The Shimanami Kaido was an epic adventure for me that was only a couple days long but with memories that will last a lifetime. The Seto Inland Sea continues to captivate me and draw me in and I can’t wait till I go back again in the future.
The entire journey took months for me to write various posts and even longer for me to have them put up on this site. I know it is difficult to find all of the posts in an easy way so this post is a simple recap and an index for everything. My posts on Onomichi and Imabari will be added later when they are posted, but I consider them separate from my Shimanami Kaido adventure.
I spent 2 days cycling from Onomichi to Imabari. On the first day I took the ferry from Onomichi to Mukaishima. I spent a night in Ikuchijima before completing the journey cycling to Imabari. I did a total of 93.87km over 2 days, with 42.77km on the first day and 51.1km on the second. My butt was sore and I walked a little funny for a couple days, but it was all worth it!
Mukaishima was a great starting point for the Shimanami Kaido and I instantly fell in love with the trip. It was 10.18km of nearly full bliss while understanding the atmosphere of the Shimanami Kaido immediately.
- Onomichi and Shin Onomichi Bridge
- Ferries to Mukaishima
- Cycling on Mukaishima
- Bus Stop on Mukaishima (Goodbye for Tomorrow aka あした)
- Mukaishima Bridge
Innoshima was the first bridge I crossed. It was an adventure and it opened my eyes into most arduous part of the trip, climbing hills. Innoshima is a place I need to revisit and really do the coastal road as I cut through the middle to see a castle, but I have no regrets doing all 11.03km.
Ikuchijima was a wonderful place that provided me with a place to sleep. I really loved that island and found it infinitely relaxing. Doing 19.2km on day 1 included me doing an extra section of the island to get to the Setoda Link B&B. I loved that place and hope to be back there in the future. There is still a lot for me to see on Ikuchijima, but it will require a lot more energy than what I had when I was there.
- Ikuchi Bridge
- Cycling on Ikuchijima
- Setoda Link B&B
- Setoda Port & Konejima Bridge
- Setoda Sunset Beach (Ikuchijima)
- Ikuchijima Island Wide Art Museum
- Jizo by the Sea
- Temple/House by the Sea on Ikuchijima
- Dolce (ドルチェ) & Shimanami 1 (島の駅・しまなみ１) – Ikuchijima
- Dolce (ドルチェ) Gelato
Omishima was the first island in Ehime that I visited. The entire route from this point was not as I would have liked as I only visited a small section of Omishima. I cut along the coast for 7.97km skipping most of the island to the north of Tatara Bridge. I do want to return and see a lot more of this beautiful island and hopefully I can do so again in the future.
- Tatara Bridge
- Cycling on Omishima
- Tatara Shimanami Park
- Hanaguriseto Lookout
- Amazaki Castle Ruins & Mitarashi Well
Hakatajima was the only island where I spent more time resting than I did cycling. Omishima was equally divided between my rest at the Tatara Shimanami Park and cycling, but in Hakatajima, I just had lunch and then took off seeing only 4.34km of the island. There was a lot I couldn’t see due to time but I hope to be back again.
Oshima was a bittersweet island for me to visit. I was happy to be on the last island of the Shimanami Kaido but sad that it was almost over. I didn’t really like the central pass but I loved the side trip to the Yoshiumi Rose Garden as well as cycling the coast after that. It took me 16.68km to cross the island and I do regret that I didn’t do the entire coastal road but if I ever do this again you can be sure that I will go there.
- Hakata Oshima Bridge
- Cycling on Oshima
- Yoshiumi Rose Garden
- Yoshiumi Iki Iki Kan (Oshima Rest Stop)
- Shimanami Kaido Ice Cream
Crossing over to Imabari meant that my Shimanami Kaido trip was over. I was really happy to be at the end and to accomplish this dream of mine. I was sad that the 7.21km of Imabari wasn’t as beautiful as Onomichi, but in reality Imabari is a bigger city with a lot more industry. Onomichi was a small town with really small streets and Imabari was a typical city, so there really is no comparison between the two. Imabari has its own charm which was still really lovely.