This well-known cycling route is a great way to enjoy the treasure that is Japan’s Seto Inland Sea. The route connects Honshu and Shikoku, with seven bridges that take you over several islands.
There is a wealth of attractions to see along the route, with an endless parade of museums and chances for mouthwatering meals, but here are a few things you won’t want to miss out on.
Start at the city of Onomichi, in Hiroshima Prefecture. Cycle over Innoshima Bridge, about 1.25 km long. You can stop here and enjoy a walk in a park on the Innoshima island side. Stop at the lighthouse for a great view.
Then it’s on to Ikuchishima island. There are great inns to stay here overnight. In the morning, you cross Tatara Bridge in to Omishima island in Ehime Prefecture. Visit Oyamazumi Shrine, one of the most famous shrines in the country. There’s a fantastic museum filled with samurai weapons and armor. It’s well worth spending a few hours here. The ambience is peaceful and there’s plenty to see.
Have lunch by the sea and then hop back on your bike to zip through two more islands and stop at Sunrise Itoyama, a park and observatory for an awesome view of the Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge. Then cycle the world’s longest suspension bridge structure and, with the freedom of your bicycle, you’ll be able to stop and drink in a majestic view.
Some people can do the whole trip in a day, but we really do recommend you take your time to enjoy the sights and connect with the people you meet along the way. That’s the spice of life! (T)