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How to get to Kotohira

From Takamatsu   (how to get to Takamatsu)

Two companies, JR and Kotoden Railway, operate direct trains between Takamatsu and Kotohira:

Kotoden trains depart from Takamatsu-Chikko Station, located a short walk from JR Takamatsu Station and next to Takamatsu Castle, and travel to Kotoden Kotohira Station every 30 minutes. The one way trip takes about an hour, costs 630 yen and is not covered by the Japan Rail Pass.

Alternatively, JR local trains connect Takamatsu and Kotohira once per hour. The one way trip takes about an hour and costs 870 yen. Infrequent JR Shimanto limited express trains do the one way trip in around 35 minutes and for about 2000 yen. The JR trains are fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass.

From Takamatsu Airport

Direct buses operate between Takamatsu Airport and JR Kotohira and Kotoden Kotohira stations. The one way trip takes about 50 minutes and costs 1500 yen per person. Takamatsu Airport offers direct flights to Tokyo and a small number of other domestic and international destinations.

From Okayama   (how to get to Okayama)

Hourly JR Nanpu limited express trains run directly between Okayama and Kotohira. The one way trip takes around one hour and costs about 3000 yen. Alternatively, the trip by local train takes between 1.5 and 2 hours, costs 1370 yen one way and may involve a transfer of trains along the way. Either approach is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass.

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

Orientation

JR Kotohira and Kotoden Kotohira stations are located a short walk away from each other in the center of town and within walking distance of Kotohira's attractions. The steps to Kompirasan Shrine begin about a ten minute walk southwest of the train stations. Kanamaruza Theater is located about 200 meters off the approach to Kompirasan.