The BRT is run by Japan Railways (JR), and operates similarly to the Iwate-ken Kōtsū local bus in that it is intended for those who wish to travel relatively short distances. Like the local bus, the seats on the BRT are not reserved.
The BRT travels a shorter total distance than the Iwate-ken Kōtsū local bus; however, it has far more stops per day, and will probably be the most convenient option for those wishing to travel to the nearby cities of Ōfunato or Kesennuma. There is no train line currently in operation in Rikuzentakata, but the BRT provides direct transport to the closest train stations in the north (Sakari) and south (Kesennuma), which are both connected to the vast JR East railway system.
The BRT station for Rikuzentakata is located in between the Seven Eleven and the Community Hall, near City Hall.
The BRT station for Rikuzentakata is situated in between the Seven Eleven and the Community Hall
Although there is a service window inside, there is no need to purchase a ticket ahead of time. The way that ticketing and payment work is as follows. Once you board you will see a dispenser to your right that dispenses small tickets with a number. That number corresponds with the stop at which you boarded. At the front of the bus, above the driver’s head, there is a screen that updates fares as the bus moves along its route. Once you arrive you must pay, in exact change, the amount that is next to your bus stop number on the screen. If you do not have exact change, there is a change machine near the front of the bus that accepts \1000 bills and \500, \100, and \50 coins. Also, if you have a Suica card, that can be scanned for payment as well. The fare changes depending on the boarding and embarking stops, but as a point of reference, the fare between Rikuzentakata and Sakari is \410, while the fare between Rikuzentakata and Kesennuma station is \500.
■BRT Bus Timetables