Shimanami Kaido

Connecting Japan’s main island of Honshu to Shikoku, the Shimanami Kaido is about 70-kilometer-long stretch of road that spans six small islands in the Seto Inland Sea.

The most popular way to explore is by bicycle, with most beginners taking between 8 and 10 hours to complete the entire length, although you can ride just a section if you prefer.

Beginning in Onomichi City, it travels to Mukaishima, Innoshima, Ikuchijima, Omishima, Hakatajima and Oshima before ending in Imabari City on Shikoku Island. There are plenty of small towns and beautiful scenery to explore along the way, so there’s no need to rush!