Ferry between Kyushu and Shikoku
I took a ferry from Kokura (Kitakyushu) to Matsuyama. It was an overnight ferry and the cheapest way to get there from Kitakyushu where I was living. The ferry was run byu the Kansai Kisen Ferry Line, who also run ferries between Oita and Beppu in Kyushu to Matsuyama and then on to Kobe and Osaka.
A second class A ticket (sleeping on the floor in a large communal room) will cost 3,700 Yen.
TRAIN AROUND SHIKOKU
The Shikoku 3 day train pass was well worth the money we spent on it. It gave us free travel on any JR transportation all over Shikoku and we got our money's worth. Took Limited Express trains between Matsuyama and Takamatsu and Kochi also. We also took local trains back up to Kompira san and Oboke Gorge. The JR bus offers a service between Kochi and Matsuyama which is included in the ticket. Ask at the green counter at any Shikoku JR station.
This train is running center...
This train is running center line along the roads only around the city center. The reason why the train have orange color is that Ehime prefecture is the home of Orange!! If you can transfer inside Matsuyama city, this train is useful.
I believe there is an airport...
I believe there is an airport with flights to and from Osaka but I think it's more fun to take the train. The Shinkansen (bullet train) has service to Okayama where to need to transfer to an express train to Matsuyama. This lets you see the sights along the way. You can also take a ferry from Hiroshima if you enjoy the open sea.
There is train service and taxi service although from the main station (shi-eki not the JR station) a lot of the fun stuff to do is within walking distance.
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