How to travel between Shodoshima and Takamatsu

Multiple ferry companies operate high speed and regular ferries from Takamatsu to Tonosho, Kusakabe, Ikeda and Sakate ports on Shodoshima:

To Tonosho Port
30 minutes, 1170 yen, one connection per hour by high speed boat
60 minutes, 690 yen, one connection per hour by regular car ferry
Tonosho Port on the western side of Shodoshima is most frequently served by both high speed and car ferries from Takamatsu. Operated by Shikoku Ferry, high speed ferries take 30 minutes and cost 1170 yen one way, while car ferries take about one hour and cost 690 yen per person or around 6000 yen for a regular sized car. There are hourly departures of each type of ferry.

To Kusakabe Port
60 minutes, 690 yen, one connection every 3 hours by regular car ferry
Uchinomi Ferry operates car ferries between Takamatsu and Kusakabe Port on the southeastern side of Shodoshima. The one way trip takes 60 minutes and cost 690 yen per passengers or around 6000 yen for a regular sized car.

To Ikeda Port
60 minutes, 690 yen, one connection every 60 to 150 minutes by regular car ferry
Kokusai Ferry operates car ferries between Takamatsu and Ikeda Port on the southern side of the Shodoshima. The one way ride takes 690 yen one way per person or around 6000 yen for a regular sized car. There are connections every 90 to 120 minutes.

To Sakate Port
105 minutes, 690 yen, 2-3 regular car ferries per day
Jumbo Ferry operates car ferries between Takamatsu and Sakate Port on the southern side of the Shodoshima. The one way ride takes 690 yen one way per person or around 4000 yen for a regular sized car. There are only 2-3 connections per day.

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Orientation

With a width of about 20 kilometers, Shodoshima is the second largest island in the Seto Inland Sea and is well connected with Shikoku, Honshu and its smaller neighboring islands by a multitude of ferry lines. The island has six different ports. Towns and villages are concentrated along the coast, while the interior is mountainous and only sparsely inhabited.

The largest town on Shodoshima is Tonosho in the west of the island. Its port, Tonosho Port, has the most frequent ferry connections from both Takamatsu and Okayama, while Kusakabe Port in the southeast is located somewhat more central to many of the sightseeing spots and is also popular.

A bus network connects all of Shodoshima's six ports and coastal areas. In 2016, bus fares were considerably lowered with the introduction of a 300 yen upper limit per ride. Bus service is frequent (roughly two buses per hour) along the southern coast between the ports of Tonosho, Kusakabe and Sakate, but considerably less frequent on the island's other bus lines, e.g. along the northern coast and in the interior. The monkey park is not even served by buses.

The most convenient means to get around Shodoshima is a rental car. A few rental car outlets are found around Tonosho Port and some of the other ports. Cars can also be brought by ferry onto the island, but it is relatively expensive (around 6000 yen one way from Takamatsu). Rental bicycles may be another option and are available at Tonosho Port as well as a few hotels and resorts for about 1000 yen per day.