Hiroshima Guide

Hiroshima Guide

Pic: Agustin Rafael Reyes used under CC

Hightlights

The A-Bomb Dome and Peace Park, Miyajima, Onomichi, Inland Sea

Despite the passage of almost 70 years, the name Hiroshima is still synonymous with the horrors of nuclear warfare. The people of the city most definitely haven’t forgotten, but they have moved on. The city is modern and cosmopolitan with well-developed infrastructure. Hiroshima is more than just the city too, it’s the name of the surrounding prefecture which stretches along the Japan Sea from the north east to the south west.

Getting There

RouteAirlineOne-way FareBooking
Tokyo => Hiroshima Spring Japan ¥8,725 (US$80) Details
Tokyo => Hiroshima ANA ¥11,746 (US$108) Details
Tokyo => Hiroshima Japan Airlines ¥11,898 (US$109) Details
Tokyo => Hiroshima Ibex Airlines ¥13,562 (US$124) Details

Although Hiroshima Airport does have some international flights, it’s primarily a domestic airport with the majority of flights to and from Haneda Airport in Tokyo, although passenger volume has been decreasing in recent years as the Shinkansen continue to cut the travel time from Tokyo to Hiroshima with faster and faster trains. Regular return fares are about 25,000 yen if booked in advance, and if your destination is Hiroshima city, the bus will cost about 1,340 yen for the 50-minute journey.
The fastest Shinkansen (bullet train) will take you from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4 hours and from Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima in 1 hour and 22 minutes. A one-way ticket from Tokyo costs 18,040yen and from Osaka 9,710 yen. If traveling on a JR Pass the return trip from Tokyo to Hiroshima alone more than pays for the pass. You won’t be able to catch the fast Nozomi though so the trip will take longer.
Willer Transport has a bus service that runs from Shinjuku to Hiroshima Station for 8,900yen. The overnight trip takes a gruelling 13 hours.

Getting Around

The JR Sanyo line is the best way to get around within the prefecture. The train from Hiroshima to Miyajimaguchi (where you can catch the ferry to Miyajima) is 410yen and takes 25 minutes. If you’re already in the middle of Hiroshima, getting to Hiroshima Station can take a while so it might be quicker, more convenient (and cheaper) to use the Hiroden tram (streetcar) system (from 190 yen). Line 2 (the Miyajima line) goes all the way to Hiroden Miyajimaguchi station which is a stone’s throw from the ferry terminal.

Where to Go and What to Do

Number one stop is probably going to be the Genbaku (A-Bomb) Dome and Hiroshima Peace Park. Both can be reached from Hiroshima Station using the Hiroden trams. Lines 2 and 6 both run past the area. You should get off at the Genbaku Dome Mae stop (20 minutes, 150 yen).
The other big attraction in Hiroshima is the iconic torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine that appears to float on the surface of the water at high tide. The shrine is on the aforementioned island of Miyajima. The ferry from Miyajimaguchi takes 10 minutes and costs 180 yen.


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