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How to get to Hiroshima

Hiroshima is located in the Chugoku region, in the southern part of the country. It is about 800 km from Tokyo, 350 km from Osaka/Kyoto and 250 km from Fukuoka.

By train

From Tokyo

If you are a Japan Rail Pass holder, you can freely take a Hikari shinkansen from Tokyo (Tokyo station or Shinagawa station) to Osaka (Shin Osaka station), and then in Osaka change to a Sakura shinkansen to Hiroshima station. The whole journey takes about 5 hours and would cost 18.050 YEN one way without JRP.
There are also some direct shinkansen Tokyo-Hiroshima without any change, the Nozomi, whick take about 4 hours but they are not covered by the Japan Rail Pass, so you must buy the ticket which costs 17,550 YEN.

From Osaka

From Osaka there are the Nozomi and Mizuho shinkansen, which take about 90 minutes and ARE NOT covered by the Japan Rail Pass, and the Sakura shinkansen, which take the same 90 minutes but they are covered by the Japan Rail Pass. There are also the Kodama shinkansen but they take half an hour more to arrive to Hiroshima, so there's no reason to take them.
For those who do not have the JRP, a one way ticket costs 10,150 YEN.

From Fukuoka

From Fukuoka (Hakata station) you can take the Mizuho shinkansen, whick take an hour and ARE NOT covered by the Japan Rail Pass, or the Sakura shinkansen, covered by the JRP, which take about 70 minutes. There are also the Kodama shinkansen but they take half an hour more to arrive to Hiroshima, so there's no reason to take them.
For those who do not have the JRP, a one way ticket costs 8,900 YEN.

By bus

The bus company Willer Express provides direct connections to Hiroshima from Tokyo (12 hours, from 8,900 YEN), Osaka (6 hours and a half, from 4,500 YEN), Kyoto (7 hours and a half, froma 4,500 YEN), Nagoya, Fukuoka and other cities.
The bus station is located in front of the nort exit (Shinkansen entrance) of Hiroshima station.
For more information about timetables and prices, and book directly online, you can visit the official website (also in english).

The Chugoku JR Bus company (http://www.chugoku-jrbus.co.jp/) also offers numerous connections from Hiroshima to many cities of Japan, but their site is in Japanese only, so for more information you should ask on site.

In any case, Willer Express buses are usually the cheapest buses.

By airplane

Hiroshima Airport is located about 40 km from the city and is connected to the cities of Tokyo, Sapporo, Sendai and Okinawa.

On this airport don't operate low-cost airlines, but only the majormajor Japan Airlines and ANA.

OObviously, prices are very high, except for flights to Tokyo (Haneda) which are in competition with the shinkansen.
For this route you can find one-way flights starting from about 10.000 YEN, if you don't have the Japan Rail Pass and don't want to travel by overnight bus, it is the cheapest option available, but you have to book 1 or 2 months in advance.

Attention: if you want to search for these japanese internal flights, it's better to use the airlines official websites (in this case JAL or ANA) instead of websites like expedia or lastminute.com.


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