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To travel to Hiroshima from Tokyo, you can take the bullet train, airplane, highway bus, or go by rental car. We have compared the cost, travel time, and convenience of these transportation methods and examined the pros and cons of using each.

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How To Travel From Tokyo To Hiroshima: A Thorough Comparison

Hiroshima is home to the Atomic Bomb Dome and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, but also to Hiroshima Castle, Shukkeien Garden, and Miyajima Island where you will find Itsukushima Shrine and its great torii shrine gate.

To travel to Hiroshima from Tokyo, you can go by Shinkansen bullet train, airplane, highway bus, or rental car. We have compared the cost, time, and convenience of these transportation methods and examined the pros and cons of using each.

How to Get to Hiroshima From Tokyo

1. By Shinkansen: Convenient and Fast
2. By Airplane: Shortest Travel Time
3. By Highway Bus: The Cheapest Way
4. Rental Car for a Fun Road Trip with Friends
JR Kansai-Hiroshima Area Pass: Explore Osaka, Kyoto, and Hiroshima
Other Tips: Accommodation and WiFi

1. From Tokyo to Hiroshima by Shinkansen: Convenient and Fast

How To Travel From Tokyo To Hiroshima: A Thorough Comparison

The most common way of traveling is by Shinkansen. The travel time is approximately 4 hours, and a one-way ticket for a regular reserved seat costs 19,080 yen. By using a round-trip discount from Tokyo, the price per one-way trip becomes 17,910 yen. There are four Shinkansen trains to Hiroshima departing every hour from Tokyo Station.

Although the 4-hour travel time is not short, unlike airplanes, you can enjoy beautiful scenery. Additionally, there are unique ways to enjoy the Shinkansen such as eating an ekiben (station bento lunch) on board. In comparison to flying, it is relatively inexpensive and considered a good deal.

*1 Ekiben is a boxed meal sold at train stations. Many ekiben feature local specialties and regional cuisines.

You can easily book your Tokyo - Hiroshima Shinkansen tickets online. Moreover, if you're using a Japan Rail Pass for Whole Japan, the Shinkansen ride to Hiroshima is covered by the pass.

There are several cost-efficient regional JR passes that include Hiroshima along with the Osaka - Kyoto area; consider using one of them if you plan to spend more than two days exploring this region.

2. Flying From Tokyo to Hiroshima: Shortest Travel Time

How To Travel From Tokyo To Hiroshima: A Thorough Comparison

Currently, flights from Tokyo to Hiroshima Airport depart from both Narita Airport and Haneda Airport.

The airlines operating these routes are ANA, JAL, Spring Airlines Japan, and IBEX Airlines, totaling four airlines. However, Spring Airlines Japan and IBEX Airlines only operate flights from Narita International Airport, with a limited frequency of three flights per day.

For those considering flying, it is recommended to choose ANA or JAL departing from Haneda Airport, which is easily accessible from central Tokyo. These airlines offer one to two flights per hour. Additionally, by utilizing early booking up to 75 days in advance, you can travel to Hiroshima for about 12,000 yen. However, without the early booking discount, ticket prices can exceed 30,000 yen.

Although the travel time is approximately one and a half hours, there may be additional time needed for check-in procedures and accessing the airport depending on the departure location. Therefore, it's advisable to compare it with other modes of transportation before making a decision.

3. Tokyo to Hiroshima by Highway Bus: The Cheapest Way

How To Travel From Tokyo To Hiroshima: A Thorough Comparison

The cheapest way to travel from Tokyo to Hiroshima is the overnight bus. At the lowest fares, you can travel for just 5,000 yen one way (prices may vary depending on the company and time of year).

Departure is typically at 20:30 from Tokyo Station, and arrival times vary depending on the bus company but usually fall between 8:00 and 9:00 in the morning. The journey takes about 13 hours. While it may not be as comfortable as a bed, arriving while you sleep can be a time-saving way to travel.

4. Rental Car: For a Fun Road Trip with Friends

How To Travel From Tokyo To Hiroshima: A Thorough Comparison

If you are planning an extended stay in Japan, taking a leisurely trip from Tokyo with a rental car can be a delightful experience.

On the journey to Hiroshima, you will encounter numerous famous landmarks such as Shizuoka, Nagoya, Osaka, and Kyoto. The direct drive takes approximately 9 and a half hours without making any detours.

While experiencing the people, food, culture, and more along the way, you will surely create wonderful memories of your trip.

However, returning the rental car in Hiroshima after starting from Tokyo can cost around 50,000 yen depending on the company. Additionally, there will be expenses for toll roads and other fees. If you have a group of people or a budget and time to spare, trying this option might be worth considering.

MATCHA's readers can use a 10% discount voucher for renting a car from Nippon Rent-a-Car, one of the largest rental car services in Japan.

There are multiple Nippon Rent-a-Car locations around Hiroshima Airport and within Hiroshima City. If you arrive in Fukuoka by plane or Shinkansen and wish to rent a car, it's worth checking out their offices in those areas.

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JR Kansai-Hiroshima Area Pass: Explore Osaka, Kyoto, and Hiroshima!

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If your travel plans include visiting Osaka and the other areas in the Kansai region while heading to Hiroshima, consider using the JR Kansai-Hiroshima Area Pass (5 days).

This pass covers a wide of western Japan including Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Himeji, Wakayama, Okayama, Kagawa, Tottori, Hiroshima, and more!

You'll be able to ride trains, buses, and ferries operated by JR in these areas. This pass also includes reserved seating on the San'yo Shinkansen Line (the bullet train from Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima), making it a great deal if you're already headed towards Osaka and Kyoto.

Other Tips: Book Accommodation and WiFi

If you've already booked your train or airplane tickets for Hiroshima, you'll also probably want to look for hotels.

You can find good accommodation at convenient prices by using Booking.com.

In addition, in Japan, the availability of free Wi-Fi is limited. For visitors to Japan, renting a pocket Wi-Fi during your travels can be very convenient. MATCHA offers a coupon for Ninja-Wifi, which allows you to enjoy a 20% discount. Be sure to take advantage of this offer for added savings and convenience during your trip!

While the most common means of transportation from Tokyo to Hiroshima is the Shinkansen, depending on the purpose of your trip, consider selecting the plan that best suits your needs.

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