What a wonderful "island-hopping" bike touring
Shimanami Kaido Cycling Q&A


 The Shimanami Kaido in Japan is the famous highway across the Seto inland sea which connects Imabari city to Onomichi. How far and how long does it take to do? How and where do you get the rental bikes? What are the recommended places for you to visit along the way? What is the best plan for you. You may have a lot of questions, so let me give you some helpful tips for cycling the Shimanami Kaido. 



【PR】Have a good day in Imabari♪♪

Guesthouse CYCLONOIE

"Shimanami Guesthouse Cyclonoie" is a travellers hostel where a lot of cyclists , pilgrims, and backpackers gather. It is a 1 minute walk from  Imabari JR Station. Dormitory room: 2,900yen ~ A fun place to talk about your travel stories with other travellers in a communal space! 

Shimanami Guesthouse CYCLONOIE



We are looking forward to meeting you and hope you will have a wonderful time touring the Shimanami Kaido. Thank you.


CYCLONOIE gives support to bike tourists by offering information about the Shimanami Kaido. We hope we can be of some help to you when you are planning your cycle trip.


Author: Masayuki MURAKAMI
Special Thanks: Ed S.

2021/1/13 updated



Shimanami Kaido Cycling 仕切り線



Shimanami Kaido Cycling 仕切り線




✔What is Shimanami Kaido Cycling


"Shimanami Kaido(しまなみ海道)"
The Shimanami Kaido, one of the "National Cycle Routes of Japan" is the most famous bikeway in our country. This cycling road consists of 6 islands and 6 bridges and across the Seto Inland Sea between Imabari city and Onomichi city. 


location of Shimanami Kaido cycling road


"Kaido" means "the road of sea" in Japanese. Around the Shimanami Kaido, which was selected as one of the "7 best bike routes in the world" by CNN, there are several "Kaido" that are suitable for cycling and attract a lots of cyclists from all over the world. 


Shimanamikaido-tatara しまなみ海道でサイクリングを楽しむサイクリストたち 来島海峡大橋のアプローチ橋

Shimanami Kaido Cycling


"Okay! Let's get started with this wonderful bicycle trip " 
Bicycles can be hired at both Imabari and Onomichi.  The rental bike services can provide you with sporty bikes such as cross-bikes, and you can return them at several bicycle stations along the path.



Bicycle paths along the highway


Along the bridges there is a designated cycling path separated from the road which helps to make your bike trip more comfortable and enjoyable. The calm sea, wonderfully scenic islands and magnificent bridges attract visitors. 


easy to climb up to the bridge

It's an easy climb up to the bridges


No maps, No worries! The "blue line" on the road will lead you to where you want to go, just follow it.  You can find it on every recommended cycling road along the Shimanami Kaido.


blue lines on Shimanami Kaido

Just follow the "blue line"


This web page introduces useful tips based on frequently asked questions about Shimanami Kaido cycling. We invite you to take part in a comfortable island-hopping cycling tour. Welcome to Shimanami Kaido!



  Columns   Why is "bicycle" good for Shimanami Kaido?
Bicycle speeds of 15 to 20 km/h are neither too slow nor too fast to discover the small Japanese culture along the local road. It's difficult to find it just through the highway by car or bus. And you can move more dynamically than walking. Traveling by bike will make you more free and will give you a sense of exhilaration and a sense of accomplishment. I think it is "just right" as a way to go around Shimanami Kaido.





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[PR] The new guesthouse NAMITO MINATO opened !


New Shimanami guesthouse Namito minato


CYCLONOIE's sister guesthouse NAMITO MINATO opened. It located in Namikata town, Imabari city, the entrance of the Shimanami Kaido. All dormitory rooms have ocean view, and please spend relaxing time with confortable sounds of the sea. It's a real life of small fishermans villages in the countryside of Japan.







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Q. How do I get to Shimanami Kaido?

A. You can easily reach the starting points at both Imabari and Onomichi using a JR train.




Gateway JR Imabari Station (Ehime Pref.) JR Onomichi Station (Hiroshima Pref.)
JR Transfer from the Shinkansen to "Express Shiokaze" at Okayama Station. Get off at Imabari Station on the Yosan Line. Transfer from Tokaido / Sanyo Shinkansen to Sanyo Main Line at Fukuyama Station. 20 min. to Onomichi Station.
Shin-Onomichi Station on the Shinkansen is 3km away from the city.
From Haneda / Kansai / Chubu Airport to Matsuyama Airport.
1 to 1.5 hours from the airport by bus & limited express.
From Haneda / Shin Chitose / Sendai / Naha Airport to Hiroshima Airport.
1 to 1.5 hours from the airport by bus.
Bus Highway bus from Tokyo / Osaka / Kobe / Hiroshima / Fukuoka to Imabari. Highway bus from Tokyo / Osaka / Kobe / Hiroshima to Onomichi.
Ferry From Osaka Nanko to Toyo Port by Orange Ferry.
30 km from Toyo Port to Imabari.


The gateway for the Shimanami Kaido is JR Imabari Station on the Ehime side, and JR Onomichi Station on the Hiroshima side. Which starting point may depend on your travel plans before and after cycling.


  Columns   Should I start from Onomichi or Imabari?
Many tourists start from Onomichi. However, considering the wind direction and uphill slopes, it's actually easier to start from Imabari (Ehime Pref.). Strong winds are often blowing from the southwest. And there are some slopes you have to climb up on the Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge and Oshima island, 1st island from Imabari. Of courese you can get some advises in Cyclonoie, if you stay our guesthouse before you go to the Shimanami Kaido.





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Q. How long does it take to cycle the Shimanami Kaido?

A. It can be done in 1 day. However, it's more enjoyable if you spend 2 days cycling across the islands. (There are campsites* and guesthouses along the way)


cyclists in Shimanami kaido

2 days cycling in Shimanami Kaido


70~80km is the total distance of the main route.  There are many ups and downs depending on the cycling route of each island, and it is necessary to climb up a slope at each of the bridges. Luckily, the slope is designed to be gentle so that it is easier to go up, so let's lighten the gear and slowly climb!   


80km routes islands and bridges in Shimanami Kaido 2days cycling in Shimanami kaido


We recommend that you spend 2 days or more, but many people do cycle it in just 1 day. However, it may be a rushed trip.  Why not enjoy both the cycling and taking in the sights without worrying about time, distance and speed.






Q. Which route is the best?

A. You can choose from 3 different difficulty routes.


Below is the recommended route on each island along with many of the tourist spots, restaurants etc. The red line shows the recommended route; this is the shortest and least up-and-down route. The orange lines are also good routes for cycling. 


― The route we recommend
The shortest way from Imabari to Onomichi

― Good route
If your schedule is not too tight, you can enjoy these routes

 ●  Accommodations
Recommended Guesthouses and accommodation

 ●  Spots
Good places to visit etc.

 ●  Stores and Restaurants
Good places to eat local food and shop

※Click the lines and icons for more information.

 Check  How to use this map ↑ on Google Map app
It's available on Google Maps app in your smartphone or tablet, if logged in with the same google account in both Internet Browser (e.g. Chrome, Firefox, IE) and Google Maps App on your device.

1. Click small ★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


Bhe google map above is updated by me as much as possible with the latest information. I have carefully selected the places that you should stop by when you travel the Shimanami Kaido for the first time. And please print out and use the blank map below as a memo when planning your cycling.


Blank map of Shimanami Kaido for plannning I drew a handwritten blank map for the Shimanami Kaido Cycling Plan, so I hope you can print it out and use it as a memo.

The road (solid gray line) is drawn by picking up the main routes that can be driven by bicycle. The highway for car is omitted.

 Blank Map(PDF file) > 



Q. Is there a lot of slope on the Shimanami Kaido cycling route?


Of course you must climb up to any bridges. However we showed the route with the smallest slope as "― The route we recommend" on the upper map.  The profile (ups and downs) of the route of the Shimanami Kaido is as below.


Shimanami Kaido route profile ups and downs slope graph chart


If you are traveling on a bicycle for the first time, please choose a route based on this "The route we recommend". And change or add the routes depending on places that you'd like to visit, such as scenic spots, shops and restaurants, or your accommodations. Please refer to another chapter for information about each of the islands.


From beginners to advanced riders in shimanami kaido

From beginners to advanced riders


"The east coast of Oshima and Innoshima" and "the south side of Omishima" are steep slopes because they are the fault cliffs. There are many ups and downs in that area, so it is for advanced riders. Thus, depending on how you choose the route, the difficulty of cycling and the scenery you can see are completely different. I think it's a unique attraction of Shimanami Kaido that anyone from beginners to advanced riders can enjoy cycling in the same area.



  Columns   The history of the islands on the Shimanami Kaido
When you look at the map of the Seto Inland Sea, you will notice that there are two areas: a large sea "NADA" with almost no islands, and a narrow sea "SETO" with dense islands. The area with "Shimanami Kaido" is a place with lots of "SETO". These islands were upland areas that were raised up by the mountain-building movement about 2 million years ago, and Hiroshima and Ehime were once continuous land. Every islands were once mountains. At the end of the last glacial period about 10,000 years ago, seawater flowed into the Seto Inland Sea, creating a present landscape. By the way, the fossils of the bones of the ancient Nauman elephant can still be caught in fishing nets.





Q. How about cycling in the rain? 


  • The wet road surface increases the risk of trouble.

  • Prepare a rain plan to travel by bus or ship.


Weather is also an important factor in outdoor bicycle trips. In addition to the discomfort and risk of catching a cold while getting wet in the rain, the risk of trouble will inevitably increase in riding in the rain, such as falling due to slips.


Shimanami kaido cycling in the rain

Shimanami kaido cycling in the rain


In wet road conditions, curves on slopes, white lines, manholes, etc. are especially easy to slip, so be careful. Falling can result in serious injury if you are not fast. It is important to pay attention to the surroundings and to ride with enough time and physical strength.


Simple raincoats are also available at convenience stores. Especially on cold days, gloves are also important as it is a measure of cold on the hands. You should use a plastic bag to protect your wallet, passport, smartphone and other important things.


I can really understand your feeling that you want to go cycling even if the weather is bad because you came from afar, but how about preparing Plan B when it rains? Ehime and Hiroshima also have many places to enjoy even when it rains. By all means, I would like you to bring back some fun memories, not hard memories.


  Columns  Where is the good place to visit in rains?
Buses to Oshima, Hakatajima and Omishima islands are running from JR Imabari Station and Imabari Port, so you can access them without using bicycles. I think you can enjoy leisurely sightseeing on foot while putting umbrellas in the Setoda area in Ikuchijima island or Oyamazumi Shrine area in Omishima islands. Of course, if you use a rental car or JR, you can create a plan B in a wider area.



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Accommodations ・ Luggage Transfer on the Shimanami Kaido

Q. Which accommodations are good for cyclists?

A. There are several "English OK" hotels and guesthouses.


accommodations in Shimanami Kaido

Accommodations along the Shimanami Kaido


You can find some really nice guesthouses and hostels on the Shimanami Kaido. The Guesthouses in Imabari and Onomichi are especially useful starting and ending points for the trip. Below, we have made a list of the recommended cyclist accommodations along the Shimanami Kaido. 


accommodations in Shimanami Kaido


North Side

Onomichi ANAGO NO NEDOKO One of the most famous guesthouses on Onomichi shopping street. This historical building is filled with refurbished and redesigned furniture. A really impressive guesthouse.  Dormitory rooms (Mixed / Female) 2,500 yen~ HP
FUJI Hostel 15 minutes on foot from JR Onomichi station. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful.  Dormitory rooms (Mixed / Female) 2,500 yen~ HP
Hotel CYCLE A fashionable hotel containing shops, restaurant and a bar, with a focus on cyclists. You can check in your bike and keep it in your room.  Twin room 18,200 yen~ HP
Mukaishima GH PAWPAW New opened guesthouse in the Mukaishima island. The owner loves "Pawpaw" , a kind of tropical papaya fruit. Dormitory rooms 3,300 yen~ HP
Ikuchijima GH NEST NEST is the guesthouse located in front of Setoda port and it has private rooms. The owner is a couple traveled around the world with their children. Private room 5,000 yen~ HP
SETODA Private Hostel This hostel is located near the Setoda sunset beach. They have a hot water bath with ocean views. It was once a youth hostel, and foreign travelers often stay there. 3,000 yen~ HP
Sashima SHIOMI House It is a guest house that is a renovation of a traditional Japanese old house in Sashima Island. You will experience a little inconvenient but spiritually affluent lifestyles on the island. Dormitory room 4,000 yen~ HP
Yugejima GH TOKONOMA A guest house in an old house in the village of Yugejima. There are restaurants and shops nearby, so it is a convenient location while being a remote island. Dormitory room 3,000 yen~ HP


South Side

Omishima TOMARIGI Hostel Cozy guesthouse without meals opened in 2019. Dormitory beds like small private rooms are so comfortable. One of the best hostel for 2 days cyclists. HP
OHANA Near Oyamazumi Shrine and located in the centre of the Shimanami Kaido.   The 1st floor is an organic cafe and shop, whilst the 2nd floor is a guesthouse. Dormitory rooms 2,800 yen~  HP
NAGISA Nagisa is one of the most popular "minshuku" in Omishima island. The dinner with local fresh fish is really nice. 6,500 yen~ / night (with dinner and breakfast) HP
Hakatajima GH SALT House Salthouse is an old Japanese style house that stands in Hakatajima Island, famous for its salt. It was built through self renovating a 70 years old dental clinic in Kinoura town. Private rooms 4,500yen ~  HP
Oshima GH KUME The guesthouse is located near the fishing port in Oshima island. The owner, Mr. Seki and his wife are very gentle, so everyone likes them. The 40 years old house has been refurbished by DIY with their local friends and opened as the Guesthouse on 2017. Dormitory rooms 2,500yen ~  HP
Imabari GH CYCLONOIE 1 min walk from Imabari JR Station. The staff are also cycling guides for the Shimanami Kaido.  You can get lots of cycling information and there is a bicycle garage storage room. There is a small cafe, community room, comfortable dormitory rooms (Mixed / Female) and private rooms. 2,900 yen~ HP
GH NAMITO MINATO 10 min from the Kurushima-Kaikyo bridge, the Shimanami Kaido by bike. The building that was Namikata ferry station was remodeled as the guesthouse. Dormitory (Mixed / Female)  2,600 yen~ HP
Imabari KOKUSAI Hotel The landmark of Imabari. This hotel has an extensive selection of recreational facilities, including restaurants and bars, banquet venues, outdoor baths, a pool and a gym.  8,000 yen~ HP


I carefully selected other good accommodations (some hotels and hostels, guesthouses) in the Shimanami Kaido to the google map below.



If you want to send your luggage on the same day. Please check the availability of the Sagawa delivery service; this is explained more in the next section.





✔Welcom to our hostel CYCLONOIE 


If you stay in our guesthouse CYCLONOIE our local cycling guide staff can provide you with recommendations and tips about the Shimanami Kaido and can help you to plan your perfect trip. Other guests can also share tips and tell you about their experiences cycling the Shimanami Kaido!  


shimanami guesthouse cyclonoie shimanami guesthouse cyclonoie shimanami guesthouse cyclonoie


Shimanami guesthouse cyclonoie





Q. How to send my luggage?

A. Same-day luggage transfer service is available between certain accommodations.

Needless to say, it's hard to ride with a heavy backpack.  The transport company Sagawa's "Shimanami Kaido Cycling Without Baggage" service, the same-day luggage transfer service are available between several accommodations.


luggage transfer between accommodation in Shimanami Kaido.jpg


Onomichi Kokusai Hotel    Takemuraya Anago no Nedoko
Onomichi Daiichi Hotel Nishiyama HTS Guest house
Onomichi Royal Hotel Miyako Ryokan Sakanokaze, Moons Café
Greenhill Hotel Yoro Onsen ONOMICHI U2
Ryokan Urashima Onomichi Kounoya  
Sato Ryokan Otaya Hotel  
Senkoji Sanso GH Fuji Hostel  


1. Check the list of available accommodations.

2. Write down the document, pay the charge and leave your luggage at the hostel you are currently staying in.

3. Shimanami Kiado Cycling♪

4. Get your luggage at your next hostel (It will arrive some time before 7pm).


Normal transport service is also available, but it takes more than 1 day to arrive.  If you'd like to send your luggage by Sagawa Hands-free cycling service, please inquire at the accommodation where you will stay. 


Shimanami Kaido Cycling Without Baggage | Sagawa HP >





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Guided tour

Q. Can I reserve a guided cycling tour?

A. We will happily accept guided tour reservations.


Our company, "CycloTourisme Shimanami" has been organising and promoting social events in Imabari and along the Shimanami Kaido since 2009. Our main staff are all experienced cyclists and have been working as cycling guides for many years. We can provide you with a fun filled guided tour and ensure you have a wonderful time exploring the sights and the sounds of this beautiful area. We will propose special plans that meet your needs, physical ability, interests and experience.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any requests or questions.  


Shimanami Cycling guided tour


We love to running "slowly".  If it take too fast, we can not see anything. Feeling the sea breeze, getting into the local life on the islands, having local foods.......thus you might make a new discovery, which you have never experienced before. 


guided tour of Cyclotourisme Shimanami


 CycloTourisme Shimanami > 




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Rental Bike on the Shimanami Kaido

Q. Can Bikes be hired?

A. Yes. A public rental bike service is available. It's cheap and convenient.




<Rental bikes service on the Shimanami Kaido>

1. Shimanami Rental Bike [Public] 
Lots of terminals / Cheap / Cross-bike City-bike


2. GIANT store
High quality / Good support / Roadbike


3. Red Bicycles Onomichi
Middle quality / Reasonable / Entry-level roadbike



3 kinds of rental bike services are available, Shimanami Rental Bike (public), GIANT stores and Red Bicycles Onomichi. The "Public" have 13 bike-stations along the path; bikes can be dropped off in each of the islands (except for e-bikes). 



【Map of the rental bike terminals and stores >> Google Map

Shimanami Rental Cycle Terminal


Red Bicycle

※Click the icons. You can get the details.



1.  Shimanami Rental Bike  [public]

Cross-bikes with a helmet are available. The rental fee is 1,100 yen/day. And the deposit is 1,100 yen/day (Total 2,200 yen). The deposit is returned if the bicycle is returned to the same terminal. Electric bikes or tandem bikes can be hired at Sunrise Itoyama, the central rental bike terminal in Imabari, but these bikes can't be dropped-off to another terminal. The most nearst terminal from our guesthouse CYCLONOIE is "JR Imabari Station Temporary Rental Cycle Terminal", and it takes 2 min on foot from CYCLONOIE .   Sunrise Itoyama (Imabari) >   Onomichi Port  (Onomichi) >


Sunrise Itoyama rental bike terminalSunrise Itoyama
2-8-1, Sunaba cho, Imabari city
TEL 0898-41-3196
Reservation >
Onomichi Port rental bike terminalOnomichi Port
9 Higashi-gosho cho, Onomichi city
TEL 0848-22-5332
7:00~19:00 or 8:00~18:00
Reservation >


The opening and closing times differ depending on the terminal:  [opening] 7:00am~9:00am  [closing] 17:00pm~19:00pm.  Exceptionally, you can return the bicycle at "Imabari city office" until 22 pm. 


types of rental bike.jpg


Type Adult / day Child / day Deposit
Cross Bike 1100 300 Adult 1100
Child 500
City Bike
Mini Velo
Tandem Bike 1300 -
Electric Bike
1600 (6 h) -

※The deposit can be refunded only when you return the bike to the rental stations where you rent it.



 Rental Bike TerminalLocationOpenBus stop or port
Imabari JR Imabari Station In front of Imabari Sta. 8:00 - 20:00 Imabari Station BS
Imabari Port Community Center Next to the port office 9:00 - 17:00 Imabari Port
Ferry to Omishima
Innoshima, Oshima, Hakatajima
Sunrise Itoyama Foot of the 1 st bridge 8:00 - 20:00 Inconvenient public transportation
Free car parking
Oshima Yoshiumi RT Yoshiumi Iki-iki Kan 9:00 - 17:00 Inconvenient public transportation
Miyakubo RT Miyakubo Tourist Information 9:00 - 17:00 Inconvenient public transportation
Hakatajima Hakata RT Hakata SC Park 9:00 - 17:00 Hakatajima BS
Bus to Imabari Sta.
Omishima Omishima RT Shimanami-no-eki Mishima 8:30 - 17:00 Oyamazumi Jinjyamae BS
Bus to Imabari Sta.
Kamiura RT Tatara Shimanami Park 9:00 - 17:00 Omishima BS
Bus to Imabari Sta.
to Fukuyama Sta.
Ikuchijima Setoda Sunset Beach 9:00 - 17:00 Inconvenient public transportation
Setoda Information Center In front of Ikuo Hirayama museum 9:00 - 17:00 Close to Setoda Port
Ferry to Onomichi
Innoshima Habu Port Municipal Central Car Park 8:30 - 19:00
or - 18:00
Habu Port BS
Bus to Onomichi
Habu Port
Ferry to Imabari, Mihara
Mukaishima Civic Center Mukaishima 8:30 - 19:00
or - 18:00
Onomichi Onomichi Port Ekimae-kowan Car Park 7:00 - 19:00
8:00 - 18:00
Close to JR Onomichi Sta.
Imabari Return Only Imabari Port 24 hours  





2.  GIANT stores

There are "GIANT stores" in JR Imabari station (It takes 1 min on foot from our guesthouse CYCLONOIE, very close! ) and in Onomichi U2.  They provide you with the latest model road-bikes for Shimanami Kaido cycling.  Make a reservation on the phone before arrival. An aluminium road-bike can be hired for 5,000 yen/day. In the case that you want to return the bike at another GIANT store, you need to pay 3,000 yen in addition (just for the road-bikes, not for the cross bikes).   GIANT Store > 


Type 2 days 1 day 5 hours addition / day addition / h one-way
Aluminum Road Bike 8,000 5,000 3,500 4,500 1,100 +3,000
Carbon Road Bike 12,000 7,000 5,000 5,600 1,600 +3,000
Premium Carbon Road Bike 20,000 13,000 9,000 10,400 3,000 unavailable
City Bike (Cross Bike) 6,500 4,000 3,000 3,500 900 unavailable
Kids' Bike 5,000 3,000 2,000 2,500 500 unavailable
E-Bike 16,000 10,000 5,000 8,500 2,300 unavailable

※The number of bikes is limited for one-way service.
※One-way service is available only for road bikes (1 day or more).
※You can not return it at Giant STORE IMABARI on every Tuesday.


GIANTstoreOnomichiGIANT store Onomichi
5-11, nishi-gosyo cho, Onomichi city〈in ONOMICHI U2〉
TEL 0848-21-0068
Open: every day
GIANTstoreImabariGIANT store Imabari
1-729-8, Kita-horai cho, Imabari city〈in JR Imabari sta.〉
TEL 0898-25-1175
Closed: every Tuesday 





3.  Red Bicycles Onomichi

The local bike shop "THE RED BICYCLES ONOMICHI" can provide you with a rental entry-level aluminium road-bike (Merida).  The rental cost is 6,000 yen for 2 days and 9,000 yen for 3 days. These service include a helmet, tire repair tools kits, a headlight and a bike lock. This shop is only in Onomichi so you need to go back to the starting point to return the bike.  Red Bicycles > 


Red Bicycles Onomichi's rental bikes

Red Bicycles's rental bikes and our guests


A lots of our guests who started Onomichi to our guesthouse CYCLONOIE use the rental bike service of the RED BICYCLES. This rental bike service has a good reputation amongst beginners and foreigners too in the Shimanami Kaido.

1-10-5, tsuchido, Onomichi city
TEL 0848-21-0655
Closed: every Wed. & Thur.





✔List of bicycle rental companies 

The following is a list of companies that operate bicycle rental services on the Shimanami Kaido (excluding public bicycle rental). In addition to this, there are bicycle rental services for hotel guests.


Bicycle rental service on Onomichi side

Store / Service Type of bicycle 1 day rental fee Homepage
Giant Stora Onomichi Road Bike, Cross Bike, E-bike, Kids 4,000~ Details >
The Red Bicycle Onomichi Road Bike, E-bike 3,000~ Details >
BETTER BICYCLES City cycle 2,000~ Details >
Onomichi Base Mini Velo, Electric Mini Velo, Cross Bike, Kids 3,500~ Details >
Cross Bike, Mini Bello, Kids Trailer 3,500~ Details >
Shiomachitei (Ikuchijima) Cross Bike 2,000~ Details >


Bicycle rental service on Imabari side

Store / Service Type of bicycle 1 day rental fee Homepage
Giant Store Imabari Road Bike, Cross Bike, E-bike, Kids 4,000~ Details >
CYCLEFIX Road Bike 3,500~ Details >
CycloTourisme Shimanami For guided tour participants - Details >



If you really want to use this rental service for one-way cycling, you can ask the cycle taxi company WAKKA for bicycle transport and return agency services. Of course it's the service for a fee.





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Attractions of each islands on the Shimanami Kaido

Q. What are the tourist attractions of the Shimanami Kaido?

A. Calm sea, wonderfully scenic islands and magnificent bridges......OK, I'll introduce my favorite places in the Shimanami Kaido.


The wonderful bicycle touring begins from CYCLONOIE.


Let's get going to Shimanami Kaido from our guesthouse CYCLONOIE

Guests in Guesthouse CYCLONOIE!


Planning your cycling trip of Shimanami Kaido at CYCLONOIE, and get the bicycle at the rental bike terminal at JR Imabari Station. Some travelers use taxis and buses to reach the bicycle rental terminal near the bridge.


Shimanami Kaido 0km point start and goal

Shimanami Kaido 0 km point


The signboard "Shimanami Kaido 0 km" have been set up right next to Guesthouse CYCLONOIE, close to JR Imabari Station. This is a good photo spot that I can recommend for you when you start or finish cycling. And the CYCLONOIE also sells original souvenirs such as Shimanami T-shirts and bicycle designed towels. Welcome everyone.





1st island of the Shimanami Kaido

① Oshima 大島 "Across the sea by bike" 


Oshima is an island the outer circumference of about 34km, with a population of about 8,000. Every route has one or more uphills, and the coastal route on the east side of the island has many ups and downs and is suitable for advanced riders. The route I recommend is about 13km.


oshima location and cycling route map

: Good route for begginers

: Second choices


The central route on the island is a bit boring, so if the weather is nice you should follow the coastal route. The road between Kurushima kaikyo brdge and Rose pake is completely smooth with nice ocean views.


Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge in Shimanami Kaido

the Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge


The first bridge "Kurushima-kaikyo bridge" connects Imabari to Oshima island, it's the longest bridge (4km) on the Shimanami Kaido.  The bikeway is completely separated from the highway and from the bridge you can see the wonderful views of the small islands. Running over the sea........  


Tidal Current-Kurushima Strait and Oshima stone

Tidal Current-Kurushima Strait and Oshima Stone


The main business of Oshima island is Granite stones for buildings or gravestones.  The stones made in Oshima island call "Oshima-ishi" which is really expensive stones, and they have been used to architecture of "the National Diet Building" in Tokyo.



Q. Any good place to visit in Oshima?

The reason why the main route of Oshima island have two hills and you can not see any beautiful sea, I recommend you the seaside route. However the east coast is followed by cliff, so the west coast is the best. And you can find nice beach and old fishing village.


■Nagahama Beach


Nagahama beach Oshima in Shimanami Kaido

White sand beach and emerald sea


"Nagahama Beach" is one of the most beautiful beach in the Oshima island. The beach appears as you get off the Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge. You should be able to take good photos with the great bridge and the beautiful sea.



■Cape Miyanohana


Miyanohana Oshima Shimanami Kaido

Seaside cycling in Oshima island is good


The southwest coastline route of Oshima island, from Kurushima-Kaikyo bridge to Rose park, is completely flat and the landscape is lovely. The route is also guided with the blue color line on the road as "Island Explore". You will be able to see the landscape of a real Japanese fishing village.



■Mt. Kiro Observatory


Mt. Kiro Observatory Park

The best view of the Shimanami Kaido


"Mt. Kiro Observatory Park (Kirosantenbo Park)"  is one of the places you should visit. The altitude at the top of the mountain is about 300m but if you can make it to the top (about 3km) you'll be rewarded with a beautiful view!  



Q. Any good restaurants or cafes to visit on Oshima?

We would like to introduce you to the cozy bakery and cafes, restaurants we recommend in Oshima island.


■Bakery Paysan


Bakery and cafe Paysan at Shimanami Kaido

"Paysan" Bakery and Cafe


This local bakery  is one of the most popular cafes with cyclists doing the Shimanami Kaido, however, it's only open on Fridays and Sundays. It's also a little hard to find, but it's definitely worth it if you have the time. Why don't you give it a visit and try their delicious food!



■Coriolis Coffee (Coriolis-sha)


Coriolis Coffee at Shimanami Kaido

Home roasted coffee and selected books


"Coriolis Coffee," which used to provide coffee at stalls and kitchen cars in a corner of the island, has been reborn as a store of home-roasted coffee and books by renovating an old private house. The roasting machine hand-rolled carefully roasts each grain and makes you feel warm. Selected new and used books are also good.



■Rose Icecream Tsukiya


Shimanami Kaido Rose Ice Cream at Shimanami Kaido

Ice cream fragrant with rose hip


The Cyclists traveling on the Shimanami Kaido are often taking a rest at the "Yoshiumi Rose Park" where 400 species of 3,500 rose trees are planted.  The colorful roses are blooming in mid May - early June or mid October - early November which is the heyday. And you should definitely try Ice cream fragrant with rose hip.



■Ishi no cafe


Shimanami Kaido Ishi no Cafe

"Ishino cafe", mean "Cafe of stones", a stylish cafe located along the blue line of the Shimanami Kaido main route. The cafe is managed by mother and daughter who live in the island. As the stone cafe is named, large "Oshima stones" are spread over the parking lot, the entrance and the foundation of the building. 



■Restaurant Noshima Suigun


Seafood BBQ at Noshima-suigun

Seafood BBQ at "Noshima Suigun"


The restaurant "Noshima-suigun" managed by a fishermen's cooperative in Oshima. The seafood BBQ is prepared using choice local ingredients that you can eat only here. 


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Paysan 11am - 17pm  Mon. - Thurs.  Google Map >
Coriolis Coffee 12pm - 17pm  Irregular  Google Map >
Noshima-suigun  11am - 16pm Mon. Google Map >







2nd island of the Shimanami Kaido

② Hakatajima 伯方島  "Island of salt and beatiful beaches"


Hakatajima is an island the outer circumference of about 20km, with a population of about 8,000. This island has long been famous for its salt production called "Hakata Salt".  Currently, shipping, shipbuilding and shrimp farming are popular.


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: Main route

: Island explore


Hakatajima island explore

Explore Hakatajima Island


The main cycling route in Hakatajima is just 3km, which is only a small part of this island.  So we recommend that you bike around the island's coast; it's less than 20km and nearly always flat. You can see some beautiful scenery and enjoy the peace and quiet of rural island life. 



Q. Any good restaurants or cafes to visit in Hakatajima?

We would like to introduce you to special cafes and restaurant on Hakatajima island.


■Patisserie T's cafe Tamaya


Patisserie T's cafe Tamaya stylish cafe in Shimanami Kaido

Patisserie T's cafe "Tamaya"


"Patisserie T's cafe Tamaya" is a stylish cafe on Hakatajima island. As you open the door of the cafe you will be greeted with a row of colourful cakes beckoning you in. At the special seats near the window you can admire the wonderful, sparkling ocean view whilst eating a cake made by pastry chef Mr.Kunisada, baked fresh and served with a cup of aromatic coffee.  The lunch menu including  clock mush, pizza, and curry...are also delicious.



■Sanwa Salt Ramen


Hakatajima Salt Ramen Sanwa

Hakatajima Island's salt ramen


Sanwa is the most famous ramen shop in Shimanami Kaido. The shop is located in Kinoura area where is the biggest town in Hakatajima island. Ramen using the salt, the special product of Hakatajima, is popular among bicycle travelers.



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Patisserie T's cafe Tamaya   10am - 19pm   Sun.      Google Map >
Sanwa   11am - 19pm   Google Map >



Q. Any good place to visit in Hakatajima?

One of the reasons why we want to recommend that you go around Hakatajima island is because the ocean and beaches are really beautiful........


■Okiura Beach


Beautiful Okiura beach and a cyclist

One of the most beautiful beach in Hakatajima


A quiet beachfront located just outside  the outer circumference route. It is a natural sandy beach with a feeling of openness, a place where you can forget time while watching the calm ocean waves. 



■ Hakata SC Park


Hakata SC Park in Shimanami Kaido

Good place to take a break with a salt ice cream


Making salt was the main industry on Hakatajima for a long time. Why don't you try the salt ice cream at "Hakata SC Park". It's great on hot summers day. 







3rd island of the Shimanami Kaido

③ Omishima 大三島 "Holy Island"


Omishima is located in the center of Shimanami Kaido, so it is suitable for a 2-day cycling trip. There are many migrants from cities such as Tokyo and Osaka on this island with a peaceful and beautiful scenery. Nice cafes, shops and guesthouses have been opened one after another. It is recommended to stay on this island for a long time.


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: Main route

: Island explore


"Omishima bridge" is the oldest bridge on the Shimanami Kaido. This bridge also has a bikeway separated from the road so you can overlook the beautiful sea and islands without worrying about traffic.


Omishima Bridge in Shimanami kaido

Omishima Bridge


This island is the biggest island on the Shimanami Kaido, the route around it is about 45 km.  There are some museums, restaurants, cafes and great viewing spots.  Stay here! You'll love this island.  Our recommendations are shown below.


Tatara bridge and funny bike stands

Tatara bridge and funny bike stands


The other bridge on Omishima island is called"Tatara Bridge" which you cross to reach the next island, Ikuchijima. It is one of the most beautiful bridges on the Shimanami Kaido and a lot of cyclists usually take a break at the "Tatara Shimanami Park" at the foot of the bridge as it's about half way along the route. You can also find funny bicycle stands here!


Oyamazumi Shrine

Oyamazumi Shrine,  must-see the historic samurai armor and arms


Omishima island is also known as the "island of Gods" because the great "Oyamazumi Shrine" is located there. There are many 2000 - 3000 year-old camphor trees near the shrine and it's well worth a visit.


2000 - 3000 year-old camphor tree in Oyamazumi shrine

The 2000 - 3000 year-old camphor trees 


This Shrine was also once one of the most important shrines in Japan for samurai and as a result, it hosts an impressive collection of weapons and armour making it a mecca for people interested in samurai and the martial arts.


Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture

Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture


There are a few museums on Omishima including "The Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture", "The Tokoro Museum Omishima" and "The Ken Iwata Mother and Child Museum" all located at various scenic spots along the southwest side of the island. They're a little difficult to visit by bike, but if you get the ferry from Imabari to Munagata port, it's a lot easier.


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Museum of Oyamazumi shrine 8:30am - 17pm  - Google Map >
Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture 9am - 17pm Mon.   Google Map >
Tokoro Museum Omishima 9am - 17pm Mon. Google Map >
Ken Iwata Mother and Child Museum  9am - 17pm Mon. Google Map >



Q. Any wonderful restaurants or shops?

"Omishima Coffee Roastery", A  wonderful cafe to visit if you love coffee. Surrounded by beautiful landscapes, this roastery will hopefully give you some unforgettable memories. "Limone" is a local shop where you can buy delicious handmade lemon liqueur.  Local restaurant "Yoshikawa" serves local seafood delicacies which come highly recommended. 


■Omishima Coffee Roastery


Omishima Coffee Roastery

Great tast coffee with the beautiful landscape

When cycling Omishima you can enjoy the nice aroma of coffee. "Omishima coffee roastery" is a factory-cafe managed by Mr.Eto and his wife. It's a very stylish cafe, and the views of the ocean are lovely; it also has a cozy ambience to boot. Enjoy watching the ocean, with a cup of hand-drip coffee; it's time to relax.



■Omishima Limone


Omishima Limone

homemade liqueur "Limoncello" is so good

Mr. Yamazaki and his wife moved to the island and started growing organic lemons to make homemade liqueur "Limoncello". Enjoy their lovely liqueur shop "Omishima Limone". Besides liqueurs, original items using lemon and lemon goods fill the store .The shop is as cute as a button.



■Restaurant Yoshikawa


Seafood restaurant Yoshikawa

Fresh seafood restaurant "Yoshikawa"

"Yoshikawa" is a local restaurant where you can eat local fish dishes and seafood bowls. The shop offers many fresh and tasty fish dishes. It's located near Oyamazumi Shrine.



■Omishima Minnanoie Cafe


Omishima Minnanoie

Cozy cafe near the Oyamazumi Shrine

Why do not you take a break at the cafe after visiting Oshimizumi Shrine. "Omishima Minnanoie" , that means " Everyone's house", is cozy cafe which was built by renovating old house. Of course not only delicious coffee but also curry and french toast using local ingredients are offered.


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Omishima Coffee Roastery  11am - 17pm  Tues., Wed., Fri.  Google Map >
Omishima Limone 11am - 17pm Tues. and Fri. Google Map >
Yoshikawa 11am - 15pm, 17pm - 20pm  Irregular Google Map >






4th island of the Shimanami Kaido

④ Ikuchijima 生口島  "Island of lemons and arts"


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: Main route

: Island explore


Tatara bridge and lemon island

Tatara bridge and lemon island


Ikuchijima island or "Lemon island", as it's known is a place where lemons are grown on a large scale and where even the mountains turn yellow in in winter time. You can find some shops along the cycling path selling lemon cakes. Delicious and popular.


Miraishin no Oka in Kosanji

Miraishin-no-Oka in Kosanji 


Several temples and museums are also famous along the  Shimanami Kaido.  "Kosanji temple"  was founded in 1936 by a successful businessman "Kozo Kosanji" who was inspired by the devotion of his mother.  Several colourful buildings are replicas of famous buildings in Japan.  "Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art", a museum dedicated to the artist Hirayama Ikuo, hosts many of the great artist's works..



Shimagoto Arts in Ikuchijima

Photogenic Arts spots in Ikuchijima


Many of the monuments scattered on Ikuchijima Island are works of an art project called "Setoda Biennale" about 30 years ago. At present, a total of 17 art works are displayed in various places as "Shimagoto Museum: whole island museum" (although it is a difficult task to go around all 17 ...)



Q. Any wonderful restaurants or shops?

You can enjoy many of the locals' favourite foods like fried mashed potato and roast chicken on the "Shiomachi shopping street" in Ikuchijima.  Octopus and conger eel are a favorite in the area. Lots of cyclists also visit "Dolce" and eat Italian-style ice cream made with local lemon and oranges.  Let's take a break! 


Let's enjoy local foods in Ikuchijima

Let's enjoy local foods



■Bicycle cafe Shiomachitei


Shimanami Kaido Bike cafe Shiomachitei

Bicycle cafe and bar Shiomachitei

The bicycle cafe and bar "Shiomachitei" on the Shiomachi shopping street is well known among the cyclists on the Shimanami kaido. The house was built in the Edo period. It is a cafe that the owner couple who like bicycles and music started opening in 2015.


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Dolce  10am - 17pm    Google Map >
Shiomachitei    11am - 18pm Mon.       Google Map >







5th & 6th island of the Shimanami Kaido

⑤ ⑥ Innoshima 因島  and Mukaishima 向島  


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: Main route

: Island explore


Crossing the Ikuchi bridge, you can get into Innoshima island.  West side of Innoshima is nearly flat but east side has lots of ups and downs, so that is advanced route.  In this island, fishing is main economic activity like other islands, but there is also agriculture, especially citrus called "Hassaku" and pyrethrum flowers, and even shipbuilding is also main industry. 


Bicycle shrine Oyama shrine in innoshima

"Bicycle shrine" Oyama shrine


Since Innoshima was one of Murakami navy's base, the castle called "Innoshima suigun castle" is also still exist in this island.




Manda Fermentation's HAKKO Park


"HAKKO Park", opened by the representative company of Innoshima "Manda Fermentation" next to its head office, is ideal for cycling breaks. The park is free to enter and has an excellent café and shop. It is a hot place now for cyclists traveling on the Shimanami Kaido.



Okonomiyaki and Habu Shopping street

Okonomiyaki and Habu shopping street


There was a time when "Habu shopping street" on Innoshima once flourished due to the huge shipbuilding company nearby.  The specialty in this area is "Okonomiyaki", Japanese-style pancake made from egg, flour and water with lots of toppings.  You can eat it in the local Okonomiyaki restaurant on Habu street.. 





Hassaku Daifuku Shimanami Kaido gourmet

Lst's try Hassaku daifuku

Hassaku daifuku is a kind of Japanese confection consisting of a Hassaku orange inside 'daifuku', which is a rice cake stuffed with sweet bean paste. Hassakuya has prepared a space that can take a break with coffee and tea, that is absolutely good for bike tourists, and the view of the Innoshima Ohashi Bridhe from there is so nice.



After Innoshima bridge, Mukaishima is the last island on the Shimanami Kaido.  "Mukai" means "Opposite" in Japanese, it's name coming from the fact that it's on opposite side of the channel from Onomichi.  From Mukaishima to Onomichi, you have to take the ferry with your bike as Onomichi Bridge is very unsafe for cyclists. Don't worry its only about 100 yen for you and your bicycle!


■Goto Soda Factory


Soda pop factory Goto Kosenjyo

Traditional "Goto Soda Factory"


The places we recommend on Mukaishima include  the"Goto Soda Factory" which is a traditional soda pop factory and the "Ushio Chocolatl" which is a hand-made chocolate factory. Both are very popular among cyclists.  You should reward yourself for completing the Shimanami Kaido and give them a visit before getting on the ferry!


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Ochi Okonomiyaki  11am - 17pm  Tues.    Google Map >
Hassakuya 8am - 18pm Google Map >
Goto Soda Factory      9am - 16pm Sun. Google Map >







The goal of the Shimanami Kaido

✔Onomichi  ~ the hilly port town you must stay 


New JR Onomichi Station

The building of JR Onomichi Station has been renewed !


The new station building of Onomichi Station was opened in March 2019. It is the shopping complex with souvenir shops, cafes, hotels and bicycle rentals. You can freely access the observation deck on the second floor.


enjoy Onomichi after cycling

Onomichi, the town of hills and cats......


Onomichi is hilly port town, well known for its historic temples and narrow alley explore. You can find many cats here and there, so Onomichi is also known as the cat town. Lots of cafes and grocery stores have been opened here in the last few years. Onomichi is the one of the places you should visit in your Japanese Tour.







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Q. Is a ferry available?

A. Several ferry routes are available.


We chose the several ferry routes that we think are useful.  The ferries can allow you to enjoy cycling a small  part of the Shimanami Kaido and can also aide you if have an accident or problem along the way. 


【Map of Ferry routes in Shimanami Kaido >> Google Map

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Imabari⇔Innoshima 【timetable】

   1    2    3    4    5    6      1    2    3    4    5    6
Imabari 6:25  9:40    12:20  15:50  17:20  18:40    Habu 6:35    7:40   10:00  13:40  16:00  18:40 
Tomoura 6:45 10:00  12:40 16:10 17:40 19:00 Kinoura 7:10 8:15 10:35 14:15 16:35 19:15
Kinoura 7:00 10:20 13:00 16:30 18:00 19:20 Tomoura 7:25 8:30 10:55 14:35 16:55 19:35
Habu 7:35 10:55 13:35 17:05 18:35 19:55 Imabari 7:45 8:50 11:15 14:55 17:15 19:55


Imabari⇔Munagata  【timetable】

     1    2    3    4    5    6        1    2    3    4    5    6
Imabari 6:30  7:20  9:30 13:05  15:30  19:00  Munagata  6:44  8:54  11:05  12:54  17:59  19:00 
Munagata  7:25 7:54 10:04  14:00 16:04 19:34   Imabari 7:18 9:28 12:05 13:28 18:33 19:55


Setoda - Onomichi 【timetable】

  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8
S. 7:10 8:30 10:00 11:20 13:30 15:10 17:05 18:40 O. 6:30 7:50 9:15 10:40 12:40 14:20 16:10 18:00
O. 7:49 9:11 10:39 11:59 14:09 15:49 17:44 19:19 S. 7:09 8:29 9:54 11:19 13:20 15:00 16:49 18:39



For example, if your plan is to start from Imabari and travel to Onomichi, but for some reason you cannot complete your journey you can still use the ferry to finish. The central town along the Shimanami Kaido is called Setoda and it's possible to take a ferry from Setoda - Onomichi.  So if you you arrive at Setoda and don't want to cycle all the way to Onomichi it's possible to finish your day with a relaxing ferry ride to your desitnation instead. 







Q. Can I get any buses?

A. The map below highlights the available bus routes.


Shimanami Kaido Bus Map in English


The purple colored line, shows the buses between "Imabari-Ekimae" and "Oyamazumi Shrine(Oyamazumi Jinjya)".There are 16 buses / day. "Oyamazumi Shrine" bus stop and "Omishima BS" are located near the rental bike terminals so it's easy to take the bus after you finish cycling.


If you want to go to Onomichi from Imabari, the Shimanami Cycle Express Bus is actually the best way. These buses are the direct buses between Imabari and Onomichi, but only run on the Saturdays and Sundays.  You can bring your own bike on the Shimanami Cycle Express Bus (Reservation required). Alternatively, the yellow and red coloured lines, between "Imabari-Ekimae" and "Onomichi-Ekimae", are not quite as useful. You also have to change buses at "Innoshima Ohashi BS" or get off at "Mukaihigashi BS" and then walk to the ferry port (1.2km).




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Problems ・ Troubles

Q. What to do if troubles such as a flat tire occur?

A. Several help service are available.


If you have any bicycle please check where the nearest rental terminal is. If it is not too far, you should go to the terminal and ask them to change your bicycle. Don't be afraid to ask other cyclists along the way, they'll probably help you and many of them are more than likely experienced cyclists. 



There are also several auto‐repair shops and filling‐stations which offer support known as "Toso Rescue".  If you find the red coloured flag pictured below in these shops, the staff might repair your flat tire. > Toso Rescue


several auto‐repair shops and filling‐stations support as Toso Rescue

When a flat tire occurs on the Shimanami Kaido


"Shimanami Cycle Saver" service is an outwork flat-tire repair system and is also available on Saturday and Sunday (10am - 17pm).  This service is only available on Oshima, Hakatajima, and Omishima island. Reception: Kamiura Rental Bike Terminal (Tel: 0897-87-3855)


【NEWS】WAKKA, the cycle taxi company has started cycling support service


WAKKA, the cycle taxi company has started cycling support service

Cycling support by WAKKA


WAKKA in Omishima, the cycle taxi company has started cloudcomprehensive cycling support service such as cycle taxi, on-site repair, rental-bike return and same-day transport. Although it depends on the island, it will provide first aid for bicycle troubles such as flat tire repair, chain problems, brake adjustment, irregular adjustment and the cost is  just on-site repair charge + part cost.





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✔Extra: Average temperature and precipitation of Shimanami Kaido area

climate data in Shimanami Kaido average temperature and precipitation

*Created from data of the Japan Meteorological Agency website.



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Thank you,

Lots of tourists who enjoy cycling and have cycled the Shimanami Kaido stay at our Gusethouse Cyclonoie, 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 Cyclonoie are looking forward to meeting you! Thanks for reading and safe travels!




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