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Getting to Miyajima from Hiroshima

Miyajima can be reached from Hiroshima in less than an hour by train and ferry or by direct boats. See also how to get to Hiroshima.

By train and ferry
  • 45-95 min
  • ¥ 450-600
Covered by: Japan Rail Pass

To reach the ferry port from Hiroshima Station, take the JR Sanyo Line to Miyajimaguchi Station (25 minutes, 420 yen one way, covered by the Japan Rail Pass). Alternatively, you can take tram line number 2 from central Hiroshima bound for Miyajimaguchi. The tram is slower, but costs only 270 yen one way (not covered by the Japan Rail Pass).

From Miyajimaguchi Station, it is a short walk to the ferry pier, from where ferries depart frequently for Miyajima. There are two competing ferry companies operating from this port: JR and Matsudai. Both companies' ferry rides take 10 minutes and both cost 180 yen one way. The Japan Rail Pass is valid on JR ferries.

By direct boat
  • 45 min
  • ¥ 2,200

Boats connect Miyajima directly with Hiroshima Peace Park (45 minutes, 2200 yen one way, 4000 yen round trip, 1-2 connections/hour) and with Hiroshima Port (30 minutes, 1900 yen one way, 6-8 round trips per day). The Japan Rail Pass is not valid on these boats.

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

Getting around

Miyajima is quite a large island, but its attractions are concentrated in two main areas: the small town around Itsukushima Shrine and Mount Misen.

Visitors to Miyajima will first arrive at the ferry terminal, from where it is a ten minute walk to Itsukushima Shrine. All the other sights are also located within walking distance from the shrine.

Mount Misen can be accessed by the Miyajima Ropeway, whose lower station is a ten minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine. There are also three hiking trails from the town to the mountain's summit.

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Hotels around Miyajima

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    • Miyajima Guest House Mikuniya
      Budget-friendly
      Located on Miyajima (Itsukushima), Miyajima Guest House Mikuniya offers a Japanese-style accommodation and a small garden. Free Wi-Fi is available. Miyajima Ferry Terminal is a 20-minute walk away. Guests can choose to stay in a private Japanese-style room or a dormitory room shared with other guests. Private rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon mattress whereas dormitory room provides wooden beds. Bathrooms, shower rooms and toilets are shared with other guests. The common lounge features tourist guide books, a TV and a desktop computer. Lockers and the common kitchen are also available to guests for free. Mikuniya Miyajima Guest House is a 6-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine and Daisho-in Temple. Guests can also walk to Marine Plaza Miyajima within a 10-minute walk. A simple Western-style breakfast consisting of bread, cereal, coffee and other menu items are available with extra fees. Lunches and Dinners are not served, but guests are welcome to bring their own food and use the kitchen to prepare meals.
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    • Iwaso
      Luxury
      Located in the World Heritage Miyajima Island, Iwaso features Japanese-style accommodations with beautiful surrounding views. Guests can relax in the indoor and outdoor hot-spring baths and request for massages. A free shuttle is available from Miyajima Ferry Terminal, which is also a 5-minute walk away. The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Rooms in the Annex include a private bathroom with a bath and toilet, while rooms in the historical Main Building and Cottage Annex have shared bathrooms and toilets. Guests can purchase local gifts at the souvenir shop and enjoy singing at the karaoke room. Photocopying and luggage storage services are available at the 24-hour front desk. A computer with internet is provided in the lobby for an extra charge. A traditional multi-course dinner featuring seafood and local ingredients are served at the dining room or guestsf rooms. A Japanese breakfast is served at Momiji restaurant. Iwaso Inn is a 5-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine and Momijidani Park. Miyajima Aquarium is a 10-minute walk away.
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    • Hotel Miyajima Villa
      Mid-range
      Located in Miyajima, 700 metres from Five Storey Pagoda, Hotel Miyajima Villa provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a garden. The property is close to several well-known attractions, less than 1 km from The great Torii, a 19-minute walk from Momijidani Park and 1.4 km from Museum of History and Folklore. The property features a hot spring bath, free WiFi throughout the property and luggage storage space. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a shared bathroom with a bidet. All units in Hotel Miyajima Villa are equipped with slippers and a CD player. The accommodation offers a buffet or Asian breakfast. Popular points of interest near Hotel Miyajima Villa include Itsukushima Shrine, Daisho-in Temple and Miyajima Ferry Terminal.
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    • Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto
      Luxury
      A 3-minute stroll from Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto boasts an outdoor hot spring bath, 3 restaurants and karaoke. It offers luxurious Japanese-style and Western rooms, massages and a free shuttle from Miyajima Pier. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. Spacious rooms feature either traditional futon bedding on a tatami (woven mat) floor, or carpeting and twin beds. All feature a minimalist interior in neutral colours, with a Japanese-style as well as a Western seating area and an LCD TV. Guests can unwind in a soothing natural hot spring, which is separate for men and women. Arimoto Grand Hotel houses a souvenir shop, drinks vending machines and limited free parking. Authentic Japanese cuisine featuring fresh seafood is served at restaurant Shioji in a stylish contemporary setting, and in more traditional surroundings at Kappo Karaku. The Miyajima Arimoto also offers a coffee lounge, a bar and a Japanese noodle restaurant. Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto is less than a 5-minute walk from the beautiful Pagoda Goju-no-To and historical Senjokaku Hall. The Miyajima Ferry Terminal is a 10-minute walk away.
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    • Miyajima Seaside Hotel
      Mid-range
      Only a 5-minute drive from Miyajima Ferry Port with its free shuttle, beautiful ocean views can be enjoyed from Miyajima Seaside Hotel. The hotel features a public bath, a karaoke room and free WiFi at the lobby. Japanese-style rooms feature a tatami (woven mat) floor and shoji sliding paper screens. Some rooms offer tranquil views of the Seto Inland Sea. They are fitted with an LCD TV, a mini-fridge and traditional futon beds. An en suite bathroom and yukata robes are provided. Guests can savour Japanese dishes for breakfast and a traditional Japanese set menu for dinner. Miyajima Hotel houses a soothing hot public bath, a souvenir shop and free-use laundry facilities. Drinks vending machines are on-site, and free parking is available. Seaside Hotel Miyajima is a 5-minute drive from the Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, a Unesco World Heritage Site. It's a 5-minute drive from Senjokaku Hall, and an 8-minute drive from Daisho-in Temple. Miyajima Ropeway lift is a 5-minute shuttle and a 20-minute walk away.
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    • Kikunoya
      Mid-range
      Just a 7-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kikunoya has free on-site parking upon prior reservation. Combining modern design with a homely decor, Kikunoya Hotel offers both Western and Japanese-style rooms. Entertainment options include cable channels and a DVD player. Certain rooms include an en suite bathroom. Toiletries and slippers are provided for in the private and shared bathroom. A Japanese breakfast set is available for an extra fee. Dinner is available at Kikunoya. The hotel is a 15-minute walk from the Miyajima Sanbashi Ferry stop, and a free shuttle is available. JR Hiroshima Train Station is 28 km away.
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    • Sakuraya
      Mid-range
      Renewed in 2013, Sakuraya offers affordable Japanese-style rooms with mountain or sea views. Free Wi-Fi is available at the public areas. Miyajima Ferry Terminal is a 3-minute walk away. The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Each comes with a flat-screen TV and an electric kettle with green tea bags. All rooms have a private toilet, and some have shared bathroom facilities. The shared bath is available between 15:00-23:00 daily. Luggage storage is offered at the front desk and drink vending machines are on site. Guests can enjoy fresh oysters at the property. Sakuraya Inn is a 10-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine and Momijidani Park. Miyajima Ropeway is a 15-minute walk away. No meals are served.
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    • Mizuhasou
      Budget-friendly
      Located right in front of Miyajima Aquarium and a 5-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine's exit, Mizuhasou offers accommodations in a modern yet traditional d?cor. Free Wi-Fi is available at the entire building. Miyajima Ferry Terminal is a 15-minute walk away. The air-conditioned rooms feature a seating area, a flat-screen TV and a fridge. Rooms include a private toilet but bathrooms are shared. Japanese Yukata robes and room wear are provided for all guests, and you can choose to stay in either Japanese or Western-style rooms. Mizuhasou Inn is a 10-minute walk from Momijidani Park and a 15-minute walk from Momijidani Ropeway Station. Traditional multi-course meals are served for dinner and a Japanese set menu for breakfast. Japanese-style hotel Mizuhasou specialises in fresh seafood and exquisitely prepared local seasonal dishes. Meals are served at the dining room.
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    • Aki Grand Hotel & Spa
      Luxury
      Located along Hiroshima's shoreline opposite Miyajima Island, known for World Heritage Site, Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Aki Grand Hotel offers western and Japanese style rooms, free parking and 4 dining options. Hiroshima Station is a 30-minute train ride away. Aki Grand Hotel provides a free shuttle service to Miyajima Station, which is a 5-minute drive away. Free on-site private parking area is available for guests. Free WiFi is available in all rooms. Aki Grand Hotel rooms are air-conditioned and come with a TV and private bathroom with amenities. Japanese style rooms are fitted with tatami mats. During the summer, guests can enjoy the outdoor swimming pool and Beer Terrace on the Seaside Deck. Aki Grand also has a public hot spring bath and sauna. Guests can reserve a private open-air hot spring bath with Itsukushima Shrine views. Activities at the hotel include a night cruising tour of the World Heritage Sites. Italian and Japanese food using local ingredients are offered at Aki Grand Hotel's 3 restaurants. The on-site lounge bar offers a cosy atmosphere for a refreshing drink. Hiroshima Airport is a 90-minute train and bus ride away from the hotel.
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    • OUCHI HOTEL Miyajimaguchi
      Mid-range
      Set 700 metres from Itsukushima Shrine, OUCHI HOTEL Miyajimaguchi offers accommodation with a balcony and free WiFi. All units here are air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV, a living room with a sofa, a well-equipped kitchen and a private bathroom with shower, slippers and a hairdryer. Daisho-in Temple is 1.5 km from the apartment, while Five Storey Pagoda is 2.5 km from the property.
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