Shimanami-Kaido (Shimanami Sea Route) is a collective name of the 60 km (37 mile) motor highway over the Seto Inland Sea which connects Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture, and Onomichi City , Hiroshima Prefecture, and six islands in between.

The completion of the route has made Ehime more easily accessible from major cities in Honshu. “Shimanami-Kaido” often refers the whole area along the road.

Cycling is the highlight attraction of the area and has emerged as Japan’s most picturesque cycling course. Each bridge has the path for pedestrians & cyclists in addition to vehicular traffic .

Fourteen rent-a-bike stations are available along the 70klm route – allowing for multiple stopping points to enjoy the scenery on each island and village area.

For guest wishing to cycle the Shimanami Kaido, Japan Holidays recommends basing yourself near Imabari, the start or end point for the Shimanami Kaido.


For accommodation in the area, Japan Holidays can highly recommend Sennenmatsu – an elegant traditional Japanese Inn , located right on the waterfront overlooking the beautiful Seto Island Inland Sea, offering superb views in a quintessential Japanese setting.

Sennenmatsu features rich indoor baths, a bedrock bath and an open-air bath overlooking the Shimanami, with all rooms offering views of the Inland Sea, and amazing, gourmet local Japanese cuisine.

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