go to imabari!

Imabari is a city located in northeast area of Ehime on Shikoku Island. It faces the Seto Inland Sea and is connected to Onomichi City in Hiroshima by the Nishiseto Expressway (Setouchi Shimanami Kaido) Think Shikoku is far away? Actually, it is much closer than you think. Leaving Tokyo in the morning, you can arrive in time to have lunch in Imabari.

Access map

Access to Imabari

By airplane

Matsuyama Airport is the most convenient. From the airport, you can take a bus or train to Imabari. (travel time: about an hour and a half)

Departing Location
  • Matsuyama Airport
  • Airport Shuttle (about 20 minutes)
  • JR Matsuyama Station
  • JR Yosansen Line (about 35 minutes by express train)
  • JR Imabari Station
Departing Location
  • Matsuyama Airport
  • Izumi Kanko Shuttle Bus (about an hour and 25 minutes)
  • Imabari

Flight time to Matsuyama Airport

  • From Haneda Airport about 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • From Centrair about 1 hour and 5 minutes
  • From Osaka International Airport (Itami) about 50 minutes
  • From Fukuoka Airport about 45 minutes
  • From Kagoshima Airport about 1 hour
  • From Naha Airport about 2 hours
  • From New Chitose Airport about 2 hours and 10 minutes

By train

When using the Shinkansen, please transfer at Okayama Station. There are express trains direct for Imabari. (About 2 and a half hours)

Departing Location
  • Sanyo Shinkansen Okayama Station
  • conventional line (to Shikoku Area) JR Seto Ohashi Line or Yosansen Line (about 2 and half hours by express train)
  • JR Imabari Station

By ferry

There is a ferry between Osaka (Nanko Port) and Toyo Port. If you leave Osaka at night, you can arrive Imabari the next morning, giving you a full day to enjoy Imabari.

Departing Location
  • Osaka (Nanko Port)
  • by ferry ( Orange ferry )
  • Toyo Port
  • by buses ( Setouchi bus ) 40 minutes
  • Imabari Station

By bus

There are long distance highway buses from Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, and Fukuoka. From Hiroshima, you can reach Imabari through Setouchi Shimanami Kaido. It is nice to travel to Imabari while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the surrounding islands from your bus window.

Departing Location
  • Tokyo (Shibuya, Futakotamagawa)
  • Long distance highway bus Pirates (over-night bus) (about 12 hours)
  • Imabari
Departing Location
  • Kobe(Sannomiya)
  • Long distance highway bus Ishizuchi Liner (about 4 and a half hours)
  • Imabari
Departing Location
  • Osaka ( Umeda )
  • Long distance highway bus Ishizuchi Liner (about 6 hours)
  • Imabari
Departing Location
  • Fukuoka ( Hakata, Kokura )
  • Long distance bus and Dogo Express Fukuoka ( over-night bus of about 9 hours )
  • Imabari
Departing Location
  • Shinkansen Hiroshima Station
  • Shimanami Liner (All seats are reserved seats, about 2 and a half hours)
  • Imabari
Departing Location
  • JR Fukuoka Station
  • Shimanami Liner (About 1 hour 45 minutes)
  • Imabari

By car

There three routes from Honshu to Shikoku. If you would like to visit sightseeing sites without much downtime, using a car is recommended.

Departing Location
  • From Hiroshima (Onomichi) to Imabari through Shimanami Kaido ( Nishi Seto Expressway )
  • Imabari
Departing Location
  • From Okayama to Kagawa by Seto Bridge ( Seto Chuo Expressway ) Takamatsu Expressway
  • Exit at Yunoura IC on Matsuyama Expressway
Departing Location
  • From Hyogo to Tokushima through Awaji Island ( Kobe Awaji Naruto Expressway ) Takamatsu Expressway
  • Exit at Yunoura IC on Matsuyama Expressway

Access in Imabari

Access within Imabari

JR trains, buses, ferries, taxi, rental cars, or bicycles are available. Please note that trains and bus services run less frequently than they do in larger cities.

Access by train or bus

For transportation on the Imabari mainland area trains (JR Yosansen line) and buses ( Setouchi bus ) are available. Please be noted that there may be only a few services depending on the area or time.

Access by ferry

To access from the Imabari mainland to smaller islands, ferries are available. You can enjoy your trip while you watch the beautiful ocean scenery of Setouchi from on board.


For some sightseeing areas that are difficult to access by bus or train, taking a taxi is recommended. For groups of visitors, jumbo taxis are also available.

Rental Bicycles

Come to visit the cyclist sanctuary Shimanami Kaido by bicycle. Sun Rise Itoyama is a public rent-a-cycle terminal. It holds quite a few bicycles and you can return your bicycle at 13 terminals. For those who want to go around downtown Imabari, there are rent-a-cycle spost in front of the Imabari station or at Imabari harbor.

  •  Sunrise Itoyama
    2-8-1 Sunaba cho Imabari Ehime
  •  Imabari Port Rent-a-Cycle Terminal
    1 Chome-1-27 Kataharacho, Imabari, Ehime
  •  JR Imabari Station Rental Bike Terminal
    1 Chome-6-23 Nakahiyoshicho, Imabari, Ehime
  •  GIANT STORE Imabari
    1 Chome-729-8 Kitahoraicho, Imabari, Ehime
    TEL: 0898-25-1175

Rent a car

With a rental car, you can travel to even farther areas more efficiently.

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