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How to travel between Hiroshima and Tokyo

By shinkansen
0-1 transfer, 4-5 hours, about 19,000 yen one way, multiple connections per hour
Tokyo and Hiroshima are connected with each other by the JR Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen. Direct Nozomi trains require about four hours to reach Hiroshima from Tokyo. By Hikari and Sakura trains, the trip takes about five hours with a transfer of trains at Shin-Osaka Station.
The regular one way fare from Tokyo to Hiroshima is 18,040 yen for a non-reserved seat on any train, around 18,500 yen for a reserved seat on Hikari and Sakura trains and around 19,000 yen for a reserved seat on a Nozomi train. The Japan Rail Pass is valid on Hikari and Sakura trains, but not on Nozomi trains, and pays off for a round trip between the two cities within seven days.
The 2-Day Hiroshima Train & Hotel Package by Japanican combines a shinkansen round trip from Tokyo to Hiroshima and back with a hotel stay in Hiroshima from 32,800 yen per person.

By highway bus
Direct, 12 hours, 6,000 to 11,900 yen one way, multiple overnight connections per day
The one way trip from Tokyo to Hiroshima by overnight bus takes about 12 hours and costs around 11,900 yen. Fares by discount bus operators, such as Willer Express start around 6000 yen. If used effectively, the Japan Bus Pass can reduce the cost for the bus trip to around 3000 yen.

By air
2-3 transfers, 4 hours, 12,000 to 32,000 yen one way, multiple flights per day
JAL and ANA operate several flights per day between Hiroshima and Tokyo's Haneda Airport. The regular one way fare is around 35,000 yen, but discounts tickets can bring the cost down to between 11,500 to 16,000 yen. With an air pass you can make the journey for even less. Flight duration is about 90 minutes. Hiroshima Airport is a 50 minute, 1340 yen bus ride outside of the city center.

By local trains
6 transfers, 15 hours, 2,300 to 11,660 yen one way
By local trains, the one way trip from Tokyo to Hiroshima takes about 15 hours and typically involves about six transfers of trains. The regular fare is a relatively expensive 11,660 yen, however, with a Seishun 18 Kippu you could theoretically do the trip for as little as 2370 yen.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. For the current yen exchange rate, click here.

Orientation

Hiroshima has Japan's largest tram network with eight tram lines connecting Hiroshima Station with most of the city's attractions. Tram line number 2 goes as far as Miyajima-guchi, from where ferries depart to Miyajima. The fare for a single tram ride within central Hiroshima is a flat 160 yen. Outside the city center, the fare increases with distance traveled. The Japan Rail Pass is not valid on the trams.

Paspy and Icoca IC cards can be used to pay the fare on trams and buses in Hiroshima and on the ferries to Miyajima (both companies), but other IC cards are not accepted. On JR trains in the Hiroshima area, all major IC cards are accepted, but the local Paspy card is not.

Alternatively, a one-day pass for unlimited use of all trams on one calendar day is available for 600 yen. For an additional 240 yen, you get a one-day pass that also includes the ferry ride to Miyajima by Matsudai ferry (but not by JR ferry) and back. Holders of these one-day passes, furthermore, qualify for a discount on the Miyajima Ropeway (1350 yen instead of 1800 yen for a round trip ticket).

Of particular interest to Japan Rail Pass holder is the JR operated loop bus for tourists, called Maple-oop (combination of Maple and Loop). The bus connects Hiroshima Station with the area around Shukkeien, Hiroshima Castle and the Peace Memorial Park every 30 minutes and is covered by the Japan Rail Pass. Travelers without the rail pass pay 200 yen per ride or 400 yen for a 1-day pass.

Good walkers will also be able to cover the roughly three kilometers from Hiroshima Station via Shukkeien and Hiroshima Castle to the Peace Memorial Park on foot.

Two trams at the Hiroshima Station tram terminal

Hotels around Hiroshima

Recommended Hotels
Hotel Granvia Hiroshima
Its location adjacent to JR Hiroshima Station makes it a very convenient base.
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Kurayado Iroha Hotel
Modern ryokan along the waterfront of Miyajima, just a short walk from Itsukushima Shrine.
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Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel
Spacious four star hotel conveniently located next to JR Hiroshima Station
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Tours and Experiences

Page last updated: April 26, 2016