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Shikoku: Matsuyama to Nakatsu Gorge 2021/9/18 11:39
Hi!

I want to visit Shikoku and stay in Matsuyama (Dogo Onsen). I am also interested to visit Nakatsu Gorge (Staying at Yunomori for 1-2 nights). When I searched Google for public transportation between Matsuyama & Nakatsu Gorge itfs shows I need to catch train all the way to Kochi then change train to Sakawa, then another 30 min plus bus ride. Altogether taking 5 hours! The route map shows a huge roundabout route. Would anyone know of alternative public transportation?

Thanks,
Mel
by Melanie Putra  

Re: Shikoku: Matsuyama to Nakatsu Gorge 2021/9/18 16:25
You can drive there by rental car in 90 minutes. But there is no direct connection by public transport through the mountains between Matsuyama and Kochi Prefecture. So, you would have to make that huge detour by either bus or train (highway bus between Matsuyama and Kochi is cheaper and faster than the train).
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Re: Shikoku: Matsuyama to Nakatsu Gorge 2021/9/18 17:32
Thanks Uji. Whatfs the name of the bus company?
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Re: Shikoku: Matsuyama to Nakatsu Gorge 2021/9/18 18:45
The bus line is cooperated by Iyotetsu and Tosaden:
https://www.iyotetsu.co.jp/bus/kousoku/kochi.html

Alternatively, there is JR Shikoku Bus:
https://www.jr-shikokubus.co.jp/businfo/nangoku_ex/matsuyama.html

These buses get you as far as Kochi City. From there, you should still use a train and the bus to the gorge.
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Re: Shikoku: Matsuyama to Nakatsu Gorge 2021/9/18 21:00
Thanks!
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Re: Shikoku: Matsuyama to Nakatsu Gorge 2021/9/19 13:25
Hi again Uji,

Would these highway buses be equipped with a toilet on board? Secondly, would the JR Pass be applicable for the JR bus?

🙏 Mel
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Re: Shikoku: Matsuyama to Nakatsu Gorge 2021/9/24 21:11
Yes, there are toilets in JR Shikoku bus (at the bottom), and you can also use JR pass.
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Re: Shikoku: Matsuyama to Nakatsu Gorge 2021/9/24 22:11
Thanks!
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Re: Shikoku: Matsuyama to Nakatsu Gorge 2021/9/25 05:37
No, the bus ride is NOT covered by the Japan Rail Pass!

Holders of the All Shikoku Pass can ride the bus for a discounted 1000 yen:
https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2357_shikoku.html
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