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Bocchan Train

Matsuyama 790-0012, Ehime Prefecture
+81 89-948-3323
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Good activity - but check the timetable at the station

This is a really cute train. However, it is hard to read the online timetable and it is not clear... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2017
Amanda M
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
I love Botchan Train !

It was a great experience to take the Botchan train. The train start from Matsuyama City Station... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
Sheena A
Shanghai, China
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good48%
  • Average19%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Matsuyama 790-0012, Ehime Prefecture
+81 89-948-3323
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Reviewed 18 June 2017

This is a really cute train. However, it is hard to read the online timetable and it is not clear online when the train leaves from the Dogo Onsen. From memory (I could definitely be wrong here) It leaves at something like 9:10am, then maybe...More

Thank Amanda M
Reviewed 23 May 2017

It was a great experience to take the Botchan train. The train start from Matsuyama City Station, go through central of Matsuyama, passing Okiado station and end at Dogo Onsen station. At the end of Dogo Onsen station, you can see how the staff manually...More

Thank Sheena A
Reviewed 3 May 2017

This took me by surprise, we were wandering through the old Dogo part of town and spotted the train, it's a big attraction for tourists as it's very near the Clock.

Thank Sandra D
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Probably very exciting for those who know about Botchan, but otherwise, it's just a cute thing to do with a young one who loves trains haha (at a 800 Yen price tag). There was a guide who would come in and explain about the train...More

Thank diamantesky
Reviewed 30 January 2017

一日乗車券を買うと坊ちゃん列車に一回乗れます。 ま、一度乗れば納得かな、でも列車が回転したりするのを見れるし、車掌さんが丁寧に案内してくれます。松山に行くと必ず乗ります。松山はよいところです。人が優しいです、。 you should worth try this! you'd better buy 1 day ticket. with the ticket you get on this special Bocchan train! you cannot miss it!

2  Thank DreamKayo
Reviewed 9 January 2017

The price is around 800 yen, but with the ticket you can go for a free ride with Kururin Ferris Wheel too. The engine driver and the staff are very kind and they speak English and tell you information about the train and the city...More

1  Thank Csilla P
Reviewed 22 December 2016

This is very retro style of train and there is limited rides in a day so be better to buy the ticket earlier before the ride. During the all way it is nice and slow so you can take a break and see the city....More

1  Thank mintmilano
Reviewed 28 May 2016

While we didn't ride the few operating services, we did go to look at the train, and I've started reading the novel that all Japanese associate the train with. The see a little kid see the train for the first time, he yelled "Bottchan no...More

2  Thank ChilliGarlic
Reviewed 12 April 2016

My Japanese husband was grinning from ear to ear while riding this train which evokes the Natsume Soseki novel Bochan with which every Japanese is familiar.It is a replica of the little steam train which has been a feature of this town for more than...More

2  Thank stonewell
Reviewed 8 April 2016

The Bocchan train is a nifty little ride. It is a faster way (I think) to go from Matsuyama to Dogo. We took the tram into Dogo and the train back to Matsuyama. The train stops far less times; it's almost direct. The one bummer...More

2  Thank Sarah S
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