Hiroshima Station is the main point of access for train travelers to Hiroshima city. The main JR Hiroshima Station is situated in Minami-ku just to the north of the Enko-gawa River.
Hiroshima Station is a main stop on the Sanyo Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka Station to Hakata Station in Fukuoka and all Shinkansen trains on this route stop here.
There are two exits to Hiroshima Station the north exit which connects to the Hiroshima airport limousine bus station and the scheduled sightseeing bus station. The south exit in the ASSE Building is close to the Hiroshima street car stop, the local Hiroshima bus station and a large taxi rank.
Other railway lines connecting from Hiroshima are the Sanyo Main Line for Miyajimaguchi, the historic town of Iwakuni and Tokuyama, the Geibi Line for Shiwaguchi and Miyoshi, the commuter Kabe Line for Omachi, Midorii and Kabe and the Kure Line for the port city of Kure, Hiro, and Takehara.
A Tourist Information Center is located right near the exit of the Shinkansen platforms with maps in English and other languages and there is another Tourist Information Center (Tel: 261 1877) in the ASSE building.
Inside the station buildings are a number of cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops including an Italian restaurant with outdoor seating. The Fukuya Department Store is also just outside the south exit of Hiroshima Station.
There are long distance limousine buses from Hiroshima Station to Tokyo Station, Nagoya Station, Yokohama Station, Osaka Station, Takamatsu and Hiroshima Airport.
There are a number of car rental places close to Hiroshima Station including Orix, Toyota and Japaren.
Hotels in the Ekimae area include the Hiroshima Garden Palace, the 90-room APA Hotel Hiroshima Ekimae, the Hiroshima Intelligent Hotel, Hotel Granvia Hiroshima, the 238-room Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel, the 250-room Hotel New Hiroden and Business Hotel Yorishiro.
The Hiroshima Ekimae market (Aiyu Market) is a small traditional shotengai market selling local fish, dried seaweed and fruit and vegetables.
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