Duration: 8 nights
Destinations: Osaka, Onomichi, Shimanami Kaido, and Takamatsu
Recommended Season: Year Round
Price: from £1,695.00

The Shimanami Kaido is a 70-kilometre-long road that connects Japan’s main island of Honshu to the island of Shikoku passing the beautiful islands of the Seto Inland Sea. As the route is perfectly marked by a blue line and easy to follow, this tour is ideal for cyclists of all levels. However, you can also enjoy this tour by car. Begin your independent journey in Osaka, the second-largest city of Japan, where you will arrive by plane. Then head to Onomichi City before cycling the six small islands of Mukaishima, Innoshima, Ikuchijima, Omishima, Hakatajima and Oshima. Before heading back to Osaka for your flight back, explore Takamatsu, a port city in Shikoku overlooking the Seto Inland Sea.

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TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Visits to Osaka, Onomichi, Mukaishima, Innoshima, Ikuchijima, Omishima, Hakatajima, Oshima, and Takamats
  • Aluminium Road Bicycle
  • Breakfast daily
  • Meet and Greet service upon arrival at the airport
  • Airport transfers from/to Kansai International Airport

 

HOW OUR INDEPENDENT TOURS WORK

Enjoy independent travel but not the hassle of planning? One of our Independent Tours could be just the ticket. Carefully put together by our team of specialists, our excellent collection of sample itineraries are designed to inform and inspire your next Japan adventure. Every one of our Independent Tours is fully tailor-made for you, ensuring your trip is everything you want it to be.

It’s quite straight forward to travel independently in Japan. We will provide just the right amount of support and logistical planning to make you feel comfortable in a very foreign land. These itineraries are available for any departure date (with a few exclusions which coinciding with Japanese National Holidays and some weekends). We’ll do all the work for you and provide you with an information pack to make your trip run smoothly. You can also add guided tours as indicated and if you do want your own personal guide we can arrange this too.

WHAT NEXT?

If you’re interested in this itinerary, please let us know the following and we will get back to you with a quote:

  • Your proposed dates of travel
  • Your preferred room type (e.g. Double, Twin or Singles)
  • How many adults and children this is for (and the age of the children at the time of travel)

 

NOT FROM THE UK?

Don’t worry! We deal with countless passengers from outside of the UK. You just need to let us know the information above (and you can arrange your own flights to Japan).

To find out more, call one of our specialists now on 020 7766 5267.

 

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Cycling The Inland Sea Independent Tour Itinerary

 

Shimami Kaido in detail

 

Day 1: Arrival in Japan, Meet & Greet at Kansai International Airport (Osaka)
Welcome to Japan! Our friendly Meet & Greet service representative will be waiting in the Arrivals lobby and holding a sign with your name on. The Meet & Greet will direct you to the Haruka Express train or Airport Limousine Bus bound for Osaka. Check in to your clean and comfortable hotel in Osaka for your first night in Japan.

Day 2: Osaka to Onomichi
After breakfast, take the train from Osaka to Onomichi. The train journey will be approx. 4 hours. Onomichi is a charming town located along the Seto Inland Sea in the Hiroshima Prefecture. Upon arrival check in to your accommodation for one night.

Your Bags
As you will be cycling from Onomichi to Imbari, you might want to take advantage of the convenient same-day luggage delivery service: your luggage will be collected from your accommodation in the morning and will be delivered to your next accommodation by 7 pm. You can also send your bags from Osaka to Onomichi and Oshima to Osaka for your longer journeys. We will advise you on how to do this in full in your Detailed Itinerary.

Day 3: Shimanami Kaido – Mukaishima, Innoshima
Onomichi to Mukaishima 8 KM
Mukaishima to Innoshima 12 KM
After breakfast, pick up your bicycle and start your cycling adventure.

Your Bycicle
You can pick up your bicycle in Onomichi and drop it off at Imabari. We offer different types of bicycles for beginners to advance cyclists. For example, Aluminium Road Bikes are recommended for people who are on their first road bike; The Carbon Road Bikes are recommended for people who prefer a combination of high-performance and an ultra-lightweight bike. A helmet will be provided if you do not have yours.

From Onomichi you can reach the first island in the Shimanami Kaido, Mukaishima, by ferry. Hop off on this island where the Shimanami Kaido starts. After cycling around this island, carry on to the next one, Innoshima. The two islands are connected by the Innoshima Bridge, a suspension bridge of 770 meters, completed in 1983. Whilst in Innoshima, you might want to hike Mt Shiratake whose summit offers a magnificent view of the Inland Sea. Another attraction of this mountain are the 700 carved Buddhist statues. If you visit this island during Summer, you can also relax and sunbathe at the Shimanami Beach. Check in to your Guesthouse for one night.

Day 4: Shimanami Kaido – Ikuchijima to Omishima
Innoshima to Ikuchijima 12 KM
Ikuchijima to Omishima 16 KM
After breakfast, it’s time to cycle again. Today head on to Ikuchijima Island. This island has different attractions to visit. To name a few, Kosan-ji and Choseikaku Villa are sights not to be missed. Kosan-ji is one of the main sights located in the main town. This Buddhist Temple complex was founded in 1935 and took more than 30 years to complete. Choseikaku Villa was built in 1929 and it was designed by Kanemoto Kozo, a businessman from Osaka. The main building is constructed in traditional Japanese style. Your next island is Omishima. Ikuchijima and Omishima are connected by a lovely cable-stayed bridge called Tatara Bridge. Omishima Island is home to a variety of art museums and sights to visit. One of the main attractions is the Oyamazumi Shrine. Inside its museum, you will find a collection of samurai armour and weapons. Another attraction is the Omishima Art Museum whose collection includes many Japanese Nihonga, Japanese style paintings. On the south of the island, you will find Tokoro Art Museum, a contemporary art museum located on a steep slope offering breathtaking views of the island.
Check in to your Guesthouse for one night.

Day 5: Shimanami Kaido – Hakatajima & Oshima
Omishima to Hakatajima 16 KM
Hakatajima to Oshima 8 KM
Today head to Hakatajima, the smallest island on the Shimanami Kaido. However, with a few steep climbs, it is worth to go around this island with your bike. If you happen to visit during the cherry blossom season, we do recommend you do not miss Mt Hirakiyama and its wonderful cherry trees! Through the Hakata Bridge, you will end up to your final destination for today, Oshima island, the end of the Shimanami Kaido. In Oshima Island we do recommend you visit the Kirosan Observatory Park, which offers wonderful views of the Seto Inland Sea. Check in for one night in a Guesthouse.

Day 6: Oshima to Takamatsu via Imabari (Shikoku Island)
After breakfast head to Imabari on the Shikoku Island where the Shimanami Kaido route ends. Here you can drop off your bicycle and explore Imabari. Imabari is famous for Japanese towels and the Imari Towel museum is dedicated to this long-standing industry. Later today transfer by Express Train to Takamatsu where you will stay 2 nights in a centrally located hotel. Whilst in Takamatsu we suggest a visit to Shikoku Mura, an open-air museum situated near Takamatsu. Here you will find many preserved traditional buildings relocated from all over Shikoku Island.

Day 7: Takamatsu
Take a stroll in the beautiful Ritsurin Park, a landscape garden built for the lords of the region in feudal times. Now listed as a Japanese National Treasure, the gardens also include a Folk Craft Museum, restaurant and three Tea Houses, where visitors can enjoy a tea ceremony. The ruins of Takamatsu’s Castle, in Tamamo Park, and the Yakuri-ji and Yashima-ji temples are also worth seeing. Sample the local delicacy, sanuki udon noodles, in one of the city’s numerous restaurants.

Day 8: Takamatsu to Osaka
Enjoy your morning at leisure in Takamatsu. In the afternoon, depart Shikoku and travel back to Osaka. Spend the evening enjoying the lively Dotonbori district famous for shopping, eating and entertainment.

Day 9: Depart Japan
Transfer from your hotel to Kansai International Airport by Express Train or Airport Limousine Bus.

 

 

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Cycling The Inland Sea Independent Tour Location Guide

 

Osaka

Known as the “kitchen of Japan”, Osaka is renowned for its warm-hearted, lively locals. Osaka Castle dominates the city as the old mixes with the very modern skyline, and the aquarium is not to be missed. The city comes alive at night with endless opportunities to wine, dine and party.

 

 

Shimanami Kaido

Honshu island (i.e. Japan’s mainland) is connected to Shikoku island by the Shimanami Kaido, a 70 kilometres long toll road consisting of six small islands on the Seto Inland Sea, famous for the breathtaking views of the Seto Inland Sea.
There are different attractions on the islands such as the 700 carved Buddhist statues on Mt. Shiratake in Innoshima or Kosanji temple in Ikuchijima Island.

 

 

Takamatsu

Takamatsu is a port city that looks out over the Seto Inland Sea. In feudal times, lords built Takamatsu castle, the ruins of which can be seen today, and the Ritsurin Koen landscape garden, Takamatsu’s top attraction where visitors can enjoy the beauty of Japan’s seasons. Takamatsu is also famed for its sanuki udon noodles and Shikoku Pilgrimage temples.

 

 

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Accommodation in Osaka

Imperial Hotel Osaka

Osaka
Deluxe

Being a little distance from the busy transport hub of Osaka/Umeda Stations, this luxury riverside hotel demonstrates the right way to take a break in a city known for its hustle and bustle. Imperial Hotels boast over a century of experience in providing the very best hospitality.

Superior category and above rooms here have views over the Okawa river, one of the most beautiful cherry blossom viewing spots in the city come the spring. All rooms here are spacious and comfortable, with a classic, refined interior style.

The hotel has 6 restaurants which are well worth taking advantage of. With French, Chinese and Japanese options available (including devoted teppanyaki and sushi restaurants), there is more than enough to savour. Breakfast starts at 6:30 comprising of an impressive range of Western and Eastern buffet dishes. Osaka Nadaman restaurant on the 24th floor offers a delicious Japanese style meal set from 7:00.

Hotel Granvia Osaka

Osaka
Superior

Hotel Granvia Osaka, located in the center of the spirited and historic city of Osaka, Japan, offers guests a sophisticated retreat and direct connection to JR Osaka train lines.
Generously proportioned and astutely decorated, the rooms here have a mixture of chic and warmth that mirror the personality of the city of Osaka, with its dizzying skyline rising above the bustling and cheerful streets. There is a full range of quality amenities as one would expect from a hotel of this calibre.
The Granvia, Osaka, features an array of fine dining and casual restaurants, including Japanese, Italian, French and Chinese cuisines. Revel in the city’s nightlife at the hotel’s chic bar and two lounges, or grab a quick snack at the café.

Hotel Sunroute Namba

Osaka
Standard

Opened in 2016 and set on a bustling commercial street lined with restaurants, this relaxed hotel is a 6-minute walk from the lively nightlife of the downtown Dōtonbori district and 3 minutes’ walk from Nipponbashi train station. Osaka castle is 30 minutes away. This hotel is the perfect location from which to treat yourself to Osaka delicacies, shopping, and leisure activities.

Compact, modern, streamlined rooms provide flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and minifridges, as well as tea and coffeemaking facilities. Breakfast is buffet-style, with a mix of Japanese and Western dishes.

This business class hotel features compact well-equipped rooms with flat screen TVs, refrigerators and bathroom amenities. All rooms have free wi-fi. Computer terminals are available in the lobby along with 24-hour coin laundry.

Breakfast is a light Japanese breakfast consisting of rice balls, miso soup, some salad items and also a little bread.

This hotel is right in the heart of Osaka, only a few minutes’ walk from the popular Shinsaibashi shopping district, trendy street fashion distict Amerika Mura, and from Dotonbori, Osaka’s famous covered arcade. Osaka is really a party town, so there are an exceptional range of restaurants, shops and bars to get stuck into. Stations of various central subway lines are nearby, so access to the rest of the city by subway is also very easy.

This business class hotel features compact well-equipped rooms with flat screen TVs, refrigerators and bathroom amenities. All rooms have free wi-fi. Computer terminals are available in the lobby along with 24-hour coin laundry.
Breakfast is a light Japanese breakfast consisting of rice balls, miso soup, some salad items and also a little bread.

Right on Osaka’s central Midosuji Subway line, one or two stops from Osaka and Shin-Osaka stations respectively, this is a fantastic place for those making a short stay in the city. This is in a quieter part of the city, so despite being very central you will be able to get a good night’s sleep when needed.

Accommodation in Shimanami Kaido

Hotel Innoshima

Shimanami Kaido
Standard

Hotel Innoshima is located on lovely Innoshima Island it features rooms with free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, and a fridge and tea-making facilities. Each with a shared bathroom. Some rooms offer sea view. The hotel offers a sauna and a communal bathhouse where all guests can relax.

Asian breakfast is provided at this hotel.

IKIDANE CYCLIST HOSTEL & CAFE SHIMANAMI

Shimanami Kaido
Standard

Located in Omishima Island, IKIDANE CYCLIST HOSTEL & CAFE SHIMANAMI offers rooms with a stylish interior featuring a barl, safety deposit box, and free Wi-Fi. All rooms offer a shared bathroom.

Breakfast can be enjoyed at the hostel,

Nonbiri-ya

Shimanami Kaido
Standard

This Japanese Inn is located in Ōshima Island and it offers simple Japanese rooms.

The property offers a shared bathroom, with a communal bath, and 3 showers.

A delicious breakfast is served in the lobby.

Onomichi Kokusai hotel

Shimanami Kaido
Standard

Onomichi Kokusai hotel is located in central Onomichi and a free shuttle is available from JR Onomichi and JR Shinonomichi Train Station.
All rooms are non-smoking and come with a bathroom and offer air-conditioning, flat-screen TV.

Accommodation in Takamatsu

Kiyomisanso Hanajukai

Takamatsu
Deluxe

Kiyomisanso Hanajukai has both Japanese and Western style guest rooms, looking out over Takamatsu city. The hotel serves elaborate and beautiful seasonal delicacies, using locally sourced fresh fish and shellfish, high-quality meat, and fresh vegetables to prepare both Japanese and Western cuisine. Hanajukai’s hot spring bathroom offers panoramic views of Takamatsu city and the Seto Inland Sea. There are also guest rooms equipped with open air hot spring baths.

Hanajukai is located a 15 minute walk or a 5 minute taxi ride from JR Showacho station.

JR Hotel Clement Takamatsu

Takamatsu
Superior

JR Hotel Clement Takamatsu is located near the city’s port and the ruins of Takamatsu Castle, a 1 minute walk from JR Takamatsu station. Guest rooms offer views of Takamatsu city and the Seto Inland Sea, and have free WiFi. JR Hotel Clement Takamatsu’s 5 restaurants and cocktail lounge serve a range of cuisine including Chinese, Western and Japanese to cater to every taste.

Breakfast is buffet style, offering a range of Japanese and Western food.

Takamatsu Tokyu Rei

Takamatsu
Standard

Takamatsu Tokyu Rei is centrally located, very close to the main shopping street in Takamatsu, and 7 minutes on foot from JR Takamatsu Station. This makes it an excellent base for seeing the sights of Takamatsu. Free wifi and tea and coffee making facilities are available in every guest room.

Within the hotel is a Western style restaurant offering seasonal evening meals, in addition to breakfast and lunch buffets.

 

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Price Includes

  • 5 nights’ accommodation in centrally located hotels in Osaka, Onomichi, and Takamatsu on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 night’s accommodation in a traditional Japanese minshuku or Guesthouses on a bed and breakfast basis in the Shimanami Kaido route.
  • Train tickets from Osaka to Onomichi, Imabari to Takamatsu, and Takamatsu to Osaka
  • Aluminium Road Bicycle with pick up in Onomichi and drop off at Imabari
  • Transfers by Express train from and to Kansai International Airport (Osaka) to central Osaka
  • Meet & Greet service on arrival at Kansai International Airport (Osaka)

 
Not included in Price

  • International airfare
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • Taxi, subway and tramway fees
  • Insurance

 
Land-Only Price
From £1,695.00 per person based on Twin/Double room occupancy.
From £2,095.00 per person on Single room occupancy.

Download our Cycling The Inland Sea Independent Tour Brochure here: Cycling The Inland Sea Independent Tour and our Reservation Form here: Reservation Form

WHAT NEXT?

If you’re interested in this itinerary, please let us know the following and we will get back to you with a quote:

  • Your proposed dates of travel
  • Your preferred room type (e.g. Double, Twin or Singles)
  • Your preferred grade of accommodation (e.g. 3*, 4*, or 5*)
  • How many adults and children this is for (and the age of the children at the time of travel)

 

NOT FROM THE UK?

Don’t worry! We deal with countless passengers from outside of the UK. You just need to let us know the information above (and you can arrange your own flights to Japan).

To make a booking, a deposit of 10% of the total price or £250.00 per person (whichever is greater) is required.

The balance of the price of the trip must be made 12 weeks prior to departure.

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All price estimates are based on current rates of exchange and are subject to availability.

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