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Shikoku

Getting there & away

Before 1986 Shikoku was considered much more remote, with access being mainly by ferry. Today, however, there are a total of three bridge systems linking Shikoku with Honshū. Heading east to west, the Akashi Kaikyō–Ōhashi is west of Kōbe and leads to Tokushima (via Awaji-shima island). The Seto–Ōhashi bridge connects Okayama to Sakaide, which is west of Takamatsu. Finally, the Kurushima Kaikyō–Ōhashi island-hops along the Shimanami Hwy (Shimanami-kaidō) from Onomichi in Hiroshima-ken prefecture to Imabari in Ehime-ken.

As a result of the improved infrastructure, ferry services are on the decline, though Shikoku is still linked to a few major ports on Kyūshū and the San-yō coast of Honshū. However, most visitors arrive on the island either by train from Okayama or highway bus from Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo. Air services also connect major cities in Shikoku with Tokyo, Osaka and other major centres.