Takamatsu-Kotohira Electric Railroad

Takamatsu-Kotohira Electric Railroad

Takamatsu-Kotohira Electric Railroad
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Kimitaka S
Taichung, Taiwan12,935 contributions
Mar 2021 • Solo
Beside Tamamo Park there is a compact station. It is Kotoden Takamatsu Chikko station. From here you can travel to Kotohira without using JR. It is even cheaper than JR.
Written March 29, 2021
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Tim B
Bunbury, Australia29 contributions
May 2019
This is a great way to see the surrounding towns and villages near Takamatsu as there are actually three tracks - this one which goes to Kotahira and the famous Konpira-san temple, one that heads west and another which heads east along the coast. You can get a two day ticket for unlimited rides on the whole Kotoden Electric network and its well worth it. I just rode to different stations got off and explored. The eastern track takes you to some beautiful shrines and temples as well as coastal villages.The Kotahira track takes you to Konpira-san so you will probably just sleep on it on the way back after climbing all those stairs up the mountain :-)
Written February 24, 2020
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Chocolateloverlondon
London220 contributions
Aug 2019
Definitely worth using the public transport - buses and trains. They are clean and very punctual. People are very willing to help if you get stuck.
Written August 30, 2019
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gottaluvthefog
Melbourne26 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
This is a relatively convenient, local train that's great if you're not in any particular hurry to go anywhere or apparently if your a local student that needs to get to/from school, as it was almost completely filled after school as we returned from Kotohira. Having said that, we sat near the junction of the two car train and large gaps appeared in the dingy canopy and well-worn coupling between the cars, at times wondering if there was a possibility of a derailment as one unfortunately considers when traveling in third world.
Written January 6, 2019
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MarkGroenewold
Takamatsu, Japan408 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
The Kotoden train is a site you see wherever you go around Takamatsu. The station staff are great, always so tidy and professional, the platforms are clean, the cars are clean. It is easy to use, not expensive, and kind of cool. The trains rumble all over Kagawa. You can go downtown or you can ride all the way out to Kotohira (a must for visitors!) and then you can climb Konpira! Ooooohhhh.... Ahhhh... Anyway, Kotoden trains are smooth and easy to use.
Written October 23, 2018
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Wendy119186363
Reading, UK1,580 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
As is typical in Japan the transport system is clean, reliable, punctual and this was no exception. Colourful trains; never thought I would be wanting to photograph trains before! Air conditioning.
Written August 19, 2018
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Master Echo
London, UK552 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
Arriving by sea to the Takamatsu Port which is on the Seto Inland Sea, and was one of the first national parks designated in Japan. The dock area appears to have been newly constructed to accommodate large cruise ships. It is adjacent to several ferry terminals, and we watched the docking of several of these Ro-ro vessels and it was an extremely slick operation. This is a major jumping off point for travel to many nearby islands, and during our stay, it seemed a continual round of docking and leaving.

Leaving the ship with a local map, we walked towards the ferries and the hive of activity. Signage was extremely good giving both clear directions and distance, in English, for my destination, the train station. On arrival, I found an information desk with a sign telling customers that they spoke English. Indeed her English was good, and armed with the information I required, we walked to a smaller station from where we could board the little yellow train on the Takamatsu to Kotohira Electric Railroad.

The Kotohira line at nearly 33 kilometres, is the longest of the three lines operated by this company. The coaching stock is reminiscent of a London tube line circa 1960’s. However it is wide bodied, and it is possible to walk the entire length of the train, as there are no inter-connecting doors.

Buying the one day pass, price 1260 yen return per person ($US 12), from the lady in the ticket office, she gave us maps and times together with the tickets. The trains run every half an hour, and it was fortunate that there was only a few minutes wait before our train rolled in at this terminus station.

The line is completely single track, with passing loops at stations. It appears very narrow gauge and many houses were so close, that you felt that you could reach out and put your hand in their windows.

Sitting at the front, watching the driver, who appeared to get out at every station, seemingly just to stretch his legs, but I then realised he was collecting the tickets from the alighting passengers. The only other member of the company was the train manager. He was so interesting to watch and obviously took his position extremely seriously. Resplendent in a smart uniform with an impeccable white shirt and equally white gloves, he walked up and down the train with his ticket machine in his back pocket taking money from any passengers who had not already got tickets. As we were at the front of the train his little ritual of turning round, clicking his heels, a tiny salute before marching off down to the last carriage, gave us a giggle.

The train must have had about twenty stops, and the driver seemed to stop at all of them, regardless of whether or not there was anyone waiting to board or alight. The journey was around an hour each way and it proved to be an interesting insight to rural Japanese life.
Written July 30, 2018
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Vialey L
Kobe, Japan125 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Took these a couple of times between Takamatsu and Kawaramachi. The air conditioning amidst the strong heat outside made them very like-able.
Written July 17, 2018
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Ceren O
Megi-jma, Japan80 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Very cute trains painted with different cartoon characters! I recommend you to sit in the front and watch the railroad passing beautiful farms, gardens, small villages, etc.
The gestures of train operator was very unique; worth to observe!
Written July 9, 2018
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Moaimoaimoai
Hong Kong, China491 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
You have to take it to travel in takamatsu. Its train decoration is lovely with some animal cartoons
Written July 9, 2018
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