How to Get to Miyajima: A Helpful and Easy Guide


How to Get to Miyajima from Hiroshima Station or Peace Park

How to Get to Miyajima from Hiroshima Station or Peace Park

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Miyajima, also known as Itsukushima Island, is one of the top tourist attractions in Hiroshima and one of the most beautiful sights in Japan. It is part of the Inland Sea of Japan and located in the northwest of Hiroshima Bay. Since the island is about 1 hour away from Hiroshima, many of you might wonder how to get to Miyajima.

But, don’t worry! It’s actually very easy to go there from Hiroshima. This helpful guide will show you the best, cheapest and fastest ways to get to Itsukushima Island.

Getting to Miyajima

There are actually a few ways how you can get to Miyajima. However, the best way to go there is by train and ferry from Hiroshima Station.

  1. Take the JR Sanyo Line from Hiroshima Station to Miyajimaguchi Station (30 min, ¥410)
  2. Get off at Miyajimaguchi and walk straight down to the ferry pier
  3. Ride the JR Miyajima ferry to Miyajima Island (10 min, ¥180)

JR Sanyo Line: Hiroshima Station –> Miyajimaguchi Station
Time: 30 min Costs: ¥410, covered by Japan Rail Pass

JR Miyajima Ferry: JR Miyajimaguchi Pier –> Miyajima Ferry Terminal
Time: 10 min Costs: ¥180, covered by Japan Rail Pass

How to Get to Miyajima

In total there are 4 different ways how you can access Miyajima from Hiroshima City. The most common and chepeast one is by train and ferry from Hiroshima Station. Another popular, but also more expensive route is a direct ferry from Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park to Itsukushima Island.

Hiroshima Station to Miyajima
By Train & Ferry from Hiroshima Station

Hiroshima Peace Park to Miyajima
By Ferry from Peace Park

The other two ways you can get to Miyajima are a high-speed ferry from Hiroshima Port or from Motoujina Pier. Both, the port and the pier, are a bit further away south and harder to access, so I don’t really recommend them. However, Motoujina pier is located directly in front of the Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima. Therefore, it’s a very good alternative if you’re planning to stay there.

Hiroshima Port to Itsukushima Island
By Ferry from Hiroshima Port

Hiroshima Grand Prince Hotel to Itsukushima Island
By Ferry From Prince Hotel

Hiroshima Station to Miyajima

How to Get to Miyajima From Hiroshima Station

1. Take the JR or Streetcar

First, take the train to Miyajimaguchi Station. You actually have two different options to get there. You could either go by train (JR Sanyo Line) or by streetcar (Hiroshima Dentetsu).

The JR Sanyo Line takes only ~30 minutes and costs ¥410. Hiroshima Dentetsu, on the other hand, takes 1:15 hours. However, it only costs ¥280. With a Japan Rail Pass, you should definitely take the JR Sanyo Line, since it covers the fare.

JR Sanyo Line (Train)
Hiroshima Station (広島) –> Miyajimaguchi Station (宮島口)
Take the JR Sanyo Line (JR山陽本線) from Platform 1
Local towards Iwakuni (岩国) or Ono-Ura (大野浦)
Time: ~30 min (9 stops), every ~15 min
Cost: ¥410, covered by JR Pass
Hiroshima Station- JR Sanyo Line
Google Maps

Hiroshima Dentetsu (Streetcar)
Hiroshimaeki Station (広島) –> Hiroden-Miyajima-Guchi Station (広電宮島口)
Take the Hiroshima Dentetsu No.2 (広島電鉄2号線) in front of Hiroshima St.
Miyajima Line (宮島線) towards Miyajima-guchi (広電宮島口行)
Time: 1:15 hours, every 9 min (see timetable)
Cost: ¥280, not covered by JR Pass
Steetcar - Hiroshima Ekimae Station
Official Website

2. Take the JR or Matsudai Ferry

Then, take the ferry to Miyajima. The ferry pier is just a short, straight 2-min walk from either of the stations. From here you again have two options. You can either take the JR Miyajima Ferry, or the Miyajima Matsudai Ferry.

Both ferries take 10 minutes and cost ¥180. Furthermore, both of them depart and arrive more or less at the same spot. However, I would recommend you to ride the JR Ferry, because of several reasons.

First of all, it’s free if you have a JR Pass. Second, from 9:10 until 16:10 o’clock it offers a special Great Torii Ferry Route, which brings you closer to the shrine gate and Itsukushima Shrine. Last but not least, it operates earlier and longer than the Matsudai Ferry.

For example, JR’s earliest ferries depart at 6:25, 7:05 and 7:40 and their last ferry back from Miyajima departs at 22:14. Matusdai Ferry, on the other hand, has their first ferries scheduled at 7:15, 7:45 and 8:00 and their last ferry back at 20:15.

If you want to take the JR Ferry you have to keep to the right and go to the right pier. But, there are a lot of big signs, so you can’t miss it even if you can’t read Japanese. Just keep an eye out for “JR”.

JR Miyajima Ferry 
Miyajima-guchi (宮島口) –> Miyajima (宮島)
Take the JR Miyajima Ferry (JRフェリー)
Right Pier (JR宮島行のりば)
Time: 10 min, every 15 min (see timetable)
Cost: ¥180, covered by JR Pass
JR Ferry Terminal - Miyajimaguchi
Official Website

Miyajima Matsudai Ferry
Miyajima-guchi (宮島口) –> Miyajima (宮島)
Take the Matsudai Ferry (松大汽船フェリー)
Left Pier (宮島ゆき直行便)
Time: 10 min, every 15 min (see timetable)
Cost: ¥180, not covered by JR Pass
Matsudai Ferry Terminal - Miyajimaguchi
Official Website

From Hiroshima Station to Miyajima

By Train

  1. Take the JR Sanyo Line from Hiroshima Station to Miyajimaguchi Station
  2. Get off at Miyajimaguchi and walk straight down to the ferry pier
  3. Ride the next ferry (JR or Matsudai) to Miyajima Island

Total Time: ~50 minutes
Total Costs: ¥590

 

Or

 

By Streetcar

  1. Go to the streetcar stop Hiroshimaekimae Station directly in front of Hiroshima Station
  2. Take the Hiroshima Dentetsu No. 2 to Hiroden-Miyajima-Guchi Station (1:15 hours, ¥280)
  3. Get off at Hiroden-Miyajima-Guchi and walk straight down to the ferry pier
  4. Get on the next ferry (JR or Matsudai) to Miyajima Island (10 min, ¥180)

Total Time: ~1:30 hours
Total Costs: ¥460

Hiroshima Peace Park to Miyajima

How to Get to Miyajima from Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

By Ferry

Just get to the Motoyasu Pier, located south of the Atomic Bomb Dome, and take the ferry to Miyajima. This route is called the World Heritage Sea Route since it connects Hiroshima’s 2 World Heritage Sites: The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Miyajima (Itsukushima Shrine).

This is probably the most beautiful and funniest way to get to Miyajima. However, it can be slightly longer and way more expensive. The ferry operated by Aqua Net Hiroshima costs ¥2,000 and takes at least 45 minutes. They also offer a round-trip ticket for ¥3,600 which is valid for 2 days.

Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park is about 2.5km south of Hiroshima Station. You can get there by streetcar in about 20 minutes (¥180) or on foot in about 30 minutes. ake the Hiroshima Dentetsu No. 1, 2 or 6 and get off at Genbaku Dome-Mae, the stop in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome.

Before you decide on this ferry don’t forget to check their timetable, since they occasionally have to cancel their service due to the tide level. Sometimes, they also might have to change the route and can’t cruise by the Atomic Bomb Dome due to the same reason.

The pros of this cruise are definitely the beautiful views and that you don’t have to bother with connections. But, the cons are the higher costs, less frequent service, and that the service might be canceled or changed. Their earliest ferry departs at around 8:30 and arrives in Miyajima at ~9:15.

Aqua Net Hiroshima
Motoyasubashi Pier (元安桟橋) –> Miyajima (宮島3号桟橋)
Hiroshima World Heritage Sea Route (ひろしま世界遺産航路)
Operated by Aqua Net Hiroshima (アクアネット広島)
Location: 20 min (2.5km) from Hiroshima Station
Time: at least 45 min, might be canceled (see timetable)
Cost: ¥2,000, not covered by JR Pass
Peace Park - Motoyasu Pier
Official Website

From Hiroshima Peace Park

  1. From the Atomic Bomb Dome walk along the river, about 50m south, towards Motoyasu Bridge
  2. Go down the stairs in front of the cafe and you will see Motoyasu Pier and the ticket office
  3. Last, get on the ferry and enjoy the river cruise to Miyajima Island

Total Time: ~50 minutes
Total Costs: ¥2,000

Hiroshima Port to Miyajima

Getting to Itsukushima Shrine from Hiroshima Port Ujina Passenger Terminal

By Ferry

You just have to go inside the Hiroshima Port Ujina Passenger Terminal, get on the Setonaikisen High-Speed Ferry and about 30 minutes later you’ll arrive in Miyajima. The fare is ¥1,850 for a one-way trip.

Hiroshima Port Ujina Passenger Terminal can be accessed by streetcar from Hiroshima Station in less than 45 minutes. Take the Hiroshima Dentetsu No. 5 towards Hiroshimako. Get off at Hiroshimako Station and the Terminal is just a short walk away. The one-way fare is ¥180.

I only recommend you to get to Miyajima from Hiroshima Port if you happen to be in that area. Since their ferry service is scheduled less frequent. The ferries only depart once an hour from 8:25/9:25 – 16:25. Furthermore, the last ferry back from Itsukushima Island is scheduled at 17:00.

On the way to Miyajima and back the ferry will also make a brief stop at the Prince Hotel.

Setonaikaikisen
Hiroshima Port (広島港) –> Miyajima Port (宮島港)
Ride the Setonaikisen High-Speed Ferry (瀬戸内海汽船 高速船)
Location: 42 min (6km) from Hiroshima Station
Time: ~30 min, once an hour (see timetable)
Cost: ¥1,850, not covered by JR Pass
Hiroshima Port - Ujina Passenger Terminal
Official Website

From Hiroshima Port

  1. Take the Setonaikisen High-Speed Ferry from Ujina Passenger Terminal to Miyajima

 

Hiroshima Station to Hiroshima Port

  1. Take the Hiroshima Dentetsu No. 5 towards Hiroshimako
  2. Get off at Hiroshimako Station and the Terminal is just a short walk away

 

Total Time: ~1:10 hours
Total Costs: ¥2,030

Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima to Miyajima

Getting to Itsukushima from Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima

By Ferry

The boat leaves from Motoujina Pier in front of the Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima. Get out of the hotel and walk to the right.  You’ll see the hotel’s pier immediately. Catch the Setonaikisen High-Speed Ferry to Miyajima and 25 minutes later you’ll arrive at the island. The costs for a one-way fare ticket are ¥1,850.

I don’t know for sure, but I think this service is just for hotel guests. Moreover, the hotel is too far from all the major sights, so don’t consider this route unless you’re staying at the hotel.

It’s the same ferry that departs from Hiroshima Port Ujina Passenger Terminal.

Setonaikaikisen
Prince Hotel (プリンスホテル前) –> Miyajima Port (宮島港)
Ride the Setonaikisen High-Speed Ferry (瀬戸内海汽船 高速船)
Location: 50 min (6.8km) from Hiroshima Station
Time: ~25 min, service once an hour (see timetable)
Cost: ¥1,850, not covered by JR Pass
Grand Prince Hotel - Motoujina Pier
Hotel Website

From Prince Hotel

  1. Take the Setonaikisen High-Speed Ferry from Motoujina Pier just outisde of the hotel to Miyajima

 

Hiroshima Station to Hiroshima Port

  1. Take the Hiroshima Dentetsu No. 5 towards Hiroshimako
  2. After ~30 minutes get off at Moto-Ujinaguchi Station and walk to the hotel (17 min)
    (It’s about 1.4km away. Therefore, it’s best to use their free shuttle service)

 

Total Time: ~1:30 hours
Total Costs: ¥2,030

By Car / Taxi

Finally, let’s talk about the last option. Miyajima-guchi Station is about 23km away from Hiroshima. So, by car or taxi it typically takes 30-60 minutes depending on the traffic. The costs of a taxi would be probably around ¥7,000 or even more when there is a lot of traffic. After that, you still have to take the ferry to Miyajima Island.

It’s cheaper to park the car at the ferry port, however, you could also bring it to Miyajima Island.
You can check JR Ferry’s car fare here and Matsudai Ferry’s car fare here.

So, these are the four different options how you can get to Itsukushima Island.
If you have any questions feel free to ask me in the comments below.
Have a safe trip!
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Alex (RockinJapan)

Hey. I'm Alex. I've been living in Japan since 2015. Before moving to Tokyo, I traveled through Japan for 7 months to visit all 47 prefectures. Traveling and staying in Japan has been so much fun and such an incredible experience that I decided to write about it. I noticed there isn't a lot of information about hot springs and onsen towns in Japan, so I'm focusing on this topic. Hopefully, my articles will help you to get the most out of your trip and to fully enjoy your time in Japan! Alex

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