JR Miyajima Ferry

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JR West Miyajima Ferry Co., Ltd.
Kabushiki gaisha (closely held)
Industry Transportation
Founded April 2009
Headquarters Miyajima-chō, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima, Japan
Area served
Hiroshima Prefecture
Number of employees
25 people
Website [1]
View of torii of Itsukushima Shrine from ferry

JR Miyajima Ferry (JR宮島フェリー Jeiāru Miyajima Ferī?) is the ferry route between Miyajimaguchi, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima and Miyajima (Itsukushima).

JR Miyajima Ferries are operated by JR West Miyajima Ferry Co., Ltd. (JR西日本宮島フェリー株式会社 Jeiāru Nishinihon Miyajima Ferī Kabushiki Kaisha?), a wholly owned subsidiary of West Japan Railway Company (JR West).[1]

There are three ferries called Miyajima-maru, Nanaura-maru and Misen-maru.

Between Miyajima-guchi and Miyajima, it takes ten minutes.


  • The private boat route was founded in 1897.
  • The ferry route was placed to the public company in 1899.
  • The ferry route was bought by Sanyo Railway in 1903.
  • Sanyo Railway was nationalized as part of the Japanese Government Railways in 1906.
  • Japanese National Railways (reorganized from government railways in 1949) were privatized in 1987. Operation in Hiroshima area was assigned to JR West.
  • JR West transferred the ferry business to its new subsidiary JR West Miyajima Ferry Co., Ltd. on April 1, 2009.[2]

The route, commonly called Miyajima Renrakusen (宮島連絡船), was one of those classified as tetsudō renrakusen (鉄道連絡船), ferry routes as a part of railway network. All other JR renrakusen routes were closed by 1990 and the JR Miyajima Ferry was the last one of that kind until its separation in 2009.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ West Japan Railway Company. "Consolidated Subsidiaries as of March 31, 2010" (PDF). Annual Report 2010. Retrieved December 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ JR West press release, December 4, 2008 (Japanese)

External links[edit]

Ferries and boats for Miyajima (Itsukushima Shrine)
JR Miyajima FerryMiyajima Matsudai KisenFirst BeachAqua Net Hiroshima