As I accomplished what I have wanted to do for a long time in my golden week holiday, my next long-held goal is cycling at Shimanami-Kaido where all cyclists without any exception say “must do” if you are cyclists. So I asked three of my friends to go cycling together. All of us have similar folding bikes, so it is easier to pedal in the same pace. Our itinerary is as follows;
Day 1 Take the overnight sleeper train, “Sunrise Seto” （サンライズ瀬戸）, departing from Tokyo station at 10:00 p.m.
Day 2 Arrive at Sakaide（坂出） station at 7:08 a.m., then change to JR Yosan line（予讃線）. Ishizuchi express No.5 （特急いしづち５号）departing at Sakaide stn. at 7:52 a.m. and arriving at Imabari （今治）station at 9:29 a.m.
Start cycling from Imabari station heading to the first bridge named “Kurushima Kaikyo Ohashi” bridge ( 来島海峡大橋）. Cycling from one island to another then stop at Omishima （大三島）to stay overnight.
Day 3 Start cycling at around 9:00 a.m. to continue our way to Onomichi （尾道）. Arrive at Onomichi station at about 4:00 p.m. Take the bullet train (Shinkansen) to back to Tokyo.
Overnight sleeper train “Sunrise Seto” /My friends got on board from Yokohama station / I already happily started my first beer in my seat.
Folding bike is very easy carry, easy set-up. Two BD-1 & two Brompton. Mine is a red Brompton/ In front of Imabari castle / Imabari is famous for shipbuilding, we saw many shipyards.
Kurushima Kaikyo Ohashi, consisting of three suspension bridges, 4,015 meters in total. The longest suspension bridge in the world/ The lane for cyclists and pedestrians is completely separated from the lane for cars/Look at this beautiful sea!
Gorgeous sea food!! /Pay a toll to put in the box/ The bridge between Hakata （伯方）island and Omishima (大三島）
The access to the bridge is gentle slope/ Easy to understand signs/ This area is major production area of citrus fruits/ Sweet perfume everywhere!
We decided to stay at a Minshuku ( guest house) near the beach/ We need Onsen hot spring after long ride! / Beautiful sunset
Oyamazumi shrine （大山祇神社）has 8 national treasures/ giant camphor trees, natural treasure and a holy tree
There are some ups and downs / We stopped over for shopping a bottle of lemonchero /Tatara （多々羅）bridge
Lunch time! Fresh sushi and also very good Kamameshi (釜めし Steamed rice with octopus) We asked a local fisherman for good restaurant and it was right decision! Keima （桂馬） 251 Setoda, Setoda-cho, Onomichi city, Hiroshima (Tel. 08452-7-1989) / Local shopping street – Shiomachi / Desert time! Right after the lunch? Oh, yes…!
Comfortably flat path along the coast / Our trip is ending… / Noz, Meg, me and Q
Finally the last bridge to Mukai island （向島）/ From Mukai island to Onomichi, it is 1 min. by boat / Completed !
It was a really nice cycling in easy and relaxed mode with good friends. Beautiful view of Seto inland sea and bridges, we could enjoy nice food and drink, people are very friendly as well. If you have time for two days, please try to go cycling on Shimanami-Kaido. I will guarantee that you never regret.
We brought our own bikes, but rental bike is also available. For more information about Shimanami-Kaido, you can check following websites.
Shimanami official web http://www.go-shimanami.jp/global/english/