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Getting to Hiroshima

By train
  • 0-1 transfers
  • 4-5 h
  • ¥ around 19,000
Covered by: Japan Rail Pass

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 18,380 yen for a non-reserved seat on any train, around 19,000 yen for a reserved seat on Hikari and Sakura trains and around 19,500 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.

By highway bus
  • Direct
  • 12 h
  • ¥ 4,000 - 13,000

Multiple companies, including Willer Express, operate overnight buses between Tokyo and Hiroshima. One way fares vary greatly based on travel date and bus type between around 4,000 and 13,000 yen. If used effectively, the Japan Bus Pass can reduce the cost for the bus trip to around 3,000 yen. Online reservations can be made through Willer and Japan Bus Online.

By air
  • 2-3 transfers
  • 4 h
  • ¥ 12,000 - 32,000

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 12,000 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, 1370 yen bus ride outside of the city center.

By local trains
  • 6 transfers
  • 15 h
  • ¥ 11,880
Covered by: Japan Rail Pass

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 11,880 yen, however, with a Seishun 18 Kippu you could theoretically do the trip for as little as 2,410 yen.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.

Getting around

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 190 yen. Outside the city center, the fare increases with distance traveled. The Japan Rail Pass is not valid on the trams.

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

Alternatively, a one-day pass for unlimited use of all trams on one calendar day is available for 700 yen. For an additional 200 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 1840 yen).

The JR-operated Hiroshima Sightseeing Loop Buses, called Meipuru-pu (combination of Maple and Loop), serve all of central Hiroshima's major sightseeing attractions (see map above). There are four routes: the orange, green, lemon and blue routes with 1-2 buses per hour each (the orange and blue lines are less frequent). The buses are covered by the Japan Rail Pass and several regional JR passes. Without a rail pass, they cost 200 yen per ride (330 yen for the blue line) 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.

Hotels around Hiroshima

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    • 36hostel
      Budget-friendly
      Located just a 2-minute walk from Tokaichi-Machi Tram Station, 36hostel offers accommodation with free WiFi. JR Hiroshima Station is 20 minutes by tram, and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is an 8-minute walk. All guest rooms have air conditioning. Each bunk bed in a dormitory room is fitted with a privacy curtain, electrical socket, reading light and safety deposit box. Shared shower rooms include free toiletries. Towels can be rented for a fee. You will find a shared lounge with various books and a refrigerator. There are also an electric kettle, microwave and toaster. Hiroshima Castle is a 20-minute stroll from 36hostel, while JR Miyajima-guchi Station is 30 minute by train. The nearest airport is Hiroshima Airport, 43 km from 36hostel.
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    • KIRO Hiroshima by THE SHARE HOTELS
      Mid-range
      Ideally situated in Hiroshima, KIRO Hiroshima by THE SHARE HOTELS features air-conditioned rooms, a bar, free WiFi and a shared lounge. The property is close to several well-known attractions, 1.8 km from Hiroshima City Minami Ward Community Cultural Center, 1.9 km from Chosho-in Temple and 1.9 km from Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen, and luggage storage for guests. All rooms in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV. At KIRO Hiroshima by THE SHARE the rooms include bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a continental or a ? la carte breakfast. Popular points of interest near KIRO Hiroshima by THE SHARE HOTELS include Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Myoei-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 44 km from the hotel.
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    • Guesthouse Akicafe Inn
      Budget-friendly
      Located just a 3-minute walk from JR Hiroshima Station, Guesthouse Akicafe Inn offers simple dormitory accommodation with a lounge and free-use kitchen. Itfs a 10-minute walk from Mazda Baseball Stadium and a 20-minute tram ride away from the Peace Memorial Park. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the property. The guesthouse is equipped with 2 shower booths with free toiletries. Towels can be borrowed with extra charge. The common lounge area is fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring, a low table. Washing machines can be used at a charge. Refurbished air-conditioned rooms come with wooden-flooring and bunk beds. Akicafe Inn Guesthouse is a 1-minute walk away from the nearest Enkoubashi-cho tram stop. Guests can rent bicycles to explore the area on their own. There are plenty of dining options nearby. No meals are served at the property.
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    • Guesthouse COCO Hiroshima (Female Only)
      Budget-friendly
      2.4 km from Atomic Bomb Dome, Guesthouse COCO Hiroshima (Female Only) offers a 1-star accommodation in the Hiroshima City Centre district of Hiroshima. Featuring a shared lounge, this 1-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with a shared bathroom. All guest rooms in the guest house are fitted with a kettle. Certain rooms come with a kitchenette with a microwave. At Guesthouse COCO Hiroshima, the rooms are fitted with a seating area. Cycling is among the activities that guests can enjoy near the accommodation. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is 2.7 km from Guesthouse COCO Hiroshima (Female Only), while Shukkeien is 1.2 km from the property. The nearest airport is Hiroshima Airport, 48 km from the guest house.
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    • Roku Hostel Hiroshima
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Hiroshima, within 2.5 km of Myoei-ji Temple and 2.6 km of Atomic Bomb Dome, Roku Hostel Hiroshima offers accommodation with a bar and a garden, and free WiFi throughout the property. The property is located 2.9 km from Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, 3 km from Chosho-in Temple and 3.2 km from Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen, and luggage storage for guests. At the guest house all rooms have a shared bathroom. Guests at Roku Hostel Hiroshima can enjoy an American breakfast. The accommodation offers a terrace. Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue is 3.4 km from Roku Hostel Hiroshima, while Hiroshima University Institute of Medical History is 3.6 km from the property. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 50 km from the guest house.
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    • Hiroshima Hostel EN
      Budget-friendly
      Opened in June 2017, Hiroshima Hostel EN is a hostel combined with an on-site restaurant. Located in the centre of Hiroshima, the property is a 3-minute walk away from JR Yokogawa Station, while JR Hiroshima Station is 2 stops away via train. Guests can sample various dished made with locally acquired ingredients, accompanied by locally brewed sake rice wine and beer. A complimentary welcome drink is provided, per person per night. The property can offer a guided tour to explore some parts of Hiroshima prefecture. There is a shared lounge at the property where guests can interact and socialise with other guests. The Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park are both a 20-minute walk alongside the river from Hiroshima Hostel EN. The nearest airport is Hiroshima airport, approximately an hour away on the train and limousine bus.
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    • Daiwa Roynet Hotel Hiroshima-ekimae
      Luxury
      A 5-minute walk from Hiroshima Station, Daiwa Roynet Hotel Hiroshima-ekimae offers rooms with air conditioning in Hiroshima. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi. Guests can enjoy city views. Guests at the hotel can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Chosho-in Temple is 1.9 km from Daiwa Roynet Hotel Hiroshima-ekimae, while Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre is 2.1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 46 km from the accommodation.
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    • WeBase Hiroshima
      Mid-range
      Located in Hiroshima, within less than 1 km of Atomic Bomb Dome and a 12-minute walk of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, WeBase Hiroshima provides accommodation with a shared lounge, and free WiFi. The property is set 2 km from Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue, 2.1 km from Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre and 2.8 km from Hiroshima University Institute of Medical History. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk and a shared kitchen for guests. Popular points of interest near the hostel include Myoei-ji Temple, Hiroshima City Minami Ward Community Cultural Center and Chosho-in Temple. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 44 km from WeBase Hiroshima.
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    • Nest Hotel Hiroshima Hatchobori
      Mid-range
      Ideally set in the Hiroshima City Centre district of Hiroshima, Nest Hotel Hiroshima Hatchobori is situated 1.1 km from Myoei-ji Temple, 1.2 km from Atomic Bomb Dome and 1.4 km from Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The property is around 2.4 km from Hiroshima City Minami Ward Community Cultural Center, 2.5 km from Hiroshima University Institute of Medical History and 3.5 km from Aeon Mall Hiroshima-Fuchu. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi is available throughout the property. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Chosho-in Temple, Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre and Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 45 km from Nest Hotel Hiroshima Hatchobori.
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    • The Knot Hiroshima
      Luxury
      Well situated in Hiroshima, The Knot Hiroshima offers air-conditioned rooms, a restaurant, free WiFi and a bar. This 4-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. Private parking is available on site. All guest rooms at the hotel come with a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. The Knot Hiroshima features certain units with city views, and every room includes a kettle. The units feature a private bathroom, slippers and bed linen. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a ? la carte breakfast. The Knot Hiroshima offers a terrace. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Myoei-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 44 km from The Knot Hiroshima.
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