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Overview

Travel east of Hiroshima to the picturesque Onomichi Town on this self-guided exploration. Stroll through the town’s narrow streets and discover interesting sights and temples. Cycle the iconic Shimanami Kaido route traversing bridges and islands of Seto Inland Sea for spectacular views of the area. 

Trip Highlights

Shimanami Kaido Extension

Discover lesser-known streets of Onomichi

Enjoy strolling up the narrow streets and crossing residential areas to find interesting sights, temples and local eateries.

Cycle the iconic Shimanami Kaido

Cycle the famous 80-kilometre long route traversing the bridges

Enjoy picturesque views of Seto Inland Sea

Cycle up slope arrive at the bridges with spectacular views of the Seto Inland Sea and its islets from above.

Itinerary

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Arrival in Onomichi

Located in the eastern part of Hiroshima Prefecture, Onomichi is a small, picturesque town, which sits on the Seto Inland Sea coast.

Onomichi is characterised by the many hills around which the city has developed — the main sightseeing spots are perched on these slopes. Visitors enjoy strolling up the narrow streets and crossing residential areas to find interesting sights. Twenty-five temples are nestled along the slopes of Onomichi, forming part of the area's famous Temple Walk.

Despite its small size, Onomichi has made several contributions to the filmmaking and literary world. Several renowned authors were born here and many movies have been shot in the city.

Onomichi Port area offers many options for dining, from local izakaya to Western cuisine.

Overnight in Onomichi

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Onomichi, cycling Shimanami Kaido

Onomichi Port to Mukaishaima: 5 min Cycling route: 31.6 km Setoda Port to Onomichi Port: 0.5 h

Start early to discover the highlight of the area, the Shimanami Kaido, an 80-kilometre long route traversing the bridges and islands of the Seto Inland Sea. This road is the only land link between Honshu and Shikoku that is usable by cyclists and pedestrians.

Today, start the intermediate 30-kilometre course, crossing three islands and two iconic bridges.

Pick up the rental bicycle at the nearest rental spot and board the nearby ferry to start the cycling course.

The blue line painted on the road indicates distances and ensures cyclists are following the correct path. There are local points of interest, such as small temples, dotted along the entire route, and cyclists will find there are many chances to stop and get a glimpse of the local, rural life.

Cycling up the sloped, designated cycling paths to reach the bridges is generally the most challenging part of the day, but the views of the Seto Inland Sea and its islets from above more than make up for it.

Upon arrival at Setoda Port, take a break in the rest area and leave the bicycle at the nearby bicycle depot before boarding the ferry back to Onomichi.

Note: Convenience stores and rest areas can be found at frequent intervals along the road.

Overnight in Onomichi

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Onomichi, departure

Today, check out from the accommodation, and leave for the next destination.

Remarks:

  • Shimanami Kaido (Nishiseto Expressway) is not a bicycle-only zone. Motorcycles and larger vehicles can be found on the roads, and thus this tour is recommended for intermediate or confident cyclists. Cyclists are reminded to respect the usual traffic regulations to ensure road traffic safety.

A ferry will need to be taken from Onomichi to Mukaishima. For more details, please contact your Travel Consultant.

Important Information

Our Services Include:

  • Hotel accommodation in twin room with daily breakfast
  • Bicycle rental
  • Self-guide app and customized travel documentation

Our Services Do Not Include:

  • International and domestic flights (quoted separately).
  • Bicycle rental, cycling gear, insurance.
  • Meals other than those mentioned above.
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature).
  • Travel insurance (please see below).
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.

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