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Shinkansen or Bus? How to Travel from OSAKA to HIROSHIMA?

Osaka to Hiroshima travel guide blog

How to get to Hiroshima from Osaka by train or bus?


Hiroshima is a major city in Hiroshima Prefecture. It is best known for its two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) and Itsukushima Shrine. Approximately 330 kilometers from Osaka, it is filled with many old shrines and temples, historical landmarks and tourist spots that you could visit and enjoy. With Japan's modern transportation system you can easily travel from Osaka to Hiroshima by Shinkansen bullet train or by bus.

In this travel guide blog, I will help you in your travel by providing you with useful information on how to get to Hiroshima from Osaka by train or bus.

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OSAKA TO HIROSHIMA BY TRAIN


If you want to save on travel time from Osaka to Hiroshima, I recommend that you take the Shinkansen or the bullet train. By taking the train, you can get to Hiroshima in about 1 hour and 25 minutes depending on the type of bullet train you will take.

Osaka is connected to Hiroshima via the Sanyo Shinkansen Line. in Osaka, just go to Shin-Osaka Station and take the bullet train to Hiroshima Station which is the main station in Hiroshima City.

If you have a Japan Rail Pass, you may take the Sakura Shinkansen train or the Hikari Shinkansen Train. Sakura train is faster than the Hikari train. Travel time from Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima Station is around 1 hour and 32 minutes via Sakura train, while taking the Hikari train, travel time takes about 2 hours and 13 minutes.

If you don’t have a JR Pass, you may take the Nozomi or the Mizuho train from Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima Station. These trains are the fastest types of bullet train and will take you to Hiroshima in just 1 hour and 25 minutes. Train fare is around 9,800 JPY per way for a non-reserved seat.

If you plan to explore cities in the Kansai Region such as Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Himeji and you want to include a trip to Hiroshima, you may get a Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass. This pass will let you enjoy 5 days of unlimited rides on JR's railway systems and ferry within the region. You can take the Sanyo Shinkansen, Express Trains, JR West ferry, and more using this pass.

I recommend this pass if you want explore all of Kansai and Hiroshima prefectures. This is definitely the ideal pass for easy and convenient travel in Kansai (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Himeji and more!) and Hiroshima Prefecture including Miyajima Island.

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OSAKA TO HIROSHIMA BY BUS


If you're on a budget, you could ride the bus from Osaka to Hiroshima. The fare is about half that of the shinkansen, but requires more travel time. The fare varies between 4,700 JPY and 6,000 JPY depending on the service. Travel time from Osaka to Hiroshima is around 5-7 hours.

Regular daytime and overnight buses are available from Osaka to Hiroshima. Daytime buses depart from Osaka Station's JR Express Bus Terminal. Travel time takes about 5 hours from Osaka Station to Hiroshima Station.

If you want to travel at night and save one night on hotel expenses, you may take the overnight buses that also depart from Osaka Station's JR Express Bus Terminal. The first bus service departs at 11:00 pm and arrives at Hiroshima Station at around 6:00 am the following day. The second Osaka-Hiroshima bus service departs at 11:30 pm and arrives at Hiroshima Station at around 5:55 am. You can book your bus tickets at JR Expressway Bus Ticket Center located at the first floor of Osaka Station.

There are also buses that departs from Umeda Willer Bus Terminal and Namba OCAT 2F (Minatomachi Bus Terminal). You may check www.kosokubus.com or www.willerexpress.com for the updated bus schedules and time table.

USEFUL OSAKA TO HIROSHIMA TRAIN PASSES


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WHOLE JAPAN RAIL PASS


If you're planning a visit to Hiroshima as part of a bigger Japan trip that covers multiple cities and prefectures, I highly recommend that you get a whole Japan JR Pass available in 7, 14 and 21 days validity. With a Whole Japan JR Pass, you can enjoy unlimited train ride on the JR Lines, which includes the Shinkansen, Limited Express, local trains, Monorail, JR buses and Miyajima Ferry. It is very useful and an economical way to travel around Japan. You can also use it in exploring Hiroshima City by taking the Hiroshima Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Pass for FREE. Enjoy unlimited travel across JR lines around Japan including local buses, Miyajima Ferry, and more with this pass!

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JR KANSAI HIROSHIMA AREA PASS


If you plan to explore Kansai Region and you want to include Hiroshima in your itinerary, don't get a whole Japan Rail Pass. Instead, get a JR Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass! This pass will let you enjoy 5 days of unlimited rides the Sanyo Shinkansen, Express Trains, JR West Ferry, and more!

Areas covered include all of Kansai and Hiroshima prefectures, including Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Kansai Airport, Himeji and Wakayama, Himeji, Okayama, Kurashiki, Onomichi, Miyajima, Iwakuni, and more! It is available in adult and kids rates. This is definitely the easiest and fastest way to explore Kansai and Hiroshima.

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WHICH ONE IS BETTER? BY BUS OR BY TRAIN?


For me, it depends on your preference. If you want to save on time, take the Shinkansen bullet trains. Although it is more more expensive than taking the bus, it will save you a lot on travel time. And if you plan your trip well and organize your itinerary well, you may avail a rail pass which will save you a lot on travel expenses. Having a rail pass is not that expensive if you know how to maximize the use of the pass.

If you're a budget traveler and don't mind the long travel, take the bus. This will save you a lot on travel expenses. Osaka to Hiroshima is around 5-7 hours. If you take an overnight bus, you could also save one night on hotel expenses.

Me, I prefer to use train passes as it comes cheap if you know how to use it and if you plan your trip and your itinerary well.

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