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20th Anniversary of the Shimanami Kaido
The most famous cycling road in Japan
FAQ of the Shimanami Kaido 70km Cycling

Even a beginner at cycling or a women alone, everyone can enjoy "Shimanami Kaido Cycling". You can get a lot of information about sightseeing, the distance between Imabari and Onomichi, how long it takes, the convenient bike rental system, the general plan, etc. on this website! We (a staff of the guest house "Namito Minato") are a local bicycle travel guide. If you have any question about it, please ask us. We will give you helpful tips for the Shimanami Kaido Cycling.

 

 

Guest house with a view of the sea

Cyclo cafe & book Hostel NAMITO MINATO

Namito Minato is the guest house organized for cyclists of the Shimanami Kaido. It's located near the entrance of the Shimanami Kaido. You can feel calm and relaxed with a view of the Seto Inland Sea. You'll definitely have a chill and cosy and extraordinary time here.

Shimanami Kaido Hostel Namito Minato

 

Listen carefully the sound of gentle waves...

  Namito Minato >  

 

 

Updated: 2019.7.14

Author: YUKI SHIMIZU

 

A section line with the motif of Shimanami Kaido cycling

 

 

 

A section line with the motif of Shimanami Kaido cycling

 

 

1. Introduction

Q. What is the Shimanami Kaido? 

 

  • The most famous bicycle touring area in Japan

  • 80km island hopping cycling-road across the inland sea

  • Roads organized for cycling, convenient rental bike service

 

the location of the Shimanami Kaido Cycling roads

 

The Shimanami Kaido is the most famous bikeway in Japan. It consists of 6 islands and 6 bridges from Imabari city to Onomichi city acress the Setouchi inland sea. "Shimanami" means "range of the islands (mountains)" and "Kaido" means "roads of sea" , so it is good expression of the feature of this place. 

 

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Lots of islands and beautiful bridges

 

The bridges have designated cycling path separated from the highway, and the roads perfectly organized for bike touring. For example, the "blue color line" on the road will lead you to where you want to go, so just follow it. There are not only the blue line but also map signboards on every recommended road of the Shimanami Kaido. 

 

the map picture of the Shimanami kaido cycling route

 

Of courese visitors can hire bicycles, including sporty bikes, at both Imabari city (Ehime Pref.) and Onomichi city (Hiroshima Pref.). After the trip, you can return them at several bike terminals along the path.

 

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Some impressive scenes of the Shimanami Kaido Cycling

 

This cycling road, the Shimanami Kaido has been selected by CNN as one of the "7 best bike routes in the world" (2015). Wonderfully scenic islands, calm sea and magnificent bridges attract visitors from all over the world.

 

 


 

 

Q. Is it OK for a beginner? 

 

  • An easy route for a beginner

  • Covenient rental bike services

  • The blue line and the Cycle Oasis

 

The Shimanami Kaido has lots of services that you can enjoy cycling safely. Until a few years ago, mostly people who have a cycling hobby (not a beginner) used to come the Shimanami Kaido. But here has been progressing development in recent years. So it's getting easier and more convenient for a beginner. It's very popular style to use the public rental bike that you can rent and return it in any islands.

 

the rental bike terminals map of the Shimanami Kaido

13 places of the rental bike terminal

 

We recommend to use the public rental bike which you can rent and return anywhere on the way! So there are free ways to use it such as "You rent a bike in Imabari and return it in Onomichi" or "return a bike on an island in the middle and move by bus afterward" or "If you want to go around only one island, you can. It's recommended to use the public rental bike. You will find out more about how to rent a bike in a later chapter.

 

In addition, on the "Shimanami Kaido" cycling route, there is a blue induction line <Blue Line> on the road. It indicates the distance and direction to the destination, so there is no need to worry about getting lost. Signs and maps are set up at some junctions where are easy to get lost.

 

Shimanami kaido Cycle Oasis and The blue lines

The blue line and the Cycle Oasis

 

Cyclists often ask us "Do you easily find any toilets on the way? ", actually you can use the toilets at a rest area called "Cycle Oasis" where local people volunteer other than public toilets or convenience stores. There're about 100 Cycle Oasis in this area! A lot of local restaurants, farmers and accommodations do that. Depending on the Cycle Oasis, you can have a free water and use a pump!

 

The Map of the "Cycle Oasis" and "Toso Resque"

 

In the case of troubles such as "the bike condition is strange" or "you have a flat tire", some local auto-repair-shops which belong to the volunteer group called "To-so Resque" will support you! If you have any trouble with your rental bike, please contact a rental bike terminal at first. They've been progressing development a system for troubleshooting in case of an emergency.

 

 

 

A section line with the motif of Shimanami Kaido cycling

 

 

2. Planning・Preparation

Q. 1 day trip is enough or not? For the Shimanami kaido Cycling 

 

  • 70~80km on the shortest route from Imabari to Onomichi

  • 10km in 1 hour for beginners

  • 2~3 days trip is good if you across

 

70 to 80km is the total distance of the main route of the Shimanami Kaido. There are some ups and downs depending on the cycling route of each island. You need to climb up the slope at each bridge, but luckily, it is designed to be gentle enough to go up.

 

Average distance and time for beginner rider

Average speed for rental bike rider (beginner) : 10 km / hour

 

We recommend that you spend at least more than 2 days to enjoy both cycling and amazing scenery without worrying about time, distance and speed.

 

 

✔Recommended Plan ①

2 days trip across the Shimanami Kaido

 

the map picture of the Shimanami kaido cycling route 1泊2日のサイクリングで余裕をもった計画を

If your purpose is not simply "riding", it's recommended that "acrossing 2 days or more" rather than one day. Not only the main cycling route but also the sub routes (island explore routes) are maintained as cycling course on each island in the Shimanami Kaido. The scenery of the sub route is also wonderful in Shimanami Kaido. Many bicycle travelers stay overnight at Omishima island or Ikuchijima island, just the middle point.

 

 

✔Recommended Plan ②

Start without deciding on the goal point

 

Recommended Cycling Plan of the Shimanami Kaido2

Even if your schedule is only one day, you can enjoy Shimanami Kaido cycling easily. How about starting from Imabari without deciding on the finish point, and finally getting on the bus or ferry for the Onomichi? Some rental bike terminals in the Shimanami Kaido are close to bus stops and ferry ports. You can change the plan flexibly while actually riding.

 

 

<Actual  3 itineraries>

Plan A: 2 days: Get a bicycle at JR Imabari Station and enjoy riding the Imabari city area. One night stay at Guesthouse "Namito Minato" →  Day 1: Shimanami cycling first half 40km. Staying at Guesthouse "Ohana". → Day 2: 40km in the second half of Shimanami Kaido cycling. Goal at JR Onomichi Station !

Plan B: 1 day: Stay at Guesthouse "Namito Minato" →  Get the bike at "Sunrise Itoyama" rental bike terminal. And start Shimanami Kaido 45~50km cycling. → Finish cycling at 4th island, Ikuchijima island. Return the bike at Setoda rental bike terminal. → Get on the ferry from Setoda port to Onomichi port.

Plan C: From Onomichi: Get a bicycle at Onomichi port, close to JR Onomichi station. → Day 1: 30km riding on the Shimanami Kaido → Stay one night at "Private Hostel Setoda" on Ikuchijima island → Day2: 50km riding from Ikuchijima to the Guesthouse "Namito Minato".  Spend the day relaxing with the view of calm ocean.

 

 

 


 

 

Q. When is the best season to ride? 

 

  • Warm climate where you can enjoy cycling all year round

  • Various attractions depending on the season

  • You should check sunset time especially in winter

 

The Seto Inland Sea, where the Shimanami Kaido spans, is a relatively warm climate area throughout the year. Even in winter there is almost no snowfall. Many cyclists visit the Shimanami Kaido, especially in spring and fall, when temperatures are comfortable. 

 

Seasonal and sunset time of citrus lemon on the Shimanami Kaido

The best season of citrus is winter, but day time is showter

 

The famous agricultural products around here are lemon, orange and citrus. Citrus flowers are blooming in May, and you can enjoy the jasmine-like aroma throughout the island. And the best season of citrus is winter, from December to early May. If you want to enjoy various kinds of citrus, you should come this season.

 

average precipitation in Shimanami kaido

*Created from data of the Japan Meteorological Agency website.

 

The Seto Inland Sea area, with its Shimanami Kaido, is known for having little rainy days throughout the year. The middle of June to the beginning of July is called "TSUYU", the rainy season. Apart from special weather such as typhoons, it can be said that the climate is suitable for cycling all year round. In winter, it is rare that snow falls or piles up, and even if snow piles up in the morning around Onomichi area, it melts in the daytime.

 

<Cycling in Summer>
Advantage:As the daytime is long from May to September, the cycling time will increase and you can make a plan with room for adjustment.
Disadvantage:Because there are few places with roofs, you must ensure heatstroke and sunburn protection.

 

<Cycling in Winter>
Advantage:The scenery of the islands is wonderful because the air is crisp and clear in winter.
Disadvantage:You should check the sunset time in advance, as there are few outside lights. Riding after sunset is dangerous.

 

 

 


 

 

Q. What dress should I put on for the bike ride? 

 

  • It's fine that you don't put on a serious bicycle wear

  • Let's get Sporty and Casual wear !

  • You really should wear a helmet

 

It's of course important to put on the moveable clothes for comfortable and safe cycling on the Shimanami Kaido. I think you don't have to buy a serious bicycle wear, Sporty and Casual wear is enough.

 

Clothing for cycling along the Shimanami Kaido

The springy clothes of the Shimanami Kaido cyclists: April

 

You can get a helmet with a bike for the Shimanami Kaido cycling. You should really wear a helmet for safety. In addition, sports bicycles have exposed gear and chains, so please be careful not to wound in the hem of long pants. It's safer to use a hem band for cycling or wear something like spats.

 

temperature of the Shimanami kaido imabari

*Created from data of the Japan Meteorological Agency website.

 

The graph shows the monthly average temperature of the Shimanami Kaido area (Imabari City). Gray shading represents the temperature range between daily high and low temperatures. The climate is warm and comfortable all year round.

 

<Summer clothes>
The cycling wear which has quick-drying material is better than cotton one. You should bring a sun cream. Short pants or tank tops are not good.

 

<Autumn ~ Spring clothes>
Wearing Heat-retaining or highly breathable material is the best. Let's choose the inner according to the weather and temperature. The jacket is no need because you'll be sweaty.

 

<Useful stuffs>

Saddle covers:that can be used for a saddle. You can get it at bicycle stores or on the internet. It Reduces buttock pain from long rides. It is cheaper than cycle pants.

Groves for cyclingIt reduces hand pain from long rides. Something has a pad or thick one on the palm side is good.  Let's wear a long covering to your wrist to avoid sunburn.

Chuck type's plastic bagFor waterproofing measures of a phone or wallet.

 

 

 


 

 

Q. How to hire a rental bike in the Shimanami kaido? 

 

  • Recommend the public rental bike

  • Sport comfort bike which can easily go up a slope

  • You can rent it for about 1,000 Yen per a day

 

The public rental bike can be abandoned at 13 terminals in the Shimanami Kaido. You can enjoy cycling according to your physical strength. To make it easier to over hills, Sport bikes called a Cross bike and a Mountain bike with multiple transmission gears are much better than a City bike which is called Mamachari.

 

how to get the rental bicycles in the Shimanami kaido

The public rental bike is useful at reasonable price

 

The public rental bike can be hired for about 1,000 Yen per a day. In addition, you need to pay 1,000 Yen for the deposit. It's refunded only if you return it to the same terminal or terminal within the same island. In other words, it's like "The deposit = Bike abandoned charge".

 

the rental bike terminals map of the Shimanami Kaido

13 rental bike terminals in the Shimanami Kaido

*Google Map of the terminals > Map

 

Usually you can have a reservation for a rental bike except in the busy season or in an event day. There is a limited number of pre-reserved bikes, so basically It's a system to get on a first-come, first-served basis. If you want to reserve for it in Imabari, Ehime side, please call to the Rental bike Terminal "Sunrise Itoyama". And If you want to do it in Onomichi, Hiroshima side, please call to "Shinamimi Japan".

 


【Imabari】Sunrise Itoyama

2-8-1 Sunaba-cho, Imabari, Ehime 
TEL 0898-41-3196
http://www.sunrise-itoyama.jp  

【Onomichi】Shimanami Japan

11-9 Higashigosho-cho, Onomichi,Hiroshima
TEL 0848-22-3911
http://shimanami-cycle.or.jp

 

In addition, you can also rent an electric bike depending on the terminal. But there is a restriction such as "you can not abandon it" and also "within 6 hours due to the battery". For example, it can be used as you go cycling to Oshima and back for a couple hours.

 

The location of Namito Minato and Sunrise Itoyama

 

The guest house "Namito Minato" is close to the entrance of the Shimanami Kaido and also to the Central Rental bike Terminal "Sunrise Itoyama". It's convenient the bus runs about once a hour. It's also fun to take a ferry to Umajima islandenjoy the trip on the Cruise from Hashihama Port to Umajima island! You can go up to the bridge by elevator from Umajima island.

 

<2 options to hire the bikes from Namito Minato: Imabari side>

 TeminalAccessAdvantage
A Central rental bike terminal "Sunrise Itoyama" 5 min Bus and 10 min walk from Namito Minato ・Many types and numbers of bikes
・Close to first bridge
B JR Imabari station temporary rental bike terminal 40 min Bike from JR Imabari station to Namito Minato ・You can enjoy Imabari city
・Close to JR station

 

<2 options to hire the bikes at Onomichi city: Hiroshima side>

 Teminal (or shop)AccessAdvantage
A Onomichi port rental bike terminal 5 min walk from JR Onomichi station ・Many types and numbers of bikes
・Close to JR station

B

Bike shop「Red Bicycles Onomichi」※ 10 min walk from JR Onomichi station ・Reasonable price but good roadbikes

※You can not drop it at Imabari side.

 

 

 


 

 

Q. Which route is the best for cycling beginners? 

 

  • We've made a cycling route map for beginners

  • Beware of the advanced routes which is a lot of climes.

  • The map of paper is convenient for the plan!

 

The shortest cycling route called "main route" and some other routes of each islands are provided. Even if you are a beginner and if it is a two-days trip, I think it is possible to extend the route. I mean not only on the main route. But you must check the routes in advance because it maybe an advanced route which is a lot of climes on it. We've made a cycling map that is for beginners.

 

Recommended Route The best route for the first time. Of courese you have several options for which route to take.
Good Spots The places to visit and scenic places I recommend. It's special information not listed in any guidebooks.
Lunch / Cafe We picked up the restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy the atmosphere of the island.
Accommodation Recommended hostels and guesthouses in the Shimanami Kaido area.
Rental Bike The Rental Bike Terminals in the Shimanami Kaido.
Public Lavatory
The public lavatories are available on the way even if it is a remote road.

※Click the lines and icons for more information.

 

【How to use Google My Maps】

This map is available in Google Maps app on your phone or tablet, if you are logged in with the same account in the browser and the Google Maps app.

 1.Click the ★star next to the upper map title(☆⇒
 2.Open the Google Maps app on your phone
 3.Click " ≡ " at the upper left
 4.My Places > Maps > Shimanami-Kaido cycling route

  Detailed usage is here ≫  

 

 

 

Shimanami kaido cycling FAQ

 

 

3. Accommodations・Luggage transport

Q. Which accommodations are good for cyclists? 

 

  • There is a lot of guest house and Air B&B in the Shimanami Kaido

  • Recommend an accommodation which you can get more travel informations

  • Once-in-a-lifetime encounter on your journey

 

You can find the guest house and hostel which have English services. The guesthouse is particularly convenient as a starting point or ending point of bike trips.

 

 

People stay in "Namito Minato" and start cycling from here often stay in one of the guesthouse on the map the next day.  All of the guesthouse is so unique. Some guest house have a Female Only Dormitory as well. And some owners speak English well.

 

Very recommend to stay in somewhere on the islands for a couple days and leisurely slowly go cycling! If you can afford it, please stay for a long time. Let's deeply explore the Shimanami Kaido!

 

 

< A list of the Guest house and Air B&B in the Shimanami Kaido >

LocationGuesthouseCommentsFeeWeb
Onomichi Anago no nedoko A nostalgic and retro designed guesthouse located in the shopping street. It's a long building that can't be imagined from the front, and you can't help being excited when I go through the corridor. 2,900yen~ HP
Onomichi Fuji Hostel It's very popular with foreigners. Because it's located in the center of Onomichi town, so very convenient for Onomichi sightseeing. Let's enjoy both cycling and exploring Onomichi!

2,600yen~

HP
Onomichi YADO CURLY It''s built by DIY while various people participate. They have a cafe the name is Chai Salon Dragon.

2,800yen~

HP
Mukaishima Onomichi PawPaw It's located in Mukaishima-island where is the first island from Onomichi. It's a very at-home atmosphere and popular with travelers for a comfortable stay. "Pawpaw" is the owner's favorite fruit name.♪ 3,300yen~ HP
Mukaishima Gamigami It's located in the east of Mukaishima-island. The ocean view is amazing, the owner is very friendly and helpful. 3,500yen~ HP
Sashima Shiomi House It's located in Sashima-island. It's the guest house that has renovated with the big hope of local people. Totally real japanese style. Really reccommend to visit and feel real japanese taste.
  .
4,000yen~ HP
Omishima OHANA This guesthouse is located near the "Oyamazumi Shrine". It's almost half point of the Shimanami Kaido. The Owners make an original organic and eco's things. Good for souvenir. 2,900yen~ HP
Imabari Namito Minato This guest house used to be a ferry terminal of Namikata Port before It's located near the Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge. You can enjoy the wonderful view of the Seto Inland Sea from all of rooms. 2,600yen~ HP
Imabari Cyclonoie This guesthouse is conveniently located in front of JR Imabari Station. There is a lot of restaurant and public bath nearby. Recommended for people who want to enjoy exploring Imabari sightseeing as well as cycling. 2,900yen~ HP

 

✔ Guesthouse focused on Shimanami Kaido Cycling "Namito Minato" 

[PR] You can spend a chill and cosy time with a view of the Seto inland sea at NAMITO MINATO. It's located at Namikata port where is in the Imabari city. We've renovated the building which used to be a ferry terminal before.  You can see beautiful views... a calm sea, a lot of island, and ships which are slowly slowly moving. Feel an extraordinary times.

 

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Q. How to send luggage from Imabari to Onomichi? 

 

  • Sagawa's Same-day luggage delivery service

  • The normal transport with Yamato or Japan Post is for someone takes more than 2 days to cross the Shimanami Kaido

  • Need to check your accommodation can be used Sagawa's service or not

 

In the Shimanami Kaido, Sagawa offers a Same-day luggage delivery service between Imabari and Onomichi accommodation facilities. If you plan to go cycling the Shimanami Kaido in a day, this service is useful. But you need to check if the hotel is on the list of the Sagawa Express website. Of courese our guesthouse Namito Minato is on the list.

 

How to send luggage from Imabari to Onomichi?

 

People who take 2 days to cross the Shimanami Kaido usually send big bags to Onomichi (or Imiabari) with Yamato or Japan Post in advance. And you can pick the luggage up at Onomichi (or Imiabari) the next morning.

 

 Sagawa「Hands-Free Cycling service」HP > 

 

 

 

 

Shimanami Kaido cycling FAQ

 

 

4. Ride Safely

Q. What should I check before the ride? 

 

In order to enjoy the Shimanami Kaido cycling without accidents and troubles, it's important to check a bicycle condition in advance. Specially the public rental bike, you definitely should check the following items.

 

  • Proper air pressure of front and rear tires

  • Accurate actuation of the brakes

  • Presence of abnormal noise (when you ride)

  • Proper height and angle of the saddle

  • The front light turn on well

 

A bicycle is a buddy travels together all day long. Troubles might happen such as a puncture, you can reduce the risk by checking.

 

 


 

 

Q. What should be careful? 

 

I've listed three things should be careful for a safe cycling.

 

For safe and enjoyable cycling in Shimanami Kaido

For a safe and enjoyable cycling

 

①.Left, keep the left

A cyclist must basically keep to the left side on roadwaysIf there is no bicycle lane, you will have to ride along with the flow of vehicle traffic. it's possible for you to ride a bicycle on the sidewalk if there is a road sign or other signpost indicating to do so. And on some bridges, you must share with motorbikes, pedestrians and cars. And sometimes high-speed road bikers and rental bike travelers are on the same narrow way. If you are two or more, please make a line instead of side by side.

 

②.Don't work too hard on hills

You should shift to an easier gear on hills (climes). Or I think it's also a good idea to get the bike off and walk up. It's a long way so don't work too hard. And on the other hand, please be careful of the downhill. A serious accident is always happened when yo go downhill.

 

③.Park your bike in a safe place

One of the attraction of a bicycle trip is you can stop immediately to take photos or something when you see nice view. But, there are many places where the road width is narrow such as the top of a bridge or an approach road, at the superb view point of the Shimanami Kaido. And also, there are places with poor prospects such as near the pillars of the Kurushima-Kaikyo bridges and sharp curves. Secure your safety and park your bike in a large area before taking photos.

 

 

 

Shimanami Kaido Cycling FAQ

 

 

5. Attractions・Gourmets

Q. What lunch place would be recommended? 

 

The Seto Inland Sea / Shimanami Kaido area, which is blessed with a mild climate and rich fishing grounds, is able to eat delicious food even in Japan. Lunch at a nice café or restaurant just past the bike will give you the best memories. I tried to pick up the gourmet that should be eaten by Shimanami Kaido cycling.

 

 

✔Super fresh seafood in the Seto Inland Sea

If you have a chance to visit Shimanami Kaido, you should definitely eat the best fresh seafood.  The red sea bream (we call it Tai) and young yellowtail (Hamachi), squid (Ika), octopus (Tako) and shrimp (Ebi)........Anyway, the fish in the Setouchi are abundant in variety, and they are different from the fish in the Pacific Ocean and the Japan Sea.

Super fresh seafood in the Seto Inland Sea Shimanami Kaido

Of course the best recommendation is Sashimi. If you can eat raw fish, please try it. If you order KAISEN-DON: rice bowl topped with seafood sashimi, you will be able to enjoy many types of fish at once. Of course you can also enjoy fish burgers, fish products and tempura with fish..

 

<Good KAISEN-DON restaurant>

Oshima Noshima-Suigun A restaurant run by a local fishing cooperative. It is right in front of the Murakami Pirate Museum. "KAISENDON special" (around 2000 yen) is the best! MAP
Omishima Restaurant Yoshikawa A restaurant often visited by locals. Also many menu options. The KAISEN-DON of the local fish with eggs is so wonderful. MAP
Omishimia Tairyo A small dining room very popular with tourists. You will have to line up to enter the store. You can eat a variety of regional dishes and seafood bowls. MAP

 

<Other recommendations>

Imabari Shiori A small cafeteria run by the fishermen's wife. Fish burger, cooked rise and udon noodle with sea breams (Tai)  you can eat them as fast food. MAP
Oshima Road Park IkiikiKan The road park has a souvenir shop and a restaurant. You can eat fresh fish dishes while watching the view of the bridge. MAP
Ikuchijima Chidori A long-established restaurant where you can enjoy local dishes using famous octopus (Tako) and sea eel(Anago). In front of Kosanji Temple. MAP
Ikuchijima Shimaichi Local fresh octopus sashimi and tempura are delicious. MAP

 

 

✔In-oko (Innoshima Okonomiyaki)

Okonomiyaki (savory pancake with various ingredients) is so popular in Innoshima island. We call it "In-oko".

The image of In-oko (Innoshima Okonomiyaki)

There are about 30 "In-oko" restaurants in Habu area in Innoshima island where the shipbuilding industry is thriving. It seems that there were more than 50 restaurants at its peak. In-oko is characterized by the addition of udon for the energy of shipbuilders.

 

Innoshima Okonomi OCHI A small okonomiyaki restaurant with only a few seats. The iron plate used for a long time can be grilled okonomiyaki cleanly without using oil. MAP
Innoshima Ueda A popular local okonomiyaki restaurant with a true round shape and taste. The crisp texture and special sauce are very delicious. MAP

 

 

✔Imabari Yakitori (Grilled chicken)

The famous dish in Imabari, the town of Shimanami Kaido entrance, is Yakitori.

今治鉄板焼き鳥

Imabari's "Yakitori" is different from general ones in which chicken is stabbed in a skewer and grilled with charcoal, and it is characterized by baking while holding it with an iron plate. Vegetables such as onions, lotus root and green peppers are also grilled on an iron plate. These yakitori is served with soy sauce-based sweet and spicy sauce.

 

Imabari Toribayashi Imabari Yakitori's super famous store. Even on weekdays it is full of tourists who visited Imabari with locals and sightseeing. MAP
Imabari Shinmidori Imabari Yakitori restaurant that is easy to enter in groups. Imabari Yakitori's orthodox menu is complete. MAP
Namikata Tomidori Traditional Imabari Yakitori Tavern. An elderly grandfather is cutting it up alone. A very calm and comfortable atmosphere. Not far from our guest house NAMITO MINATO. MAP
Namikata Mante A local tavern near our guest house NAMITO MINATO. There is also a menu of Imabari Yakitori. MAP

 

 


 

 

Q. Yummy cakes or sweets at the Shimanami Kaido? 

 

Sweets with citrus fruits are essential for cycling in the Shimanami Kaido. Sweet and delicious things are important as a supplement for cycling breaks. Here, I recommend some sweets that should definitely be eaten in Shimanami Kaido.

 

Yummy cakes or sweets at the Shimanami Kaido

 

"Hassaku Daifuku" in Hassakuya store is very popular among cyclists. It is a Japanese-style confectionery in which the special product "Hassaku citrus" from Innoshima is wrapped in white bean paste and sticky rice cake. And please enjoy various kinds of ice cream in Shimanami Kaido. Dolce in Ikuchijima Island, Italian gelato with citrus fruits ... Salt icecream in Hakata Island .... Lemon liqueur gelato sweets made by lemon farmers in Omishima.

 

Hakatajima Hakata SC Park A specialty of this road park is a soft cream with salt. The beach in front of you is also beautiful. MAP
Omishima Omishima Limone Lemon liqueur shop run by a couple of lemon farmers. They also sell very good lemon goods. MAP
Ikuchijima Shimagokoro Lemon cake is famous. The store also has space for the Shimanami Kaido cyclists to rest. MAP
Ikuchijima Dolce It is very nice to eat Italian gelato with a variety of local citrus fruits on the terrace. MAP
Innoshima Hassakuya A shop famous for Hassaku Daifuku. There is also a space where you can take a break while watching the bridge. MAP
Mukaishima Goto soda-pop factory A small beverage factory where you can drink cider made in a traditional way. The bottle is so valuable that you can not bring it home. MAP

 

 

 


 

 

Q. Cozy cafe or coffee shop in the Shimanami Kaido? 

 

In the Shimanami Kaido, a lots of new cafes and coffee shops have opened in recent years. Spending a wonderful time while looking at the superb view of the Seto Inland Sea, and enjoying the special coffee and cake are wonderful. There are many people who travel on the theme of "visiting cafes" at the Shimanami kaido.

 

Image of cafe and coffee shop in the Shimanami kaido

 

Shimanami Kaido is an area with many migrants from the city. In this area, many people enjoying the life of the island in beautiful scenery. A little off the main route, you will discover many of the island's attractions. 

 

Imabari Coffee Apony Home-roasted coffee shop where coffee lovers of Imabari gather. A cup of carefully brewed coffee at the nel drip is a refined taste. MAP
Oshima Ishino Cafe A cafe with a motif "Oshima Stone", a specialty of Oshima. It's along the main route of Shimanami Kaido, so it's good for a break. MAP
Hakatajima Patisserie T's Cafe A cake cafe opened by a patissier from Hakatajima Island. The cake with local fruits and delicious coffee are great. Ocean view is also good. MAP
Omishima Omishima Coffee Roastery Coffee bean roaster popular in Shimanami Kaido. You can drink Neldrip coffee in the stylish cafe space, which is a renovated old-fashioned house. MAP
Omishima Minnanoie A cafe that has been renovated from an old building located at the approach of the Oyamazumi Jinjya shrine. It will be a wine bar at night.。 MAP
Omishima Omishima Brewery Craft beer brewery at Omishima island. n order to drink this wonderful beer, it is worth staying at Omishima. Volume sale is also possible with a bottle. MAP
Ikuchijima Siomachitei 瀬Old house cafe and bar in the local shopping district of Ikuchijima Island. The owner is a bicycle mechanic. MAP

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Q. Shower rooms or Onsen are available?  

 

There are several shower rooms and hot springs in the Shimanami Kaido area. I tried to put together useful hot spring and shower information after cycling.

 

 

Area Type Name Opening Time Fee Comment
Imabari Shower CYCLONOIE 15:00-21:30 400 yen Body soap, shampoo and towel rental included.  The guest who stay is free.
Imabari Shower Sunrise ITOYAMA 8:00-17:00 100 yen Rental cycle users only.
Imabari Onsen KISUKE 10:00-24:00 570 yen Near JR Imabari Station. Fully equipped natural hot spring.
Omishima Shower Road park MISHIMA 8:30-17:00 200 yen Equipment in Road Station.
Omishima Public Bath Mare Glassia
10:00-20:30 500 yen Public bath using seawater.
Onomichi Shower Onomichi U2  7:00-21:30 100 yen / 5 min Coin shower on the north side of Onomichi U2.
Onomichi Public Bath Kurihara 15:00-21:00 430 yen Local public bath.
Onomichi Public Bath Daieiyu 16:00-21:00 430 yen Local public bath.

 

※Please contact each facility for the latest information.

 

 

Shimanami Kaido Cycling FAQ

 

 

6. Ferry・Bus

Q. Which ferry route is convenient? 

 

I picked up a ferry route that is convenient for cycling on the Shimanami Kaido. Ships also match the journey of the Seto Inland Sea. Even if you retire on the way due to poor health, fatigue, trouble, etc., it may be better to know the available route.

 

Ferry route map in the Shimanami kaido

 

Imabari⇔Habu       These also call on the way to the islands of Oshima, Hakatajima and some islands Be careful because the pier at Habu Port is "Central Pier" not "Nagasaki Pier". Some ships can not carry bicycles.
Boat
 
Geiyo Kisen >
 
Imabari⇔Munakata It is a convenient route for visiting the museums of Omishima island and the half-ride of the Shimanami Kaido.
Ferry      Omishima Blue Line >
Boat
 
Imabari City Ferry >
 
Setoda⇔Onomichi Setoda Port is also close from the Bicycle Terminal. It is often used for cycling plans that enjoy only half the Shimanami Kaido.
Boat
 
Setouchi Cruising >
 
Habu⇔Mihara Mihara Port is a 5-minute walk from JR Mihara Station on the Sanyo Shinkansen. Buses to Hiroshima Airport also stop at Mihara Port.
Boat
 
Habu Shosen >
 

 

 

 


 

 

Q. Am I get any buses in the Shimanami Kaido? 

 

Bus routes are well established in the Shimanami Kaido, making it one of the most important transportation for people living on the island. In addition to the local buses around each island, express buses also operate between Imabari and Onomichi. I introduce bus route that is often used when cycling a part of Shimanami Kaido. 

 

Bus route map in the Shimanami Kaido

 

✔There are many buses between Imabari and Omishima
As from Imabari to Omishima island is same "Imabari City", many local buses are runninig in these area, about one bus in 30 minutes to one hour. As Oyamazumi JinjyaMae, Omishima BS and Hakatajima BS are close to the rental bicycle terminal, you can take a bus after returning the bicycle. 

 

✔How to move Imabari-Onomichi by bus?
There are two main ways to accros by bus from Imabari to Onomichi.
1.  Shimanami Cycle Express Bus
2.  Shimanami Liner and Local bus
The Shimanami Cycle Express Bus is only for weekends and holidays, but these buses do not need to change and can accros from Imabari to Onomichi easy. The way no.2, you need to change to another bus at InnoshimaOhashi bus stop. Please take on the Shimanami Liner Bus from JR Imabari station and change to the local bus at  InnoshimaOhashi. Of courese, these buses are running everyday.

 

 

 

Shimanami Kaido Cycling Image

 

 

Message from the Staff of NAMITO MIINATO 

 

Lots of tourists who enjoy cycling and have cycled the Shimanami Kaido stay at our Gusethouse NAMITO MINATO, so why not come and share your experiences with us and our guests! We are always happy when people share their feelings and thoughts of both the Inland Seto Sea and the Shimanami Kaido. Don't be surprised if you find yourself saying "It was an amazing experience", or that "It was an awesome cycling route" or that "It was one of your best experiences in Japan!", you wouldn't be the first! As residents of the Shimanami Kaido and bicycle enthusiasts, these happy sentiments are always encouragement for us working here and we really hope we can be of some help to you when you are planning your trip. We, the staff at NAMITO MINATO are looking forward to meeting you! Thanks for reading and safe travels!

 

Namito Minato Staff YUKISHIMIZU

Staff: Yuki SHIMIZU