Day trip to Takamatsu(Kagawa prefer.) or Tokushima is possible. To Matsuyama or Kochi is not possible.
This is mainly because trains in Shikoku are very slow. LTD Express is the fastest category there.
A day trip to Shikoku is a bit difficult.
It won't be so recommended to do it for Matsuyama, which is a bit far away. If you take the 06:25 Sakura from Shin-Osaka, and change at Okayama for Ltd Exp Shiokaze, you'll arrive at 10:05 in Matsuyama. Not impossible to do if you don't mind coming back late to Osaka (18:40 Shiokaze to Okayama at the latest), otherwise.
Going over the Seto Grand Bridge to Takamatsu for the Castle and the Sanuki Udon noodles, and Kompirasan for the renowned shrine could be recommended. Combine it with a visit to Okayama's Korakuen Garden and Kurashiki's Ohara Museum and Preserved District (Bikan Chiku).
Katsuo no Tataki (broiled skipjack tuna) is Kochi specialty, but I imagine you can order it more often than in Osaka once in Shikoku:
Kochi and Matsuyama is a bit too far away to cover in a day from Osaka, IMHO. Tokushima is better covered by bus over the Akashi Straits Bridge (the longest suspension bridge).Edited: 8:48 am, February 03, 2013
06:25 Sakura will take you to Okayama by 07:15. Take the Ltd Exp Shiokaze which will arrive at Tadozu at 08:40. Take the local train which will arrive at Kotohira at 08:56.
See the Kompirasan shrine (IF YOU ARE FIT). Eat udon noodles.
Afterwards, take the trains to Takamatsu to see the local stores selling specialties, the castle, the park. Afterwards, return to Okayama early to see the Korakuen Garden. By around 15:00, I recommend going to Kurashiki to see the Ohara Museum which should close at 17:00. See the Bikan Chiku, and return to Shin-Osaka by the last Sakura, which will depart Okayama at 22:33.
Thanks for the tips. It looks like Tokushima is the better choice.
If going by bus from Osaka to Tokushima, how long will the journey take and how much will it cost and where to catch the bus?
It is possible to cover both Wakayama and Tokushima from Osaka in a day trip? Train to Wakayama and ferry from Wakayama to Tokusshima? If there much scenery to see on the way and can see the bridge?
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