in the international airport (Narita International Airport, Haneda Airport, Kansai International Airport, Central Japan International Airport). There are also vending machines at the airport that sell insurance policies. The Japan Tourism Agency recommends Tokyo Marine Nichido, which can also be purchased online.

Some credit card companies also offer travel insurance coverage. Please ask your card provider for further details on the insurance coverage before leaving.


Outlets in Japan
Japanese electric outlets accept two-prong chargers, resembling the outlets in North America. However, the voltage in Japan is 100 Volts, which is different from 120 Volts in North America. Some North American equipment will work fine in Japan without an adapter and vice versa; however, certain equipment, especially equipment involving heating (e.g. hair dryers), may not work properly or even get damaged. Please note this difference and bring a converter if necessary.

Phone/ Internet in Japan
When considering phone or data options for your trip, you have a few choices:

1. Check with Your Home Carrier: It’s a good idea to start by exploring options with your current mobile carrier. They might offer international plans that could be convenient and cost-effective.

2. Buy/rent a Japanese sim, eSIM, or Wi-Fi hotspot. Upon arrival at the airport, you can find mobile options.

3. Data-Only eSIM Card: A previous visitor had a positive experience with a data-only SIM card from IIJ Japan, which can be purchased online:

Hiroshima University Wi-Fi
Hiroshima University has eduroam. If you do not have access to eduroam, please contact the Secretary’s Office upon your arrival and they can issue you a guest account for University Wi-Fi.

VBL: The WPI-SKCM2 Building

Our regular hours are from 8 am to 6:30 pm, Monday through Friday, during which the doors remain unlocked. On weekends and holidays, the doors are closed throughout the day.

Coffee & Tea Time 3 pm Every Weekday
WPI-SKCM2 is pleased to offer a daily Coffee & Tea Time every weekday in the VBL break room. Grab a cup of coffee, engage in stimulating conversation and build community. Additionally, we occasionally feature short talks by our students and postdocs. These sessions are a great way to learn about the exciting work being done within our community.

Hiroshima University Food Establishments, Libraries, etc.

Campus Map

Cafeterias and Food Stores
There are several cafeterias and convenience stores (Co-op shops) available on campus where you can find a very affordable and healthy Japanese meal
Opening hours: (Dates marked in red indicate closure)
Please note that the cafeterias only accept Japanese yen in cash.
Please note that most on-campus food establishments will be closed from Dec 28-Jan 3, but please check the shop information at the website provided above.

Other Food Establishments on Campus
Mirai Crea Mikawaya Coffee ☕: Cafe
Mermaid Cafe: Cafe
La Boheme: Restaurant

Local Food Establishments within Walking Distance from Campus
お好み焼き 鉄板焼き 中村屋 本店 (Nakamuraya): Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake)
cafe bar THE EARTH: Cafe bar, Bal
Tandoor: Indian Curry
Pasta Amare : Italian, French
Sukiya: Gyudon (beef bowl)
Hakuwa Hotel “Pan Clair”: Cafe, Bakery

There are three libraries on campus. Please refer to the campus map for locations. The opening hours can be found here:

Local Transportation

There are 3 main local routes to come to Hiroshima University. For more detailed information, please see How to get to Hiroshima University.
*Please note: Buses do not accept credit cards. Only cash or Mobile Transit Cards (IC card, ex. Suica/ PASMO/ ICOCA).

Originating from Hiroshima Train Station
1. Take the JR Train to Saijo Station.
2. From JR Saijo station, take the bus (290 yen) or a taxi (2000~2500 yen) to Hiroshima University(広島大学).

Originating from Higashi-Hiroshima Shinkansen Station
Take a taxi (2000~2500 yen) or the bus (380 yen) to Hiroshima University.
*Please note that there is limited bus service. HU-bound buses are only available in the morning.

Originating from Hiroshima Airport
1. Take the Airport Limousine Bus to JR Saijo station (660 yen).
2. From JR Saijo Station, take the bus (290 yen) or a taxi (approx 2000~2500 yen) to Hiroshima University (広島大学).
Take a taxi directly to Hiroshima University (広島大学) (approx 8000~9000 yen).

Please note that local bus service will be reduced during the Winter holidays.


We can offer a small number of on-campus accommodations. To book, please email Below we also provide information on nearby hotel recommendations.
On Campus: Mirai Crea
Address: 1-4-5, Kagamiyama, Higashi Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan 739-0046
Tel: +81(0)82-424-8920

Check-in is at 10 am. Check-out is at 5 pm. Please check in at the lobby. The reservation will be under your name.
Check-in is not available outside of the above hours. Please be sure to notify the Secretary’s Office in case of late arrival so they can arrange the key pickup for you.
*Mirai Crea is a dormitory/apartment-like facility and there are no hotel-like amenities in each room. So please bring your own towels, toiletries, slippers…etc.
Google Maps

On Campus: The Faculty Club (Gakushi Kaikan)
Address: 1-1-2, Kagamiyama, Higashihiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan 739-0046

Check-in is at 4 pm. Pick up the key at VBL between 14:00 ~ 17:00 on the check-in day. Please be sure to notify the Secretary’s Office in case of late arrival.
Check-out is at 10 am. Drop key in the drop-off box at Gakushi Kaikan.
*Breakfast is not available.
Google Maps

On Campus: Yamanaka Hall (Yamanaka Kaikan)
Address: 2-812, Kagamiyama, Higashihiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan 739-0046

Check-in is at 4 pm. Pick up the key at VBL between 14:00 ~ 17:00 on the check-in day. Please be sure to notify the secretary’s office in case of late arrival.
Check-out is at 10 am. Drop key in the drop-off box at Yamanaka Kaikan.
*Breakfast is not available.
Google Maps

Hotel: Hakuwa Hotel
Address: 6-5-45 Saijoshitami, Higashihiroshima City, Hiroshima 739-0047
Tel: +81(0)82-431-1111

This hotel is a few minutes walking from Hiroshima University campus; however, the room number is limited.
Google Maps

Hotel: Hotel Route-Inn Higashi Hiroshima Saijo Ekimae
This hotel is near Saijo Station, which is 20 minutes away from campus by local bus.
Google Maps

Hotel: Green Hotel Morris
This hotel is near Saijo Station, which is 20 minutes away from campus by local bus.
Google Maps


The area surrounding Hiroshima abounds with remarkable tourist attractions, including the World Heritage Sites of Itsukushima and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Conveniently located near Hiroshima University is a renowned sake brewery district, offering a unique experience as a historic district with sake-tasting opportunities. Additionally, a popular day trip destination is Rabbit Island, a unique spot teeming with friendly rabbits. For more detailed information on these attractions and more, visit Dive Hiroshima.

Japanese Language

For those who do not speak Japanese, using the Google Translate app can be very helpful. Google Translate has transcription options to communicate spoken Japanese in real-time. It also has Google Lens to translate written Japanese.

How to Get Japanese Yen

There is a Travelex currency exchange located at the international terminal of Hiroshima Airport.

Also, you can withdraw yen from most convenience store ATMs around Japan. There are several convenience stores near Saijo Station and Hiroshima University. Please see this link for more information about getting cash in Japan.

Visa and Entering Japan

For passport holders of many countries, business visits to Japan lasting less than 90 days do not require a Visa. For additional information and to confirm if this applies to your specific country, please refer to this link.

Immigration Procedures (Visit Japan Web)
You can streamline your arrival procedures in Japan, such as immigration, customs, and optional tax-free shopping, by using the Visit Japan Web service. By creating an account and uploading the necessary documents in advance, you can avoid the hassle of completing paper forms upon arrival. While using this service is voluntary, we highly recommend it for a smoother and more efficient entry process.