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.

At Hiroshima station

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.

Please refer Hiroshima station guide to get some more information in the link below:

Hiroshima station guide

Take a train to Miyajimaguchi

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.

Catch ferry to Miyajima

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 timetable, 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 terminal.

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

  1. Hi! We are a family of 4 , traveling from Tokyo at past 5pm to Hiroshima, then the following day in the afternoon, go to Miyajima, overnight in a Ryokan. Then we plan to go to Naoshima on the 3rd day for the museums Do we need to go back to Hiroshima from Miyajima? We have a JR pass. Can we use it to go to Naoshima? Can we use our JR pass for transfers in Naoshima too? We plan to spend a night in Naoshima, tour the museums, then head for Osaka /Kyoto for 3 days then back to Tokyo for our flights back home. 8 days total stay in Japan.

    1. Hi Peggy,

      You need to go back to Hiroshima from Miyajima to catch Shinkansen. You can take Shinkansen from Hiroshima to Okayama and then change to local train to Uno. JR pass covers your trip until you get Uno. After Uno, you will take ferry and it’s not covered by JR pass.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hello,
    I am traveling to Japan next month and I would like to visit Nachi falls. My question is can I use my JR pass from Wakayama to Kii-Katsuura for the LTD exp. Kuroshio train?

    thanks,

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