Island hopping thru Japan’s Seto Inland Sea, exploring breathtaking ocean views, spectacular suspension bridges, extraordinary native culture what else could you possibly ask for in a travel vacation!
Shikoku is the smallest and least populated of Japan’s four main islands. It lies south of the Seto Inland Sea, across the water from Okayama and Hiroshima.
Shikoku hasn’t really been on the tour map for most people, even Japanese, and certainly not for foreign visitors.
The island has always been exceptional, a conservative place where much of the old Japan remains. Here, even non-Japanese are often overcome by feelings of nostalgia for a pre-modern Japanese world to which they haven’t any connection.
The Shimanami Kaido route connects the towns of Onomichi (on the main Island of Honshu) and Imabari (on the Island of Shikoku).
The route is also open to cyclists with separate bridge segments and cycle only routes covering 6 spectacular suspension bridges and 7 distinctive islands producing an incredible cycling tour experience.
The total distance from Onomichi to Imabari is about 70 km.
Doing the entire route in one day is possible at a high pace, however as there is so much to explore in and around the 7 amazing islands that doing the route in a 2 day or 3 day course is highly recommended to fully explore the unique culture found on these remote islands.
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