Domestic Travel by Bus

Traveling by highway (高速) bus is by far and away the cheapest way to travel Japan. There are several buses that leave from Matsuyama, Imabari, Ozu, Yawatahama, and Uwajima.

There is no online booking for bus tickets. The best way is to purchase them from your local travel agency or local bus ticketing station. JR bus tickets can also be purchased directly from any JR station.

Please note: Highway bus tickets can be purchased only up to ONE MONTH in advance (no earlier).
All fares displayed on this page are accurate as of June 2014, but we cannot guarantee that they will not change.


From Matsuyama


Iyotetsu Bus (いよてつ高速バス)

http://www.iyotetsu.co.jp/bus/kousoku/

Iyotetsu Bus tickets can be purchased from the bus ticketing station at Matsuyama Shieki. Payment must be made the same day as the reservation.

Iyotetsu operates express buses from Matsuyama Shieki to the following cities:

  • Fukuoka // overnight 10hrs || 8,200 yen one-way, 14,800 roundtrip || Timetable
  • Tokushima // same-day 3hrs || 4,400 yen one-way, 8,100 roundtrip || Timetable
  • Takamatsu // same-day 2hrs 30mins || 4,000 yen one-way, 7,500 roundtrip || Timetable
  • Okayama // same-day 3hrs || 4,400 yen one-way, 8,000 roundtrip || Timetable
  • Tokyo // overnight 13hrs || 12,300 yen one-way, 21,800 roundtrip || Timetable
  • Osaka // same-day & overnight 5-7hrs || 6,900 yen one-way, 12,400 roundtrip || Timetable
  • Kyoto // same-day 5hrs 30mins || 7,200 yen one-way, 12,900 roundtrip || Timetable
  • Kobe // same-day 4hrs 15mins || 6,400 yen one-way, 11,500 roundtrip || Timetable
  • Nagoya // overnight 9hrs 30mins || 10,290 yen one-way, 18,510 roundtrip || Timetable
  • Kochi // same-day 2hrs 45mins || 3,600 yen one-way, 6,500 roundtrip || Timetable
  • Hiroshima // same-day 2hrs 30mins || 3,900 yen one-way, 7,000 roundtrip || Timetable

From Imabari


Setouchi Bus (せとうちバス)

http://www.setouchibus.co.jp/
For time tables, click the 高速バス tab (3rd tab)

Setouchi operates express buses from Imabari to the following cities:

  • Tokyo (Pairestu Bus) // overnight 12hrs || 11,500 yen one-way || Also stops at Toyo, Saijo, Niihama, Mishima
  • Osaka (Ishizuchi Liner) // same-day 5hrs || 5,150 yen one-way || Also stops at Saijo, Niihama, Mishima
  • Kobe (Ishizuchi Liner) // same-day 4hrs 20mins || 4,850 yen one-way || Also stops at Saijo, Niihama, Mishima
  • Hiroshima (Shimanami Liner) // same-day 2hrs 30mins || 3,700 yen one-way || Also stops at Oshima and Hakata
  • Okayama (Shimanami Liner) // same-day 1hr 30mins || 2,500 yen one-way || Also stops at Omishima, Oshima, Hakata

From Yawatahama, Ozu, Uchiko


Iyotestu Bus (いよてつ高速バス)

http://www.iyotetsu.co.jp/bus/kousoku/

Iyotestu operates express buses from Yawatahama to the following cites (also stops in Ozu, Uchiko, Matsuyama):

  • Osaka // overnight 9hrs 30mins || 7,900 yen one-way, 14,200 roundtrip || Timetable
  • Nagoya // overnight 8hrs 30mins || 11,310 yen one-way, 20,370 roundtrip || Timetable
  • Tokyo // overnight 13hrs 30mins || 13,350 yen one-way, 23,700 roundtrip || Timetable

From Uwajima


Uwajima Bus (宇和島高速バス)

http://www.uwajima-bus.co.jp/02highway/index.htm

Uwajima Bus operates express buses from Uwajima to the following cites (also stops in Ozu):

  • Osaka // overnight 8hrs 30mins || 8,380 yen one-way, 15,100 roundtrip || Timetable
  • Kobe // overnight 7hrs 30mins || 7,880 yen one-way, 14,200 roundtrip || Timetable
  • Tokyo // overnight 15hrs || 14,900 yen one-way, 26,800 roundtrip || Timetable