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can you use jr pass to travel from tokyo to hiroshima?

Can you use JR Pass to travel from Tokyo to Hiroshima?

Hi Mari,
I have read that the JR Pass will not work for the Nozomi bullet trains. When I checked Hyperdia for train times from Tokyo to Hiroshima, they all use the Nozomi trains. Is it possible to use the JR Pass to get from Tokyo to Hiroshima?

Please advise,
Patrick

pj92101
pj92101

Hi Patrick,

Yes, it is very possible to travel from Tokyo to Hiroshima using the bullet trains and a Japan Rail Pass with a single change at Shin-Osaka. Here is a sample itinerary for you.

You can find all the non-Nozomi bullet trains by disabling the Nozomi search option in Hyperdia which can be found under "SearchDetails".

Hope this helps!

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mari
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Cool. I didn't see the filter to remove the Nozomi trains. Thanks!

pj92101
pj92101

I am also going from Tokyo to Hiroshma, but I also need to go to Kitakyushu.

Will this pass get me there??

JDunn
JDunn

Yes, The Japan Rail Pass covers all JR lines in across Japan.

Hope this helps!

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mari
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JR covers nearly all of the major and medium cities across Japan, so no problem.
Hiroshima has many good places - within the city of course is the Peace Park/Museum, Shukkeien Garden and Castle, and the main attraction nearby is Miyajima. If that is still not enough, there are many places between or close to Hiroshima. Just a bit past Miyajima is Iwakuni with its iconic historical bridge and mountaintop castle. Onomichi is famous for its temple tour and wildly ornate Kosanji Temple. Nearby Kurashiki is a famous own city for its canals, and Okayama also has its own castle and one of Japan's other Top 3 gardens, Korakuen. If your kids are itching to explore, then in Kagawa there is the Konpirasan Shrine in Kotohira, with a marvelous paved mountain hike.

Kitakyushu is mainly an industrial city though, with limited sightseeing options. Kokura Castle is very nice, and the Moji Retro area is like walking back in time. Every year from late may the wisteria bloom in the Kawachi Fujien which is spectacular.
The walk through the Kanmon Underwater Tunnel is also pretty cool. There is one secret gem in the city though - the day and especially night view from Sarakurayama is just mind blowing.

But overall you might enjoy Hakata or Fukuoka City more. For Fukuoka, there are many open parks, shopping, seaside historical areas, and urban neon. See this site as a good guide.

For Fukuoka, don't miss the Nanzoin Temple which is one of Japan's finest yet almost totally unknown to the outside world and completely FREE!

Look into a Fukuoka Tourist City Pass also.

You can also see a lot of previews on the best there is to see here.

Toraneko
Toraneko

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