Hiroshima to Miyajima ferry: Public transportation in Japan. With JR pass. Backpacking Japan itinerary.

This guide on how to get to the Miyajima ferry station from Hiroshima goes along with this itinerary on how to spend a perfect one day on Miyajima island.

 

Hiroshima to Miyajima ferry with JR pass. Backpacking Japan

 

Spending a couple of nights in Hiroshima can be a good idea so that you can take in both Hiroshima and Miyajima more slowly.

You could easily spend at least half a day, if not a full day just exploring all that the Hiroshima peace memorial park has to offer. This includes the park itself, the museum, and the hall of remembrance.

These are important things to know before you visit the Hiroshima peace park.

 

Hiroshima to Miyajima with JR pass: Hiroshima atomic bomb dome at peace memorial park. Backpacking Japan.

 

And you can easily spend a full day on Miyajima island!

 

Hiroshima to Miyajima ferry with JR pass one day trip. Best things to do on Miyajima island. Backpacking Japan.

 

So now, is it easy to get from Hiroshima to Miyajima?

Yes, it can be!

 

Miyajima itinerary: How to get to Miyajima island from Hiroshima. Hiroshima to Miyajima ferry with JR pass. Backpacking Japan itinerary.

 

If you’re looking to get to Miyajima using just your JR pass, you basically have one option.

If you don’t have a JR pass, you have many options to get from Hiroshima to the Miyajima ferry station:

  1. JR train to Miyajimaguchi ferry station, then ferry to Miyajima (JR pass option)
  2. Hiroden road tram to Miyajimaguchi ferry station, then ferry to Miyajima
  3. Ferry from Hiroshima peace park direct to Miyajima
  4. Ferry from Hiroshima Port direct to Miyajima

For all of these options, whether you have a JR pass or not, you don’t need to book a ticket in advance.

 

Ferry schedules

 

 

Now, for the details…

 

How to get from Hiroshima to Miyajima with a JR pass

Cost with JR pass: FREE!

  • JR TRAIN: Hiroshima station to Miyajimaguchi station on the JR Sanyo main line
    • Time: Around a 30 minute train ride
  • WALK: Miyajimaguchi train station to Miyajimaguchi ferry station
    • Time: Less than 5 minute walk
  • JR FERRY: Take the JR ferry from Miyajimaguchi station to the Miyajima ferry station
    • Time: Around a 10 minute ferry ride

You won’t have to pay anything extra for any portion of the journey if you have a JR pass.

 

How much does it cost to get to Miyajima from Hiroshima WITHOUT a JR pass?

Now, let’s say you’re trying to figure out if you should have your JR pass activated for your trip to Miyajima, or you won’t be traveling around Japan at all with a JR pass.

You may also opt for a more unique or more convenient ferry option if you’re traveling without a JR pass to Miyajima.

Listed prices are approximate just so you can start to get at least a little bit of an idea.

 

Hiroshima to Miyajima ferry: Public transportation in Japan. From Hiroshima station with JR pass. From Hiroshima peace park. From Hiroshima Port. How much time. How much do tickets cost. What are the ferry timings, schedule? Backpacking Japan itinerary.

 

 

Option 1: JR train to Miyajimaguchi ferry station

Cost: US$6

Hiroshima to Miyajima ferry with JR pass: JR ferry Miyajimaguchi station. Backpacking Japan.

 

It’s a reasonable option to take the same route as above with the JR pass.

  • JR TRAIN: Hiroshima station to Miyajimaguchi station on the JR Sanyo main line
    • Time: Around a 30 minute train ride
    • Cost: 410 yen (US$4)
  • WALK: Miyajimaguchi train station to Miyajimaguchi ferry station
    • Less than 5 minute walk
  • FERRY: Take the next ferry from Miyajimaguchi station to the Miyajima ferry station
    • Time: Around a 10 minute ferry ride
    • Cost: 180 yen (US$2)

 

 

Option 2: Hiroden road tram to Miyajimaguchi ferry station

Cost: US$5

Hiroshima to Miyajima ferry with JR pass: Hiroden Miyajimaguchi station from Hiroshima station. Backpacking Japan.

 

HIRO-DEN = Hiroshima + dentei (electric station)

  • HIRODEN ROAD TRAM: Hiroden Hiroshima station to Hiroden Miyajimaguchi station
    • Time: Around 1 hour 10 minutes
    • Cost: 280 yen (US$3)
  • WALK: Hiroden Miyajimaguchi station to Miyajimaguchi ferry station
  • FERRY: Take the next ferry from Miyajimaguchi station to the Miyajima ferry station
    • Time: Around a 10 minute ferry ride
    • Cost: 180 yen (US$2)

As you may notice, this option takes longer.

So why would you want to take the electric train?

It can come down to where you are staying in Hiroshima. And if you want the experience of riding on a train through the streets of Hiroshima. 😉

If you’re arriving to Hiroshima as a trip from Osaka or from Kyoto and going straight to Miyajima, that means you’ll be at the main JR Hiroshima station. So option 1, taking the JR train to Miyajimaguchi, would likely be the best option.

But if you’re staying in Hiroshima overnight and you’re making the trip to Miyajima from elsewhere within the city, it might be more convenient to find a nearby electric train station rather than a JR train station.

There is also a Hiroden station right near the Hiroshima peace memorial park called the Atomic Bomb Dome station.

 

Hiroshima to Miyajima ferry with JR pass: Hiroden Hiroshima station to near Atomic bomb dome, Hiroshima peace memorial park. Backpacking Japan.

 

Public transportation apps to download before your trip to Japan:

  • Google Maps
  • Navitime for Japan Travel

Have these apps on your phone and you’ll become a pro in no time at navigating public transportation in Japan!

Navitime also has an option to search for the best route if you’re traveling with a JR pass.

When you’re ready to head to Miyajima, use your current location to figure out exactly how to get to Miyajima!

 

Getting to the JR ferry station

Hiroshima to Miyajima ferry with JR pass: JR ferry Miyajimaguchi station. Backpacking Japan.

 

Once you reach the Miyajimaguchi JR train station or Hiroden (electric railway) station, it’ll be pretty obvious how to find the JR ferry.

And off you go onto the ferry!

Well, if you don’t have a JR pass or local transportation IC card (icoca, suica, pasmo), you first need to buy your ferry ticket.

 

Hiroshima to Miyajima ferry with JR pass: Miyajimaguchi JR ferry station tickets. Backpacking Japan.

 

JR ferry timings

Hiroshima to Miyajima ferry with JR pass: JR ferry Miyajima station. Backpacking Japan.

 

Schedule for Miyajimaguchi ferry station to Miyajima

JR Miyajima ferry timings schedule: From Miyajimaguchi to Miyajima. From Hiroshima. Backpacking Japan.

 

Schedule for Miyajima to Miyajimaguchi ferry station

JR Miyajima ferry timings schedule: From Miyajima to Miyajimaguchi. From Hiroshima. Backpacking Japan

 

Confirm the JR ferry’s official timings for updated information.

 

Matsudai ferry

There’s also another ferry, the Matsudai ferry, that departs right next to the JR ferry at Miyajimaguchi.

If I’m being honest, I really don’t know what the difference is.

They both are the same price.

The JR ferry claims to be the one that takes you closest to the floating torii during the boat ride.

Maybe the Matsudai ferry has slightly better seating. But it’s a 10 minute ride so no matter which you choose, you’ll probably be okay. 😉

The Matsudai ferry does claim to be environmentally friendly.

In case you are interested in the non-JR ferry from the Miyajimaguchi ferry station, here are the official ferry timings for the Matsudai ferry.

 

 

OPTION 3: Ferry from Hiroshima peace memorial park direct to Miyajima ferry station

Cost: US$18

  • WORLD HERITAGE SEA ROUTE FERRY: Hiroshima peace memorial park to Miyajima ferry station
    • Time: Around 45 minutes
    • Cost: 2,000 yen (US$18)

This might be a convenient option if you are looking to start or end your day at the Hiroshima peace memorial park.

It could be helpful to know what things you want to see at the Hiroshima peace park so you can maximize your couple of hours there.

 

Hiroshima Peace Park ferry timings

Hiroshima to Miyajima ferry with JR pass: Hiroshima peace memorial park ferry near atomic bomb dome. Backpacking Japan.

 

On the ferry timetable below, the first column is departure time, the second column is arrival time.

 

Schedule for Hiroshima Peace Park to Miyajima

From Hiroshima peace memorial park to Miyajima ferry timings schedule. Backpacking Japan.

 

Schedule for Miyajima to Hiroshima Peace Park

From Miyajima to Hiroshima peace memorial park ferry timings schedule. Backpacking Japan

 

Confirm the Hiroshima peace park ferry’s official timings for updated information

 

 

OPTION 4: Ferry from Hiroshima port direct to Miyajima ferry station

Cost: US$17

  • HIGH SPEED FERRY: Hiroshima port to Miyajima ferry station
    • Time: Around 20-30 minutes
    • Cost: 1,850 yen (US$17)

Basically this high speed boat usually departs once an hour, with less frequent timings mid-day.

 

Hiroshima Port ferry timings

Hiroshima to Miyajima ferry with JR pass: Hiroden to Hiroshima port ferry station. Backpacking Japan.

 

On the ferry timetable below, the red indicates Saturday, Sunday, and holiday departures only.

 

Schedule for Hiroshima Port to Miyajima

From Hiroshima port to Miyajima ferry timings schedule. Backpacking Japan

 

Schedule for Miyajima to Hiroshima Port

From Miyajima to Hiroshima port ferry timings schedule. Backpacking Japan.

 

Confirm the Hiroshima port ferry’s official timings for updated information.

 

 

Best things to do on Miyajima island

Hiroshima to Miyajima ferry with JR pass. Best things to do on Miyajima island one day trip. Backpacking Japan.

 

Okay, so now that you have a better idea of how to get to Miyajima, what’s the best way to spend your time on the island?!

 

Here are the best things to do on a day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima:

 

1. Coastal walk with deer sightings

Hiroshima to Miyajima with JR pass: Best things to do in Miyajima for one day trip. Miyajima deer near JR Miyajima ferry station. Backpacking Japan.

 

2. See the torii shrine gate at low tide

Hiroshima to Miyajima with JR pass: Best things to do in Miyajima for one day trip. Floating torii shrine gate at low tide times. Backpacking Japan.

 

3. Walk to the torii gate at low tide

Hiroshima to Miyajima with JR pass: Best things to do in Miyajima for one day trip. Floating torii shrine gate at low tide times. Backpacking Japan.

 

4. Visit Daisho-in Temple

Hiroshima to Miyajima with JR pass: Best things to do in Miyajima for one day trip. Daisho-in Temple. Backpacking Japan.

 

5. Hike to the the highest point on Miyajima island

Hiroshima to Miyajima with JR pass: Best things to do in Miyajima for one day trip. Mount Misen hike summit. Backpacking Japan.

 

6. Rest at Mount Misen summit

Hiroshima to Miyajima with JR pass: Best things to do in Miyajima for one day trip. Mount Misen hike ropeway summit. Backpacking Japan.

 

7. Eat with views on Mount Misen

Hiroshima to Miyajima with JR pass: Best things to do in Miyajima for one day trip. Mount Misen ropeway station. Backpacking Japan.

 

8. Take the Miyajima ropeway back down to sea level

Hiroshima to Miyajima with JR pass: Best things to do in Miyajima for one day trip. Mount Misen ropeway. Backpacking Japan.

 

9. See the floating torii shrine gate at high tide

Hiroshima to Miyajima with JR pass: Best things to do in Miyajima for one day trip. Floating torii at high tide times. Backpacking Japan.

 

10. Walk through Itsukushima shrine at high tide

Hiroshima to Miyajima with JR pass: Best things to do in Miyajima for one day trip. Visit itsukushima shrine at high tide times. Backpacking Japan.

 

Plan your trip to Miyajima

For more details on Miyajima itinerary planning, be sure to see this plan for a perfect one day on Miyajima island.

 

HAPPY HIROSHIMA TO MIYAJIMA PLANNING!

 

 



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