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    To Hiroshima by bullet train

    by toonsarah Written Dec 11, 2013

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    We travelled to Hiroshima by bullet train on a day trip from Osaka. There are several trains an hour from Shin-Osaka station, and the journey takes about 90 minutes. The trip was covered by our JR passes. As this was an independent day out, rather than part of our tour, we had no pre-booked seat reservations. We could have queued for some at the station before boarding but decided to take a chance on finding seats in one of the unreserved seating carriages (carriages 1-5 on our 16 carriage train, and usually 1-3 on the shorter 8 carriage ones). This was a good call, as lots of people got off in Osaka and it was easy to find seats together.

    On the return journey too we did the same thing. The train was fairly quiet and we had a good journey enjoying watching the scenery flash past and reviewing our photos of a fascinating day out.

    But that is leaping ahead. On arriving here in the morning we made our way to the main sights by trolley bus

    Bullet train at Hiroshima Station Hiroshima Station
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    go to Hiroshima by train

    by globetrott Written Nov 22, 2014

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    go to Hiroshima by train

    There is an excellent train-system in Japan and to Hiroshima you will be able to get by the socalled Bullet Train/Shinkansen, a high-speed train that takes you there from Osaka,Tokyo, or Fukuoka in a top-speed of around 300km/h.
    From Osaka for instance the trainride will be around 90 minutes to Hiroshima and it is a special experience to ride such a fast train ! From Tokyo it will take 6 hours by train to Hiroshima.
    Trains are very comfortable and fast in Japan and also quite expensive, BUT as a tourist you will be able to buy a trainpass for 7 days or more - see my link below !
    These trainpasses will be available only abroad and never in Japan, so book that over the internet or your travelagent before you get there !!!

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    Ferry

    by Ines28 Updated Jul 10, 2005

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    Hiroshima is an important port with ferry connections to other cities and even to South Korea (where we came from). We also took the ferry to Matsuyama on Shikoku which costs Y 2600 and takes 2 3/4 hours. There are 10 ferries daily, and additional 10 fast ferries (1 1/4 hours) costing Y5800.
    This is an easy and comfortable way to travel, and it's inexpensive if you have the time to take the slower services.

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    To Hiroshima on a cruise

    by globetrott Written Nov 22, 2014

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    To Hiroshima on a cruise

    I came to Hiroshima on a cruise and we had a full day from 09.00am till 07.00pm in order to explore Miajima and Hiroshima from there. It was heavily raining almost all day long but it was a great and interesting day anyway.
    Ships will be able to dock in Hiroshima, but the port is in some distance from the tourist-sights of interest !
    In port you will find a tourist-information centre with maps and brochures and when we came back from our tour we also were offered a glass of a local drink, served the traditional way see it in my last 2 photos !

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    Bullet train!

    by Travel2write Written Jun 4, 2005

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    Took the bullet train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima and back.

    The Tokaido Shinkansen, connecting Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka, was inaugurated in the year 1964 as the first shinkansen line and the world's first high speed train. In 1964 the trains already run with speeds of about 200 km/h. Nowadays they reach speeds of over 300 km/h.

    Make sure you look at round trip and save!

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    To/From Matsuyama

    by salisbury3933 Updated Sep 11, 2014

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    There are both a fast and a slow ferry connecting Matsuyama with Hiroshima, and these go frequently. The fast ferry takes an hour, and the slow one is two and a half hours and about half the price, most recently 3900 yen.

    A trip across the Seto Inland Sea on a nice day is one to be savoured. Excellent scenery and with it being an inland sea, rarely will the journey be choppy.

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    From Tokyo JR Station in...

    by Sharrie Updated Sep 12, 2002

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    From Tokyo JR Station in downtown Tokyo, it took me 5 hours by Hikari bullet train (there's one every 1/2 hour). For a 7-day pass, you get to travel across Japan as many times as you wish. The 7-day pass costs 28300 yen (US$240).

    The bullet trains naturally.

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    Getting to Hiroshima

    by Rabbityama Written Aug 25, 2012

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    Hiroshima is one of Japan's most popular destinations. As such, it is one of the main Shinkansen Stations on the Sanyo Line.

    From Tokyo it only takes 6 hours to reach Hiroshima, just over 2 hours from Nagoya, about 1.5 hours from Shin-Osaka, 1 hour from Fukuoka (Hakata Station), and under 3 hours from Kagoshima.

    From Okayama it takes only 30 minutes by Shinkansen or you could save money and take the local trains, which takes about 2.5 hours.

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    Bullet Train/Shinkansen

    by salisbury3933 Written Sep 11, 2014

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    Whilst Hiroshima does have its own airport located some way out of town, the Shinkansen is a great way to get to Hiroshima if you are coming from Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka or points in between. Between Tokyo and Hiroshima it is almost 50/50 really as to the number of people who fly or take the train as the train journey is 4 hours.

    As for me, the train wins.

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    Shinkansen.

    by Sharrie Updated Sep 16, 2002

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    From Tokyo JR Station in downtown Tokyo, it took me 5 hours by Hikari bullet train (there's one every 1/2 hour). For a 7-day pass, you get to travel across Japan as many times as you wish. The 7-day pass costs 28300 yen (US$240).

    The bullet trains naturally.

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    BULLET TRAIN - SHINKANSEN

    by kiwigal_1 Updated Jun 21, 2004

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    Hiroshima has a Shinkansen station which is connected to Osaka and Tokyo in the north and Fukuoka in the south. The closest International Airport would be either Fukuoka or Osaka.

    The Shinkansen is by far the most convenient way to travel around Japan. Unfortunately it isn't very cheap! Luckily there is a Japan JR Rail Pass available to foreign travellers. See the JR East website for details:

    It must be bought abroad and stamped in Japan before you can use it. There are several options including one week (unlimited JR travel except for the super fast Nozomi service), two week, JR East and JR West passes. Check with your local travel agent for the best option or click on the link to see for yourself!

    Here is a link to a very cool page that lets you see the routing between cities/stations/ports within Japan. It will tell you the route and includes the cost and time. http://www.jorudan.co.jp/english/norikae/.

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    The Bullet Train

    by Ike_2005 Written May 29, 2005

    High speed railroad gets you there and back in a hurry. This train hauls ass!!! It's kind of expensive, but worth it. From Fukuoka to Hiroshima ran about $100.00. The best part about the train is there is a smoking car and you can drink onboard.

    Me and the Bullet Train
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    From Tokyo:It takes 4.5hours...

    by Amelie0621 Written Aug 25, 2002

    From Tokyo:It takes 4.5hours and costs about 18000yen(one-way) by train(Shinkansen).By airplane, it takes 1.5hours and costs about 27000yen(one-way).
    From Kyoto:It takes about 2hours and costs 11000yen by train.
    Trams are useful.They'er easier and cheaper to use than buses.(I think buses are too difficult for tourists.) It takes 15min and cost 120yen from Hiroshima station to city central.But, you can walk from the station to city centaral.It's not so far.

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    Riding the Bullet - Shinkansen to Hiroshima

    by Ewingjr98 Written Dec 14, 2014

    Japan has one of the most extensive and advanced rail systems in the world with numerous private and municipal companies providing service local and long distance, usually at reasonable prices compared to other forms of transportation. One of the most outstanding examples of Japan's trains is the Shinkansen, which literally means "new trunk line." This train can travel at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour, and extends from the south of Kyushu to the north of Honshu, with an extension under construction to connect Hokkaido to the far north. The first Shinkansen route, the Tokaido Line, was constructed between Tokyo and Osaka in 1964, and the system has since expanded to almost 1,500 miles of track.

    The Shinkansen is expensive and the tickets are somewhat complex. Tickets are comparable to airline rates, about 12,000 Yen each way between Yokohama and Kyoto, for a two-hour journey. You might be able to save using a Japan Rail Pass, but be aware that you cannot use a rail pass on the fastest Nozomi Trains. Some Shinkansen trains require two tickets for a single journey (like our Shin-Yokohama to Shin-Osaka trip), but others only need one ticket (Kyoto to Shin-Yokohama), with the first ticket used for the Shinkansen itself and the second for the regular connecting trains if applicable.

    The Shinkansen is great for its frequency, timeliness, and convenience. Trains on the busiest routes run every 10-15 minutes, and they are almost always on time. Unlike air travel, ticket prices don't change every day, and there is minimal security or other hassles. You can walk up to the Shinkansen station 5-10 minutes before the next train departs, and you can usually get a non-reserved seat without problems, and be on board in no time. Nothing is easier!

    In Hiroshima, the Shinkansen trains stop at Hiroshima Station, where you can transfer quickly to Hiroshima Electric Railway streetcard. This station originally opened in 1894.

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    Shinkansen

    by tompt Updated Oct 30, 2002

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    Hiroshima can be easily reached with a shinkansen train from Osaka.

    In Hiroshima the tram is the way to go.

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