Train Tickets from Kyoto to Hiroshima

30 Number
of daily departures
1h40 Shortest
travel duration
$70 Our best
available price
06:55 / 22:44 Earliest / Latest
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More information about your journey to Hiroshima

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As the Shinkansen zooms through the picturesque Japanese countryside, passengers are treated to a captivating journey that showcases the seamless transition from the timeless allure of rural Japan and Kyoto's historical legacy to a city that is constantly evolving. This popular route, often the final leg of the renowned "Golden Route", takes travelers on a scenic ride where Kyoto's suburbs gradually give way to charming villages and majestic mountain landscapes. After approximately an hour and a half, the train arrives in the gorgeous Hiroshima region.

Upon reaching Hiroshima, passengers are greeted by Hiroshima Station, the gateway to a world of interesting activities, captivating sights, and mouthwatering cuisine. From the poignant Peace Memorial Park and Museum, which stands as a testament to the city's resilience, to the nearby Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima offers a profound blend of history and contemporary vibrancy. The bustling downtown district of Hondori, the lively shopping streets, and the abundance of eateries serving the local delicacy, okonomiyaki, all contribute to Hiroshima's unique charm.

Furthermore, Hiroshima serves as a launching pad to explore other regional treasures. A popular day trip takes visitors to Miyajima, where friendly deer roam freely amidst serene temple grounds. Alternatively, one can venture into the awe-inspiring Sandankyo Gorge or discover the allure of the islands surrounding Hiroshima Bay. Each destination offers its own distinct charm, adding to the allure of this remarkable region.

Note: Hiroshima Station may not be the last stop on this Shinkansen line, that can continue to Hakata (Fukuoka). Please be mindful of the stops in order to get off at the right station.

The Sanyo Shinkansen line is operated by Japan Railways (JR), the largest rail company in Japan. Tickets booked with Japan Experience are issued through an official partnership with JR West, meaning you are dealing directly with the train operator that will take you from Kyoto to Hiroshima.

Advantages of taking the train from Kyoto to Hiroshima

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Efficiency

Covering the distance of nearly 400km between Kyoto and Hiroshima in a little over 1 hour and 30 minutes, Shinkansen bullet trains are one of the fastest ways to reach your destination relaxed and worry-free.

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Comfort

Comfortable seats, plenty of space to relax your legs, regularly cleaned carriages and peace and quiet for a relaxing journey. 

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Reliability

With hundreds of departures per day and an average delay per train estimated at 24 seconds, the Shinkansen is very reliable. 

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Eco-friendly

Your Kyoto to Hiroshima itinerary corresponds to less than 15kg of CO2 emissions by Shinkansen, compared to over 100kg by plane on the same journey. Traveling by train is 7 times more eco-responsible than flying!

How to book your Kyoto to Hiroshima train tickets?

Pick your date, time and seat

You can book up to 9 months prior to your travel date.

Confirm and purchase

Order your train ticket securely online.

Receive your QR code

Get your QR code by email 1 month before departure.

Exchange and enjoy

Follow the instructions received on how to exchange your QR code and enjoy your ride.

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More information about your train, Kyoto Station and Hiroshima Station

Different types of Shinkansen available

To get from Kyoto to Hiroshima, you can choose two types of Shinkansen high-speed bullet trains: Hikari and Nozomi. Hikari Shinkansen trains make a few stops, which will take you to Hiroshima. The Nozomi is the fastest of the options, being an express and direct service, but it'll cost you more. This Shinkansen also operates only with reserved seats

No matter the type of train, reclinable seats, overhead storage, power outlets, and more are available on board! You can be sure that traveling by Shinkansen from Kyoto to Hiroshima will be both efficient and comfortable. Be sure to research all seat and car options to book the train ticket adapted to your travel needs

How to get to Kyoto Station

Kyoto Station, situated in the heart of the historic Japanese capital, is conveniently connected to various local public transportation lines in and around Kyoto operated by JR or Kintetsu, the regional rail operator in the Kansai region. Additionally, the Karasuma subway line serves Kyoto Station. The extensive bus network in Kyoto is centered around Kyoto Station, providing easy access to the station from any part of the city.

Where to go from Hiroshima Station 

Hiroshima Station, the primary train station in Hiroshima, is situated in Minami ward and is accessible through various local public transportation lines operated by JR, serving both the Hiroshima metropolitan area and the wider region. The renowned Hiroshima streetcars, managed by Hiroshima Electric Railway, also make stops at Hiroshima Station. Additionally, numerous bus lines either depart from or have stops at Hiroshima Station. Being in close proximity to Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park and Museum, it is conveniently within walking distance of the city's main attractions.

Why book your train tickets with Japan Experience?

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Our train tickets are issued through an official partnership with the National Japan Railways Group (JR).

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Our team of passionate individuals based in Japan works with you directly, no intermediary needed.

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Read more about the exchange process, conditions and validity of train tickets here

How far in advance can I book train tickets?

You can book train tickets in Japan between 9 months prior to your train's departure date and 3 days before departure. 

Is there a special train ticket fare for children?

Yes, there are special fares applicable for children. Ages 12 and up are considered adults, but kids aged from 6 to 11 benefit from a reduced child fare. Children under the age of 6 travel for free. This free fare is limited to 2 tickets, meaning any additional child under 6 will then pay the classic child fare. 

Where to exchange your train tickets in Japan depending on the region?

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In the JR West area (blue), you can exchange your QR code for a physical train ticket at reserved seat ticket machines in stations, or at Midori-no-Madoguchi ticket windows with station staff. In the JR Central area (orange), you can exchange your QR code at reserved seat ticket vending machines at indicated stations. In the JR East area (green), you can exchange your train tickets at Shinkansen stations, major stations in the Tokyo metropolitan area, and Narita Airport stations. 

How to use your train tickets in Japan? 

To use your train tickets once you have exchanged them, simply head to Kyoto Station, insert your train ticket into the automatic gates (don't forget to take it back), and head to the right platform to hop on your train. On board the train, find the seat number that is on your ticket if you have a seat reservation, and enjoy the ride! Once you've arrived in Hiroshima, insert the ticket again at the gates upon exiting, and the historic southern city is now yours to explore. 

Modification and Cancelation

Order cancellation

Customers have up to 3 working days prior to their departure date to cancel their train ticket orders as long as they have not scanned the corresponding QR code and exchanged for their physical train tickets. A 15% cancellation fee will be charged, and the QR code will be instantly deactivated upon order cancellation. 

For train ticket orders that have already had the corresponding QR code scanned and where the tickets have been received, orders may be canceled at JR Station offices, where a refund will be issued with a 5%-10% cancellation fee, depending on the station and office. This refund will be made in cash in Japanese yen. 

Past the day and time of departure, refunds cannot be issued, regardless if the corresponding QR code has been used or not, and regardless if customers have received their physical tickets or not. 

Order modification 

Japan Experience allows for one modification request of date and/or time of departure (changes to destination or route are not possible*). Modifications to the date and/or time of departure are only possible under the following conditions:

-The corresponding QR code has not been used. 

-It is NOT within three days of the departure date. 

You will then be sent a new QR code to use at JR stations to exchange for your new tickets. 

Any modification requests after the first change or changes to the departing and/or arrival station will require that the order be canceled and then re-ordered with the new travel information. 

For those wishing to make modifications to the date/time of their train trip after using the sent QR code and receiving their tickets, this can be done at JR offices at JR stations up to 10 minutes prior to departure. In the case of a change in arrival station, such a change can only be accommodated if said station is on the same Shinkansen train route (i.e. a route change from Tokyo>Kyoto can be changed to Tokyo>Shin-Osaka but not to Tokyo>Kanazawa). The difference in fare will be paid at the JR office.

In the case of a missed train departure, those holding tickets for Kodama Shinkansen bullet trains on the Tokaido-Sanyo Line are able to board Nozomi, Hikari, and other Kodama trains on the same day, from the same station, to the same destination, for use on non-reserved train cars. 

If a Shinkansen bullet train does not have any non-reserved train cars (like the Hokuriku Shinkansen Kagayaki bullet train) or has no open seats, the train may still be ridden, but passengers will be required to stand during their commute in either the areas between each train car or in aisles between seats, depending on the capacity of the train at that time. Passengers will be required to stand until reaching their destination or until non-reserved train car seats become available for use. 

Eligibility

All persons above the age of 12, with no restrictions of residence status or nationality, are eligible to purchase individual train tickets (unlike the Japan Rail Pass and some JR regional passes, for example). Japanese individuals as well as foreigners living in Japan can thus purchase train tickets online. Under the age of 12, the aforementioned child fare conditions apply. 

Validity of train tickets

Train tickets issued are only valid for the date and time indicated on your booking, and are to be used only on the Kyoto to Hiroshima service. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Train Tickets in Japan

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