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Traveling to Rikuzentakata? Here are some options to consider.

By train

Tokyo/Ueno Stations -- Tohoku Shinkansen (bullet train) to Ichinoseki: approximately two hours. Take the JR Ofunato line from Ichinoseki to Rikuzentakata: approximately 1.5 hours (30 minutes of which is the BRT bus).

Tohoku Shinkansen (bullet train) to Ichinoseki: approximately two hours. Take the JR Ofunato line from Ichinoseki to Rikuzentakata: approximately 1.5 hours (30 minutes of which is the BRT bus).
Tokyo/Ueno Stations ------------------------ Ichinoseki ------------------------ Rikuzentakata

By car

Tohokudo (toll road) from Urawa IC (interchange) -- to Sendai Miyagi IC: approximately four hours. Sendai Miyagi IC to Ichinoseki IC: approximately one hour and ten minutes.

approximately four hours. approximately one hour and ten minutes.
Urawa IC (interchange) ------------------------ Sendai Miyagi IC ------------------------ Ichinoseki IC

From nearby interchanges (by car)

approximately 2.5 hours (routes 46/396/283/107/340)
Morioka IC ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Rikuzentakata
approximately 50 minutes (routes 283/107/340)
Miyamori IC ------------------------------------------------------------------------
approximately one hour and 20 minutes (routes 4/19/343/340)
Hiraizumi Maesawa IC ------------------------------------------------------------------------
approximately one hour and 15 minutes (routes 19/343/340)
Ichinoseki ------------------------------------------------------------------------

By bus

approximately 7 hours and 40 minutes
Ikebukuro Station West Exit ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Rikuzentakata
approximately 3.5 hours
Sendai Station ------------------------------------------------------------------------
approximately 3 hours
Morioka Station ------------------------------------------------------------------------
approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes
Ichinoseki Station ------------------------------------------------------------------------

For more detailed explanations about the various bus systems available in Rikuzentakata, as well as English language timetables please refer to the following links.

Iwate Prefecture bus system, including:

1 Highway bus (for traveling to and from Sendai)

2 Local bus (for traveling locally between Ichinoseki, Rikuzentakata, and Ofunato OR to Morioka via Ofunato).

The Tokyo night bus system (for traveling directly between Rikuzentakata and Tokyo)
The JR BRT bus system (for connecting to the JR train lines at Kesennuma Station or Sakari Station in Ofunato)
Contact information : visit@city.rikuzentakata.iwate.jp
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