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Train from Miyajimaguchi to Kyoto

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Train from Miyajimaguchi to Kyoto

Does anyone know if it is possible to purchase shinkansen tickets at the Miyajimaguchi station? Or will we need to stop at Hiroshima station to get the shinkansen tickets to take us to Kyoto? Thanks.

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1. Re: Train from Miyajimaguchi to Kyoto

U can

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2. Re: Train from Miyajimaguchi to Kyoto

Thanks. Would you suggest reserving tickets ahead of time, or would it be ok to just show up at Miyajimaguchi Station to purchase tickets when I'm ready to depart for Kyoto?

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If you are using JR Pass, you are restricted to Hikari and Kodama which run less frequently and normally only have 6 carriages, so you may want to reserve a few days in advance if you want to sit together.

But if you are buying ticket for cash, you can use faster Nozomi and there are usually plenty of seats available in reserved sections. All Nozomis stop at Hiroshima and Kyoto.

Edited: 02 April 2017, 15:20
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>>>If you are using JR Pass, you are restricted to Hikari and Kodama which run less frequently and normally only have 6 carriages, so you may want to reserve a few days in advance if you want to sit together.<<

Don't forget the Sakura Shinkansen which is covered by the JR Pass. It has 8 cars but reserved seats often sell out (especially Green) so booking a few days ahead is a good advice.

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5. Re: Train from Miyajimaguchi to Kyoto

Forgot to say that if you're using a pass, you'll need to transfer to another Shinkansen at Shin-Osaka or Okayama.

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6. Re: Train from Miyajimaguchi to Kyoto

While for Hiroshima to Kyoto with JR Pass, you normally use Hikari, which sometimes goes to Kyoto, usually you have to change at Okayama or Shin Osaka. Also many Hikari trains stop at just about every station between Hiroshima and Shin Osaka, which makes it no faster than Kodama. Sakura is faster, stopping at fewer stations - just requires a change in Shin Osaka.

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7. Re: Train from Miyajimaguchi to Kyoto

Let me clarify: From Kyoto to Hiroshima, there are 3 Hikari trains/day that do directly to Hiroshima: 7:20, 8:00 and 8:23. The rest of Hikari trains terminate either at Shin-Osaka or Okayama.

From Hiroshima to Kyoto: There are only 4 Hikari trains/day. Of those only one that depart 6:13 goes directly to Kyoto. It's best to take the Sakura to Shin-Osaka and transfer to another Shinkansen to Kyoto. Hikari doesn't go to Kyoto, except the one that depart at 6:13.

Hikari vs. Kodama: Definitely take the Hikari if possible as it stops at fewer stations. Kodama stops at every station and it sometimes stops up to ~15 minutes to let other faster trains go by.

http://time.jr-odekake.net/cgi-bin/mydia.cgi?MODE=11&FUNC=0&EKI=広島&SENK=東海道・山陽・九州新幹線&DIR=新大阪・東京方面&DDIV=&CDAY=&DITD=%33%38%36%33%30%30%32%30%33%30%30%30%30%2c%33%38%36%33%30%30%32%30%33%30%30%31%30%2c%33%38%36%33%30%30%32%30%33%30%30%32%30&COMPANY_CODE=4&DATE=20170402

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8. Re: Train from Miyajimaguchi to Kyoto

Thanks for all the useful information! We will not be using the JR Pass. For our itinerary it is more cost effective to buy the tickets individually. Sounds like I can just purchase tickets at Miyajimaguchi for the Sanyo line to Hiroshima and the Nozomi shinkansen to Kyoto.

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It's 11,410 yen for reserved seat on Nozomi. For 13,000 yen (if bought in advance), you can get West JR Kansai-Hiroshima Area Pass, which covers Nozomi ride to Shin Osaka (then change to rapid train for Kyoto), plus 5 days of other JR travels in the area. Doesn't it make sense?

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