Explore the beautiful islands of the Seto Inland Sea via the special pedestrian laneways of the Setouchi Shimanami Kaido (the Nishiseto Expressway), running from Ehime to Hiroshima via nine connecting bridges. Enjoy a ride while taking in stunning views of the islands and bridges! This route is suitable for intermediate cyclists.
JR Imabari Station
↓Approx. 35 min by bicycle
↓Approx. 35 min by bicycle
Sunrise Itoyama Cycling Station
Sunrise Itoyama is a cycling terminal at the foot of the Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge. Bicycles are available to rent and this is the perfect starting point for a ride around the inland sea! Riders can use the pedestrian lanes on the connecting bridges while taking in stunning views and the refreshing breezes of the Seto Inland Sea! You will quickly lose track of time on this one-of-a-kind cycling experience. In addition to cycle rental the terminal also offers convenient accommodation for exploring the Shimanami Kaido. The night view from the rooms is mesmerising, especially when the bridge is illuminated.
Approx. 1 hr 15 min by bicycle
Kirosan Observatory Park
The observatory park is located at the top of Mt. Kiro at the southernmost point of Oshima Island. The view from here is known as the most spectacular on the Shimanami Kaido. On fine days the view extends as far as Mt. Ishizuchi, the highest mountain in western Japan. In the evenings, views of the sunset and the illuminated Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge are exceptional. The observatory itself is unobtrusively located within the mountaintop and surrounded by trees to preserve the natural landscape. Along with the stunning views, the observatory is also acclaimed for its uniqueness of architecture.
Approx. 1 hr 30 min by bicycle
[Michi-no-Eki] Hakata S.C. Park “Marine Oasis Hakata”
Marine Oasis Hakata is a roadside station (‘Michi-no-Eki’) surrounded by a well-maintained beach and park grounds located at the foot of the Hakata and Oshima Bridges. The shop sells local specialties including unique products made with the local Hakata salt, freshly picked vegetables, and marine products from the Seto Inland Sea. You can also taste local specialities such as Shio Ramen at the on-site restaurant. Experience the pleasant sea breeze, catch the sunset over the bridges, and enjoy the incredible scenery! You can also see dolphins and whales at the nearby “Dolphin Farm Shimanami”.
Approx. 1 hr 20 min by bicycle
Oyamazumi Shrine is the oldest shrine in Ehime, the head shrine of approximately 10,000 Yamazumi and Mishima shrines across the country. A gigantic 2,600-year-old sacred camphor tree stands in the centre of the shrine precinct. The shrine holds many items designated Important Cultural Properties including the Honden (the mail hall) and the Haiden (the hall of worship) and time will fly by as you wander around this mysterious place. The shrine has been worshipped as home to gods of the sea, mountains and warriors and many military generals dedicated arms to pray or give thanks for military victories. There is a treasure hall with displays of these arms within the shrine precincts. It is estimated that the collection of weapons and armoury are 80-percent of the nation’s National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties.