The Best Ways to get to Hiroshima City
The Best Ways to Get to Hiroshima City by public transport will depend on where you are travelling from in the country. Hiroshima City is a modern city and a popular tourist attraction. It is easily accessible by trains, the Shinkansen and by bus as well as by air. Here, you will find an easy guide when travelling from the major cities on Honshu Island – Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo.
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The best ways to get to Hiroshima City from:
1 | Shinkansen – Shin-Osaka Station to Hiroshima Station
Mizuho or Nozomi (not covered by Japan Rail Pass)
Journey Time – 1hr 25 minutes
With Japan Rail Pass
Sakura – 1 hour 32 minutes
Hikari – 2 hours 13 minutes
2 | Bus transportion – Daytime and Overnight service
All buses depart from Osaka Station’s JR Express Bus Terminal
Daytime journey is about 5 hours
Overnight journey: 2 services
For up-to-date information and fares and to make bookings directly at Japan Expressway Bus Net go to their official website here.
1 | Shinkansen – Shin-Kyoto to Hiroshima
JR Tokaido and Sanyo lines (Not covered by Japan Railway Pass)
(Tokaido and Sanyo are regular, quicker and direct service)
For unreserved seats, fare is 10,570 Yen
Reserved seats, fare is 11,500 Yen
Journey time is 1 hour 35 minutes
With Japan Rail Pass
Hikari and Kodama trains but you need to transfer onto a Sakura train at Shin- Osaka or Shin-Kobe, adding 10 to 15 minutes to your journey.
Unreserved seats: 10,570 Yen
Reserved seats: 11,000 Yen
Journey time is 2 hours
2 | Bus transportation – Kyoto to Hiroshima: Daytime and Overnight service
Provided by JR Bus and Willer Express
Daytime journey is 6 hours 20 minutes
Overnight journey is 8 hours 40 minutes (6,100 Yen)
For up-to-date information and fares plus to make bookings directly at Japan Expressway Bus Net go to their official website here.
1 | Shinkansen – Tokyo to Hiroshima
JR Tokaido and Sanyo lines (Not covered by Japan Rail Pass)
19,000 Yen for a reserved seat
With Japan Railway Pass
Hikari and Sakura Lines
5 hours with transfer at Shin-Osaka station
Unreserved seats: 18,040 Yen
Reserved seats: 18,500 Yen
2 | Bus transportation: Tokyo to Hiroshima-Overnight service
Journey time is 12 hours and fares are usually 11,900 Yen
Discounted fares are available on Willer Express and Japan Bus. You can make online bookings directly.
3 | By Air: Tokyo to Hiroshima
4 | Hiroshima Airport to Hiroshima City Centre
Hiroshima Airport is 50 minutes away from City Centre
Bus fare from Hiroshima Airport City Bus Terminal is 1,340 Yen
Japan Rail Pass
Japan Rail Pass is an excellent value for money provided your stay in Japan is for 7, 14 or 21 days. I would personally recommend it for the following benefits:
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