I was recently able to return to Hiroshima after winning a competition for free flights with Japan Airlines. They’ve just released a new direct route from Melbourne – Tokyo and believe me, it was one of the best flights I’ve taken. A little care package, snacks, decent food and a range of entertainment options (opinion my own).
Last time I was in Japan I wasn’t able to make it to a few places in Hiroshima or Miyajima (at all) due to lack of time and opting to check out Bunny Island instead. This time around, I was ready to have a full two days doing this area.
Getting to Hiroshima:
🚄 The Bullet Train:
1h 41m ¥11,610| AUD: $239| USD: $175
Included in the JR PASS (¥29,100* – automatically meaning if you’re taking more than one bullet train, including Hiroshima – this will be the best bet. Reminder: Say No to Nozomi)
The Bullet Trains are beyond anything! They will cut your time more than in half. They have toilets, reclining seats, food carts and if you’re a smoker – a smokers room on board as well.
Don’t have a JR PASS? There are other ways to get there, such as the Seishun 18 ticket
🚌 B U S :
12h15m ¥8,600 – ¥18,500 | AUD $108 – 230| USD $78 – 168
Willer Bus has 4 direct buses overnight or an option that has transfers in Osaka. The high reviews and if you want more info, read a detailed blog post here. In terms of value/money, you can also save a night on accommodation.
✈️ F L Y :
1h 20m ¥12,035 – 16,047 | $150 – 200 AUD | $109 – 145 USD |
Airlines of note: Peach, Eva, IBEX,
The airport is 50 minutes out of the main Hiroshima area, meaning unless you wish to pay an exorbitant amount for a taxi – you’ll be spending some time on transport transfers.
If you’ve already decided on this route, here is the “limousine” timetable that’ll cost you ¥1,340 and take 55 mins.
Kyoto / Osaka
|🚄 Shinkansen Train
3h 58m 10,570 ¥ (one way)| AUD: $130.05| USD: $94.73
Included in the JR PASS
2h 26m 9,710 ¥ (one way) | AUD: $119.47| USD: 87.03
Included in the JR PASS
|🚃 Kansai Pass (5 days ¥13,500)
Hyperdia will give you routes for ¥6,480, however, will take you around 5-6 hours over 3-5 transfers. Untick Bullet trains.
|🚃 Tokaido-Sanyo Line ¥160 to Shin-Osaka and use Kansai pass (5 days ¥13,500)
Hyperdia will give you routes for ¥5,620, however, will take you around 5-6 hours over 3-5 transfers. Untick Bullet trains.
|🚌 Willer Bus offer overnight/bus routes from ¥3,500||🚌 Willer Bus offer overnight/bus routes from ¥3,500|
|✈️ Kyoto doesn’t have an airport so you’ll have to train to Osaka first and fly from there.
🚄 ¥560 or included in the JR Pass
|✈️ Flights are very expensive (400+ AUD) so you’re best to purchase the JR / Train / Bus. If you wish to look check Google, Skyscanner, Kyak.|
MY TOP CHOICES!
Hiroshima was once a transportation key of Japan with around 200,000 people. It was a military city with numerous academic institutions. On August 6, 1945, the atomic bomb was dropped, it took three days for the fires to settle. I think the best way to learn about the history is to visit the Peace Memorial Museum and see it for yourself how devastating the bomb haunted the Hiroshima area + Japan. History aside, it still remains the only atomic bomb to have been detonated.
⏰ Mon-Sun 8:30-17:00 (last entry 30 minutes before closing time.
Note – Peak Times it is open until 18/19:00 check here.
💰 ¥200 Adults + ¥100 Students, Children Free.
⏰ 24 hours.
Personally, dusk was my favourite time to visit as it created this calm, peaceful atmosphere.
⏰ 24 hours.
I have absolutely no idea where my photos went to Hiroshima Castle. I’ve checked every device. So read a detailed blog post here on what it’s like.
WHERE TO STAY
🏢 H O S T E L:
HOSTEL MALLIKA T A (Trip Advisor)
Great location – take bus #24/25 from Hiroshima Station. Easy walk to dome, museum & castle (well… when it’s not a heat wave…) Lawson’s convenience store across the road for quick snacks.
|Free toast + coffee.|
|Free shampoo, conditioner & body wash. Private showers, toilets in rooms (kinda close)|
|Mixed Capsule Dorms. Light, Fan & power plugs in each bed.
lockers + bag locks.
|Free wifi, common area, kitchen.|
WHAT I DID
Apart from the above things, I mostly spent a lot of my time in 100 yen stores, eating Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki (see below picture) and a lot of time in the memorial park.
We didn’t have a full day in Hiroshima as we left Kyoto a little bit late, but I would have
liked to stay longer if not to just read and relax in the park.
Have you been to Hiroshima?
As always, stay cool.