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

  1. Hi,
    I’m planning two weeks photo trip arriving in Osaka mid November. I’ve not fixed my itinerary yet as I’m overwhelmed by too many information from JR pass, rail, travel times, types of train lines and accommodation. Basically this trip is my first time with wife to explore Japan. We are fine to skip Tokyo and modern shopping sites. I’m into photography and I would love to capture some nice scenery and moments. We would love to walk the streets for quaint stores and try some Japan local delights. All at budget.

    Current interest list on hand are below.
    1. Osaka
    2. Kyoto (with Arashiyama, major shrines)
    3. Miyajima (sunset view)
    4. Hakone (Mt Fuji view)
    5. Nara

    Do you think above mentioned places are doable and not tight?
    We are more focus on Kyoto since the autumn red leaves would be round the corner. Intend to cater 6-7 days in Kyoto.

    Should I get JR pass?

    Please feel free to suggest my itinerary. Appreciate your help

    thank you

    regards
    Calvin

    1. Hi Calvin,

      You can use 7 days JR pass. 14 days may be too expensive. But as long as you use 7 days pass for access to Miyajima and Hakone, it will be paid off.
      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

      As you read this post, you can visit Miyajima as day trip from Osaka or Kyoto. Of course you can stay there.

      Hakone is not very closed to Osaka. You need to take Shinkansen and spend 2.5 hours to get Odawara. And the you need to use local transportation to get the heart of Hakone. But after reaching Odawara, JR Pass does not cover any transportation. Hakone Free Pass is recommended. I’m not photographer. But if you want to see Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi is better than Hakone in my opinion. Please find the location and using the pass in Hakone and Fuji, please see the link below:
      http://jprail.com/destinations/chubu-area/fuji-hakone-access-guide-by-train-and-bus-from-both-tokyo-and-osaka-kyoto-nagoya.html

      JR pass covers most part of Osaka and Nara. You can get Kyoto by JR Pass. But most part of Kyoto is not covered by JR pass. You need to take city bus and subway. Those are not covered by JR pass. Please see the link below:
      http://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-kyoto-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html
      http://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-osaka-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/how-to-choose-discount-railway-ticket-and-pass-in-kansai-area.html

      So try to use JR pass for the trip to other than Kyoto. You can use subway and/or bus deal in Kyoto as you need.
      http://www.insidekyoto.com/special-kyoto-bus-train-subway-passes

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hello
    We intend to take a trip to Hiroshima and Kyoto at the end of our Tokyo visit as following:
    31.03.2016 Tokyo Haneda To Hiroshima arriving at 08.30 hours
    Visit Hiroshima and Mijiyama
    Stay overnight in Hiroshima
    01.04.2016 Travel from Hiroshima to Kyoto by Shinkansen early Morning

    Take a day tour to Nara and Kyoto.

    Stay overnight in Kyoto or Osaka

    02.04.2016
    Fly back from Osaka to India via Tokyo leaving 0730 am

    Could you suggest the best way to organise and travel especially the train tickets and tours?

    We are travelling with our son 6 years old.

    Thanks !

    1. Hi Aaron,

      You can use 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

      But your trip will be super busy trip. It takes 4 hours to get Hiroshima by Shinkansen. But JR pass covers only Hikari, Sakrua or Kodama. You can find the timetable at the links below. These trains are shown as H, S and K. You cannot take Nozomi (N) and Mizuho (M) by JR pass.
      http://english.jr-central.co.jp/info/timetable/_pdf/westbound.pdf
      http://english.jr-central.co.jp/info/timetable/_pdf/eastbound.pdf

      You can get Tokyo by Monorail and Yamanote line. These are covered by JR pass. You can exchange JR pass at Haneda. I think you will spend at least 1.5 hours to get out Haneda to clear custom, immigration and exchange JR Pass. And spend another 30 minutes to get Tokyo station. And spend another 4 hours to get Hiroshima. So you will get Hiroshima around 14:30. If you go to Miyajima, you will spend another 1 hour from Hiroshima.

      As you see, it’s very very tight trip. I don’t think you can get back to Hiroshima before sunset.
      You will see Kyoto and Nara next day. So you don’t have any extra time to see Hiroshima on day 2 either.

      You can see both Nara and Kyoto in one day. But it may be very tight. It depends on how much you want to see both Kyoto and Nara. Many travelers spend at least one full day for just Kyoto.

      You have to stay in Osaka because Kyoto is too far to catch 7:30 am flight.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. This was great advice! I just wanted to say thank you for your help. One thing only: Miyajima is the ninth stop from Hiroshima!

    Thanks again!

  4. Hi Takeshi,

    I use JR Pass, and if i take a local train from Hiroshima St. to Miyajima-guchi St., do i need to exchange/reserve the ticket on the ticket office, or i only need to show my JR Pass on the information desk (on the corner of ticket gate) without exchange it to the ticket?

    Best regards 😀

  5. Hi Takeshi

    I am planning to travel in Nov.
    My itinerary is to go Miyajima from Kansai AIrport (1 night), then go to Kyoto (3 nights), Kinosaki onsen (1 night) and back to Osaka (2 nights).
    I believe the Kansai-Hiroshima pass is the best option for me. However, I read that I cannot take shinkansen to Kyoto from Hiroshima if I am using this pass. Can you advise what is the fastest way I can get to Kyoto from Hiroshima in this case?
    Will you advise a different route given the places I would like to visit?

    Thank you.

  6. Hello Takeshi -san,

    I want to thank all the tips I read on your blog , they were all very helpful , I printed and took with me on the trip :

    – Use the Narita Express
    – How to go to the Ghibli Museum
    – Use of Yamatoji Line , Nara Line and bus to visit Nara and Kyoto in one day.
    – Using Meipuru -pu to visit Hiroshima sights included in the JR Pass
    – How to access to Miyajima from Hiroshima by local train, because I wanted to visit them on the same day .
    – Eating at Okomi -mura , very good!!
    – Use of Hyperdia was great!
    Thank you and God bless you in your work !!

    Márcia Maemura from Brazil

  7. Hi! Thank you so much for all the steps described before!
    I have a question, how do I return from Miyajima to Hiroshima station? I do have the Japan rail pass, but I don’t know how.
    I hope your answer ASAP.
    Thanks again!

  8. Hi,
    I’m planning to go Japan on 26/11-10/12/2014, my plan as below:

    27/11-29/11 arrive to Haneda airport to tokyo ( 2nite in tokyo )
    29/11-2/12 – from tokyo to nagoya (3nites at nagoya)
    72/12-3/12 – from nagoya to osaka (2nites in osaka)
    4/12-5/12- from osaka to hiroshima (1nite in hiroshima)
    5/12-7/12- from hiroshima to fukuoka (2 nites in fukuoka)
    7/12-9/12- from fukuoka to tokyo (3nites in tokyo)
    10/12/14 – from tokyo to haneda airport

    kindly advise does JR rail pass coved all this area? What is your suggection for th above plannin?

    Does JR rail pass covered from tokyo to disneyland?

    Thanks.

    from,
    jess

    From

    1. Hi Jess,

      All part of your trip will be covered by JR Pass. But when you take Shinkansen, Nozomi and Mizuho are not covered by JR pass. Please see the timetable below:
      http://english.jr-central.co.jp/info/timetable/_pdf/eastbound.pdf
      http://english.jr-central.co.jp/info/timetable/_pdf/westbound.pdf

      You may find “N”, “H”, “K”, “M” and “S”. N and M means Nozomi and Mizuho. You can’t take these trains by JR Pass.
      When you travel from Hakata (Fukuoka) to Tokyo, there is no direct trains other than Nozomi. You have to change the trains at Okayama or Shin-Osaka. And also it will be more than 5 hours trip. If you don’t want to take trains for such a long hours, you may stay in Osaka on the way back. If you travel from Nagoya to Hiroshima, it will be 3 hours trip. (but you have to change the trains at Shin-Osaka).

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

  9. Hi Takeshi,
    Thank you for the fare comparisons.
    May I know, from Fukuoka to Tokyo, is there a direct Shinkansen to Tokyo?
    If not, which Shinkansen and which station I need to change train?

    Regards,
    Mrs ong

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