Japan: How to Travel between Hagi and Tsuwano

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Getting between Hagi and Tsuwano there are basically two main transportation options.

Bus

Bocho bus operates a service between the two towns. When I took it, the trip came in at around one and three quarter hours. The bus was fairly empty. The price was 2,190 yen one way for an adult, which I feel is a bit steep. You pay on the bus and change is available.
The bus originates at Higashi-Hagi station, stops at Hagi bus station and terminates outside the JR station in Tsuwano.

The Tsuwano bus outside Tsuwano station, beside a classic mode of transport.

The timetable can be seen online (in Japanese, but if you know the characters for the two towns it is easy enough to understand) here.

Train

The train is a cheaper but slower option between Hagi and Tsuwano.
A connection is required in Masuda, which means that the total journey time is somewhere north of two and a half hours – depending on the time of day, it may be closer to four hours.
The one way adult fare is 1,660 yen.

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5 Comments

  1. alain coutenceau on

    Thank you Christopher for your reply ,
    The time table is difficult to read !
    I think we stay for the night in Tsuwano and after go to Matsue .
    Where do you stay in Hagi and Tsuwano ?
    Bests regards
    Alain

    • Christopher R. on

      In Hagi, No Yado Tomoe onsen. It was alright but felt a little lifeless as an onsen and not great value although roomy, next time I would be tempted to get somewhere closer to the old town and less modern. In Tsuwano, the ryokan which is right around the corner from the railway station – come out the front door, walk over to the main street, face right and it is several yards along, with flowers at the front. It is an old-fashioned bed and breakfast type ryokan run by an old lady. It is dated but the room was comfortable and the location is ideal.

    • Christopher R. on

      By the way, In Tsuwano, a walk up the steps to the temple above the town at the end of day (but before sunset) is lovely.

  2. Christopher R. on

    That should be possible in terms of timing. You should probably check the bus timetable first to make sure you know when the last bus will leave as it may be quite early.
    I enjoyed spending a night in Tsuwano, going up the hill and so forth, but a day trip would suffice if time was tight.

  3. alain coutenceau on

    Christopher, thank you for the information ,
    is it possible go in yhe morning to Tsuwano , visit and return in the afternoon at Hagi ?
    Or it s better stay one day in Tsuwano ?
    Thank you for your reply
    Alain

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