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Getting there & away

The JR San-in line runs along the north coast through Tottori, Matsue, Masuda and Hagi to Shimonoseki. Local services between Shimonoseki and Higashi-Hagi (¥1890) take about three hours, including transfers. They travel around the end of Honshū, giving some great coastal views.

JR buses connect Hagi with Shin-Yamaguchi (¥1970, 1½ hours), which is south of Hagi on the TokyoOsaka–Hakata shinkansen line. There’s a service to Tsuwano (¥2080, two hours) to the east in Shimane-ken, and also to Tokyo (¥14, 250, 12 hours), Osaka (¥9480, 12 hours) and Hiroshima (¥3300, four hours). Buses run from Yamaguchi to Hagi (¥1760, one hour).

Hagi is served by Iwami airport, an hour to the northeast near Masuda in Shimane-ken. There are daily flights to/from Tokyo and Osaka. A bus (¥1560, 70 minutes) from in front of Higashi-Hagi station or the Hagi bus centre connects Hagi with all flights.