Shimanami Cycling Tour 1 [17 km]

Guided Tour JR Pass

Mt. Shirataki Hiking & Cycling from Innoshima , Mukaishima to Onomichi

We start from Onomichi by ferry to Innoshima where we climb Mt. Shirataki (227 meters, 750 feet) to see 700 Buddhist statues and enjoy a panoramic view of the Inland Sea. In the afternoon, we bike 17 km (10 miles) along the coast making short stops at Shimanami Beach and Ohamasaki Light House, then cross Innoshima Bridge, a 1339-meter (4400-feet) suspended bridge to Mukaishima island. We arrive at Onomichi around 3 PM to end the tour.

Tour Date:

Daily (Closed from Dec. 25 to Jan. 4 and in February)

Tour Fee:

Guide fee: ¥10,000 (1 person), ¥ 16,000 (2 persons), ¥ 18,000 (3 persons), ¥ 20,000 (4 to 5 persons)

Ferry from Onomichi to Innoshima: ¥850

Ferry from Mukaishima to Onomichi: ¥110

Bike rental: ¥1,000

Innoshima Bridge toll: ¥50

Duration:

5 hours 30 minutes

Meeting Time & Point:

10:00 am at JR Onomichi Station South Exit

* Please consult us concerning your desired meeting time and point.

Finishing Time & Point:

3:30 pm at JR Onomichi Station

Itinerary:

10:00 Meet at Onomichi JR train station. Pick up a bike.
10:30 Depart Onomichi Port by ferry.
10:49 Arrive at Innoshima Island. 10 min ride to Mt. Shirataki entrance.
11:00 Hiking and Lunch* at Mt. Shirataki.
13:00 Shimanami Kaido Cycling (17 km) calling at Shimanami beach, Ohamasaki Lighthouse and Innoshima Bridge.
15:30 Arrive at Onomichi. Return bike. End of the tour.
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To get to and leave Onomichi:

Please contact us.

Notes:

* Lunch is not included in the tour fee.

* Bring your lunch to eat on the top of the mountain or please request a special lunch (¥2,160) at Shirataki Sanso villa where delicious Japanese dishes are served in the elegant atmosphere of a historic building designed by William Merrell Vories, an American architect who worked in Japan in the first half of 20th century. When you’d like a lunch at Shirataki Sanso, please let us know in advance (at least one day before the tour date) if there is any food you cannot eat.

* Wear sporty dress and shoes.

* Tour will be canceled if reservation counts less than two.

* Tour will be canceled in case of bad weather and you’ll be informed the previous night.

* For details please feel free to ask anything about the tour to Ms. Fujisaka.

Reservation & Inquiry:

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Guide Profile:

  • Yoko Fujisaka
  • Hello! I’m Yoko Fujisaka. I like nature, art, history and cycling. Please come and join me to explore Hiroshima! I speak English and Spanish.

     

  • Sachi Sakamoto
  • Hi, travelers, I’m Sachi Sakamoto, a licensed tour guide. I hail from eastern Hiroshima Prefecture where there are lots of wonderful places to see. “Tomo-no-Ura” is a beautiful small historical port town where time has stood still for hundreds of years. And then there’s the “Shimanami cycling road,” the most picturesque cycling road in all of Japan. It spans right across the Seto Inland Sea and the panoramic view from the magnificent bridges and islands are simply breathtaking. Come and enjoy the calm blue sea, the gentle breeze and the exquisitely warm and friendly atmosphere of these truly unique destinations.

     

News
  • Wanna have fabulous lunch at Shirataki Sanso? – 2012-11-02 00:18:00 JST (UTC+9)
  • This is Shirataki Sanso, a western style building quietly blending in the surroundings. They serve fabulous food, basically Japanese with fresh local produce. The interior of the house feels warm and historical. A special dining experience awaits you.

    posted by jasmine

  • Cabbage patch looks good! – 2012-11-01 23:56:02 JST (UTC+9)
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    This sprawling cabbage patch is at the bottom of Mt. Shirataki. Even cabbages can be a feast for the eyes while you are on a trail. Nearby stands Shirataki Sanso, which once belonged to a foreign missionary as the residence and now is a restaurant/lodge. The lunch here is a bliss. 

    posted by jasmine

  • Double-decker In-no-shima Bridge – 2012-10-31 00:34:45 JST (UTC+9)
  • Sachi, Yoko, and Richard taking advantage of the vantage point to take a photo with the bridge. In-no-Shima Bridge has two stories and the lower is for pedestrians, bikes, and compact motorbikes. Good for a change. The Shimanami scenic route offers a variety of bridge experiences.  

    Posted by jasmine