･A convenient loop trip through the Iwami region starts by taking a train from Shin-Yamaguchi to Tsuwano.
･Travel up the San-in coast at your leisure and cross over the Chugoku mountain range back to Okayama.
･From here, you can board the Shinkansen back to any major city. This loop can be done in the reverse order as well.
･You can also take an expressway bus from Hiroshima to Hamada.
･ All trains in this pamphlet are JR San-in Line unless indicated.
･ Trains on JR San-in Line run about once an hour in each direction.
･ Trains on JR Sanko Line depart ve times a day.
･ As you enjoy the slower pace of life in Iwami,
Iwami Trains please be aware that public transport may not be that frequent and plan accordingly.
Purchasea Shinkansen and Yamaguchi line ticket together at Hiroshima or Fukuoka Station. (If you have a Japan Rail Pass, no additional purchase is required.) Also,available from English-language vending machines.
This beautiful, black iron, C571 steam locomotive, nicknamed “ T h e L a d y ” , r u n s t h r o u g h unspoiled countryside between JR Shin-Yamaguchi and Tsuwano Stations. It operates from March to early November and during the New Year holidays.
Descend from the Shinkansen platform to the ticket gate. Pass through the JR Line Transfer gate (see photo) and go straight. If you have extra time between your transfer, you can go through the regular ticket gate instead and purchase uirou (a famous Yamaguchi confection) at the shop in front of the waiting room.
Limited Express and SL Yamaguchi trains bound for Tsuwano Station depart from Track 1. You can descend to Track 1 at the end of the hallway (see photo).
The nonreserved seat car of the Limited Express Super Oki train can be boarded on the left while the reserved seat car boards on the right (when facing the track). No food or drink is sold on the train so please make any necessary purchases before boarding.
From the Shinkansen platform, descend and exit the main ticket gate (one location). Take the elevator directly in front of you or turn right and descend to the first floor using the escalator.
Exit the elevator, proceed straight and the purchase a bus ticket bound for Hamada at the Bus Ticket Counter on your right. (3,030 yen one-way) *Available to Japan Rail Pass holders
Board the bus bound for Hamada from Position 3, diagonally across from the Bus Ticket Counter building.Hand your bus ticket to the driver when you get of. (Current as of July 2018)
Japan Rail Pass holders may also ride any bus between Hiroshima and Hamada operated by Chugoku JR .
*Buses operated by Iwami Kotsu and Hiroden also run between Hiroshima and Hamada so please check the schedule and be careful to board the correct bus.
The luggage hold of the bus will not be opened at each stop en route to Hamada. If you place your baggage in the luggage hold and are planning to get off at a stop before Hamada, please ask the driver to open the luggage hold at your stop.
Access from Tokyo
Hagi Iwami Airport (IWJ)
Conveniently located in Masuda City. ANA offers twice-daily flights to Haneda, Tokyo.
Airport: 9am-6:40pm Shop: 11am-5:30pm Restaurant: 11am-2pm(Last order 1:30pm), 3pm-5:30pm(Last order 5pm)
*Hours are subject to change according to the current flight schedule.
The shared taxi driver waits near the exit of the arrival terminal.
*Please make a reservation for the shared taxi by 9pm the day before your arrival. If you have not made a reservation, seats in the taxi may still be available when you arrive. Please ask the driver about availability.
Local buses stop outside the arrival terminal and will take you to Masuda Station. Buses run based on the ight schedule.