Shimanami Special Tour [40 km]

Shimanami Special Tour 

“Shimanami Special Tour” starts from “citrus island” Ikuchijima, passing through beautiful Tatara bridge, “divine island” Omishima, Omishima bridge with the breathtaking view of sea, “salt island” Hakatajima, Hakata-Oshima bridge over Funaori (ship breaking) strait, “granite island” Oshima, then, spectacular 4.1km long and 50m above the sea Kurushima Kaikyo bridges arriving at Itoyama cycling terminal. The combination of the views of rustic islands and sophisticated high-tech bridge architectures gives us an incessant pleasure all the way. Join us now!

Tour Fee:

Guide Fee: ¥25,000 ~ per group

Boat from Onomichi to Setoda: ¥1,050

Bike Rental: ¥2,000

Bus from Umashima to Onomichi: ¥2,050

Duration:

9.5 hours

Meeting Time & Point:

8:45 am at JR Onomichi Station South Exit

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

Finishing Time & Point:

18:06  at JR Onomichi Station

Itinerary:

08:45 Meet at Onomichi Station. 10 minute walk to Onomichi Port.
09:05 Depart Onomichi Port by boat.
09:44 Arrive at Setoda Port. 10 minute walk to Setoda Kanko Kyokai to pick up bikes.
10:15 Start cycling. Cross Tatara Bridge.
11:15 Arrive at Tatara Shimanami Koen. Cross Omishima Bridge.
12:15 Arrive at Hakata SC Park. Cross Hakata & Oshima Bridges.
13:45 Arrive at Yoshiumi Ikiikikan. Lunch. Cross Kurushima Kaikyo Bridges.
15:30 Arrive at Itoyama. End of cycling. Return bike. Tea break.
16:10 Depart Itoyama. 40 minute walk to Umashima bus stop.
16:54 Depart Umashima by bus.
18:06 Arrive at Onomichi.
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To get to Onomichi:

Take a Shinkansen train from Shin Osaka to Fukuyama (1 hour) and take a local train from Fukuyama to Onomichi (19 min.).

Take a Shinkansen train from Hiroshima to Fukuyama (23 min.) and take a local train from Fukuyama, to Onomichi (19 min.)

Take a Shinkansen train “Kodama” from Hiroshima to Mihara (34 min.) and take a local train from Mihara to Onomichi (13 min.)

We recommend coming to Onomichi or Fukuyama the previous day, exploring the historic town of Onomichi or Tomo and sleeping well for cycling.

Notes:

* 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:

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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
  • The first comer in Shimanami bridges – 2012-11-03 00:38:50 JST (UTC+9)
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    The ivory white O-mishima Bridge was completed in 1979, the first of all the shimanami bridges. It might not be a long bridge compared with the other members of shimanami but was the longest arch bridge when built. The water surface looked interesting with somewhat complicated whirlpools.

    posted by jasmine

  • Cafe in Hakata-jima – 2012-07-10 01:01:58 JST (UTC+9)
  • Cake and drink or light food can be tasted at this cafe if you join Tour 4 and the tour progress allows.

     

    The store stands right next to the sea. Cyclists coming to this store frequently park their bikes not in front of the store but between the back of the store and the sea embankment. That way the bikes can be left without locking because only customers come there and the bikes should be totally safe.

     

    Their cake and drinks including espresso, grape juice, etc. are very tasty.It really helps to have a place like this for having a break on the cycling route. 

     

    This time we went there for a bit of research and review in preparation for the coming tour, and of course for our personal pleasure.

     

    We sat on the embankment, looking at the map and figuring out which island was what; also talked on the miscellaneous. We felt as if we were visiting our grandma’s place at a seaside. It was like a summer holiday we had when we were at high school. Oh well, it’s been quite a while but our mind can travel quickly back to the past and the past is clear and vivid.

     

    Posted by jasmine, a reporter and photographer for Shimanami tours.