How to travel between Takamatsu and Osaka

By train

Take the JR Sanyo Shinkansen from Osaka (Shin-Osaka Station) to Okayama Station and transfer to the JR Marine Liner rapid train to Takamatsu. The entire journey costs about 8,000 yen one way. It takes about two hours if using a Nozomi train along the Sanyo Shinkansen or about 45 minutes longer if using Hikari or Sakura trains.

The Japan Rail Pass is valid on Sakura and Hikari trains between Osaka and Okayama but not on Nozomi and Mizuho trains, while the JR Kansai Wide Pass is valid on all trains.

By bus

Several highway bus companies operate frequent highway buses between Osaka (Namba OCAT, Osaka/Umeda Station) and Takamatsu. The one way trip takes about 3.5 hours and costs around 4000 yen. A round trip ticket is available for about 7000 yen and must be used within ten days. Online reservations can be made through Willer.

There are also multiple direct buses per day between Osaka's Kansai Airport and Takamatsu. The one way trip takes about 3.5 hours and costs 5150 yen. A round trip ticket is available for about 9300 yen and must be used within 14 days.

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Orientation

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.

The Iruca card is the local, prepaid IC card that can be used to pay the fare for Kotoden trains and buses, but it cannot be used on JR trains. Iruca cards can be purchased and recharged at ticket machines at Kotoden stations. In March 2018, Suica, Icoca and the other eight nationwide IC cards have also become valid on Kotoden trains (from March 2, 2019 they will also become valid on Kotoden buses) in addition to JR trains between Takamatsu, Okayama and Tadotsu.

Takamatsu Airport lies south of the city center and is accessible by airport limousine bus (40 minutes, 760 yen, payable by Iruca). The airport has many flights to Tokyo's Haneda Airport along with less frequent flights to Kagoshima, Okinawa and Seoul.