Shimanami Kaido - Omishima loop - Shimanami Kaido - Omishima loop -

Shimanami Kaido - Omishima loop -

Shimanami Kaido - Omishima loop -

【43.1km】Travel around Ehime preif’s northernmost and the largest island; Omishima

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Route Introduction

Omishima is the number one tourist destination on the Shimanami Kaido, long known as the Island of the Gods or the Island of National Treasures. Oyamazumi Shrine, said to have been first constructed 2,600 years ago, enshrines a large collection of national treasures and important cultural treasures, and the island also features a rich collection of tourist destinations such as art museums, cafes, and accommodation.

Accordingly, this cycling course is full of things to see. The roughly 40 kilometer course around the islands coast features fun spots such as hot springs, spas, and mandarin orange groves one after the other, ensuring that your day will pass in the blink of an eye.

The distance from Imabari to Omishima on the Shimanami Kaido is approximately 26 kilometers. In addition to regular bus routes being available at both JR Imabari Station and Imabari Port that allow you to carry on your bicycle, there is also ferry service that departs from Imabari port as well as Tadanoumi Port in Hiroshima.

TOTAL 43.1 km

Highlights

Route attraction

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【Point 10.1km】Oyamazumi Shrine

【Point 10.1km】Oyamazumi Shrine

Said to have been first constructed approximately 2,600 years ago, the Oyamazumi Shrine is the head shrine of a network of over 10,000 branch shrines throughout Japan. Here the god of “mountains, seas, and combat” is enshrined, and countless warriors came here to pray for success in battle over the years, such as Minamoto no Yoshitsune and Minamoto no Yoritomo, making offerings of armor. Of the armor surviving in Japan that has been designated as important cultural treasures, 80% is part of the shrine’s collection. Visitors will be awed by the powerful presence of the massive 2,600 year old camphor tree (Cinnamomum camphora) that has accompanied the shrine on its journey through history.

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【Point 25.5km】Cyclist Sanctuary

【Point 25.5km】Cyclist Sanctuary

One spot you can’t miss when cycling around Omishima is the Cyclist Sanctuary. Built to commemorate the first Cycling Shimanami international cycling race held in 2014, this stone stela represents a bridge leading the Islands of Setouchi to the future.

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SPOT 1

Munakata Harbor (Ferry ride from Imabari Harbor)

Munakata Harbor (Ferry ride from Imabari Harbor)

The Munakata Harbor is located on the southwest end of Omi Island. Ferries that connect Omi Island with Imabari, Osaki-Kamishima and Okamura Island come and go by this harbor.

Address
〒794-1309 今治市 大三島町宗方397

SPOT 2

Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture

Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture

Along a gentle slope surronded by mandarin orange groves, two strange polygon-shaped buildings appear. The Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture is Japan's first museum of modern architecture. This museum is filled with exhibitions including some that seek to explore the mind of Toyo Ito. With a view of the ocean as its backdrop, this museum offers plenty of inspiration to its visitors.

Address
〒794-1308 今治市大三島町浦戸2418
Phone
0897-74-7220
Hours & Holiday
9am - 5pm, Closed on Mondays

SPOT 3

Tokoro Museum Omishima

Tokoro Museum Omishima

Tokoro Museum, located on the slope of a mountain, is a sculpture museum which brings guests closer to the ocean as they move through the collection of 30 sculptures. Enjoying art and beautiful scenery together is one thing all museums in Setouchi have in common, but this one is exceptionally enchanting.

Address
〒794-1308 今治市大三島町浦戸2362-3
Phone
0897-83-0380
Hours & Holiday
9am - 5pm, Closed on Mondays

SPOT 4

Hakata no Shio(Hakata's Salt) Omishima Factory

Hakata no Shio(Hakata's Salt) Omishima Factory

Hakata Salt is one of the most beloved kinds of salt in all of Japan, and this is precisely where that salt comes from. At this factory, the process of how salt is made can be seen from start to finish. There are salt making workshops for kids as well as delicious salt icecream. Enjoy learning about salt, something many of us often take for granted.

Address
〒794-1305 今治市大三島町台32
Phone
0897-82-0660
Hours & Holiday
9am - 3:30pm, Open every day

SPOT 5

Mare Grassia Omishima

Mare Grassia Omishima

This relaxation facility provides guest with access to thalassotherapy, a treatment which involves bathing in seawater. After enjoy the bath with its view of the Seto Inland Sea, guests are treated to local cuisine featuring fresh seafood and vegetables.

Address
〒794-1304 今治市大三島町宮浦5902
Phone
0897-82-0100
Hours & Holiday
10am - 8pm, Closed on Wednesdays

SPOT 6

Restaurant Yoshikawa

Restaurant Yoshikawa

Loved by both locals and travelers, Yoshikawa is a restaurant nearing its 40th anniversary. Here guests are treated to classic Japanese dishes such as deep fried shrimps and hamburger steak, as well as local delicacies like seafood tempura and sashimi bowls.

Address
〒794-1304 今治市大三島町宮浦5714-15
Phone
0897-82-0392
Hours & Holiday
11am - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 8pm, Irregular holidays

SPOT 7

Oyamazumi Shrine

Oyamazumi Shrine

Said to have been first constructed approximately 2,600 years ago, the Oyamazumi Shrine is the head shrine of a network of over 10,000 shrine branches throughout Japan. Here the god of “mountains, seas, and combat” is enshrined. Since its completion countless warriors came here to pray for success in battle over the years. Of all the armor that survives in Japan which has been designated as important cultural treasures, 80% of it is included in this shrine’s collection. The massive camphor tree that has accompanied the shrine on its journey through history is 2,600 years old.

Address
〒794-1304 今治市大三島町宮浦3327
Phone
0897-82-0032
Hours & Holiday
8:30am - 5pm, Open every day

SPOT 8

Tairyo (大漁)

Tairyo (大漁)

Tairyo is a restaurant that has become quite popular for its excellent cost performance. Their signature seafood bowl is topped with salmon, tuna, hamachi (yellowtail), sea bream, salmon roe and seasonal shellfish, all for the incredible price of 780 yen. The menu is full of classic Japanese dishes such as tempura and steamed seafood and vegetables all reasonably priced.

Address
〒794-1304 今治市大三島町宮浦5507-1
Phone
0897-82-1725
Hours & Holiday
11:30am - 2:30pm, Closed on Sundays

SPOT 9

Omishima Minna no Ie(Home for All)

Omishima Minna no Ie(Home for All)

The owner of Omi Island Minna No Ie set out to create a place where people would drop by every day. The building used to be a legal affairs office, and was renovated by local citizens and the Ito Construction School, over which the architect Toyoo Ito presides. This community space provides a playful atmosphere where locals and travellers can find common ground. There is also a gallery where people can take an item and leave an item -- the idea being that locals and travellers can swap various items with sentimental value.

Address
〒794-1304 今治市大三島町宮浦5562
Phone
0897-72-9308
Hours & Holiday
11am - 4pm, 6pm - 10pm, Closed on Mondays

SPOT 10

Bakery Marumado

Bakery Marumado

Marumado Bakery is owned by a couple who moved to Omi Island to enjoy its abundant natural beauty. The many varieties of bread are made using local ingredients of Omi Island. Even the bread is made with the yeast of locally grown mandarin oranges. Their consistent use of local ingredients has garnered the love of many Omi Island residents.

Address
〒794-1402 今治市上浦町井口5792
Phone
0897-72-8320
Hours & Holiday
11:30am - 6pm, Open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

SPOT 11

Roadside Station Tatara Shimanami Park

Roadside Station Tatara Shimanami Park

Tatara-Shimanami Road Station is located right by one of Shimanami Kaido's biggest highlights, Tatara-Ohashi. The spectacular view of this bridge is not to be missed. The food here is also very much worth checking out. The restaurant here serves Mahata, a rare species fish, prepared as nigiri sushi, sashimi bowl, or kabutoni-style (broiled fish head). The foodcourt has octopus tempura and fried fish cakes -- two local delicacies of Setouchi.

Address
〒794-1402 今治市上浦町井口9180-2
Phone
0897-87-3866
Hours & Holiday
9am - 5pm, Open every day

SPOT 12

Cyclist Sanctuary

Cyclist Sanctuary

One spot you must see when cycling around Omi Island is the Cyclist Sanctuary. Built to commemorate the first Cycling Shimanami international cycling race held here in 2014, this stone monument symbolizes a bridge leading the Islands of Setouchi to the future.

Address
〒794-1402 今治市上浦町井口9180
Hours & Holiday
9am - 5pm, Open every day

SPOT 13

Tatara-Ohashi Observatory

Tatara-Ohashi Observatory

The Tatara-Ohashi Observatory provides a great viewing point for Tatara-Ohashi, Japan's longest cable-stayed bridge. Beyond the bridge you can also see some of the surrounding islands. This observatory is also known for its cherry blossoms, and the contrast of pink, green and blue create a picturesque scene when the flowers are in bloom.

Address
〒794-1402 今治市上浦町井口
Hours & Holiday
Open every day

SPOT 14

Omishima Coffee Roaster

Omishima Coffee Roaster

Omishima Coffee Roaster is run by a couple who came to Omishima, fascinated by the ocean view and the warm climate. This coffee roaster, which is a 70 year old house that was renovated by the owners, is located along the seashore, providing a pleasant view for customers. The freshly roasted coffee has a rich scent and flavor like no other. Their original coffee blend and homemade sweets that uses lemons of Omishima help make this an excellent spot for a break.

Address
〒794-1404 今治市上浦町瀬戸6054
Phone
0897-87-3655
Hours & Holiday
11am - 5pm, Closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays

SPOT 15

Ken Iwata Mother and Child Museum

Ken Iwata Mother and Child Museum

Ken Iwata Mother and Child Museum is a semi-outdoor museum designed by Ehime architect Toyoo Ito. There is a total of 44 mother and child themed sculptures made by Ken Iwata on the museum's spacious lawn. Enjoy the beautiful light and breeze of Setouchi at this wonderful museum filled with the loving spirit of children.

Address
〒794-1309 今治市大三島町宗方5208-2
Phone
0897-83-0383
Hours & Holiday
9am - 5pm, Closed on Mondays

GOAL

Munakata Harbor (Ferry ride to Imabari Harbor)

Munakata Harbor (Ferry ride to Imabari Harbor)

Be sure to make it back to Munakata Harbor before your ferry or passenger boat departs. If you rented a bicycle in Imabari, you can't leave it here, so be sure to bring it with you on the boat and return it when you arrive.

GOAL km

Kickoff point for this route

Start Point

Munakata Harbor

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    • By ferry / passenger ship
      Board on ferry / passenger ship departing Imabari Harbor, bound for Osaki-Kamijima (Approximately 55 minutes by ferry, 35 minutes by passenger ship)
      ※Boarding with bicycles became available for passenger ships as well since 2017
      ※Reference:Time table (Omishima Blue Line)

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