London → Kansai airport (plane) → Tokushima, Shikoku (limousine bus) → Temple 1 (train from Tokushima station to Bando station then a 10 minute walk)
I flew from London (UK) to Kansai International Airport (Osaka) as this is closer to Shikoku than Tokyo airport. There is no direct flight from London to Osaka (there is to Tokyo), so I flew with Qatar airlines and transited in Doha. Click here to see how to get to Shikoku from Tokyo Narita Airport.
On arriving at the airport I went to the Softbank mobile phone counter and rented a sim card for my iPhone 5 that would allow me to make phone calls and send texts, but with no data allowance. ** These sim cards are only available from the airport **
One off administration fee: ¥315
Rental fee: ¥110 per day
Local calls:¥110 per minute (free to receive local and international)
Local texts: ¥15 per message (free to receive)
International texts: ¥150 per message (free to receive)
Click here for more information on the rates.
The data would have cost ¥1500 per day (unlimited) in addition to the phone rental and phone calls which would make a very costly bill after 45 days so I decided not to have data included.
I wanted to have a day in Osaka when I arrived so I booked into an airport hotel called Kansai Airport Spa Hotel Garden Palace and took the free shuttle bus there from the airport.
I met Dave at the airport the following day and we took the Kansai Airport limousine bus from Kansai airport to Tokushima. We bought the ticket from a counter at the airport for¥4,100. The website states to book this bus, so I called ahead from London about 1 week before to book, 088-622-1826 (8:00-19:00 local time)… I spoke in Japanese so I’m not sure how good their English is, but there was plenty of room on the bus we took.
The bus took 2hr 45 mins and dropped us off at the Tokushima Bus terminal at Tokushima station. It was a short walk from here to our hotel, the Toyoko Inn Tokushima Ekimae, ¥6,480 for 1 night, single room, including breakfast.
To get to Temple 1 from Tokushima station, we took the JR Kotoku line to Bando station (31 minutes,¥260). From Bando station we followed the map in our guidebook to Temple 1 which was approximately a 10 minute walk. For train information in English I use the Hyperdia website.