･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 or the Sanko Line from Miyoshi to Gotsu
･ 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.
Access from Hiroshima
At the ticket counter in Hiroshima Station, buy a ticket from Hiroshima to Tsuwano on the Shinkansen and Yamaguchi Lines. If you have a JR R a i l P a s s , t h e r e w i l l b e n o additional fee. The ticket vending machine can be used in English.
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 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 .
The non-reserved 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.
Hiroshima Station is currently undergoing renovations.
The location of the ticket oce and the bus boarding position may change.
When you get o the Shinkansen at Hiroshima Station, look up at the yellow signboards. Follow them toward the "Shinkansen Gate" and "Expressway Bus".
When you exit the Shinkansen ticket gate, go straight past the stairs. There will be a place to purchase tickets directly in front of you. Buy your ticket here for the bus to Hamada.
Go out the Shinkansen Gate exit doors. The bus for Hamada departs from Position 3, which should be directly in front of you. Please give your ticket to the bus driver when you get off the bus.
Japan Rail Pass holders may ride any Chugoku JR bus between Hiroshima and Hamada.
*Iwami Kotsu and Hiroden operate buses along the same route. These companies do not accept the Japan Rail Pass. 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 o at a stop before Hamada, please ask the driver to open the luggage hold at your stop.
Access from Tokyo
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.