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 a supplement fee of 6,500 yen has to be paid if using a Nozomi train.

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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.

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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. 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 220 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. Note that Paspy will get replaced by the "Mobiry Days" card and app from September 2024 (Paspy will be discontinued on March 29, 2025).

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 (1500 yen instead of 2000 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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    • 88 House Hiroshima
      Budget-friendly
      Situated next to a rice field, 88 House Hiroshima is a non-smoking accommodation with free WiFi throughout the property. From JR Hiroshima Station, the property is a 25-minute bus ride away. Rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon bedding. You can enjoy a garden view from all the rooms. Toilets and bathrooms are shared, and free toiletries are provided. At Hiroshima 88 House you will find a terrace, barbecue facilities and a shared kitchen. Other facilities offered include a shared lounge and a luggage storage service. Guests can use the kitchen to prepare their own meals. Kaminukushina Shogakko Iriguchi Bus Stop is a 5-minute walk away. Hiroshima Peace Park and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum are both a 20-minute drive from the property.
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    • Roku Hostel Hiroshima
      Budget-friendly
      Roku Hostel Hiroshima, a property with a garden and a terrace, is set in Hiroshima, 2.5 km from Myoei-ji Temple, 2.6 km from Atomic Bomb Dome, as well as 2.8 km from Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The air-conditioned accommodation is 1.7 km from Hiroshima Station. The accommodation offers a shared kitchen and luggage storage space for guests. With a shared bathroom, units at the guest house also have free WiFi. There is a coffee shop and bar. Chosho-in Temple is 2.9 km from the guest house, while Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre is 3.2 km from the property. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 46 km from Roku Hostel Hiroshima.
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    • GRAND BASE Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
      Luxury
      Located in the centre of Hiroshima, 600 metres from Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and 700 metres from Atomic Bomb Dome, GRAND BASE Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park offers free WiFi and air conditioning. It is set 2.7 km from Myoei-ji Temple and provides a lift. The aparthotel features family rooms and facilities for disabled guests. Each unit is equipped with a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave, a seating area, a flat-screen TV, a washing machine, and a private bathroom with bidet and slippers. A fridge, a stovetop and kitchenware are also provided, as well as a kettle. The units are equipped with heating facilities. Chosho-in Temple is 3.1 km from the aparthotel, while Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre is 3.3 km away. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 44 km from GRAND BASE Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
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    • Randor Hotel Hiroshima Prestige
      Luxury
      Attractively set in the Hiroshima City Centre district of Hiroshima, Randor Hotel Hiroshima Prestige is situated 1 km from Chosho-in Temple, 500 metres from Hiroshima Station and 1.2 km from Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre. Featuring a terrace, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The property is 1.5 km from the city centre and 700 metres from Myoei-ji Temple. Rooms come with a kettle, while certain rooms are equipped with a balcony and others also boast city views. The rooms in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV and a hairdryer. Popular points of interest near Randor Hotel Hiroshima Prestige include Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue, Hiroshima University Institute of Medical History and Hiroshima City Minami Ward Community Cultural Center. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 46 km from the accommodation.
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    • HOTEL CLA-SS HIROSHIMA-TOKAICHI
      Luxury
      Situated in the Hiroshima City Centre district in Hiroshima, HOTEL CLA-SS HIROSHIMA-TOKAICHI offers 4-star rooms with free WiFi. The property is set 1.4 km from Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, 3 km from Myoei-ji Temple and 3.2 km from Hiroshima Station. The property is less than 1 km from Atomic Bomb Dome, and within 1.2 km of the city centre. The units in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. Complete with a private bathroom fitted with a bidet and free toiletries, the rooms at HOTEL CLA-SS HIROSHIMA-TOKAICHI have a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and some rooms include a balcony. At the accommodation rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels. Chosho-in Temple is 3.4 km from HOTEL CLA-SS HIROSHIMA-TOKAICHI, while Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre is 3.7 km from the property. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 44 km from the hotel.
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    • NAGI Hiroshima Hotel and Lounge
      Mid-range
      Ideally set in the Hiroshima City Centre district of Hiroshima, NAGI Hiroshima Hotel and Lounge is set less than 1 km from Chosho-in Temple, a 6-minute walk from Hiroshima Station and 1.3 km from Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre. With a shared lounge, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The property is 600 metres from Myoei-ji Temple, and within 1.3 km of the city centre. All guest rooms come with a fridge, toaster, a kettle, a bidet, free toiletries and a desk. Every room includes a flat-screen TV, and some units at the hotel have a city view. At NAGI Hiroshima Hotel and Lounge the rooms come with bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue, Hiroshima University Institute of Medical History and Hiroshima City Minami Ward Community Cultural Center. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 46 km from NAGI Hiroshima Hotel and Lounge.
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    • FAV HOTEL Hiroshima Heiwa Odori
      Luxury
      Well located in Hiroshima, FAV HOTEL Hiroshima Heiwa Odori provides air-conditioned rooms, a shared lounge, free WiFi and a restaurant. The property is close to Hiroshima Danbara Shopping Centre, Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima Station. The property is non-smoking and is located 600 metres from Myoei-ji Temple. At the hotel, each room has a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. Guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Popular points of interest near FAV HOTEL Hiroshima Heiwa Odori include Chosho-in Temple, Kat? Tomosabur? Bronze Statue and Hiroshima City Minami Ward Community Cultural Center. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 46 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hilton Hiroshima
      Luxury
      Hilton Hiroshima features air-conditioned rooms with cable flat-screen TV in the Hiroshima City Centre district of Hiroshima. Providing a restaurant, the property also has a bar, as well as an indoor pool and a sauna. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, a concierge service and currency exchange for guests. At the hotel, every room comes with a desk. Selected rooms include a kitchenette with a microwave and a minibar. All units include a safety deposit box. A buffet breakfast is available daily at Hilton Hiroshima. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Myoei-ji Temple, Hiroshima City Minami Ward Community Cultural Center and Chosho-in Temple. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 45 km from Hilton Hiroshima.
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    • HOTEL PROMOTE HIROSHIMA
      Luxury
      Located within 1.1 km of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and 1.1 km of Atomic Bomb Dome, HOTEL PROMOTE HIROSHIMA provides rooms with air conditioning and a private bathroom in Hiroshima. This 4-star hotel offers luggage storage space. The hotel features a hot tub, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi throughout the property. At the hotel, each room comes with a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. Guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Myoei-ji Temple is 2.9 km from HOTEL PROMOTE HIROSHIMA, while Chosho-in Temple is 3.3 km away. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 43 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hiroshima no Yado Aioi
      Mid-range
      Conveniently situated in Hiroshima, Hiroshima no Yado Aioi provides an Asian breakfast and free WiFi. This 3-star ryokan offers a 24-hour front desk and a lift. The ryokan features family rooms as well as facilities for disabled guests. The ryokan will provide guests with air-conditioned units with a tatami, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At the ryokan, all units are soundproof. The units are equipped with heating facilities. Popular points of interest near the ryokan include Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Myoei-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 45 km from Hiroshima no Yado Aioi.
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