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Travel from Kobe through Awaji Island to Shikoku

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Travel from Kobe through Awaji Island to Shikoku

We have 6 days to do some exploring and were planning to rent a car and drive through Awaji Island on our way to Shikoku.

If i avoid the fee motorways to the extent possible, does anyone know what the cost would be as I assume that you are still forced to pay for using the bridges at either end of the island at a minimum.

I was thinking of travelling mostly along the north west coast down towards Naruto. Aside from the beaches are any of the other attractions worthwhile if your time is fairly limited. (ie eathquacke museum, temples, etc.

If travelling on the secondary roades without any stops, approx how long would it take to get to Naruto?

Thanks for your assistance.

Marc

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1. Re: Travel from Kobe through Awaji Island to Shikoku

In Awaji besides the earthquake museum don’t miss the beautiful flower beds in Hana Sajiki (depending on the time of visit).

Hokudan-cho Park/Phoenix Park

http://www.nojima-danso.co.jp/aboutpark.php

Awaji Hana Sajiki flower park

http://www.hyogo-park.or.jp/hanasajiki/

hyogo-tourism.jp/english/spot/152_awajisajik…

On secondary roads a non-stop drive from Kobe to the Naruto Park area via Awaji is about 2 hrs 18 min at a distance of 100 km.

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2. Re: Travel from Kobe through Awaji Island to Shikoku

On Awaji Island, not too far after you have gone over the Akashi Bridge, The Westin Hotel Resort has flower gardens all along the hillside in tiers. The conference center and hotel was designed by Tadao Ando. The architecture is very cool. If you are here when the flowers are blooming it is worth a stop to have a look. If you hike all the way up to the top, you will have beautiful sea views on a clear day. The Westin's lobby cafe has great desserts too.

Beyond the Westin Hotel, maybe about a 15 minute drive, you could check out Tadao Ando's "Water Temple." It's very unique and worth a quick look if you have time. It's just off of the main road and up a hill. Two of my friends just took their friend to these places last month and he loved both. He was an architect so he was interested in Ando's works.

Have fun!

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3. Re: Travel from Kobe through Awaji Island to Shikoku

It costs 2300yen from Tarumi IC to Awaji IC without ETC.

You can get up to 50% discount with ETC.

Naruto bridge would cost 1000yen to 1500yen.

If you take the secondary roades from up to down of the island, it's gonna take more than 4 hours I suppose.

Not much to see on the island but the driving on the bridge must be awesome.

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4. Re: Travel from Kobe through Awaji Island to Shikoku

If you can read some Japanese or try google translate, these places could be nice (not very exciting but pleasantly interesting).

http://www.awaji-navi.jp/about_awaji.php

Southern Awaji is less populated and nicer than the northern areas. Sumoto's onsen is quite nice (don't know whether they have day use offers).

Edited: 3:23 am, February 21, 2012
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5. Re: Travel from Kobe through Awaji Island to Shikoku

Thank you for all the helpful suggestions.

i understand foreigners can not get an ETC card. Therefore if i understand correctly without a card the total cost for getting from Kobe to Naruto including both bridges would be about 3800 yen. DEoes that include or exclude using the motorway on Awaji?

We are a Canadian couple who will have spent a week in Kobe on business and thought exploring Shikoku in mid April would be interesting. We like photography, scenery, authentic fishing villages, etc. We only have 6 days in total and tentatively have planned as follows:

Day 1: Pick up rental car at Osaka Kansai airort and drive/exp[lore Awaji Island and around Tokushima including South-east coastline- Sleep in Tokushima

Day 2: Drive to Takamatsu; explore gardens, and other nearby sights. Sleep around there.

Day 3: Drive into and explore Ilya valley Sleep around gorges

Day 4: More Ilya valley ending up at Kochi for the night.

Day 5: Explore west side of Shikoku and ending upperhaps in Okayama for night.

Day 6: Drive back to Osaka Kansai airport to ensure catching the morning flight on the following day.

Since we have a car we do not have to stay in the cities . Therefore if anyone knows of quaint sleepingt accomodationsthat would be wonderful.

In addition if you think of better ways to spend our time that would also be most appreciated.

Domo arigato

Marc

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6. Re: Travel from Kobe through Awaji Island to Shikoku

If you would like to cut the costs on expressway, it should be better to rent a car in Kobe perhaps in Sannomiya rather than at Kansai Airport which is further down south. Please look at the location and road networks around the Kansai Region using Googlemap. The price for crossing the bridge between Kansai Airport and the mainland is already 800 yen.

Edited: 6:09 pm, February 21, 2012
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7. Re: Travel from Kobe through Awaji Island to Shikoku

When we went to Shikoku, we used the bus between Osaka and Takamatsu and then rent a car to drive around the island. There is also bus service between Kobe and Takamatsu. That would be another alternative if you don’t mind skipping Awaji Island and devote all your time in Shikoku. We had 2 weeks and still didn’t see all we want to see on the island.

If you are spending a night in Iya Valley, consider Nano Yado Hotel Iyaonsen. We didn’t stay overnight but went for the daytime use of its beautiful rotenburo by the river which is reached by taking the hotel’s private cable car.

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