Takamatsu is flat and excellent for biking. The city offers a great deal on its rental bicycles (per 24 hours ¥100; photo ID is required), which can be picked up at Takamatsu City Rent-a-Bicycle in the underground bicycle park outside JR Takamatsu Station. Grab a pamphlet with a map showing six other spots around town where you can return the bike.


Kotoden, a friendly and efficient local train company, runs trains on three lines:

  • the yellow line runs from Takamatsu-Chikkō station, by the castle park in central Takamatsu to Kotohira (stops at Ritsurin-kōen)
  • the green line runs from Takamatsu-Chikkō out to Nagao, where you'll find Temple 87, Nagao-ji
  • the red line runs from Kawaramachi out east to Shido, stopping at Kotoden-Yashima and Yakuri on the way.