Setouchi Shimanami Kaido is a scenic 70-kilometer bicycle route that connects Onomichi City in Hiroshima Prefecture to Imabari City in Ehime Prefecture, crossing over six islands in the Seto Inland Sea. It is one of Japan’s most popular cycling routes and is known for its stunning scenery, well-maintained infrastructure, and abundance of amenities.
The Shimanami Kaido is designed to be accessible to cyclists of all levels, with gentle slopes and plenty of places to stop and rest. The route is also well-marked and has a variety of attractions along the way, including temples, shrines, museums, and restaurants.
The Shimanami Kaido is crossed by seven bridges, each with its own unique design. Some of the most popular bridges include the Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge, which is the longest suspension bridge in Japan, and the Tatara Bridge, which offers panoramic views of the Seto Inland Sea.
The route passes over six islands in the Seto Inland Sea, each with its own unique character. Mukaishima Island is known for its citrus production, particularly mandarins. It’s also home to the Mukaishima Citrus Center, where you can learn more about the island’s citrus industry and sample fresh citrus fruits and juices. Innoshima Island is known for its shipbuilding industry, as well as its many temples and shrines. Omishima Island is known for its beautiful scenery, including the Omishima Island Flower Park and the Mount Senjojiki Observatory. Hakatajima Island has many traditional Japanese villages. Hiradojima Island is known for its beautiful beaches. And Ikuchijima Island is known for its beautiful scenery, including the Setoda Sunset Hill and the Shimanami Kaido Museum.
The Shimanami Kaido cycling route is also famous worldwide, selected by America’s CNN Travel as one of the top 7 cycling routes in the world and given one star in the French Michelin guide.
According to the Internet