Jun 01, 2018 Miyajima

How to Ride a Ferry to Miyajima

#Transportation ,#Travel Tip ,#Useful

A must-see when visiting Hiroshima is Itsukushima Shrine of Miyajima. It is a popular tourist spot, enjoyed throughout the seasons. To get to Miyajima, you will need to use a ferry. There are two ferries that connect Miyajimaguchi and Miyajima stations: JR Western Japan Miyajima Ferry, and Matsudai Kisen. What are the differences?

Access to Miayajima

Learn how  to access to Miyajima from Hiroshima city; 4 Ways to Travel from Hiroshima City to Miyajima

Miyajima with JR and Matsudai Ferry!

Fares and Travel Times

The fare is ¥180 one way for both JR and Matsudai Kisen between Miyajimaguchi and Miyajima, and it takes about 10 minutes. There is a bargain ticket for those coming by Hiroshima Densetsu (tram) from Hiroshima city!

Economical Tickets: http://www.hiroden.co.jp/en/e-vhtp.html

 First and Last Ferries

*The times may change during the new year’s season.

First (Miyajimaguchi) Last(Miyajima)
JR Ferry 6:25 a.m. 10:14 p.m.
Matsudai Kisen 7:15 p.m. 8:15 p.m.

*Timetable of May 8th,2018

For those who want to enjoy Miyajima in the night, we recommend the JR ferry that runs until late!


The key to comparing the two companies is the difference in the route they take. For JR, the ferries running between 9:10 and 16:10 pass by the Ōtorii of Itsukushima shrine. Perfect for those who want to take photos from the ferry!
On the other hand, Matsudai Kisen goes straight to the landing pier. They also run more frequently than JR. If you don’t want to wait in the line to get on the ferry, you may want to take Matsudai Kisen.

Let’s Hop On!

Boarding Gates for the Ferries

For departures from Miyajimaguchi, the right gate is JR, and the left is Matsudai Kisen (facing the gates).

The boarding gates in Miyajima are the opposite: the right gate is for Matsudai Kisen, and the left is for JR (facing the gates).

JR Ferry Ticket

Firstly, let’s see how to use the ticket machine for JR ferry. It provides both one-way and return tickets, and both are very easy to buy.
1. Click on the top left “English” button to change the language to English.

2. The people’s icon on the left shows the number of people traveling. For 1 adult choose the top option, the second option for 2 adults, and the third for a combination of 1 adult and 1 child. Choose the right number of people traveling accordingly.

3. Choose one-way or return.

4. Insert the amount displayed on the screen, and your purchase is done.

Matsudai Kisen Ticket

The light blue area at the top shows adult price, and the bottom pink area shows child price. Insert the money and choose the right number of passengers. “1人” means 1 person. The above is the description of the machine for return tickets. The one-way tickets can be bought from the machine located next to the return ticket machine.
Once you got your ticket, all is left is to board! If you bought a return ticket, make sure to keep it safe as you will need it on the way back. Be especially careful around deer in Miyajima, as they will eat anything!


The fare is ¥180 for both companies.The travel time is almost the same, and is about 10 minutes!If you want to enjoy the view while on the ferry, JR is for you!If you don’t want to wait for the ferry, Matsudai Kisen is for you, as they run more frequently.