- Enjoy spectacular views of the Seto Inland Sea while cycling
- Private cycling guide to point out key spots
- Luxury private cruise from Imabari to Onomichi
Cycle Shimanami Kaido, one of the most scenic routes in Japan extending over the Seto Inland Sea. Indulge in upscale accommodation, and an exclusive cruise.
Ask for top recommended cycling routes in Japan and Shimanami Kaido will surely be at the top of the list. This panoramic route starts at Onomichi City in Hiroshima Prefecture and ends at Imabari City in Ehime Prefecture. The route takes you cycling through six islands, offering unparalleled views of the Seto Inland Sea. You also have the opportunity to take a detour at one of the six traversed islands and explore a little.
Besides the memorable Shimanami Kaido cycling experience, you will get to enjoy a luxury boat ride back to the tour starting point at Onomichi and a nearby 5-star hotel. In addition, you will have the chance to take a custom seaplane ride around the region, and enjoy luxurious meals at the hotel with picturesque views of the ocean.
Day 1: Kansai International Airport to Onomichi
Upon arrival at Kansai International Airport in Osaka, you will first meet with your tour leader and group before taking the 'shinkansen' bullet train from Kansai International Airport to Fukuyama station, after which you will be picked up by the hotel shuttle service and transferred to your hotel. After checking in and freshening up, have a luxurious dinner at sunset with gorgeous views of the Seto Inland Sea. Afterwards, it is time to rest up for cycling Shimanami Kaido the following day.
Accommodation: 5-star hotel in Onomichi
Day 2: Shimanami Kaido Cycling
After breakfast, it is time to head out for our cycle along Shimanami Kaido. You will be transported from the hotel to the starting point of the Shimanami Kaido cycling route, at Onomichi. Once you have alighted, you will meet with your guide, who will bring you to the bicycle shop to get outfitted, and then it’s off to a start on Shimanami Kaido.
You will be cycling through the six islands along the Seto Inland Sea, with some prominent attractions along the way – witness the amazing whirlpool formation near the Kurushima Strait, see the white marbled garden on top of Kosanji temple on Ikuchi island.
The tour will end at Imabari in Ehime prefecture, where you will hand your bikes over to the guide. Afterwards it is time to check into your accommodation and freshen up before dinner.
Accommodation: Ryokan Nibukawa Onsen
Meals: Breakfast, lunch (recommended by tour guide, self-pay), dinner
Day 3: Imabari Cycling and return to Onomichi
After breakfast, have some time to cycle around Imabari itself. Subsequently, you will make your way to Imabari port, where you will board a private cruise boat to return to Onomichi and the Bellavista hotel. Enjoy a packed lunch on the boat while soaking in the views of the Seto Inland Sea. After arriving at your hotel, it is rest and relax time before going for dinner.
Accommodation: 5-star hotel in Onomichi
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 4: Onomichi and transfer to Kansai International Airport
Have some free time in the morning – there are activity options around that you are able to participate in.
- Jet Ski
Afterwards, the hotel will organize your transfer to Fukuyama station, where you will board the bullet train to Kansai Airport via Shin-Osaka station, which marks the end of the tour.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Minimum number of participants required for the tour to run is 4.
Maximum number of participants per tour is 8.
The tour will run every first Monday, April through November, 2018.
Other tour dates available upon request.
This tour includes:
- All accommodation and meals
- All transportation
- Bikes and cycling gear: helmets (optionally, you can bring your own), spares
- Tour leader assistant
- Support van
- First aid
The tour does NOT include:
- Transportation to/from starting and ending points of the tour
- Activities stated as "optional" in the itinerary (fishing, yoga, jet ski on Day 4): these may cost extra and usually need to be arranged prior to departure. Do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to take up any of these activities and/or need additional services
- Personal travel expenses
- Travel insurance
* Although these tours include some limited 3rd party property and injury insurance, we encourage our customers to arrange private travel insurance for the duration of the tour
The meeting point is at Kansai International Airport. Details regarding the meeting point and hotel transfer will be sent to tour participants via email several days prior to arrival in Japan.