2 Day Private guide Shimanami Kaido Cycling tour

This cycling tour it is take 2days from Onomichi to Imabari ,
The shimanami kaido is the most famous bicycle touring area in Japan,Have 80km cycling route across the Seto inland sea,
Best a road is organized for cycling, the convenient rental bike service.

The Shimanami Kaido is the most famous cycling touring place in Japan. It consists of 6 islands and 6 bridges from Imabari city to Onomichi city across the Seto inland sea. “Shimanami” means “range of islands (like a range of mountains)” and “Kaido” means “seaside rode”, so it is good expression of the feature of this place.
* Duration: 2 days
* Starts: Onomichi, Japan
* Trip Category: Walking & Biking Tours >> Bike & Mountain Bike Tours




This cycling tour it is take 2days from Onomichi to Imabari ,
The shimanami kaido is the most famous bicycle touring area in Japan,Have 80km cycling route across the Seto inland sea,
Best a road is organized for cycling, the convenient rental bike service.

The Shimanami Kaido is the most famous cycling touring place in Japan. It consists of 6 islands and 6 bridges from Imabari city to Onomichi city across the Seto inland sea. “Shimanami” means “range of islands (like a range of mountains)” and “Kaido” means “seaside rode”, so it is good expression of the feature of this place.

Itinerary

Day 1: From Onomichi to Ikuchijima

Stop At: Mukaishima, 1-15-1 Kubo, Onomichi 722-0045 Hiroshima Prefecture
The first island is Mukaijima, though it is recommended that you take the short ferry across the channel as the first bridge is quite a way out of town, has no dedicated bike lane, and involves quite a climb to reach.

There is not a lot to see on Mukaijima, though there are a few guest houses that offer an alternative to overnighting in Onomichi itself. The bike path soon leaves the main town and reaches the coast with views that open up across the Inland Sea.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Innoshima Bridge, Innnoshima Ohamacho, Onomichi 722-2101 Hiroshima Prefecture
The first bridge that crosses over to Innoshima is a “double-decker,” with the bike path on a level underneath the main roadway.

Innoshima was one of the bases for the infamous Murakami pirates who controlled the area and a fake castle is one of the tourist sites on the island. Off the bike route itself, on top of 227 meter high Mount Shirataki, fantastic 360 degree views over the surrounding island can be had while exploring the hundreds and hundreds of Buddhist statues on the mountaintop.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ikuchi Island, Onomichi, Hiroshima, Japan
The next island, Ikuchijima is reached by the Ikuchi Bridge on which bikes and pedestrians have their own section of the bridge with only a waist height steel fence which allows for great views.

This is part of the uniqueness of this bike route because the bridges are quite high so you get unusual views looking down on the surrounding landscape. You can easily spend half a day on Ikuchijima as it is home to several places worth a visit including the fantastic complex of attractions at Kosanji, possibly the most unique temple in Japan.

Ikuchijima also has a nice long stretch of white sand beach and a series of modern art sculptures dotted around the island. The iconic Tatara Bridge takes you over to Omishima Island, the largest of the chain along the Shimanami Kaido, and the one most deserving of a diversion off the official bike route.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Stay at Island Ryokan Tsutsui or similar

Day 2: From Ikuchijima to Imabari

Stop At: Oyamazumi Shrine, 3327 Ōmishimachō Miyaura, Imabari, Ehime 794-1393, Japan
Oyamasumi Shrine, which is set in an ancient forest, has the best collection of historical samurai armour and weaponry in all of Japan.

From the north of Ikuchijima a short ferry ride takes you to the tiny island of Okunoshima – a place with a troubled history that is now populated by thousands of rabbits.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Omishima Museum of Art, 9099-1 Omishimachomiyaura, Imabari 794-1304 Ehime Prefecture
The neighboring island of Omishima has even more art establishments. Most visitors to Omishima will be heading for the Oyamazumi Shrine, whose museum has the greatest collection of historical samurai weaponry and armour in the whole of Japan. Just opposite the entrance to the shrine is a rather distinctive A-frame structure, the Omishima Art Museum.

Opened in 1986, the Omishima Art Museum shows a wide range of contemporary Nihonga, Japanese style paintings, of which the museum has already built up a collection of over 1,000 pieces including works by Yukio Umehara, Hatanaka Hikaritoru, Masaru Matsumoto, Shigeki Murata and Chinami Nakajima.

Large scale works by Toshio Tabuchi are on permanent display, but the three other galleries have continuously changing temporary exhibitions, often on seasonal themes. For a provincial museum, the exhibits are of quite a high quality and diversity.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Hakata-jima, Hakata-jima, Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, Shikoku
omishima of Imabari in Ehime on Shikoku. A relatively short ridge connects to Hakatajima, and like Omishima the cycle route passes just along a short part of its coast.

Off the cycle route there are parks and beaches, but the island is mostly known for salt production, so such delicacies as Salt Ramen and Salt Ice Cream can be sampled.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Oshima Island, Kurushima, Imabari 799-2122 Ehime Prefecture
The final island before reaching the mainland of Shikoku is Oshima, “big island”, one of hundreds of islands in Japan having the same name.

Oshima was another base of the Murakami pirates and there is a small museum dedicated to them here. At the southern end of the island a great viewpoint at the top of 300 meter high Mount Kirosan offers panoramic views and there are two places where short scenic boat trips can be taken.

The final bridge over to Shikoku, the Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, is perhaps the most impressive, at over six kilometers in length, including the long approaches for bikes, it is actually three connected suspension bridges, the first of its kind in the world, and the views are stupendous.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Stay at IMABARI KOKUSAI HOTEL or similar