The scenery of Itsukushima Shrine seen from a ferry is superb! A trip to “Miyajima”.

It’s a regular ferry that connects Miyajima and Miyajima-guchi station. Local people use it as a necessary way of transportation. JR West Japan and Miyajima Matsudai Kisen currently operate it.

Itsukushima Shrine

The Miyajima Ferry Pier

Heading to Miyajima-guchi Pier from Hiroshima city.

Miyajima/Itsukushima Shrine is one of the most popular destinations in Hiroshima. There are several ways to get there, but I’d like to introduce travelling by ferry. First of all, you need to take a streetcar from the last stop at Miyajima-guchi. It takes about 70 min from Hiroshima station. (It takes about 25 minutes from Hiroshima station if you take JR Sanin Mainline)
As soon as you step off the train, you’ll feel a sea breeze blowing in from the sea, and you feel like you are in the middle of nature. It’s so different from busy Hiroshima city. There are two ferry companies at the station, but they cost the same. Choose one depending on when it departs by comparing their schedules.

A ferry

Miyajima seen from the ferry

Enjoy nature and Itsukushima Shrine for 10 minutes.

Let’s get it on after buying a ticket! If it’s sunny, I recommend that you to stand on the observation deck. You can view Itsukushima Shrine nestled in nature and the big Torii gate. These sights will present different faces as you get closer, and the 10-minute ride seems to quickly pass by. When I was on board, tourists were constantly taking photos. It is indeed picturesque.


A ferry

It even carries automobiles!

Locals as well as tourists use this ferry as a necessary way of transportation. These people go to school, to the office, or even go shopping by ferry.
The ferry runs every 10 to 15 minutes between 6 A.M. and 10 P.M., so you don’t have to wait very long. JR West Miyajima Ferry also offers different routes like, passing closer to the big Torii. It’s also fun to take a different ferry to and from the island.

A deer
Deer will welcome you at Miyajima!

Sunset and a ferry.

■Miyajima Matsudai Kisen

■JR West Japan Miyajima Ferry


1 Miyajimaguchi, Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture

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Address 1 Miyajimaguchi, Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture
Access 5 min walk from Miyajima-guchi