Tokyo/Ueno Stations -- Tohoku Shinkansen (bullet train) to Ichinoseki: approximately two hours. Take the JR Ofunato line from Ichinoseki to Rikuzentakata: approximately 1.5 hours (30 minutes of which is the BRT bus).
Tohokudo (toll road) from Urawa IC (interchange) -- to Sendai Miyagi IC: approximately four hours. Sendai Miyagi IC to Ichinoseki IC: approximately one hour and ten minutes.
From nearby interchanges (by car)
approximately 2.5 hours (routes 46/396/283/107/340)
approximately 50 minutes (routes 283/107/340)
■Hiraizumi Maesawa IC→Rikuzentakata
approximately one hour and 20 minutes (routes 4/19/343/340)
approximately one hour and 15 minutes (routes 19/343/340)
■Ikebukuro Station West Exit→Rikuzentakata
approximately 7 hours and 40 minutes
approximately 3.5 hours
approximately 3 hours
approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes
For more detailed explanations about the various bus systems available in Rikuzentakata, as well as English language timetables please refer to the following links.
■Iwate Prefecture bus system, including:
1 Highway bus (for traveling to and from Sendai)
2 Local bus (for traveling locally between Ichinoseki, Rikuzentakata, and Ofunato OR to Morioka via Ofunato).
■The Tokyo night bus system (for traveling directly between Rikuzentakata and Tokyo)
■The JR BRT bus system (for connecting to the JR train lines at Kesennuma Station or Sakari Station in Ofunato)