Friday, August 28, 2015

JR Shinkansen Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima station & Streetcar(Hiroshima Electrict Railway) in Japan


If you have an extra one or two days in Osaka and you don't have any idea to go about. Why not, you plan a day trip or staying two days at Hiroshima in Japan. Hiroshima is situated at the southern suburbs of Osaka in Japan. You can take the Shinkansen (Japanese bullet train) ride from Osaka (Shin-Osaka station) to Hiroshima station and the whole journey takes 100 minutes for one-way trip only. You can either buy the train ticket at the ticket booth or walk to the ticket counter for the assistance of the ticket purchase at Shinkansen train station. It is strongly advised to buy your return trip of Shinkansen train ticket at least two days ahead  before your trip so that you can reserve your seats. It also helps you to plan your day trip or two days at Hiroshima and Miyajima in Japan when you know your train schedule.

When you reach Hiroshima Station, you get down the Shinkansen and follow the arrows to lead you out of the train station. There is an Information Counter as when you are about to walk out of the exit gate at Hiroshima Station. The staff are able to converse in English and will guide you to places to visit in Hiroshima and Miyajima. You can ask for the nearest Streetcar (Hiroshima Electric Railway) platform. The Streetcar is operating since 1910 and it is a very convenient public transportation as it takes you around Hiroshima prefecture, to Miyajima ferry pier and also to other attraction places. The Streetcar moves very slow and it is not recommended to get your one day pass. Tickets aren't sold at the booth and the Streetcar is a flat fare based on per ride. It is really surprising to see a conductor and a driver on every Streetcar. The conductor will walk around with his bag to help passengers in providing loose change. The reason is, passengers need to pay the exact amount in the fare box as when they get down from the Streetcar.  

For more details about the timetable and fares of JR trains and Shinkansen to other prefectures in Japan, please refer to JR official website.


Waiting for Shinkansen to Hiroshima at Osaka (Shin-Osaka Station) train station in Japan
Waiting for Shinkansen to Hiroshima at Osaka (Shin-Osaka Station) train station in Japan

A series of Shinkansen (bullet train) models are running at Osaka (Shin-Osaka Station) station while waiting for my train to Hiroshima in Japan
A series of Shinkansen (bullet train) models are running at Osaka (Shin-Osaka Station) station while waiting for my train to Hiroshima in Japan

The customer service (Omotenashi) is very great and detailed in Japan as it's unbelivable seeing well-packed coffee and meal in very handy way
The customer service (Omotenashi) is very great and detailed in Japan as it's unbelivable seeing well-packed coffee and meal in very handy way

Tourists' brochures in English are available at Information Counter before you leave the Hiroshima Train Station in Japan
Tourists' brochures in English are available at Information Counter before you leave the Hiroshima Train Station in Japan

Japan is a pet-friendly country as you can board your pets on the train in the crate as well as taking your pets to the parks too
Japan is a pet-friendly country as you can board your pets on the train in the crate as well as taking your pets to the parks too

Heading to the platform of Streetcar (Hiroshima Electric Railway) Station which is located outside of Hiroshima Train Station in Japan
Heading to the platform of Streetcar (Hiroshima Electric Railway) Station which is located outside of Hiroshima Train Station in Japan

Hiroshima Train Station in Japan
Hiroshima Train Station in Japan

Welcome to Hiroshima as you walk out of Hiroshima Train Station in Japan
Welcome to Hiroshima as you walk out of Hiroshima Train Station in Japan

A convenient way to travel around Hiroshima downtown and attraction sites by taking this Streetcar (Hiroshima Electric Railway) which is located outside of Hiroshima Station in Japan
A convenient way to travel around Hiroshima downtown and attraction sites by taking this Streetcar (Hiroshima Electric Railway) which is located outside of Hiroshima Station in Japan


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