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To day trip or not to day trip?

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To day trip or not to day trip?

My partner and I will be travelling to Japan in April 2014. We have not yet decided on an itinerary and there is much to plan!

We would like to visit Hiroshima for a day and I wondered what is more economical:

a day trip from either Tokyo or Osaka or to actually stay in Hiroshima (2 nights, one day) and make our own way around? we are quite confident in making our own way but is it easier and more affordable to day trip and does anyone have a recommended hotel or tour company? thanks

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1. Re: To day trip or not to day trip?

The most "Economical" is to ride a night bus from Tokyo to Hiroshima, get around Hiroshima and Miyajima for the day, and ride a night bus from Hiroshima to Osaka.

You need a hotel and train fare to/from Hiroshima, regardless of day or overnight trip.

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2. Re: To day trip or not to day trip?

It generally makes much more sense to take trains. Using a JR Pass, you can save a lot of money. However, the train pass is not as cheap as the bus so it depends on how economical you want to get.


Hiroshima is a do-able daytrip option starting from Osaka or Kyoto, but from Tokyo is really too far.

Edited: 09 August 2013, 18:27
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3. Re: To day trip or not to day trip?

The feasibility of going to Hiroshima depends both on your available time and budget.

If using the JR Pass you have to bear in mind that it can only be purchased for consecutive days (there is no flexi-pass version). Also, the JR Pass is not valid on the fastest (Nozomi) Shinkansens (not allowed to travel on them at all).

On a journey from Tokyo to Hiroshima using the JR Pass you must change trains at Shin-Osaka (relatively easy) and there is not much difference in total travelling time over Nozomis.

If at all possible stay 2-3 nights in Hiroshima as there is a lot to see.

A side trip (free with the JR Pass) to Miyajima Island is a must. Tides permitting you can walk out to the famous Torii there as well as see the famed Five Storey Pagoda.

The Atomic Bomb dome and Peace Memorial Park is are an absolute must and very close to each other.

Getting around Hiroshima is very easy on the little trams, all of which start from the terminal behind the JR station.

We stayed at the Granvia Hotel which is connected to the station. Rooms are a bit small but upgrades are available.

For simple tea and snacks don't miss the Danmark Cafe right by the station entrance.

There is a live user controllable camera overlooking the A Bomb dome and adjacent street and tram stop.


Just remember the time difference as Japan is 13 hours ahead of EDT/EST most of the year.

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4. Re: To day trip or not to day trip?

Yes, as Sammyfloyd point out, if you are using Osaka as a base you can do Hiroshima as a day trip. Take the shinkansen early int he morning and explore Hiroshima and Miyajima, and be back in Osaka by night.

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5. Re: To day trip or not to day trip?

This is a facility you might like to stay in in Hiroshima...

Aster Plaza (Hotel); hiyh.pr.arena.ne.jp/Hp_eng/indexeng.htm

TripAdvisor User Reviews of Aster Plaza: tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g298561-d640067…


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