Miyajima is one of the World Heritage sites in Japan, and also this is called one of “Three Views in Japan” with Matsushima and Amanohashidate.
You can access to Miyajima by Japan Rail Pass with no extra charge. But you have to take a local train and Ferry. I will explain the access to Miyajima with some images in this article.
Access to Hiroshima by the Shinkansen
Take the Shinkansen to get to Hiroshima. There are several kinds of trains on Sanyo Shinkansen, but all Shinkansen trains stop at Hiroshima.
After get off the Shinkansen train at Hiroshima, move to platform 1.
The Sanyo Line local train bound for Miyajima-guchi and Iwakuni depart from this platform usually. You will see the sign for Miyajima and find the platform very easily.
A local train operates every 15 minutes in daytime, 10 minutes in peak time. So even if you miss a train, next one comes up shortly.
Take a local train to get to Miyajimaguchi. Miyajimaguchi is 9th station from Hiroshima. A travel time is about 30 minutes.
Please refer Hiroshima station guide to get some more information in the link below:
At Miyajimaguchi station
Miyajimaguchi is the gateway for Miyajima. You have to change a train and a ferry at Miyajimaguchi.
Miyajimaguchi station is a small station. There are only two platforms and three tracks. Usually a train from Hiroshima arrives at the platform with the station building. You can exit a station through this building.
After exiting the station, you will find the ferry port building at the end of the street. Just go down this street to the end. It is only 3 minutes away.
You will find many signage on the way even though it is super easy.
At the ferry port
The ferry service runs every 10 to 15 minutes.
It is very short cruise to Miyajima. It takes only 10 minutes. The famus Big Torii Gate of Itukushima Shrine is usually on your right side.
After arrival in the Miyajima port, just get off a ferry and go through the building.
Access to the Itsukushima shrine
Miyajima is a small island. You can access to the world famous Itsukushia shrine on foot from the ferry terminal.
The last word
Miyajima is very easy to access and it is definitely worth visiting.
Actually you can visit both Hiroshima and Miyajima by a day trip from Osaka. If you have very tight schedule but want to visit there, consider this option. Please find the link below to find the sample itinerary:
Hope this post will help you build your trip plan to Miyajima.