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Tobishima Kaido Cycling Information and Tips

Planning Bicycle Touring - Overview, Advices, HOW-TOs & Recommendations

 

Welcome to our webpage. We are local staff of guesthouse in Imabari city and also cycling tour guides. "Tobishima Kaido" is the beautiful bikeway in the Seto inland sea in Japan......It is located the famous bikeway Shimanami Kaido. How far and how long does it take to do it? What is recommended place? What is the best plan for you?......Let me briefly describe to you helpful tips for cycling Tobishima Kaido. 

 

 

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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 in Shimanami Kaido and Tobishima Kaido Cycling Road by offering information. We hope we can be of any help to you planning the cycling in the Tobishima Kaid.

Author: MURAKAMI Masayuki

2021/9/1 updated

 

Tobishima Kaido Cycling 仕切り線

 

 

Shimanami Kaido Cycling 仕切り線

 

✔What is "Tobishima Kaido"?

 

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"Tobishima-Kaido" is the beautiful cycling route consists of 7 islands in Seto inland sea. Tobishima-Kaido is to the west of Shimanami-Kaido.  Tobishima-Kaido is not commonly known to people as "Shimanami-Kaido", however you should go cycling Tobishima-Kaido if you want to feel real life of Japanese countryside.  

 

Tobishima Kaido Cycling

Okamura Bridge and islands

 

There are less traffics on the roads here compared to the Shimanami-Kaido. Many cyclists take on ferry from Imabari city to Okamurajima island, and then they start cycling to the islands.

 

Tobishima Kaido cycling in Japan

 

The shortest route from Okamura Island to Kawajiri is about 30km, so many cyclists plan the round trip with both north coast and south coast ways. Most of the Tobishima Kaido road is on the coast, so almost roads are almost flat except for the bridge.

 

Tobishima-Kaido cycling MAP >> Google Map

The shortest route
The shortest route from Okamura to Kawajiri. Of courese you have several options for which route to take.
Good Spots The places to visit and scenic places I recommend. It's special information not listed in any guidebooks.
Lunch / Cafe We picked up the restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy the atmosphere of the island.
Accommodation Recommended hostels and guesthouses in the Tobishima Kaido area.

 

Profile of the shortest route on Tobishima Kaido

Route information of Tobishima Kaido CyCLING road

 

However it is said that Tobishima-Kaido is not easy for beginners for several reasons; ①. Almost no convenience stores and supermarkets. ②. The bridges with steep slopes. ③. You must check the timetable of ferry (not so many ferries). ④. No bicycle shops. 

 

Mitarai town at Tobishima Kaido

Mitarai town(Osakishimojima Island)

 

Each islands have tourist attractions such as Mitarai town, and you can enjoy a truly wonderful scenery while taking a detour. Let's take a look at the appeal of the Tobishima Kaido cycling, which is not yet known.  

 

 

 

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✔Get our original "Tobishima Kaido Cycling Map"

 

[PR]Our company "Cyclotourisme Shimanami" publish and sell the Shimanami Kaido guidebooks and maps at our own expense. As a new attempt to revise the Tobishima Kaido cycling map, we have published it in both Japanese and English. Of course, it's also sold at our guesthouse CYCLONOIE and NAMITO MINATO.

 

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This map, "The Cycling Map through Setouchi Tobishima Kaido Islands" was actually created by a local cycling guide, and it took more than one year to publish. This is a large paper map of 2 sheets divided into West and East of the Tobishima Kaido.

 

The coverage of Map1 and Map2 is as follows. Map1 West: Toyoshima, Kamikamagari, Shimokamagari. Map2 East: Osakishimojima, Osakikamijima, Okamura.

 

Tobishima Kaido Cycling Map

Paper maps are very useful for planning.

 

This map contains information necessary for Tobishima Kaido cycling, distance, elevation difference, gourmet and lodging information, etc.

 

とびしま島走MAP

 

 Details of the Cycling Map >

 

Please stop by our guesthouse CYCLONOIE or NAMITO MINATO and get a cycling map before you leave for Tobishima Kaido cycling. I hope your bike trip will be wonderful !

 

 

 

 

 

Shimanami Kaido Cycling 仕切り線

 

 

✔Access of Tobishima Kaido 

 

Shimanami Kaido Access map JR train from Osaka Tokyo Hiroshima

 

To Imabari

Plan1: When you can get on the Shinkansen Line, please aim to reach "Okayama Station". There, get on the JR limited Express called "Shiokaze".

Plan2: Some buses are also available from both Hiroshima and Fukuyama, Fukuoka.

 

 

 

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✔The best thing of Tobishima cycling

 

・Cross seven beautiful photogenic bridges.......

The bridges in Tobishima-Kaido are really beautiful. You can't help taking picutures. The views of the islands and bridges are so nice. Maybe you can't help but stop a lot to take a picture. 

 

Akinada Bridge at Tobishima Kaido

Akinada-ohashi bridge(Shimo-Kamagarijima)

 

Fortunately, the tolls of each bridges are free for cyclists and walkers. If you drive your car, you have to pay toll at Akinada-ohashi bridge in Shimo-Kamagarijima.

 

The border of Hiroshima pref. and Ehime Pref. in Tobishima Kaido

The border of Hiroshima pref. and Ehime Pref.(Okamurajima)

 

The border of Hiroshima pref. and Ehime Pref. is on the bridge between Okamurajima and Osakishimojima.

 

Toyohama-ohashi bridge(Osakishimojima・Toyoshima)

Toyohama-ohashi bridge(Osakishimojima・Toyoshima)

 

Toyohama-ohashi bridge connected Osakishimojima island and Toyoshima island and Kamagari bridge are truss bridges. 

 

・Cycling along amazing coastlines........

Cycling roads in Tobishima-Kaido are absolutely along the coastlines. The seawalls are not so high, and the roads are not narrow. So the Tobishima cycling is very comfortable. If the weather is nice, you can see the mountains in Shikoku and Honshu.

 

The coastlines cycling in Tobishima Kaido

The coastlines cycling in Tobishima Kaido

 

We particulary recommend the south routes in Osakishimojima, Kami-Kamagarijima and Shimo-Kamagarijima. These are bright, good sceanary and completely flat road.

 

・Japanese traditional houses in the old local village.......

There are many places where some movies and animations were filmed in the small town of Tobishima-Kaido. You will find picturesque sceanaries at the small streets. 

 

 Japanese traditional houses in the old local village in Tobishima Kaido Cycling

Ocho town(Osakishimojima)

 

Mitarai town, Ocho town and Kinoe town have remains of old houses and narrow alley with the atmosphere of the traditional fishermans village. Because they are really beautiful scenery, they are often filming and animation locations. 

 

・Enjoy local seafoods and cozy cafes.......

Compared to Shimanami Kaido, very few shops were opened on Tobishima Kaido. Of course, before you get on the boat, you can buy food such as bread and lunch and take it for cycling. There are plenty of drinking water vending machines, so don't worry. This may be unique to Japan

 

recommended restaurants

Cafe with books " Neroli no shima"(Ocho port, Osakishimojima)

 

The cycling map we have published introduces you in detail, but in fact, there are wonderful restaurants, local cafeterias and cozy cafés on Tobishima Kaido. However, some of them are a little hard to find........ Please get relax and feel slow life.

 

The list of recommended restaurants or cafe in Tobishima Kaido

Okamura Maruseki Cafe Only cafe in Okamura Island. Taste pound cakes with lemons, oranges. You
can enjoy several kinds of bread and their special coffee.
MAP
Osakishimojima Nerori no shima Cafe A cafe attached to a factory brewing lemon oil at the port. Eat delicious lemon desserts while watching the view with boats. MAP
Toyoshima Okonomiyaki Marichan Completely it's local okonomiyaki restaurant. It is very difficult to find a shop because it is in a narrow alley. But quite heartwarming. MAP
Toyoshima Shima Cafe Kitatani This cafe offer two type of food. Beef tendon curry and health pizza. They open 7:00 - 19:00. MAP
Kamikamagari Restaurant Megumi-no-oka A popular restaurant that is very crowded on weekends. A special lunch set using local ingredients is very delicious. Pretty recommended. MAP
Kamikamagari Udon Hara Small udon noodle shop with roadside food truck. MAP
Shimokamagari Cafe Luethuyi It's clean and modern-styled cafe by the seaside. The speciality is rice served in the bowl topped with roast beef. MAP

 

 

 

Thimanami Kaido Cycling 仕切り線

 

 

✔Rental bikes in Tobishima Kaido

Compared with Shimanami Kaido where the rental bike service was organized, Its in Tobishima Kaido is developing. There are no Shimanami rental bike terminals in Tobishima Kaido region.  If you'd like to enjoy Tobishima Kaido cycling with rental bikes, you have to get it at the rental bike terminals in Imabari city.

 

Timetable of Ferry from Imabari to Okamura (Tobishima Kaido)

to Okamura 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Imabari 7:20 8:25 9:30 12:00 14:45 15:30 17:50 19:00
Okamura(Tobishima Kaido)  8:18 9:25 10:28 13:20 16:05 16:28 19:10 19:58

 

There are just 8 ships per day. The best ferry to get to Tobishima Kaido is No.3 for rental bike. The rental bike terminal in Imabari port opens at 9:00am.

 

 

【News】New rental bike service has started in Tobishima Kaido region

The Tobishima Kaido didn't have a rental cycle service that could be ridden at various locations on the route, so the only way to rent a bicycle was to use the bicycle service for the Shimanami Kaido. However, the rental bicycle service started on August 10, 2017 by "Camp & Cotage KAJIGAHAMA". Reservations are required in advance.

 

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Tobishima Rental Bike service by "Camp & Cotage KAJIGAHAMA"

 

You need to make a reservation to  "Camp & Cotage KAJIGAHAMA" in advance, but you can rent or drop off bicycles at Tobishima Kaido at Okamura Port, Ocho Port, Konaga Port, Prefectural Beach, Shimokarikari Cottage Kasumigahama, JR Nikata Station .【3 hours】Adult 1,000 JPY   Child 500 JPY 【8 hours】Adult 2,000 JPY Child 1,000 JPY  There will be an additional charge if you return your bike to another location. "Camp & Cotage KAJIGAHAMA" accepts reservations and inquiries.

 

【Inquiry】Camp & Cotage KAJIGAHAMA"
http://kajigahama.jp/

 

 

 

 

 

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✔Some things to note

 

Tobishima Kaido region is a very countryside place. It is required that you make elaborate preparation for cycling.

 

・There are no bike shop

There are no bike shops in Tobishima Kaido region. When the accident such as flat tire occurred, you must repair it by yourself. You had better bring a spare inner tube, tire repair kit and air inflator.

 

・Check the ferry timetable

There are not so many ferries between Imabari and Tobishima Kaido. You must get back to Okamura Port by the last ferry will departure. 

 

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The boat to the Tobishima Kaido

 

Timetable of ferry from Tobishima Kaido to Imabari

To Imabari 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Okamura(Tobishima Kaido)  6:20 6:50 8:30 9:35 12:30 13:30 16:15 17:35 18:05
Imabari 7:18 8:10 9:28 10:55 13:28 14:30 17:35 18:33 19:55

 

 

 

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"Shimanami Guesthouse Cyclonoie" is a travellers hostel where a lot of cyclists 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! See you in Guesthouse CYCLONOIE♪