Hiroshima & Ehime
Shimanami Kaido Cycling Road
Cycle through the breathtaking beauty of the Seto Inland Sea on the Shimanami Kaido, a 70-kilometer-long National Cycling Route. The route runs from Onomichi in Hiroshima Prefecture on Japan’s main island over the Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Expressway to Imabari in Ehime Prefecture on the island of Shikoku. The route is well-maintained and very easy to navigate (just follow the Yahane Blue Line), with numerous bicycle rental shops, roadside stations, and cyclist-friendly facilities along the way. Stop by some of the islands dotting the Seto Inland Sea, like Mukaishima, Innoshima, and Ikuchijima, to experience the quaint culture of small fishing villages, cycle past sacred shrines, historic buildings, and natural wonders, and dine on local delicacies.
Elevation Gain 20m
* Duration is an estimate and may vary depending on route and pace.
Reference: Route from JR Onomichi Station to Sunrise Itoyama
To start cycling from Onomichi, take an 80-minute flight from Haneda Airport in Tokyo to Hiroshima Airport. From there, take the Hiroshima Airport Line, and transfer to the Sanyo Line to JR Onomichi Station, a trip of about an hour.