Japanese > 

For guests of CYCLO NO IE



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: 2,800yen ~ 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.

2018/10/17 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 is the most famous bikeway in Japan and it  consists of 6 islands and 6 bridges. 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 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


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!




Shimanami Kaido Cycling 仕切り線



[PR] The new guesthouse NAMITO MINATO opened !


New Shimanami guesthouse Namito minato


CYCLONOIE's sister guesthouse NAMITO MINATO opened in 7th July 2018. 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.


  NEW Guesthouse NAMITO MINATO >  




Shimanami Kaido Cycling 仕切り線




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.


Shimanami Kaido Access map JR train from Osaka Tokyo Hiroshima


To Imabari

●When you can get on the Shinkansen Line, please aim to reach "Okayama Station". There, get on the JR limited Express called "Shiokaze".

●Some buses are also available from both Hiroshima and Fukuyama, Fukuoka.


To Onomichi

●Shin-Onomichi, the Shinkansen line station, is located a little far  from the cycling starting point. The nearest station to the beginning of the Shimanami Kaido is JR Onomichi Station.



Q. 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.





Shimanami Kaido Cycling 仕切り線




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. 


Shimanami Kaido Cycling Map >> Google Map

― 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.
【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
3. Click " ≡ " at the upper left
4. My Places > Maps > Shimanami-Kaido cycling route



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


Please refer to another chapter for information about each of the islands.




Shimanami Kaido Cycling 仕切り線



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 > Cylotourisme Shimanami .  


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 > 


 Inquiry > 




Shimanami Kaido Cycling 仕切り線



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


Imabari Guesthouse 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. 2,800 yen~ HP
Imabari Guesthouse 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)  2,500 yen~ HP
Imabari 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
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
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
Omishima 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
Omishima 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
Ikuchijima Setoda Private Hostel Also located in the centre of the Shimanami Kaido.  Many foreign tourists stay here because it is listed in the "Lonely Planet" guidebook. 3,000 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
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
Onomichi 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
Onomichi 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



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.





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.  "Sagawa Hands-free cycling 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. 





✔Let's stay in CYCLONOIE [PR]


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!  


Logo of Cyclonoie シクロの家でしまなみ海道サイクリングの情報収集 しまなみゲストハウスシクロの家内部


Shimanami guesthouse cyclonoie




Shimanami Kaido Cycling 仕切り線




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 1,000 yen/day. And the deposit is 1,000 yen/day (Total 2,000 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 .   Reservation: Sunrise Itoyama (Imabari) >   Reservation: Onomichi Port  (Onomichi) >


Sunrise Itoyama rental bike terminalSunrise Itoyama
2-8-1, Sunaba cho, Imabari city
TEL 0898-41-3196
8:00~20:00 or ~17:00
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 terminals, [open] 7am~9am  [close] 17pm~19pm except for "Imabari city office"; this terminal is open until 22 pm. . 


types of rental bike.jpg rental bike fee shimanami.jpg



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).   Reservation: GIANT Store >


rental fee of Giant Store.jpg


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 must return it to the same place (Onomichi).  Reservation: 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.




Shimanami Kaido Cycling 仕切り線



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......and........





Let's get going! from JR Imabari Station


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

Guests in Guesthouse CYCLONOIE!


Let's get going to the Shimanami Kaido! From our guesthouse CYCLONE it's very easy to a get rental bike at JR Imabari station; it takes 1min on foot from our guesthouse to the rental bike terminal!





1st island of the Shimanami Kaido

Oshima "Across the sea by bike" 


oshima location and cycling route map

: Good route for begginers

: Second choices



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 Park (302m)


Mt. Kiro Observatory Park

Mt. Kiro Observatory Park


"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

"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!




■Rose Icecream Tsukiya


Shimanami Kaido Rose Ice Cream

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. 



open closed location
Paysan 11am - 17pm  Mon. - Thurs.  Google Map >
Noshima-suigun  11am - 16pm Mon. Google Map >





2nd island of the Shimanami Kaido

Hakatajima  "Island of salt and beatiful beaches"


hakatajima location map.png

: 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 a special cafe 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.




open closed location
Patisserie T's cafe Tamaya   10am - 19pm   Sun.      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

Omishima "Holy Island"


omishima location map.png

: 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




2000 - 3000 year-old camphor tree in Oyamazumi shrine

The 2000 - 3000 year-old camphor trees 




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.  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.


open closed location
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.





open closed location
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

Ikuchijima "Island of lemons and arts"


ikuchi location map.png

: 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..



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.





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





5th & 6th island of the Shimanami Kaido

✔Innoshima and Mukaishima 


innoshima location map.png

: 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.


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!




open closed location
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 


The goal of cycling in Shimanami Kaido JR Onomichi Station

Finished!! JR Onomichi Station


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.







Shimanami Kaido Cycling 仕切り線




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

ferry map in Shimanami Kaido.png



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 3 times a day.  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).




Shimanami Kaido Cycling 仕切り線


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. > Kamiura Rental Bike Terminal (Tel: 0897-87-3855)







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!




Shimanami guesthouse cyclonoie

Higashigoshocho, Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima