Complete the Shimanami Kaido Complete the Shimanami Kaido

Complete the Shimanami Kaido

Complete the Shimanami Kaido

【87.7km】Travel across Imabari city, Ehime preif to Onomichi city, Hiroshima preif

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Route Introduction

The Shimanami Kaido is Japan’s number one cycling highway visited by countless cyclists from all throughout Japan and the world.

This highway connects the six islands of the Seto Inland Sea via seven massive bridges, and the shortest route to the end is roughly 70 kilometers. However, because there are so many interesting sights to see along the way, the route transform and exceed 100 kilometers if you ride along the shorelines of each of the islands.

The route is also known not only for its distance, but also the uphill and downhill sections. The height above sea level for most of the bridges is around 40 meters. In other words, every time you cross a bridge you have to ride up and down steep inclines. The Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge in particular, that you must cross right after starting, is 65 meters above sea level, so there is no shortage of riders who are taken aback by the sudden steep slope.

As the number one cycling route in Japan, the access and facilities are excellent. You can’t go wrong if you start at Sunrise Itoyama in Imabari.

TOTAL 87.7 km

Highlights

Route attraction

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【Start Point】Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge

【Start Point】Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge

The Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge is the longest on the Shimanami Kaido, boasting a length of 4 kilometers connecting Imabari to Oshima. The first triple suspension bridge in the world, it took over nine years to build. Your heart will be filled with expectation as you ride across the span taking in the many beautiful islands of Setouchi.

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【Point 12.0km】Kirosan Observatory

【Point 12.0km】Kirosan Observatory

Kirosan is a peak that reaches 307.8 meters that greets you just after crossing the Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge. The observatory at its peak was designed by internationally renowned architect Kengo Kuma and provides a beautiful 360 degree panoramic view of the Seto Inland Sea. You can see the city of Imabari to the south, the Ishizuchi mountains to the south east visible on a clear day, and the Kurushima Straights and Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge to the north west providing beautiful views that vary depending on season and time of day. The period from early evening to sundown is a magical time during which the colors of the sea and sky gradually transform.

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SPOT 1

Sunrise Itoyama Cycling Station

Sunrise Itoyama Cycling Station

When traversing one of the most beautiful cycling routes in the world, Shimanami Kaido, the Sunrise Itoyama will be an important landmark that marks the beginning of the route for those starting out from Shikoku, and a finish line for those who came from Hiroshima. In addition to bicycle rentals and public showers, the adjoined lodge provides a view of Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge from every one of its rooms.

Address
〒794-0001 今治市砂場町2-8-1
Phone
0898-41-3196
Hours & Holiday
8am - 9:30pm, Open every day

SPOT 2

Kurushima-Kaikyō Bridge

Kurushima-Kaikyō Bridge

The Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge is the longest on the Shimanami Kaido, boasting a length of 4 kilometers connecting Imabari to Oshima. The first triple suspension bridge in the world, it took over nine years to build. The soaring feeling as you ride across the length of the bridge while taking in the view of the many beautiful islands of Setouchi is indescribeable.

Address
今治市小浦町
Phone
078-291-1033

SPOT 3

Umashima

Umashima

If you want to get a real sense of the grand scale of Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge, the best viewpoint is just below the bridge on Umashima, an island accessible by an elevator located halfway accross the bridge. It is possible to board the elevator with a bicycle. Here natural wonders such as whirpools can be seen, as well as caves that only appear when the tide goes out.

Address
今治市馬島

SPOT 4

Roadside Station Yoshiumi Ikiiki Kan

Roadside Station Yoshiumi Ikiiki Kan

This road station is located at the point where the Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge reaches Oshima. If you stop here you must try the seafood barbecue, which customers can grill themselves. Yellowtail, horned turban, sea bream, cod, octopus, eel, abalone, and many more of the sea's blessings to humankind can be enjoyed here. Another important feature is the ferry tour that takes you up close to the whirpools of Kurushima-Kaikyo.

Address
〒794-2114 今治市吉海町名4520-2
Phone
0897-84-3710
Hours & Holiday
9am - 5pm, BBQ opens 10am - 4pm, Open every day

SPOT 5

Kirosan Observatory Park

Kirosan Observatory Park

Kirosan Observatory is one of the best scenic spots in Setouchi. The view of the sky, the sea, and the moutains all together is so beautiful it looks like a painting. The natural beauty is then provided contrast with man-made features like the Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge, ships sailing by, and the city of Imabari which can be seen in the distance. Depending on the season, time of day, and the weather, the view from this point will always provide a new surprise.

Address
〒794-2114 今治市吉海町南浦487-4
Phone
0897-84-2111
Hours & Holiday
Open every day

SPOT 6

Yoshiumi Rose Park

Yoshiumi Rose Park

Out of over 400 rose species that color the Yoshiumi Rose Garden, one rose in particular was a gift from France in commemoration of the opening of Shimanami Kaido. The adoining restaurant serves local delicacies such as "Sea Bream Cutlet", as well as dishes that use various herbs, plus herb teas and rose flavour ice creams for a luxurious experience.

Address
〒794-2103 今治市吉海町福田1292
Phone
0897-84-2111
Hours & Holiday
Open every day

SPOT 7

Murakami Suigun Museum

Murakami Suigun Museum

Several hundred years ago the Murakami Suigun pirates ruled the more than 1,000 islands of Setouchi. Though many of the mysteries about these pirates are still unsolved, at this museum one can see a wide variety of documents and excavated goods linked the story of the Murakami Suigun. If you are deeply interested in Japanese history, this surely is a place you will want to visit.

Address
〒794-2203 今治市宮窪町宮窪1285
Phone
0897-74-1065
Hours & Holiday
9am - 5pm, Closed on Mondays

SPOT 8

Karei-zan Observatory Park

Karei-zan Observatory Park

In contrast to the Kirosan Observatory, where the islands of the Seto Inland Sea are seen from a distance, the Karei-zan Observatory, located on the north-east end of Oshima, provides a much closer view of the islands and their green mountains. If you happen to get hungry while sightseeing, the curry with octopus at Tomi Chaya cafe is an excellent choice, though it is limited to 25 customers per day.

Address
〒794-2292 今治市宮窪町宮窪6363-2
Phone
0897-86-2500
Hours & Holiday
Open every day

SPOT 9

Roadside Station Hakata S.C. Park Marine Oasis Hakata

Roadside Station Hakata S.C. Park Marine Oasis Hakata

As its name suggests, Marine Oasis Hakata is a veritable oasis for cyclists. Here one can find facilities such as tennis courts, a park, a beach, and showers, as well as a variety of local cuisine.Hakata Island is known for its quality salt production, and the salt ice cream made here is a must-try local specialty.

Address
〒794-2302 今治市伯方町叶浦甲1668-1
Phone
0897-72-3300
Hours & Holiday
9am - 5pm, the restaurant opens 10am – 3pm

SPOT 10

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 11

Tatara Camp Site

Tatara Camp Site

This campsite, located at the foot of Tatara-Ohashi, offers several camping style options including seaside camping, RV camping, and cottages. Kitchens and hot spring baths are also available, making this a comfotable and cosy place to camp. Be sure to check out Tatara-Ohashi when it is all lit up at night.

Address
〒794-1402 今治市上浦町井口7523
Phone
0897-87-3855
Hours & Holiday
Open every day

SPOT 12

Mishima Murakami Memorial Museum

Mishima Murakami Memorial Museum

This Japanese calligraphy museum represents mainly Mishima Murakami, an artist from Omishima, and houses over 4,000 of his and other artists' artworks. Not only his calligraphy work, but also the tools and the studio that he actually used are also on display, giving visitors the opportunity to discover the background behind the artist's work. There is also an observatory passage which opens up to a view of Tatara Ohashi and the Seto Inland Sea.

Address
〒794-1402 今治市上浦町井口75053
Phone
0897-87-4288
Hours & Holiday
9am - 5pm, Closed on Mondays

SPOT 13

Oyamazumi Shrine

Oyamazumi Shrine

Said to have first been constructed around 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. Of the armor surviving in Japan that has been designated as important cultural treasures, 80% is part of the 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 14

Omishima Art Museum

Omishima Art Museum

Founded in 1986, the Omishima Museum displays work created by active contemporary Japanese artists. Special exhibitions are held four to five times a year on average, featuring mainly artists born after 1940. The walls of the museum are covered with washi (Japanese paper), adding a unique touch to the overall atmosphere.

Address
〒794-1304 今治市大三島町宮浦9099-1
Phone
0897-82-1234
Hours & Holiday
9am - 5pm, Closed on Mondays

SPOT 15

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 16

Lemon Valley

Lemon Valley

Hiroshima perfecture accounts for the highest production of lemons in Japan. Ikuchi Island in particular is number one for the production of lemons in Hiroshima. The color of the lemon fields changes from one season to the next; in May the lemon trees flower, from October to December the young fragrante green lemons appear, and from December until spring the vivid yellow lemons become mature.

Address
〒722-2404 広島県尾道市瀬戸田町垂水
Phone
0845-27-0051

SPOT 17

Setoda Sunset Beach

Setoda Sunset Beach

No where else in Setouchi offers white sandy shores and a sunset view as beautiful as here. Spend a lazy afternoon on sea kayaks or stand-up paddle boards (SUP), or a play with your kids on the water playground in the shallow water. Camp sites are located near by as well, making this an excellent place to stay for over days.

Address
〒722-2404 広島県尾道市瀬戸田町垂水1506-15
Phone
0845-27-1100
Hours & Holiday
Open July & August only

SPOT 18

Tamaki-Shoten (玉木商店)

Tamaki-Shoten (玉木商店)

This speciality shop serving roast chicken is found on a corner of the Shiomachi Shopping Street. The secret to their signature taste, which can only be found here, is in the special soy sauce, a recipe passed down through generations. Cyclists often stop here to enjoy the juicy and flavorful chicken of Tamaki-Shoten.

Address
〒722-2411 広島県尾道市瀬戸田町瀬戸田511
Phone
0845-27-0239
Hours & Holiday
9am - 6pm, Open every day

SPOT 19

Okatetsu-Shoten (岡哲商店)

Okatetsu-Shoten (岡哲商店)

Okatetsu-Shoten was originally a butcher, though most people now come here for their beef croquettes. These delicious snacks have been featured more than 70 times on Japanese television. The richly seasoned potato blended with sweet ground beef never fail to delight all those who try them. The cosy, local atmosphere of this shop only adds to the enjoyment.

Address
〒722-2411 広島県尾道市瀬戸田町瀬戸田517
Phone
0845-27-0568
Hours & Holiday
8:30an - 6:30pm, (Limited Supply), Closed irregularly

SPOT 20

Kousanji Museum

Kousanji Museum

While it is now called a museum, Kosanji is a well-established temple. Built by entrepreneur Kozo Kosanji as a symbol of gratitude to his mother, this temple features Buddhist art, modern art, and collections from the Kosanji family. There is also a garden of marble work called the Colle Della Speranza. With 5,000 square meters of space to explore, this marble garden is a must-see spot.

Address
〒722-2411 広島県尾道市瀬戸田町瀬戸田553-2
Phone
0845-27-0800
Hours & Holiday
9am - 5pm, Open every day

SPOT 21

Innoshima Suigun Castle

Innoshima Suigun Castle

This museum contains historical documents realting to the Murakami Suigun pirates, the greatest band of pirates in Japanese history. The structure immitaites the form of Japanese castles. Even its location -- the top of a hill -- is representative of Japanese castle design. Old documents, armor, weapons, and makimono (scrolls) from the past give visitors a profound glimpse into the past. The views from here of the Seto Inland Sea are also fantastic.

Address
〒722-2211 広島県尾道市因島中庄町3228-2
Phone
0845-24-0936
Hours & Holiday
9:30am - 5pm, Closed on Thursdays and Dec 29 - Jan 1

SPOT 22

Shiratakiyama

Shiratakiyama

This scenic viewpoint is the most important on Innoshima. 700 stone buddhas of different postures and expressions called Gohyaku-rakan form a line from the gate of the temple all the way to the top. This striking scene, with buddha statues merging with natural beauty in this way can only be found here in Setouchi.

Address
〒722-2102 広島県尾道市因島重井町
Phone
0845-26-6212

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ONOMICHI U2

ONOMICHI U2

Once a naval warehouse, this multi-use bicycle friendly facility includes a bakery, restaurants, bars, a hotel, and a cycle shop, making it a veritable oasis for cyclists. Cyclists can check into the hotel, HOTEL CYCLE, with their bikes in hand, a unique experience that avid cyclists should enjoy. JR Onomichi Station is only five minutes away on foot, an excellent location that makes this a good first or last stop on your trip.

Address
〒722-0037 広島県尾道市西御所町5-11
Phone
0848-21-0550
Hours & Holiday
Open every day
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Kickoff point for this route

Start Point

Sunrise Itoyama Cycling Station

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    • By train
      <From Honshu (Main Island of Japan) direction>

      Approximately 5 minutes ride from North Imabari IC of Shimanami-Kaido
      <From Shikoku direction>
      Approximately 30 minutes ride from Yunora IC
      ※Be sure not to use highways
    • By bus
      There will be an pickup bus from JR Hashihama Station
      ※Please note for bus to be available only for rental cycle and accommodation guests
      ※Reservation only

End Point

ONOMICHI U2

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    • By train
      <Sanyo Main Line>
      Approximately 5 minutes walk from JR Onomichi Station
      <Sanyo Shinkansen>
      Approximately 15 minutes ride by taxi from JR Shin-Onomichi Station
    • By car
      <From Tokyo / Osaka direction>
      Take the Sanyo Expressway and get off at West Fukuyama IC, then take another 20 minutes ride via Onomichi Bypass

      <From Kyushu / Hiroshima direction>
      Take the Sanyo Expressway and get off at Onomichi IC, then take another 20 minutes ride via National Route 184
      <From Shikoku direction>
      Take the Setouchi Shimanami-Kaido and get off at West Seto Onomichi IC, then take another 15 minutes ride via Onomichi Bypass
      <From San-in direction>
      Take the Onomichi Expressway (Chugoku Crossing Expressway Onomichi-Matsue Line), then take another 20 minutes ride via National Route 184

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