Unbelievable Japan – Must-visit (5)


Today, I am goting to introduce “Shimanami Kaido / しまなみ海道(愛媛県)” as one of the Must-visit places in Japan. Do you want to ride a bicycle on a scenic road, where is the world famous among cyclists?


Toyo is the eastern area of Ehime. The area is known for its local industries and is home to some of Japan’s largest producers, including the country’s largest towel manufacturer.


One of the most popular sights in Toyo, the “Shimanami Kaido” consists of nine bridges connecting six islands between Ehime and Hiroshima over the Seto Inland Sea, with a total length of 70km.


You can cross via the Shimanami Kaido on foot or by bike via the special pedestrian laneways. Exploring the interconnected islands by bike is the perfect way of enjoying the spectacular scenery of this beautiful archipelago.


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The route begins in Onomichi City, located in Hiroshima Prefecture on Honshu, and traverses six islands before reaching Imabari City in Ehime Prefecture on Shikoku. Cyclists embark on a cycling adventure that includes traversing seven stunning bridges, each with its own distinct charm and architectural marvel.

One of the key highlights of Shimanami Kaido is the Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, a colossal suspension bridge that spans the Kurushima Strait. Cyclists pedal high above the sparkling blue waters, offering panoramic views of the surrounding islands and the Seto Inland Sea. The bridge is particularly mesmerizing during sunrise and sunset, casting a warm glow on the landscape.

Throughout the route, cyclists encounter well-placed rest areas equipped with facilities such as restrooms, vending machines, and even bike rental stations for those who didn’t bring their own bicycles. The cycling path is well-paved and separated from vehicular traffic, ensuring a safe and enjoyable ride for cyclists of all skill levels.

Shimanami Kaido is not only for a physical journey, but also a cultural exploration. Cyclists have the opportunity to explore charming towns and villages along the way, each with its own unique history and local delicacies. Onomichi, at the starting point, is known for its picturesque temples and traditional Japanese architecture. Imabari, at the endpoint, offers a chance to relax in soothing hot springs after a rewarding cycling adventure.

The islands in between boast attractions such as the Innoshima Suigun Castle, a historic fortress with panoramic views of the Seto Inland Sea, and the Kosan-ji Temple on Ikuchijima, renowned for its stunning art collection and lush gardens.

Shimanami Kaido is not just a route for seasoned cyclists; it caters to a wide range of enthusiasts. Electric bikes are available for rent, providing an option for those who may find the journey physically challenging. The route also hosts various cycling events and festivals, attracting participants from around the world.


Shimanami Kaido is a cycling paradise that seamlessly blends natural beauty, cultural richness, and recreational adventure. Whether you’re a cycling enthusiast seeking a challenging ride or a leisure cyclist looking to soak in the beauty of the Seto Inland Sea, Shimanami Kaido offers an unforgettable experience that will leave you with lasting memories of Japan’s enchanting landscapes.

That’s all for today’s topic. I hope this would help you understand what is going on in Japan.


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