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Marugame (丸亀市) is a city in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan.


Nakazu Banshoen Garden

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The closest domestic airport to Marugame is in Takamatsu. Limousine buses operated by Kotosan Bus run directly to Marugame (1 hr 15 min, ¥1200).

The nearest international airport is Kansai International Airport in Osaka. You can reach Marugame in as little as 3 hrs by JR using a combination of shinkansen and limited express trains (¥10450 reserved seats, no charge with the Japan Rail Pass). Cheaper is to head out by bus: for example, you could take an airport limousine bus to Takamatsu station (3 hr 30 min, ¥5150, six trips daily) and change to the JR train (25 min, ¥550).

By train[edit]

Marugame is located on the JR Yosan Line, close to where the Seto-Ohashi Bridge links Shikoku with Honshu, the Japanese mainland.

Marugame is served from Okayama, a major stop on the bullet train, every 30 minutes or so by Shiokaze and Nanpu limited express services (about 40 min, ¥2250). Local services leave less frequently and may require a transfer along the way, but are only slightly slower than the limited express. With a direct local train, or by taking a Takamatsu-bound Marine Liner and changing at Sakaide to a local train towards Utazu, you can reach Marugame in about 50-60 min for only ¥980.

From Takamatsu, local and rapid trains leave regularly towards Marugame. Direct rapid services take as little as 25 min and cost ¥550.

Marugame can be used as a base for traveling to Matsuyama (2 hr via Shiokaze limited express, ¥5860) and Kochi (2 hr via Nanpu limited express, ¥4780).

The above trips can be taken at no charge with a Japan Rail Pass. Trips entirely within Shikoku are valid with the JR Shikoku Rail Pass, known as the Shikoku Free Kippu.

By bus[edit]

Highway buses services to Marugame are offered primarily by Shikoku Kousoku Bus.

Buses run to JR Marugame Station from Kobe's Sannomiya Bus Terminal (3 hr, ¥3800), and from both JR Namba and Hankyu Umeda stations in Osaka (4 hr 15 min from Umeda, ¥4200).

An overnight bus runs to Marugame from Tokyo (Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal and Hachioji) and Yokohama (11 hr 45 min from Shinjuku, starting at ¥9400). An overnight service also runs from Meitetsu Bus Center in Nagoya (8 hr, starting at ¥5600), and from Fukuoka and Kitakyushu on the island of Kyushu (8 hr from Fukuoka, starting at ¥7200).

Get around[edit]



  • 1 New Reoma World Amusement Park (NEWレオマワールド), 綾歌町栗熊西40-1 (near Okada Station (岡田駅) and 5 minutes by taxi or a 10-minute bus transfer, on the Kotohira Line (琴平線), +81 877 86-1071.






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