Guided Tour JR Pass
Cycling from Ikuchijima to Omishima & Visit Oyamazumi Shinto Shrine by bus (round trip)
We go cycling from Setoda port (Ikuchijima Island) to Tatara Shimanami Koen (Omishima island) crossing beautiful Tatara Bridge (1,480 meters, 4800 feet) enjoying an airy view of the Inland Sea from the once longest of the world cable-stayed bridge. After lunch, we take bus to visit Oyamazumi Shinto Shrine dedicated to the god of sea, mountain and war, where we will see a 2600 year-old camphor tree. We go back by bike to Setoda around 3:30 PM where our tour ends.
Daily (Closed from Dec. 25 to Jan. 4 and in February)
Guide fee: ¥10,000 (1 person), ¥ 16,000 (2 persons), ¥ 18,000 (3 persons), ¥ 20,000 (4 to 5 persons)
Ferry from Mihara to Setoda: ¥820
Bike rental: ¥1,000
Bus (round trip from Tatara Park to Oyamazumi Shrine): ¥540
Tatara Bridge toll: ¥200
6 hours 20 minutes
Meeting Time & Point:
9:10 am at JR Mihara Station South Exit
* Please consult us concerning your desired meeting time and point.
Finishing Time & Point:
3:30 pm at Setoda on Ikuchijima
|09:10||Meet at Mihara JR train station. 10 minute walk to Mihara Port.|
|09:45||Depart Mihara Port by ferry.|
|10:13||Arrive at Setoda Port. 10 minute walk to Setoda Kankokyokai to pick up a bike.|
|10:50||Shimanami Kaido Cycling (10 km).|
|Tatara Park. Lunch and visit to Oyamazumi Shrine by bus. Return to Tatara Park.|
|14:30||Shimanami Kaido Cycling (10 km).|
|15:30||Arrive at Setoda and return a bike. End of the tour.|
|View Shimanami Cycling Tour 3 in a larger map|
To get to and leave Mihara:
Please contact us.
* Lunch is not included in the tour fee.
* We eat at a local restaurant.
* 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:
- Yoko Fujisaka
- 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.
- Oyamazumi Shrine has a small rice paddy – 2012-11-05 10:49:33 JST (UTC+9)
The Oyamazumi Jinja Shinto shrine in Omishima island is some thirty minutes’ pedaling away from the Tatara Grand Bridge connecting Omishima and Ikuchijima. This shrine has a small patch of rice field. The rice is already harvested as you can see. In front of the hall in the photo is held an unusual and humorous ritual biannually in spring and fall: Sumo bouts are fought between a human and a numen of rice grain. They compete three times and always the spirit wins. This is like a pre-celebration of good harvest.
The Records of Ancient Matters (Kojiki), a Japanese mythological history book, does not specify the gender of Oyamazumi deity but another old book writes the deity is female but another says male. Whoever he or she is, the deity has been revered by all, including commoners, warriors, and nobles.
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