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How to get to Hiroshima

last update: September 30, 2022
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 and Kyoto and 250 km from Fukuoka. The city is served not only by long-distance buses and local trains, but also by high-speed shinkansen trains and a small international airport.

By train

From Tokyo

If you are a Japan Rail Pass holder, you can take a Hikari shinkansen from Tokyo to Shin Osaka (or sometimes Shin Kobe depending on the timetable), and then change to a Sakura shinkansen to Hiroshima station. The whole journey takes about 5 hours and without the Japan Rail Pass it would cost 18,950¥ one way, with the Japan Rail Pass it's free. There are also some direct Tokyo-Hiroshima shinkansen, the Nozomi, which take about 4 hours but are not covered by the Japan Rail Pass. If you don't have this pass, you might as well get a nozomi, as they are faster and cost slightly less (19,440 ¥).

From Osaka, Kobe

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 always take around 90 minutes but are covered by the Japan Rail Pass. There would also be the Kodama shinkansen but they take half an hour longer to arrive and it's not worth choosing them. For non-Japan Rail Pass holders, a one-way ticket costs approximately 10,000¥. You can also take these trains from nearby Kobe (Shin Kobe Station). Alternatively, making two or three changes along the way, it is not impossible to make this route also by local train: it will take from 6 to 7 hours and the cost is about 6000¥.

From Kyoto

Kyoto and Hiroshima are connected to each other by direct Nozomi trains, which take about 95 minutes and, as already mentioned, are not covered by the Japan Rail Pass. Otherwise, a transfer from a Hikari or Kodama train to a Sakura train at Shin-Osaka station is required and the journey will take approximately two hours. The normal one-way fare from Kyoto to Hiroshima is approximately 11,000¥.

From Fukuoka

From Fukuoka (Hakata station) you can take the Mizuho shinkansen, which take about an hour but are not covered by the Japan Rail Pass, or the Sakura shinkansen, covered by the Japan Rail Pass and which take approximately 70 minutes. For non-holders of a Japan Rail Pass, a one-way ticket costs approximately 9,200¥.
hiroshima station Hiroshima Station

By bus

The city's main long-distance bus stations are sometimes located near the north exit of Hiroshima station, most often at the Hiroshima Bus Center in the city center, near the Peace Park and inside the Sogo department store.

Willer Express

The low-cost bus company Willer Express offers direct connections to Hiroshima on both day and night buses (highly recommended so as not to lose precious time), from various locations in Japan: from Tokyo (12 hours, from 6,000¥), Osaka (6.5 hours, from 3,200¥), Kyoto (7 hours, from 3,500¥), and other smaller cities. For more information on schedules and prices, and to book directly online, you can visit the Willer Express official website (also in English).

Chugoku JR Bus

Moreover, the company Chugoku JR Bus (official website) offers numerous connections from Hiroshima to various cities in Japan, however the website is less targeted to foreign tourists and a bit more difficult to use. Rates are similar to Willer Express or slightly higher. We recommend that you consider Chugoku JR Bus for routes not listed on the Willer Express website.
hiroshima bus center the Sogo department store with the Hiroshima Bus Center inside

By plane

Hiroshima Airport is located about 40 km from the city and offers several national daily connections with the cities of Tokyo, Sapporo, Sendai and Okinawa. There are also often some international connections, in particular with Hong Kong and Shanghai. This airport is mainly operated by the major companies Japan Airlines and ANA, with fares starting from around 10-12,000¥ each way. The regional company Ibex also flies to Sendai, while to Tokyo Narita there is also the low-cost company Spring Airlines, with fares starting from 8000 ¥ each way.

How to get to the center of Hiroshima from the airport

The airport is connected to the city of Hiroshima and other cities in the region by frequent buses. In particular, there are two lines for the city of Hiroshima. One connects the airport to the north exit of JR Hiroshima Station (45 minutes), another to the Hiroshima Bus Center near Peace Park (55 minutes). The rates are the same, ie 1300¥ one way or 2360 ¥ round trip (return within 7 days). Learn more about these and other connections on the airport website.
hiroshima airport Hiroshima Airport

Guided tours, activities and other things to do

If you are planning a trip to Japan and you want to do something more than just visiting famous places and monuments, we suggest you to use Rakuten Travel Experiences.

How to use Rakuten Travel Experiences

Rakuten Travel is a very useful website to enrich your travel experience, especially if you are going solo or it's your first time in Japan.
Because of the language barrier (and more), in Japan it is very difficult to interact with the locals and to get off the tourist track.
Thanks to Rakuten Travel you can find a lot of interesting and sometimes unique guided tours and activities all over Japan (and not only in Japan), that you would otherwise never be able to enjoy.
But there's more: on Rakuten Travel you can also buy tickets for several famous attractions, events, transportation and other useful services for tourists. Last but not least, you can reserve a table in hundreds of restaurants.

Some examples

Take a look at Rakuten Travel Experiences

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