Kamiyama can be accessed from Tokushima JR Station via local bus (approx 60 min). The same journey takes about 40 minutes by car. Unfortunately, there is no train line running to Kamiyama.  (→How to get to Kamiyama from Tokushima station)

Principal Routes to Kamiyama

By Air

The closest airport to Kamiyama is Tokushima Airport. There are flights from Tokyo (6 x daily – JAL), Nagoya (2 x daily – ANA), Fukuoka (2 x daily – JAL), and Sapporo (seasonal – JAL). There is a 30 min shuttle bus from Tokushima Airport to Tokushima JR Station.

If you arrive in Japan via Narita Airport in Tokyo, take a shuttle bus from Narita to Haneda Airport, and fly to Tokushima from there.

If you arrive in Japan via Kansai Airport, or from another part of Japan to Kobe Airport or Osaka’s Itami Airport, you can catch a highway bus from there to Tokushima City. There are direct buses from Kansai and Kobe Airports. From Itami, you will have to change buses at Osaka Umeda station or Kobe Sannomiya station.

Highway Bus

The most convenient and affordable way to get to Tokushima from Kansai is via highway bus. There are several runs daily from Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe. There is daily service from Takamatsu, Kochi, Matsuyama, Kurashiki, Okayama, and Hiroshima as well. Overnight buses leave Tokyo and Nagoya nightly. The final stop for all these buses is Tokushima JR station.

Tokushima station still doesn’t have automatic ticket gates. You hand your used ticket to a real person. Nice! Takamatsu just switched to automatic ones in June, 2008

By Train

If you have a Japan Rail pass and you’d like to make use of train lines as much as possible, you can access Tokushima via Okayama station. Take a train from Okayama station to Takamatsu station (via the Seto Ohashi bridge – 65 min) then transfer to a train bound for Tokushima (60 min). If you are coming via Shinkansen from Nagoya or Tokyo, it is faster to get off at Shin-kobe station and take a bus to Tokushima station from there than it is to take the train around.


It can be hard to get around in Kamiyama without a car, but there are some buses running along the main road several times a day.

◎ How to Ride the Bus
Get on the bus at the back door and take a numbered ticket as you get on. The number on the ticket corresponds to a numbered chart displayed at the front of the bus which will display how much to pay when you arrive at your destination. To signal you want to get off, push one of the buttons mounted on the walls of the bus. If you ask nicely, the driver on the Kamiyama municipal bus will let you off wherever you want, even if there’s no bus stop there. Pay as you get off. The driver has a change-making machine if you don’t have exact change.

◎Bus Timetables
→ Tokushima station – Kamiyama bus time table search engine

<main bus stops in Kamiyama – from tokushima station>
– Kamiyama spa mae (kamiyama onsen spa)
– Uetuno (Cotton field camping site, Kamiyama beer, Michino eki – farmer's market)
– Nakatu (Kaizen center / Greenvalley・KAIR office)
– Kamiyama town hall mae *bus stop for kamiyam-choei bus/kamiyama local line
– Yori-naka  (Mamechiyo coffee roastery, on y va) *bus stop for kamiyam – choei bus/ kamiyama local line
– Yorii (535, LICHT LICHT, Brompton bike rental)

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