How to travel between Shodoshima and Okayama

By bus and ferry via Shin-Okayama Port
1 transfer, 2 hours, 1540 yen, one connection per hour
From Okayama Station take a Ryobi Bus bound for Shin-Okayama Port (VR`). The bus trip takes about 35 minutes, costs 490 yen, and there are one or two departures per hour. From Shin-Okayama Port, there is about one ferry per hour to Tonosho Port on Shodoshima. The one way ride takes 70 minutes and costs 1050 yen per person or around 7000 yen for a regular sized car. A discount ticket which includes both the bus and ferry ride is available for 1300 yen from the Okayama Bus Terminal as well as at the ferry terminal at Tonosho Port.

By train and ferry via Uno Port
1-2 transfers, 2.5 hours, 1810 yen (1230 yen with a Japan Rail Pass), one connection every 2-3 hours
Direct JR trains operate between Okayama Station and Uno Station in the early mornings, late afternoons and evenings (45 minutes, 580 yen). Outside of those times, a transfer of trains is required at Chayamachi Station. The Uno Ferry Terminal is just across the street from Uno Station. Ferries to Tonosho Port on Shodoshima depart every 1-3 hours and make two brief stops at Ieura and Karato Ports on Teshima Island along the way. The one way ride takes 60-90 minutes and costs 1230 yen.

By train and ferry via Hinase Port
1 transfer, 2.5 hours, 1870 yen (1030 yen with a Japan Rail Pass), one connection every 90 minutes
Take the JR Ako Line from Okayama to Hinase Station (60 minutes, 840 yen, one train per hour). Hinase Port is across the street from the station. Ferries to Obe Port on Shodoshima operate approximately every 2.5 hours. The one way ride takes about one hour and costs 1030 yen per person or around 7000 yen for a regular sized car. Note that Obe Port's location is rather remote.

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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.