What to Do Along the Shimanami Kaido

What to Do Along the Shimanami Kaido


2018.06.14

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

What to Do Along the Shimanami Kaido

The Shimanami Kaido is a large toll road that extends from Hiroshima Prefecture to Ehime Prefecture and crosses six islands. It has more to offer than excellent views. Even though the road itself is only 60 kilometers long, there’s too much to do and see in just one day. Afew-stop offs are essential if you’re looking for a truly remarkable experience.

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    Cycling

    Cycling

    Cycling

    Cycling is definitely the number one thing to do on the Shimanami Kaido. The road has a dedicated path for cyclists and pedestrians, so it’s become a popular weekend destination for Japanese bike enthusiasts.. The great thing about cycling the Shimanami Kaido is that you don’t need to bring a bike; everything you need can be rented along the way. For as little as 1,000 yen a day, you can rent a basic bike and hit the road. You can also go a little more upscale and rent a bike from the Giant rental locations in Imabari or Onomichi. The benefit of using the Giant store is that you can reserve a bike in advance and get a much nicer bike, but you will pay a good bit more than if you use the standard Shimanami Kaido rental bikes.

    Seto Inland Sea Shimanami Kaido
    place
    Hiroshima Prefecture Onomichi City - Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture
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    Yoshiumi Rose Park

    Yoshiumi Rose Park

    Yoshiumi Rose Park

    One of the biggest attractions is the Yoshiumi Rose Park on Oshima Island, where more than 400 types of roses bloom from May until November. There are around 3,500 bushes filled with roses during the peak season, so to say that it’s overwhelming would be an understatement.

    Yoshiumi Rose Park

    Yoshiumi Rose Park

    Along with the many roses, there’s another way to enjoy the park’s biggest attraction rose ice cream. Japan has a reputation for its unique ice cream flavors at major attractions and this rose garden is no exception. It’s only 250 yen to try, so what’s to lose?

    Yoshiumi Rose Park
    rating

    4.0

    41 Reviews
    place
    Ehime Pref. Imabarishi Yoshiumichoufukuda 1292
    phone
    0897842111
    opening-hour
    Admission freedom
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    Setoda “Sunset” Beach

    Setoda “Sunset” Beach

    Setoda “Sunset” Beach

    On Ikuchi Island, the white sands of Setoda “Sunset” Beach stretch for 800 meters. As the name implies, it’s an excellent spot for watching the sun set over the mountains of Omishima Island. The beach has plenty of facilities available to rent. You can even grab a cold shower if you’re feeling a little less than fresh from your cycling activities. If you like, you can also rent a tent and grill to have a barbecue on the beach with your friends. In fact, you can rent just about anything to make your stay at Setoda memorable.

    Setoda Sunset Beach
    place
    Hiroshima Pref. Onomichishi Setodachoutarumi
    phone
    0845271100
    opening-hour
    9:00-17:00[Restaurant]9:00-1…
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    Okunoshima

    Okunoshima

    Okunoshima

    Okunoshima often pops up on the Internet as a strange, must-see destination. Just a little north of Omishima Island, its claim to fame is hundreds of wild rabbits that roam the tiny island. The rabbits are used to the many human visitors, but that doesn’t mean they’re exactly tame either, so watch your fingers if you feed them. You can reach Okunashima from Omishima Island if you go to Tadanoumi Port and take a short ferry for 620 yen.

    Okunoshima
    place
    Hiroshima Takehara
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    Kirosantenbo Park

    Kirosantenbo Park

    Kirosantenbo Park

    For a cheap detour, head to Oshima Island’s Kirosantenbo Park for one of the best views of the Shimanami Kaido. This park is technically an observatory on top of a 300-meter tall mountain, so you may have to work a little harder for this view if you’re on a bicycle. Even so, the park features interesting architecture, great food, and even better views.

    Kirosan Observation Park
    place
    Ehime Pref. Imabarishi Yoshiumichouminamiura 487-4
    phone
    0897842111
    opening-hour
    Open 24 hours

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