Nov 26, 2019 Hiroshima City

How to Use the JR From Hiroshima Station

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When visiting Hiroshima, most people probably use the Shinkansen and JR. It’s very convenient to use the JR to travel from Hiroshima City to Miyajima.  In this article, I’m going to provide an in-depth guide to using the JR for people who haven’t done it before.

Which Lines Go From Hiroshima Station?

A lot of people visiting Hiroshima use Hiroshima Station as their base of operations when sightseeing. It’s important to know which line you should take to get to your destination.

Line Types and Key Sightseeing Spots Around Main Stations

Sanyo Line Eastern Part:Onomichi, Saijyo Sakakura Street etc.
Western Part:Miyajimaguchi, Iwakuni Kintaikyo Bridge etc.
Geibi Line The ruins of Koriyama Castle, Miyoshi winery etc.
Kure Line Yamato Museum, JMSDF Kure Museum etc.
Kabe Line Nagai-ise shrine, Hiroshima City Transportation Museum

Taking the JR Train

Hiroshima Station has two entrances, the south entrance, which streetcars and buses can drive into, and the north entrance, next to the Shinkansen platform. To get on one of the JR lines, go through either the south or north entrance and head towards the central ticket gate.

Next to the gate, there are ticket dispensers where you can buy a ticket. The ticket machine on the northern side are only for the Shinkansen, so to use the JR, be sure to use the machine by the south entrance. There is a route map and fare table above the machine.

Please check the fare shown on the map before purchasing your ticket.

If you’re using a credit card, use the green window ticket counter next to the ticket dispensers. Accepted cards are Visa, Master Card, AMERICAN EXPRESS, UC, DC, Diners club, UFJ, and MFUG CARD. You can also purchase the Japan Rail Pass, designed for foreign tourists at this green window.

After purchasing your ticket, go from the central gate to the platform.

The display at the central gate shows the destinations, times, and departing platforms of trains. The platform may change depending on the time, so be sure to check the display before going to your platform.

Once you’ve found your platform, you’re almost at the boarding point.  The central gate is on the second floor, so to reach the platform, use the escalator or stairs to get down to the first floor.

Please enjoy your trip using JR!

Frequently Asked Questions About JR

I’ve collected some common questions so you won’t have any problems using the JR.

What Tickets Do Children Need?

Children aged 6 – 11 need a child ticket. The price is half the adult fare.
When using the ticket dispensers, there’s a button on the left side of the screen that lets you select the child ticket.

What Should I Do if I Lose My Ticket?

If you lose a ticket you’ve bought, you can talk to a station/train attendant to get the same ticket. However, the Japan Rail Pass cannot be reissued if lost, so be careful!

Here is FAQ from Japan Railway

Use the JR to Explore Hiroshima’s Sightseeing Spots!

By using the JR, you can get to popular sightseeing spots like Miyajima and Kure in a short amount of time. If you’re traveling around all of Hiroshima’s sightseeing spots, the JR is a great way to do it.