If you want to go around sightseeing spots in Japan, making a great use of Free Passes issued by railway companies is a way to go. Here are Free Passes you can use in travelling around sightseeing spots in Chugoku region.
【1-Day Free Pass】
1-Day Free Pass for tram car and ferries handy for sightseeing around Hiroshima. Great tool for Miyajima and Hiroshima sightseeing. You have unlimited access to tram cars in Hiroshima (Hiro-den) and ferries bound for Miyajima (Matsu-dai Kisen). There are two ferries going to Miyajima but the one you can get on is of Matsudai-kisen. By showing the Free Pass, you can get on Miyajima aerial tramway with discount price (1,800 yen→1,350 yen)
Price： 840 yen(Adult), 420 yen(Child)
Where to purchase： Tourist Information Center in Hiroshima station, hotels etc.
【Setouchi Sea-Line 1-Day Free Pass】
Free Pass suitable for Hiroshima Bay cruising or sightseeing around Seto Inland Sea. Unlimited access to three Setouchi Sea-Line routes including high-speed vessel and ferries. It pays off just going in between Hiroshima and Miyajima back and forth. World Heritage Site “Miyajima” and “Miyaji Marine”, “ex-navel academy” in Eda-jima and “Yamato Museum/Tetsu-no-kujira Museum” are all reachable with this Free Pass.
Price： 3,300 yen/Adult, 1,650 yen/Child
Where to purchase； ticket counter of each port
【Setouchi Shimanami Kaido Cycling Ticket】
Free Pass suitable for you to go around cycling with your own bike or rental bicycle on Shimanami Kaido path. The ticket gives you a single ticket of Highway Bus Flower Liner (Hiroshima-Onomichi/Innoshima), a single ticket of Highway Bus Shimanami Liner (Hiroshima-Imabari) and bicycle loading fee. You can rent bicycle but you have to pay and arrange by yourself. There are certain days you cannot use this ticket for (Golden Week or Obon season etc..).
Price： 4,000 yen
Where to purchase： Hiroshima Bus Center Highway Ticket Counter #4/#5
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