How to access to Miyajima from Hiroshima by local train. No extra charge for Japan Rail Pass user.

Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima

Miyajima is one of the World Heritage site in Japan. It is very popular destination for the tourists.

You can access to Miyajima by Japan Rail Pass with no extra charge. But you have to take a local train and Ferry. I show you some images and explain how to get there.

*The information in this article is current at the time of writing.

You can take Hikari Railstar from Shin-Osaka or Hakata that offer you more comfortable seat.
You can take Hikari or Sakura from Shin-Osaka or Hakata that offer you more comfortable seat.

First of all take Shinkansen to get Hiroshima. After get off Shinkansen at Hiroshima, move to platform 1, Sanyo Line bound for Miyajima-guchi and Iwakuni. You will see the sign for Miyajima. You will find the platform very easily. The local trains are operated every 15 minutes in daytime, 10 minutes in peak time. So if you miss the train, the next train will come shortly.

You will find this sign at Hiroshima station.
You will find this sign at Hiroshima station.

Now you go to Miyajima-guchi by a local train. You will have English announcement in Shinkansen, but the local trains don’t. So you should know how many stations you have between Hiroshima and Miyajima-guchi. Miyajima-guchi will be 9th station from Hiroshima. It takes about 30 minutes.

You will see the ferry terminal from the Miyajima-guchi station. It's just steps away!
You will see the ferry terminal from the Miyajima-guchi station. It's just steps away!

After get off the train at Miyajima-guchi, you will transfer to Ferry. You will see the ferry terminal at the entrance of Miyajima-guchi station. It is only 3 minutes away. We have two ferry services at Miyajima-guchi. You have to take JR Ferry.

Two ferry services to Miyajima. Follow the sign for JR Ferry. It's right side on the above picture.
Two ferry services to Miyajima. Follow the sign for JR Ferry. It's right side on the above picture.

According to the time table, the ferries are operated every 15 minutes. The ferry services are operated every 10 minutes in peak season. Three boats were operated continuously.

Ferry to Miyajima is a small ferry. Only 10 minutes cruise.
Ferry to Miyajima is a small ferry. Only 10 minutes cruise.

It is very short cruise to Miyajima. It takes only 10 minutes. You can see Itukushima Shrine on your right side. Don’t forget your camera.

JR ferry will show you Itsukushima shrine.
JR ferry will show you Itsukushima shrine.
Information center at Miyajima ferry terminal. You can get English map here.
Information center at Miyajima ferry terminal. You can get English map here.

Miyajma is a small island. You can access the world famous Itsukushia shrine on foot from the ferry termnal.

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56 thoughts on “How to access to Miyajima from Hiroshima by local train. No extra charge for Japan Rail Pass user.”

  1. Hi Takeshi,

    Would you clarify how to board the JR Miyajima ferry with the Japan Rail Pass? Do we show our passes like the other passengers showing their normal tickets? Thanks.

    Marty

  2. hi, we will be in osaka sept 1-6. we plan to visit kobe, hiroshima and kobe sanda outlet stores all daytrips the rest of the days we will be in osaka. what pass shd i get to be able to save with these trips that we plan to take? thank you so much

      1. thank you takeshi. so we will purchase the kansai hiroshima area pass then the airport shuttle from KIX. we will be staying at cross hotel osaka. so, i can purchase online the pass right? that way we can save ¥2000 for 2.

  3. Hi Takeshi-san,

    Hope you are doing well.
    Great tips you have given. I will soon be traveling to Japan with my mother and brother.
    Yes, the railway system is still somewhat confusing for me. We will land in Tokyo on the 23rd of July 2016, leave for Kyoto on 26th of July, then to Hiroshima on 28th of July for one night and plan to cover Himeji during this time as well, and finish off in Osaka on the 29th for 2 nights.
    As far as I have understood that we will need to get a JR Tokyo WIDE pass in the beginning. In Osaka we will get a daily subway pass which will be 800 yen/person. What I’m confused about is which pass to get for city-to-city travels. If i get the Kansai area WIDE pass then it doesn’t cover Hiroshima.

    Kindly help me out. It would be of great help to get back to me as soon as possible.
    Hoping to hear from you.
    Thanks.

    Best Regards,
    Uzma Idris Kunwar

    1. Hi Uzma san,

      Your choice is JR pass 7 days.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/japan-rail-pass-user-guide-how-to-use-jr-pass-to-its-maximum.html

      You can use it for the first 7 days of your trip and it will cover until you get Osaka on 29th. You can start using pass right after you arrive in Tokyo. It will cover all JR train trips, such as local trains in cities, like Kyoto, Tokyo. And it covers Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo to Kyoto, Kyoto to Hiroshima, Hiroshima to Shin-Osaka via Himeji.

      You may use subway pass in Osaka and you may use other deal for access to Kansai airport.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/how-to-choose-discount-railway-ticket-and-pass-in-kansai-area.html#Osaka_area
      http://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/airport-access/kansai-kix/how-to-choose-the-deals-for-access-tofrom-kansai-airport.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takeshi-san,

        Thank you so much for your prompt reply. Since then I have been looking up all the details and trying to get in touch with the authorized sales agent before getting back to you.

        Unfortunately the travel agency in the country I will depart from does not sell the JR pass any more. The official JR website that you mentioned does not have a ‘Buy online option’. I don’t know if the other websites are reliable and official sellers of the JR pass or not.

        These are the websites I’v come across.
        1. http://www.jrpass.com
        2. https://www.japan-rail-pass.com
        3. http://www.jrpassonline.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=12_11&products_id=39

        How would you recommend I buy the pass?

        Thank you for your help.
        Hoping to hear from you soon.

        Best Regards,
        Uzma Idris Kunwar

  4. Thank you for all your advice. In Hiroshima can I buy a day pass ticket for Hiroden and local trains and ferry to Miyajima or do I need to buy a ticket for each separately? I am bringing some of my students to Hiroshima and although we won’t have a JR Pass we would like to do some local travel to Miyajima.
    Thank you again for your help,
    Robert

      1. Hi Takeshi, thank you for your quick reply. Does this pass also include the ferry trip as well? Thank you again for your advice.

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