Jun 17, 2018 Attraction Miyajima

A 45 Minute Voyage Connecting Peace Memorial Park and Miyajima

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Hiroshima’s representative sightseeing spots, Peace Memorial Park and Miyajima will long be loved by tourists and locals alike. The Hiroshima World Heritage Sea Route connected these two spots has earned high praise for combining fast travel with the beauty of the islands and open seas.

What is the Hiroshima World Heritage Sea Route?

The Hiroshima World Heritage Sea Route is a fast oversea route that connects Peace Memorial Park and Miyajima in just 45 minutes. Departures run from 8:30a.m. to 5:10p.m. from Hiroshima and 8:40a.m. to 5:30p.m. from Peace Memorial Park, setting sail approximately every 30 minutes. Both locations operate 365 days, so you’ll even be able to take advantage of the voyage during long holidays like Obon and Golden Week!

You can make reservations by phone or over the internet up to the day before!  You can buy tickets at the departure point on the day of your tri and the website . The rates are as listed below, with discounts on round trip tickets! Children Elementary School age and younger ride free, one per adult ticket.

One Way Round Trip
Adult
(Over 13)
¥2,000 ¥3,600
Child ¥1,000 ¥1,800

Embark at Motoyasu Pier at Motoyasubashi on Miyajima, or from Pier No. 3 at Peace Memorial Park, and once you set sail a wonderful cruise through the great beauty of nature begins!

Enjoy the Majestic Ocean! Varied Fleet of Ships


Before now, ships with forward-facing seats like the Stella, Sakura, Urara and Kirara have been mainstream, but the Hiroshima World Heritage Sea Route was reborn on July 16th, 2017 with the maiden voyage of the new ship Kagura. The Kagura features seats which encircle a long table in the center, with more seats facing the windows on both sides. The ship is built to allow every passenger to enjoy a view of the ocean, from either the windows or the large on board screen. It comfortably accommodates 54 passengers, and still has that new-ship look! Kagura also has a sister ship, the RUNRUNII, a mini version that accommodates 45. With her characteristically adorable name, Kagura’s little big sister has kept sailing even after Kagura came into service.

How to Enjoy the Voyage


When you embark for Miyajima, the ship will pass the A-Bomb Dome on the side, and head straight down the Ota River towards Miyajima. As the ship plies the river, you’ll be able to see the Atomic Bomb Dome from a variety of angles, including close, low angles that make a powerful impression!

After taking in the Hiroshima cityscape along the way, you’ll arrive in Hiroshima Bay. The beauty of the unending expanse of ocean is enough to make you forget even the summer heat. Behind you, the line between Hiroshima town and the sea spreads out, and in front islands appear atop the sea, the expanse of nature cleansing your heart.

Why not take a seat around the table and partake of snacks and sweets, immersing yourself in a spirit of journey? The Hiroshima World Heritage Sea Route can be enjoyed by adults and children alike.

The Charm of Miyajima, Bursting with Famous Sights


Most people probably know about Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome, but do you know about the Charm of Miyajima?

You’ll have the chance to encounter many deer in the plaza in front of Miyajima’s ferry terminal. And not only the terminal plaza: deers are such a well known sight that you’ll certainly encounter them in town as well! They’re famous in their own right. You don’t need to worry either, as they’re very friendly to children and not dangerous in the least.

After leaving the ferry, after just a short 15 minute walk, you’ll be able to see the Itsukushima Shrine and it’s famous red gates on the sandy beach. Itsukushima Shrine is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, and the view of the shrine gates is one of Japan’s top three vistas. It’s popular with tourists, and also ranks in one of the top three must-visit spots in Japan. At high tide the shrine seems to float in the sea, and at low tide you can walk right up to the gates. It’s a spot that keeps giving even on a second trip.

Summary

I’ve introduced the Hiroshima World Heritage Sea Route, so what do you say? If you journey to see the World Heritage Sites, super popular sightseeing spots Miyajima and Peace Memorial Park, you’ll definitely want to sail! You’ll be able to efficiently travel between sightseeing spots, and enjoy gorgeous views along the way, it’s perfect for families and couples alike. Enjoy a taste of Hiroshima on the Hiroshima World Heritage Site Voyage!

Facility Information

World Heritage Sea Route  Pier
Address [Motoyasu Pier]
1-9-9 Ote-machi,Naka-ku, Hiroshima (map)
[Miyajima 3rd Pier]
3rd pier Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi (map)
Open Everyday
Website World Heritage Voyage Website