Asia-Pacific Regional IAU Meeting 2023

August 7(Mon) -11(Fri), 2023 / Koriyama, Japan

International Astronomical Union

Location and Venue

The Asia-Pacific Regional IAU Meeting 2023 (APRIM 2023) will be held from August 7-11, 2023, at the BIG PALETTE FUKUSHIMA in Koriyama city, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.

LINK: Big Palette Fukushima

Fukushima Prefecture is located on the Pacific Ocean side in the Tohoku (literally north-east) region of Japan. Fukushima is famous for its beautiful nature, fruits and rice grown in that area, delicious sake (alcohol drink), hot springs, traditional crafts such as Aizu-nuri. There are beautiful mountains and lakes, and there is a starry sky.

In 2011, the Tohoku region, including Fukushima, suffered from a big earthquake, followed by a tsunami, a huge tidal wave (more than nine meters in maximum). The tsunami has caused the ocean-faced nuclear power plant disaster, as you already know. Even today, the people in Fukushima continue their efforts for reconstruction and decontamination.

You can learn the work that has been done within Fukushima post-disaster and general background into the prefecture through the brochure in multiple languages(*) prepared by the Fukushima local government.

(*) Japanese, English, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Spanish, French

If you want to know more about the safety of Fukushima, please visit this website.

Koriyama city

Koriyama City is located at the Naka-dori (Central region) of Fukushima Prefecture. You can reach Koriyama Station from Tokyo in 75 minutes by Shinkansen (high-speed train).

You can find out more about Koriyama in this brochure. (English version)

  • 75 min. by Shinkansen from Tokyo

  • 70 min. by air from Osaka

  • 80 min. by air from Sapporo

Main venue:


The conference site BIG PALETTE FUKUSHIMA is located approx. 4 km from Koriyama Station in 15 minutes by bus, 10 minuets by taxi.

Useful Links:

Fukushima travel

For access from Tokyo to Koriyama city, Fukushima prefecture, please see the access page on the above site.

Koriyama City Guide