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Botchan Train

Travel Guide - Botchan Train


Botchan Train is a reconstruction of the kind of steam locomotive that ran from the 1880s to the 1950s. The train is a tribute to the Japanese famous novel "Botchan" written by Soseki Natsume, and the design of the train is based on the one that appeared in the novel.
The train connects Matsuyama city center to Dogo-Onsen hot springs and very popular to tourists. It is reasonable to buy a train ticket with Iyo Railway's One-day Ticket to get a discount.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • 9:31 - 15:54 (October - February) *From Matsuyama Station
  • 9:31 - 15:54 (March - September) *From Matsuyama Station
  • 8:55 - 15:20 (October - February) *From Dogo-Onsen Station
  • 8:55 - 16:40 (March - September) *From Dogo-Onsen Station


  • No closing days

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • 300 yen per ride (General, Adult)
  • 200 yen per ride (Child)
  • 100 yen per ride *In the case you have an Iyo Railway's One-day Ticket

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • Short walk from JR Matsuyama Station
  • Matsuyama-shi Station on the Iyo Railway Jonan Line
  • Dogo-Onsen Station on the Iyo Railway Jonan Line

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • Matsuyama Eki-mae: 2, Minamiedo, Matsuyama-shi, Ehime, 790-0062