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How to go from Kyoto to Hiroshima?

We’ll tell you how to travel from Kyoto to Hiroshima in Japan. We’ll explore the available means of transportation, how to make the most of the JR pass, and the travel time.


If you’re planning your trip to Japan and wondering about the best way to move between these two memorable cities, we’re here to help. The journey from Kyoto to Hiroshima may seem challenging, but with the available options and the adventure it entails, we assure you it will be an unforgettable experience. From the famous bullet train to comfortable buses, there are different ways to travel and enjoy the scenery while relaxing or entertaining yourself with a good book.

So, if you’re wondering how to go from Kyoto to Hiroshima, don’t worry. We’ll unveil all the available options and share our choice when we traveled to Japan. Get ready for a journey full of adventures!

How to get to Hiroshima from Kyoto? Available options

To get from Kyoto to Hiroshima on your trip to Japan, you have several transportation options:

Shinkansen Train

This is the fastest and most efficient option. You can take a Shinkansen train from Kyoto Station to Hiroshima Station. The journey takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes to 2 hours, and it’s an experience worth having. If you have the Japan Rail Pass, you can use it for this journey.

Bus

If you prefer traveling by road, you can take a long-distance bus from Kyoto to Hiroshima. Keep in mind that this journey can take between 5 and 9 hours, making it longer than the train. In this case, an overnight bus becomes a practical option. This is usually the cheaper option.

Car

If you rent a car, you can also choose to take a road trip from Kyoto to Hiroshima. The driving time is approximately 4 and a half hours, depending on traffic and any stops you make along the way.

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Shinkansen

How to get from Kyoto to Hiroshima by bus?

To get to Hiroshima from Kyoto, you can take either the JR Bus or the Willer Express.

JR Bus offers both day and night services from Kyoto Station. Day routes take about 6 hours and 20 minutes, while night routes will take you approximately 9 hours. Prices vary depending on the type of service, the season, and the seat you choose, ranging from 4,800 to 5,800 yen for day buses and 6,100 yen for night routes.

Willer Express also has several day and night routes between Kyoto and Hiroshima, with prices ranging from 4,590 to 8,000 yen. These trips usually last a little over 7 hours to reach Hiroshima.

To purchase tickets, you can visit the Willer Express or JR Bus East websites. You can also buy tickets and ask questions at the Bus Ticket Center, right in front of the north exit of Kyoto Station.

Bus

How to go to Hiroshima from Kyoto by car?

If you’re up for driving in Japan and want to get to Hiroshima from Kyoto by car, the journey will take about 4 and a half hours. However, keep in mind that you’ll need to pay toll fees around 8,000 yen, in addition to the cost of gasoline.

The most economical and fastest route involves taking the Meishin, Chugoku, and Sanyo expressways.

Miyajima

How to go from Kyoto to Hiroshima with the Shinkansen?

If you’re planning to go to Hiroshima from Kyoto on the famous Shinkansen train, note that Kyoto and Hiroshima stations are connected by the JR Tokaido and JR Sanyo Shinkansen lines.

You can take a direct train that will take you through both lines to Hiroshima, and the journey takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes. The price for an unreserved seat is around 11,000 yen (approximate price). If you want more options, you can take a train to Osaka and then take the Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima route.

This journey is covered by the JR Pass, which we’ve already explained how to acquire. However, keep in mind that if you’re traveling with the pass, you should not take the Nozomi shinkansen trains. For example, both the Hikari and Sakura trains are fully covered, and you can reach Hiroshima with the JR Pass without paying extra.

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Hiroshima train announcement

Our choice: the Shinkansen

During our trip to Japan, we also faced this same question: how to go from Kyoto to Hiroshima? After researching and weighing our options, we ventured to take the bullet train. Why? Because, who can resist the excitement of traveling at breakneck speeds? Plus, it’s undoubtedly the fastest way to get to Hiroshima!

It was the day to say goodbye to Kyoto; our itinerary led us to Hiroshima. So, very early, we headed to Kyoto Station, and since we wanted to arrive at the station with time to find our platform, we couldn’t have breakfast. We wanted to arrive early because Shinkansen trains arrive and stay for only 2 minutes, so you have to be more than ready.

That’s when we discovered the wonderful Ekiben, which are the bento boxes sold at train stations. The problem was that I had to find one that was chicken. My level of adaptation to Japanese breakfasts was very high, but seafood or fish for breakfast was a bit too much.

Quickly, we located our platform and settled there; in the meantime, we observed several things, one that caught our attention: seeing a numerous school group that had only two teachers with them. There were many kids and little supervision, but still, they remained in order; we were in Japan.

And the Shinkansen arrived on time.

Kids waiting for the Shinkansen

Traveling from Kyoto to Hiroshima on Shinkansen

Remember: the train stops for only two minutes, so you have to be on the platform on time.

The train we took, in our case, was a Hikari (Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen line) that came from Tokyo and would pass through cities like Osaka and Okayama before reaching the city of Hiroshima.

Don’t miss the video we prepared about the inside of the Shinkansen (in the video, it’s about a Nozomi).

During the journey, we ate our delicious Ekiben, which served as our breakfast. These boxes are a tradition if you travel by train in Japan.

Ekiben

But what would have happened if we hadn’t managed to buy the Ekiben at the station? No problem, on the train, a girl passes by with a cart that sells various snacks, although mostly they don’t have Ekiben. Better to know.

After a little less than two hours, we arrived in Hiroshima.

Snack cars

What can I see in Hiroshima?

Hiroshima has many interesting places to visit. Some of the highlights include the Hiroshima Peace Park, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, the Atomic Bomb Dome, Miyajima Island, and Hiroshima Castle. These places offer a unique insight into the history and culture of Hiroshima.

Keep in mind that to get to Miyajima Island, you have to make an extra journey to reach it and then take the ferry. But it’s well worth it.

Bomb dome Hiroshima

Which transport option is best to get from Kyoto to Hiroshima?

If you want to get there quickly, the best option is the Japanese bullet train; if you also have the Japan Rail Pass, the journey won’t cost you extra.

If you wish to save money, regardless of time, your best option will be the bus.

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Hiroshima

Frequently Asked Questions about transportation to Hiroshima

What is the distance from Kyoto to Hiroshima?

310 km.

How can I go from Kyoto to Hiroshima?

There are several options to go from Kyoto to Hiroshima. You can take the bullet train, which will take you directly to Hiroshima in less than 2 hours. You can also take a bus or even rent a car.

How much does it cost to travel from Kyoto to Hiroshima?

The cost of the trip from Kyoto to Hiroshima will depend on the mode of transportation you choose. The bullet train generally has a higher price, while the bus may be cheaper.

Can I use the JR Pass to go from Kyoto to Hiroshima?

Yes, you can use the JR Pass to travel from Kyoto to Hiroshima. The JR Pass allows you to travel unlimitedly on Japan Railways network trains, including Shinkansen bullet trains. Keep in mind that you’ll need to reserve a seat on the bullet train when using the JR Pass.

How long does it take to get from Tokyo to Hiroshima?

The travel time from Tokyo to Hiroshima varies depending on the mode of transportation you choose. If you take the bullet train, the journey takes approximately 4 hours. If you opt for the bus, the travel time may be longer.

Is it more convenient to go from Tokyo to Hiroshima by train or by plane?

Generally, it is more convenient to go from Tokyo to Hiroshima by train. The bullet train is fast and comfortable, taking you directly to Hiroshima without the need for transfers. However, if you have limited time and prefer to save travel time, you can consider taking a flight from Tokyo to Hiroshima.

What is the best way to get to Hiroshima from Osaka or Kyoto?

The best way to get to Hiroshima from Osaka or Kyoto is to take the bullet train. From Osaka, you can take the Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka Station, and from Kyoto, you can take the bullet train from Kyoto Station. The bullet train journey is fast and comfortable, taking you directly to Hiroshima.

What is the best time to visit Hiroshima?

Hiroshima is beautiful throughout the year, but the most popular months to visit are spring and autumn. In spring, you can enjoy the cherry blossoms, and in autumn, the foliage colors. However, keep in mind that during these periods, tourist spots may be more crowded.

How can I find information about train and bus schedules in Hiroshima?

You can find information about train and bus schedules in Hiroshima through the Japan Railways website. You can also use apps and websites like Hyperdia to check schedules and available routes.

What is the fastest way to get from Osaka to Hiroshima?

The fastest way to travel from Osaka to Hiroshima is by taking the shinkansen (bullet train) from Shin-Osaka Station to Hiroshima Station.

What are some popular attractions around Hiroshima?

Some popular attractions around Hiroshima include Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Miyajima Island, and trying Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki.

Can I travel to Hiroshima by airplane?

Yes, you can travel to Hiroshima by airplane through Hiroshima Airport, which offers domestic flights from various cities in Japan.

Are there day trip options from Hiroshima?

Yes, there are several day trip options from Hiroshima, including visiting Miyajima Island, Okayama to see the Korakuen Garden, or even going back to Tokyo with the shinkansen.

Conclusion

I hope this comprehensive guide on how to go from Kyoto to Hiroshima has been helpful. You’ve noticed that if you want to save money, one of the options you should consider is the bus; it will take more time, but you’ll save some yen.

But if you prefer to travel by train, you can take the JR Sanyo Shinkansen line from Tokyo to Hiroshima. Don’t worry if you don’t find a train that fits your schedule from Kyoto Station, as you can transfer at Shin-Osaka Station to take the train from there.

Once you arrive in Hiroshima, you can visit the most popular destinations in the Chugoku region, such as Miyajima. Remember that if you want to move around Japan, the Japan Rail Pass includes the train routes you’ll need, and you can check schedules and routes through Hyperdia.

Waiting the train to Hiroshima

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Olga Grijalva

Olga is a traveler and travel content creator with 17 years of experience. Her goal is to share useful information to help you plan your adventures. She has visited more than 40 countries and is excited to share her experience with you.