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Osaka to Hiroshima Train

High-speed trains run frequently from Osaka to Hiroshima on Sanyo Shinkansen. The travel time between the two cities is about 1.5 hours. A one-way ticket for a reserved seat is 10,830 yen; for an unreserved seat is 9,890 yen.

Basic Information

  1. Length: 342 kilometers (212 miles)
  2. Duration: around 1.5 hours
  3. Top speed: 285 kph (177 mph)
  4. Terminals: Shin-Osaka Train Station, Hiroshima Train Station
  5. Stops along the way: Osaka, Hiroshima

Osaka to Hiroshima Train Timetable and Ticket Fares


Time by Nozomi

Time by Hikari

Train Frequency

One-Way Fare

Osaka to Hiroshima

1 h 26 min

1 h 30 min

Every 15-30 minutes

10,830 yen

Train Types Running from Osaka to Hiroshima

There are three types of trains in service on Osaka to Hiroshima shinkansen with different running speeds and the number of intermediate stations. They are Nozomi, Hikari and Kodama.

1. Nozomi train: this is the fastest train with limited stops only at major stations along the way including Shinagawa, Shin-Yokohama, Nagoya and Kyoto. Most Nozami trains run from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka and further into Tohoku Shinkansen. Most services on Tokaido Shinkansen are Nozomi trains, with a maximum of 8 pairs of trains per hour. Japan Rail Pass cannot be used to take Nozomi trains.

2. Hikari train: this is the second fastest rail service on Sanyo Shinkansen. They have more intermediate stops than Nozami. Hikari runs two shifts per hour. Passengers holding Japan Rail Pass can take Hikari trains.

3. Kodama train: this is the slowest high-speed service from Osaka to Hiroshima. Kodama trains run two shifts per hour. They stop at every station along the Tokyo - Shin-Osaka route. Japan Rail Pass can be used to take Kodama trains.

Seat Classes on Osaka to Hiroshima Shinkansen

Reserved and Unreserved Seats

Ordinary class on shinkansen trains and limited express trains have reserved cars and unreserved cars. Thus ticket for ordinary class are sold as reserved or unreserved.

A reserved seat on ordinary class comes with an allocated seat. A reserved ticket fee will be added to the basic ticket fare. Seats need to be reserved in advance at a JR ticket office before boarding.

An unreserved seat on ordinary class doesn’t have an allocated seat. You can sit on at any available seats you like. Tickets on unreserved cars have unlimited number. In most cases you can find a seat on the unreserved car easily. But during peak travel seasons like Spring Break (late March to early April), Golden Week (April 28th to May 6th) and New Year (December 29 to January 2nd), you may find that all seats are taken and you will have to stand for your whole train journey.

Green Car

Green car is equivalent to first class in Japan. You can identify the green car by the symbol of clover next to the door. The green car seating is more spacious, with more leg and elbow room. There are four seats (2+2) in a row on shinkansen trains, and 3 seats (2+1) in a row on limited express trains.

The green car gives you a more comfortable train travel experience. The seats are softer and can be reclined up to 40 degrees. Green cars are always quiet, even during peak seasons and holidays.

Green car seats are expensive than ordinary seats. All green car seats are reserved. Seats can be reserved a month prior to departure.

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