Shikoku: Takamatsu City Area

Shikoku: Takamatsu City Area

Takamatsu is the largest city in Kagawa Prefecture and the nearest port on Shikoku, to Japan’s main island of Honshu. Ferry services run to and from Takamatsu to Honshu and other destinations, while the Great Seto Bridge connects Shikoku to Honshu with rail services that cross the bridge running onto Takamatsu Station. As such, most international visitors travel to and from Shikoku via Takamatsu, from where destinations around the island can be accessed by train or alternatively, by renting a car and driving yourself.


The city offers plenty of choice when it comes to accommodation, which is mostly located in the area between Takamatsu Station and Kawaramachi Station, and nearby the port area. Options include mid-size to large Western-style hotels including business hotels, self-contained accommodation and smaller guesthouses. Prices are typically reasonable and notably cheaper than the nearby islands of Naoshima, Teshima and Shodoshima, especially in summer peak season. All three can be reached using ferry services to and from Takamatsu, making staying in the city a great option when accommodation on the islands is booked-out or at its most expensive in August.


Takamatsu City is a major access point for people moving to and from Shikoku and can be reached by train, express bus, ferries and air. For visitors coming by train from Japan's main island of Honshu, the Limited Express 'Marine Liner' runs to Okayama Station - the nearest Shinkansen / 'Bullet Train' station - to any point on Shikoku. The journey takes 55 to 65 minutes and costs JPY1550. Alternatively, you can access Takamatsu via Takamatsu Airport or ferry services to nearby islands and locations on Honshu


Shikoku: Takamatsu City Area