Getting to Miyajima couldn’t be easier. You first take the tram to the Miyajima-guchi station – red line on the tram map. The station is the last stop on the line...20 stops from Hiroshima station and 10 stops from the A-Bomb Dome stop. The fare to Miyajima-guchi is more than the normal fare at ¥250.
Once you reach the station cross over to the harbour and get a ticket for the Miyajima ferry. There are two companies operating the route to the island. If you have the JR pass, the JR ferry ride is free. Because I had the pass I don’t know how much the ferry actually is...sorry
The Hiroshima tram system is a convenient but slow way to get around the city. The quality of the trams themselves vary drastically from spanking new ones to old rattling streetcars inherited from all over the country.
There are seven main lines which traverse the city, with 4 lines serving Hiroshima JR Station. The normal fare is ¥150 within the city but stretches to ¥250 for Miyajima-guchi (for ferries to Miyajima)
You pay as you leave the tram and the payment is usually to the drivers themselves. There are separate entry and exit doors
Hiroshima is well served by the Sanyo line on the JR network. From Tokyo, the journey will take around 4 hours by Nozomi Shinkansen or 5 by Hikari, from Okayama about 40 minutes. Using the rail pass will mean that you cannot travel by Nozomi so you will have to use the Hikari Shinkansen and then change to the Rail Star along the way. As is the amazing norm with the Japan rail system, the changes are usually like clockwork and you won’t have to wait long for your connection.
Arriving in Hiroshima you will be able to get to central Hiroshima easily by using the regular tram service.
There are some interesting islands around Hiroshima and you can get there by ferry. There are departures from City Pier, Prefectural Pier or a bit further to the west of town from Miyajimaguchi Ferry Terminal (from here to Miyajima it takes 10 minutes only).
To get to the peace memorial park take the tram from outside the main Hiroshima station and you need the one going to Hiroshima port via Kamiyacho (there are six different lines to choose from). Best to check "kono densya wa a bomb dome ikimasuka?". You get on the trams anywhere but the front and get off at the front paying as you exit. All the stops are announced in Japanese, but the A Bomb Dome is announced in English as well, so easy to know when to get off.
Getting back to the station is easier just look at the front for one that says Hiroshima station.
From the A Bomb Dome you need to walk around the park and there is information on the various monuments here on my things to do tips here or from the city of Hiroshima site.
We took half a day in Hiroshima by Shinkansen from Kyoto and combined the trip with half a day at Miyajima Island. In March 2005 there was a direct Hikari train from Kyoto to Hiroshima that took approx 2 hours. Getting back required a change, but again approx 2 hours.
Hiroshima has an airfield, but can be best reached within the country by Shinkansen (bullet-train).
The town has a unique tramway. Added by busservices, you can easily get around in Hiroshima.
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