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Guided bicycle tour/Shimanami Kaido Cycling

We Cyclotourism Shimanami coordinate special bicycle trips that even beginners can fully enjoy the Shimanami Kaido. A local bicycle guide who often cycles the islands will teach you how to enjoy the Shimanami Kaido cycling.

Please choose from the following plans
〈Guided Tour Plan ①〉Shimanami Kaido half ride ~ Explore between Imabari and Omishima
〈Guided Tour Plan ②〉2 days bike trip across whole Shimanami Kaido


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<Guided Tour Plan ①>
Shimanami Kaido Guided Tour Plan ① Shimanami Kaido half ride ~ Explore between Imabari and Omishima

This is a cycling plan exploring from Imabari to Omishima, the first half of the Shimanami Kaido. It's recommended for those who want to slowly look around the high spots from Imabari to Omishima. We'll go around the calm islands while feeling the warm hospitality of the islanders. In addition, we can adjust the course according to your physical strength.

◎Time required: About 6 hours
◎Tour fee:
12,000 JPY per person (if you are a group of 2 to 4 people)
9,600 JPY per person (if you are a group of 5 to 10 people)

*Minimum number of participants: 2
*Tour fee is inclusive of guide fee and insurance fee. BUT exclusive of lunch fee (about 1,000-1,500 JPY / per person) and rental bike fee (2,200 JPY / per person).
*All prices are inclusive taxes.

*Rent a bike: The public rental bike which you can drop off in Omishima is convenient. "JR Imabari Station Temporary Rental Cycle Terminal" is close to JR Imabari station. If you want to reserve a rental bike, you can contact them from the following email address.
Email address|info1@sunrise-itoyama.jp

9:00 Meet up at the station.
Please come with a bicycle and helmet. The JR Imabari Station Temporary Rental Cycle Terminal which is close to the station, is open at 8:30.

9:30 Depart for the Shimanami Kaido
We cycle the backstreets leading to the coastline, avoiding the car-heavy main route. As you gradually get closer to the bridge of the Shimanami Kaido, you'll be excited.

10:00 Kurushima-kaikyo Bridges
Firstly, we cross the largest bridge on the Shimanami Kaido. The exhilaration of cycling while looking the Seto Inland Sea islands and looking down at the passing ships is wonderful.

11:00 Explore Oshima
Arrive at Oshima, the first island. We cycle along the coastline while looking the bridge that just crossed and Imabari town on the other side.

11:30 Yoshiumi Rose Park
A little break in a spacious park. We recommend eating rose-flavored ice cream at Tsukiya, a popular restaurant where you can enjoy a variety of ice cream flavors. The best season for roses is from mid-May to early June.

12:30 Lunch time in Miyakubo area
Lunch place will be in the Miyakubo area. We recommend a restaurant where you can eat local japanese curry that makes use of the ingredients of Oshima, or a restaurant where you can eat fresh seafood bowls and seafood BBQ using plenty of Setouchi fish. Please let us know in advance what you want to eat ♪

13:40 Hakata S.C Park
Arrive at Hakatajima, the second island. After enjoying lunch, it's time to relax on the spacious beach. Why don't you eat local specialty Hakata salt ice cream for after-meal dessert?

14:20 Explore Omishima
Arrive at Omishima, the third island. We cycle along the coastline. There are many orange grove all over the island. During the autumn and winter seasons, many fruits grow on the branches, turning into a lively landscape that looks like a Christmas tree.

15:00 Tatara Shimanami Park
The tour ends at Tatara Shimanami Park, where the monument to the cyclist holy land is built. Did you like "Shimanami Kaido Guided Tour Plan① Shimanami Kaido half ride"? If you want to know more about the Shimanami Kaido and want to enjoy it, we recommend taking "Shimanami Kaido Guided Tour Plan ② 2 days bike trip across whole Shimanami Kaido". Please scroll down and check it out!

 

 

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<Guided Tour Plan ②> *We are currently in the process of making an English version*
Shimanami Kaido Guided Tour Plan ② 2 days bike trip across whole Shimanami Kaido

This is a cycling plan exploring the whole Shimanami Kaido in 2 days. Plan 2 gives you 2 days to explore, so you can slowly look around the highlights of the Shimanami Kaido. The accommodation on the first day will be at Omishima, halfway along the Shimanami Kaido. As you scroll down, you will find some recommended accommodations. Also, you can adjust the course according to your physical strength, so let's decide together through email!

◎Time required: 2 days (Ending time of the second day is 16:00.)
◎Tour fee (for 2 days):
24,000 JPY per person (if you are a group of 2 to 4 people)
19,200 JPY per person (if you are a group of 5 to 10 people)

*Minimum number of participants: 2
*Tour fee is inclusive of guide fee and insurance fee. BUT exclusive of meal fee and rental bike fee (3,300 JPY/per person/for 2 days).
*All prices are inclusive taxes.

*Rent a bike: The public rental bike which you can drop off in Onomichi is convenient. "JR Imabari Station Temporary Rental Cycle Terminal" is close to JR Imabari station. If you want to reserve a rental bike, you can contact them from the following email address.
Email address|info1@sunrise-itoyama.jp

9:00 Meet up at the station.
Please come with a bicycle and helmet. The JR Imabari Station Temporary Rental Cycle Terminal which is close to the station, is open at 8:30.

10:00 Kurushima-kaikyo Bridges
Starting in Imabari city, today's goal is about 40km to Omishima. We cycle the first bridge, "Kurushima-kaikyo Bridges", which can be said the entrance to the Shimanami Kaido.

11:00 Explore Oshima
Arrive at Oshima, the first island. We go north along the coastline while watching the blue sparkling sea. The scent of the tide drifts, you feel slow flow of time. It makes you feel like "I'm on the island!".

12:30 Lunch time in Miyakubo area
Lunch place will be in the Miyakubo area. We recommend a restaurant where you can eat local japanese curry that makes use of the ingredients of Oshima, or a restaurant where you can eat fresh seafood bowls and seafood BBQ using plenty of Setouchi fish. Please let us know in advance what you want to eat♪

13:40 Explore Hakatajima
Arrive at Hakatajima, the second island. You should try local specialty Hakata salt ice cream on the nice beach. Imabari is a town where the shipbuilding industry is thriving. When you pass beside the ship, you will be overwhelmed by its hugeness. You can see it here!

14:20 Explore Omishima
Arrive at Omishima, the third island. We cycle along the coastline. There are many orange grove all over the island. During the autumn and winter seasons, many fruits grow on the branches, turning into a lively landscape that looks like a Christmas tree.

16:00 Stay overnight at Miyaura area
Today's cycling will end at Miyaura are. We recommend "Guest house OHANA", "TOMARIGI Hostel" and "NAGISA" in this Miyaura area. I'm sorry to trouble you, but please make a reservation by yourself. In this area, there is huge hot spring with beautiful ocean views, craft beer factory. And for dinner, there are some long-established restaurants where you can eat fresh seafood bowls, and izakaya where is popular with locals. We will guide you if there is a place you want to go♪

 

 

 

<Guided Tour Plan ② -The second day->

 

 

9:00 Meet up at Oyamazumi Shrine
Eat breakfast, make sure you don't leave anything behind, and start the second day! First, we will visit Oyamazumi Shrine, one of Japan's leading shrines. Then, cycle along the beautiful sea and aim for Ikuchijima.

11:00 Explore Ikuchijima
大三島から多々羅大橋を渡ると、そこからは広島県という。実は橋の真ん中に県境があり、人知れず県境のマークもあるのです。そんな裏ネタもツアー中にご紹介します。

11:30 Setoda area
ココでは、島の柑橘を練り込んだジェラートが生口島の名物のひとつ。これを食べずして島を去ることなかれ。サイクリストたちが良く立ち寄る人気店で舌鼓を打ちましょう。懐かしさ溢れるレトロな商店街へもご案内します。

12:30 Explore Innoshima
ランチは因島で、島のソウルフード"いんおこ"がおススメ!いんおことは、因島のお好み焼きのこと。うどん入りが主流で、地元の麺を使い、のしイカが入り、安くてとにかくボリューミーだ。

13:30 The bicycle shrine
大三島の大山祇神社より分霊、創建したと伝えられる因島最古の神社。世界中のサイクリストの守り神が祀られているという。参拝した後は、神社の前で自転車と一緒に記念撮影タイム!

14:30 Explore Mukaishima
いよいよしまなみ海道最後の島。向島は今や尾道のベッドタウンとして都市化が進んでいる。人や車の多さに、しまなみ海道の持つのびのびとしたイメージは少し削がれるかもしれない。しかし、もちろん向島にはここならではの魅力がたくさん!そんな向島が持つ特有の景色や街並みを堪能しに行こう!

15:00 Explore Iwashijima
向島の横にある小さな島「岩子島」に少し立寄る。島内には、洞窟のような薄暗く不気味なトンネルがあったり、浜辺にポツンと佇む鳥居と灯籠などミステリアスな一面が多いのだ。そんなミステリアスな岩子島を恐れず探検しよう!

16:00 Onomichi
最後の橋は道が狭く交通量が多いので、橋は渡らず、向島の渡船乗り場から渡し船で尾道へと渡ります。 これで、しまなみ海道走破達成となります!さて、「プラン②しまなみ海道1泊2日~今治から尾道まで完全走破ポタリングプラン~」はいかがですか? ツアーの申込みをされる際には、プラン①か②どちらがご希望かをお伝えください♪

 

 

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