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How to travel between Takamatsu and Tokyo

By air

JAL and ANA operate multiple flights per day between Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Takamatsu Airport. Travel duration is 80 minutes. The regular one way fare is around 34,000 yen, but discount tickets are usually available for around 13,000 to 26,000 yen. Furthermore, Jetstar Japan is operating flights between Tokyo's Narita Airport and Takamatsu at considerably lower fares, that typically start around 4000 yen one way. Takamatsu Airport is a 40 minute, 780 yen bus ride outside central Takamatsu.

By daytime trains

Take the JR Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen from Tokyo to Okayama Station and transfer to the JR Marine Liner rapid train to Takamatsu. The entire journey costs around 18,000 yen one way. It takes about 4.5 hours if using a Nozomi train along the Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen or about 30-60 minutes longer if using Hikari trains. The journey is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass if you using Hikari and Sakura trains along the Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen, but the pass is not valid on Nozomi and Mizuho trains.

By night train

The Sunrise Seto night train connects Tokyo with Takamatsu. It operates daily and requires 9.5 hours for the one way journey. The train carries private compartments (from 21,000 yen per person one way), and carpeted "nobi nobi" floor space compartments (from 15,000 yen per person one way). Advance reservations are required for this train. Japan Rail Pass holders need to pay a supplement of around 10,000 yen for using a private compartment on board of the Sunrise Seto. The "nobi nobi" compartments, however, are fully covered by the pass.

By bus

Several highway bus companies operate night buses between Tokyo (Tokyo and Shinjuku Stations) and Takamatsu Station. The one way trip takes about ten hours and costs between 6,000 and 14,000 yen depending on the date of travel. Online reservations can be made through Willer and Japan Bus Online.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. For the current yen exchange rate, click here.

Getting around

The area around JR Takamatsu Station, known as Sunport Takamatsu, is the entry point to Takamatsu and one of the area's main sites of interest. The district was recently redeveloped and also features Takamatsu Castle nearby. Shopping arcades run south from the castle through the older city center to Ritsurin Koen. Yashima and Shikoku Mura are just outside of the city center to the east.

Central Takamatsu is easily explored on foot and by the local Kotoden and JR train lines. City buses serve the sites of interest as well, but trains are easier to use.

Kotoden Railways connects Takamatsu with nearby Kotohira and other destinations in Kagawa Prefecture. Its lines runs through the city center and provide connections to most of the city's central and outlying sights. Its terminal station, Takamatsu-Chikko Station, is located a short walk away from JR Takamatsu Station.

The JR Tokushima Line, which connects Takamatsu with Tokushima, is less convenient for transportation within the city, but provides an alternative to Kotoden for access to Ritsurin Koen and Yashima. Unlike Kotoden, it is covered by the Japan Rail Pass.

Suica, Icoca and the other eight nationwide IC cards can be used on Kotoden trains and buses, including the airport buses, and on JR trains between Takamatsu, Okayama and Tadotsu. The locally available Iruca card is valid on Kotoden trains and buses but not on JR trains.

Takamatsu Airport lies south of the city center and is accessible by airport limousine bus (40 minutes, 780 yen). The airport has many flights to Tokyo's Haneda Airport alongside less frequent flights to Tokyo's Narita Airport, Okinawa and some international destinations in Eastern Asia.

Hotels around Takamatsu

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    • Guest House Wakabaya
      Budget-friendly
      Guest House Wakabaya is situated in Takamatsu, a 5-minute walk away from Hanazono Station of the Kotoden Nagao Line. The Kotoden Nagao Line can be accessed from Takamatsu-Chikko Station. Takamatsu-Chikko Station is a 3-minute walk from both JR Takamatsu Station and Takamatsu Port. A limousine bus is available from Takamatsu Airport, and takes approximately 40-minutes from the airport to Kawaramachi Station. From Kawaramachi Station, guests can take the Kotoden Line to Hanazono Station. Free private parking is available on site. Rooms include a shared bathroom. Extras include slippers and free toiletries. Guest House Wakabaya features free WiFi throughout the property. There is a shared kitchen at the property. The guest house also offers bike hire at a charge. Takamatsu Port and the downtown area are respectively a 25-minute and 10-minute bike ride away.
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    • Setonejuan
      Budget-friendly
      Situated in a quiet neighbourhood, Setonejuan is located in Setonaikai Kokuritsuk?en. This guest house is a 35-minute drive from Takamatsu Station. Takamatsu castle is 35 minutes by car, while Takamatsu Ferry Terminal is a 40-minute drive away. Featuring free WiFi, Setonejuan offers pet-friendly accommodation. Some units have views of the sea or garden. You will find a shared lounge at the property. A selection of activities are offered in the area, such as cycling, fishing and hiking. The guest house also offers free use of bicycles. Naoshima Ferry Terminal is a 90-minute ferry ride away, while Shodoshima Olive Park is 2 hours via ferry. Takamatsu Airport is 22 km away.
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    • Sunny Day Hostel
      Budget-friendly
      Sunny Day Hostel is situated in Takamatsu, within 1.4 km of Liminal Air-core Takamatsu and 1.5 km of Sunport Fountain. Featuring a bar, the 2-star hostel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The hostel has family rooms. The rooms will provide guests with a desk and a kettle. The hostel offers an American or Asian breakfast. SUNNY DAY HOSTEL offers a sun terrace. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Kitahamaebisu Shrine, Kitahama Alley Shopping Street and Sunport Takamatsu. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 15 km from Sunny Day Hostel.
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    • Hotel Yuzuki
      Budget-friendly
      Offering city views and free WiFi, Hotel Yuzuki offers accommodation ideally located in Takamatsu, within a short distance of Kitahamaebisu Shrine, Kitahama Alley Shopping Street and Sunport Takamatsu. All units here are air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV, a living room with a sofa, a well-equipped kitchen with a dining area, and a private bathroom with bidet, a hairdryer and free toiletries. A microwave, a fridge and stovetop are also offered, as well as a kettle. Liminal Air-core Takamatsu is 2 km from the apartment, while Sunport Fountain is 2.1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 14 km from Hotel Yuzuki.
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    • Ten to Sen Guesthouse
      Budget-friendly
      Set within 2 km of Sunport Takamatsu and 2 km of Liminal Air-core Takamatsu, Ten to Sen Guesthouse offers rooms with air conditioning and a shared bathroom in Takamatsu. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Matakiteno is 2.2 km away and Kitahama Alley Shopping Street is 2.3 km from the guest house. The guest house offers a terrace. Sunport Fountain is 2.1 km from Ten to Sen Guesthouse, while Kitahamaebisu Shrine is 2.2 km away. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 14 km from the accommodation.
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    • Kawaramachi Domitory
      Budget-friendly
      Located in Takamatsu City of Kagawa Prefecture, Kawaramachi Dormitory is just a 3-minute walk from Kotoden Kawaramachi Station. The property is 1.4 km from Takamatsu castle and boasts air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. You will find a kettle in the room. For your comfort, you will find slippers and free toiletries. There is luggage storage space at the property. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Setonaikai Kokuritsuk?en is 5 km from Kawaramachi Domitory, while Sun Messe Kagawa is 5 km from the property. There are several restaurants nearby that provide local cuisine. Guests can enjoy authentic Chinese tea, or participate in Japanese tea ceremony events held ocassionally on site.
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    • WeBase TAKAMATSU
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Takamatsu, 1.4 km from Kitahamaebisu Shrine, WeBase TAKAMATSU offers air-conditioned accommodation and a shared lounge. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and a shared kitchen, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy city views. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at the hotel. Popular points of interest near WeBase TAKAMATSU include Kitahama Alley Shopping Street, Sunport Takamatsu and Liminal Air-core Takamatsu. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 15 km from the accommodation. Please note that the hotel will undergo a scheduled room maintenance between 3F to 11F on the following dates: 12 April 2021 - around the end of August.
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    • JR Hotel Clement Takamatsu
      Luxury
      JR Hotel Clement Takamatsu features 7 dining options, free WiFi while certain rooms feature panoramic sea and city views, a 1-minute stroll from JR Takamatsu Station. It offers massages and a hairdresser, and it boasts a fresh bakery. The 24-hour reception provides currency exchange. Located next to Kagawa International Conference Hall, the Clement Takamatsu JR Hotel is also in front of a ferry terminal that brings you to Shikoku or Shodoshima Island. Takamatsu Castle is a 10-minute walk. Overlooking the Seto Inland Sea (Seto Naikai), Western and Japanese rooms are all air-conditioned and soundproof, each fitted with a flat-screen TV, a fridge and an electric kettle. They have a seating area and a bathroom including a bathtub and toiletries. Facilities at the Takamatsu Clement include a souvenir shop and a flower shop. Dry cleaning service and luggage storage are available. Bar Astro offers original and popular cocktails, as well as snacks, with panoramic views from the 21st floor. Caf? & Restaurant Vent offers a buffet with a variety of Western and Japanese meals, for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while other restaurants offer Western-style, Japanese or authentic Cantonese cuisine.
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    • Dormy Inn Takamatsu Chuo Koenmae Natural Hot Spring
      Mid-range
      Dormy Inn Takamatsu Chuo Koenmae Natural Hot Spring features accommodation in Takamatsu near Kitahamaebisu Shrine and Matakiteno. Boasting a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. Popular points of interest near the japanese-style business hotel include Sunport Takamatsu, Liminal Air-core Takamatsu and Sunport Fountain. The nearest airport is Takamatsu Airport, 14 km from Dormy Inn Takamatsu Chuo Koenmae.
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    • Royal Park Hotel Takamatsu
      Luxury
      Offering modern rooms with a Simmons bed, a flat-screen satellite TV and free wired internet, Royal Park Hotel is a 5-minute drive from JR Takamatsu Train Station. Massages and bicycles are available. Each air-conditioned room at Royal Park Hotel Takamatsu includes a fridge and an electric kettle with green tea. You can watch pay TV programmes or unwind with a hot bath. Toiletries are provided. Tamamo Park is a 15-minute walk from the hotel. Ritsurin Park is 1.5 km away, and Takamatsu Airport is about a 30-minute drive. Laptops can be rented at the 24-hour front desk, which also offers luggage storage. Free-use internet stations are on site. Staying guests have access to the property's Club Lounge. Services include tea and some snacks between 15:00 - 18:00, cocktails, alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and snacks between 18:00 - 20:00, and from 20:00 - 22:00, the lounge will operate as a bar, serving alcoholic beverages and snacks.
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