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How To Travel From Tokyo To Hiroshima: A Thorough Comparison
Want to visit the Atomic Bomb Dome, Itsukushima Shrine or try some delicious okonomiyaki? In this article, we explore the best routes to take from Tokyo To Hiroshima.
Written by Inou masahiro
Hiroshima prefecture is famous for the Atomic Bomb Dome and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
Other famous attractions in Hiroshima prefecture are Hiroshima Castle, Miyajima where you will find Itsukushima Shrine and its great torii gate floating in the sea and Shukkei-en which is a historic Japanese garden.
In addition, there are famous local dishes such as Hiroshima style okonomiyaki and momiji manjū which is a Japanese sweet steamed bun shaped like a maple leaf.
The Most Common Method: Shinkansen
The most common way to travel between Tokyo and Hiroshima is via the shinkansen or bullet train. One-way travel takes about four hours and costs 19,080 yen for an assigned seat. If you buy a discounted round-trip ticket, a one-way ticket will cost you 17,910 yen. There are four trains running per hour.
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You might think that a four hour-long ride is not that short. But you will get to enjoy stunning views from the train which you cannot experience if you travel by airplane. In addition, you can get to try ekiben (駅弁, *1) during your ride. It is also cheaper than taking a flight.
*1 Ekiben: special boxed lunches sold at major train stations; these often feature local specialties or locally-produced items.
The Fastest Way: Flights
There are four airline companies which operate these flights: ANA, JAL, Spring Airlines and Ibex Airlines.
However, both Spring Airlines and Ibex Airlines only offer three flights per day out of Narita International Airport.
So if you decide to travel by air, it is better to go with ANA or JAL as they offer flights from Haneda Airport (which is easier to reach from the center of Tokyo). They operate one or two flights per hour. If you book your flight 75 days or more in advance, you can fly to Hiroshima for about 12,000 yen. But if you can not catch the early bird tickets, the cost can go up to more than 30,000 yen.
The flight itself takes only 90 minutes, but if you include the boarding time and traveling time to the airport, it will take longer. So please consider this when you compare which method is the best for your schedule.
Arrive in Hiroshima in the Early Morning: Overnight Buses
The cheapest way to travel to Hiroshima is via overnight bus. The cheapest one-way ticket fare starts from 5000 yen.
The bus leaves from Tokyo Station at 20:30 and arrives in Hiroshima around 8 or 9 in the morning, making it about a 13 hour ride. It is the best way to save both time and money if you don't mind sleeping on a bus for a night.
Enjoy the Journey with your Friends: Renting a Car
If you are planning to stay in Japan for a longer time, it might be worth renting a car to drive down to Hiroshima.
There are many major cities which offer lots of exciting attractions on your way from Tokyo to Hiroshima such as Shizuoka, Nagoya, Osaka and Kyoto. If you drive straight from Tokyo all the way down to Hiroshima, it will take you about nine and a half hours without stopping at any other places.
All the people, local foods and culture you discover at random on your way will make for some incredible memories of your time in Japan. On average, it will cost you about 50,000 yen if you want to rent a car in Tokyo and return it in Hiroshima; you also have to take fuel and highway tolls into account when budgeting for a road trip like this. But, if you have friends to do it with you or have the time and budget to do it, why not try driving to Hiroshima from Tokyo?
By matching your needs to the information provided above, we are certain that you will be able to thoroughly enjoy making the trip from Tokyo to Hiroshima. Enjoy!