The Setouchi Shimanami Kaido is a sea road that connects the beautiful islands of the Seto Inland Sea together. The 60km long road connecting Onomichi City in Hiroshima Prefecture to Imabari City in Ehime Prefecture allows you to fully enjoy the scenery of the islands floating in the Seto Inland Sea. The “Cycling Road” is known as the first bicycle path in Japan where you can cross a strait.
What is the “Setouchi Shimanami Kaido”?
A scenic road connecting the 7 islands of the Seto Inland Sea
Mukaijima on the other side of Onomichi
A nostalgic atmosphere where ferries come and go
Mukaijima is connected to Onomichi by the Shin-Onomichi Bridge, Onomichi Ohashi Bridge, and three ferries lines. The ferry that goes to and from Onomichi Suido Strait is nostalgic and full of travel atmosphere.
The view from the summit of “National Park Takamiyama” on the south side of the island opens in all directions is a superb spot where you can see the beauty of the archipelago floating in the Seto Inland Sea. Also, you can find the island a few filming locations for movies set in Onomichi.
Murakami: The First island of the Pirates Innoshima
The island where the Innoshima Murakami clan was based
Innoshima is an island where the Murakami Policement Pirates were based in the Middle Ages. This is why you can find here a castle type naval museum (Innoshima Suigun Castle), which is rare in the whole country.
Shirotakiyama is the island's viewpoint. There, you can find impressive stone of Buddhas of the 500 Rakan scattered around the approach and summit. Other popular spots are Innoshima Park, Innoshima Flower Center where you can relax comfortably in a lawn square surrounded by flowers, and the Ohamasaki Lighthouse and Lighthouse Memorial Innoshima Ohashi Memorial Park, which has a museum and a campsite
It is also the birthplace of Hassaku and Anseikan, species of citrus fruits. If you are a cyclist, it is also indispensable to visit Oyama Shrine, commonly known as the bicycle shrine
Ikuchijima, one of the nation's leading citrus producing areas
The warm climate of Setouchi is pleasant!
This island is one of the leading citrus producers in the whole country. In particular, it is said that lemons have been cultivated since the Meiji period, as well as in recent years, “eco-lemons,” which reduce the amount of pesticides used and can be eaten with the skin.
It is also characterized by the scent of history and culture, such as the Hirayama Ikuo Art Museum, the Kosanji Museum, and the Island Art Museum dotted with outdoor sculptures.
The Setoda Sunset Beach, where you can enjoy the beautiful sunset of the Seto Inland Sea, and the Tatara Bridge, which has an impressive view of birds spreading their wings, are especially must-sees.
Octopus dishes, in which locally caught octopus are made into tempura or mixed and cooked, are proud gourmets. In addition, “Dolce”, which serves gelato made with locally made fruits and ingredients, and “Bicycle Cafe & Bar Shiotachi-tei”, which is a cafe bar using an old private house, also repairs by bicycle mechanics, etc. ”. “Okatetsu Shop”'s croquettes in the Shiomachi shopping street and roast chicken from “Tamaki Shop” are delicious. “Shimagokoro SETODA,” which is popular for sweets made with local lemons, and a small inn dedicated to cyclists “Link” There are also many cyclists gathering in such places as well.
Omishima Island (Ehime Prefecture), once called “the island of the gods”
Relax in a natural hot spring!
Omishima was called “the island of God” because of the “Oyamazumi Shrine,” which was called the total guardian of Japan. It has more than 10,000 branch shrines nationwide. In the center of the precincts, there is a sacred tree of about 2600 years old, enshrined in the center that give a solemn atmosphere.
Boasting an open-air bath where you can enjoy the sunset, “Mare Grassia Omishima” is popular as an accommodation on the Setouchi Shimanami Kaido. At the roadside station “Tatara Shimanami Park” and “Shimanami no Eki Mishima”, you can buy locally harvested fresh vegetables, citrus fruits, and special products.
Hakata Island (Ehime Prefecture), famous as “Salt Island”
The scenery where you can see the islands of Setouchi and cherry blossoms in full bloom !
Hakata Island has been known as the “salt island” where salt production has been carried out since ancient times. It is located almost in the center of the Geiyo Islands, and the shipping and shipbuilding industries are also thriving. And how about visiting Hakatafurusato Historical Park ?
In addition, there are famous places where can be find navy remains, as well as Kitaura Hachiman Shrine, and Niwatorikojima.
The “Marine Oasis Hakata”, which is equipped with souvenir shop and restaurants, situated in the “Road Station” Hakata S.C Park, and you can find there as well sports facilities like tennis court. It is a base for tourism and sports.
At Hiraki Park in spring, about 1,000 Somei-Yoshino cherry trees bloom in full bloom, and you can see the superb view of Setouchi islands and cherry blossoms.
Oshima : The Second Island of the Murakami Pirates (Ehime prefecture)
See the ruins of Noshima Castle, which was the setting of the novel “Murakami Pirate’s Daughter”
It is an island associated with Murakami pirates, where Noshima Murakami's base was located. The Murakami Suigun Museum, where you can experience the charm of Murakami Pirates, is one of the best places to stop by, and from the observation room you can see the ruins of Noshima Castle, which was the stage of the novel “Murakami Pirate's Daughter”.
There is a violent current around the island, and the tidal current experience cruising here is a recommended program! You can fully enjoy the wonders of nature that Murakami pirates have experienced.
From the panoramic observation deck bridge of “Kirosan Mountain Observation Park”, which is known as a scenic spot located at the southern tip of the island, you can see the tides of the world's first triple suspension bridge “Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge” and the “Kurushima Strait”, one of Japan's top three rapid tides.
Kamijima Town (Iwagijima, Ikinashima, Yugeshima, Uoshima) (Ehime Prefecture)
Unique islands that float south of the highway
Kamijima Town is located at the East of the Shimanami Kaido and consists of 25 islands, including six inhabited islands.
On Iwagijima, the local gourmet “lemon pork bowl,” which uses “lemon pork” raised on the island, has a reputation for being delicious.
On Yugeshima, be sure to visit the “Inland Sea Resort Fespa” where you can fully enjoy Setouchi resorts and the seawater bathing facility “tide bath”.
On Ikinashima, there is a heated swimming pool, a gymnasium, a baseball field, and “Ikina Sporec Park” with accommodation facilities.
Finally, you can enjoy the abundant nature of Uoshima, including fishing, plant exploration, and bird watching.
How to enjoy Onomichi
The town of slopes and shrines, the stage of the movie, Onomichi gourmet, etc...
Onomichi, the starting point of the Honshu side of the “Setouchi Shimanami Kaido”, is a scenic and emotional town.
The 365m ropeway takes you to Senkoji Park, which is known as a town of slopes and shrines, and is a representative tourist destination. It is a viewing spot where you can enjoy the sea of Setouchi and the townscape of Onomichi at the same time.
“Onomichi Literature Museum” and “Onomichi Film Museum” exhibits valuable materials from writers related to Onomichi, including Kenkichi Nakamura. You can also watch many movies and enjoy many highlights related to the movie materials.
In addition to “Onomichi ramen,” you can also enjoy local gourmet dishes such as “Onomichi-yaki,” that became famous from a TV drama, and fish dishes made with fish from Setouchi.
How to enjoy Imabari (Ehime prefecture)
Towel Art Museum, Imabari Castle, Imabari Grilled Pork & Tamagomeshi
Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, the starting point of the Shikoku side, is famous nationwide as a towel production area. Towel Art Museum spreads the world of towels and art.
“Imabari Castle” is a famous castle built by Takatora Todo, who was said to be a master of building castles in the Edo period, and is said to have become an example of a Japanese castle after that. Seawater is drawn into the vast moat, and you can see a rare sight of sea fish circulating around the moat.
Please enjoy popular local gourmet dishes such as “Imabari yaki pork egg rice,” “Imabari yakitori,” and “Imabari ramen.”
It's refreshing! Island drive
Introducing information you need to know when traveling the Shimanami Kaido with your own car
[Parking area/service area information]
●At the food court on the Ohama Parking Area (Innoshima) Outbound Line, there is a counter seat where you can eat while watching the beautiful scenery of Mekari Seto
● Setoda Parking Area (Ikuchijima) A great view point to see Tatara Ohashi. There is an abundance of food menus and souvenirs that use lemons, which are a specialty product
●Kamiura Parking Area (Omishima) only on the outbound line, and a vending machine is installed
●Kurushima Kaikyo Service Area (Imabari City) A service area where in and out lines are concentrated. It is located on the Shikoku side where you can see the Kurushima Strait under your eyes. There are two observatories, and you can enjoy a wonderful view.
(The posted photo provided by Honshu-Shikoku Expressway Co., Ltd.)
[Pay attention to the half interchange]
The interchanges of Innoshima, Ikuchijima, and Oshima are half-interchanges with restricted directions, so please be careful not to enter by mistake or pass by. We recommend that you check if you can enter in advance.
See it in pictures! Superb view of the island
Introducing photos of the view from a viewing spot where you can see the superb view of the Shimanami Kaido
We will also let you know how to access each spot.
＜Onomichi＞ “Senkojiyama Ropeway” A ropeway that connects the downtown area to the tourist spot “Senkoji Park” representing Onomichi in 3 minutes.
【Access】About 15 minutes on foot from “JR Onomichi Station”. About 5 minutes by bus, get off at “Nagaeguchi Bus Stop”.
＜Mukaijima＞ “National Park Takamiyama” The name comes from the fact that there used to be a lookout for the Murakami Suigun, which ruled this area in the past.
【Access】15 minutes by car from “Mukaishima IC”. Take the bus “Setoda Line” from JR Onomichi Station and get off at “Takamiyama Trailhead” stop. Walk 3.2 km, about 40 minutes.
＜Innoshima Island＞ “Innoshima Park” This is a park located in the south of Innoshima, spreading over the entire area of Mt. Tengu (207m).
【Access】From the Honshu area, it is about 15 minutes by car from “Innoshima Kita IC”. From the Shikoku area, it is about 15 minutes by car from “Innoshima Minami IC”.
＜Ikuchijima＞ Setoda Sunset Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches among the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, with its 800-meter-long white sand beach and clear blue sea.
【Access】From Honshu, about 15 minutes by car from “Ikuchijima Kita IC”. From the Shikoku area, it is about 10 minutes by car from “Ikuchi Shimaminami IC”.
＜Hakatajima＞ “Kaisan Park” is a great spot to photograph the scenery of cherry blossoms and Shimanami.
【Access】About 10 minutes by car from “Hakatajima IC” from Honshu and Shikoku directions.
＜Oshima＞ “Mt. Kiro Observation Deck” The world's first triple suspension bridge “Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge” and the “Kurushima Strait” tide, and on a clear day, you can see Mt. Ishizuchi in the Shikoku Mountains.
【Access】From the Honshu area, it is about 15 minutes by car from “Oshima Kita IC”. From the Shikoku area, it is about 10 minutes by car from “Oshima Minami IC”.
Enjoy seasonal flowers that color the island
Let's go on a trip to enjoy flowers!
At tourist spots on the Shimanami Kaido, you can enjoy a variety of flowers throughout the four seasons.
【Sakura】Senkoji Park (Onomichi)
【Azalea】Senkoji Park (Onomichi)
[Western orchid] Mukaijima Orchid Center
[Autumn leaves] Kosanji Temple (Ikuchijima)
【Hassaku no Hana】Innoshima
[Roses] Yoshiumi Rose Park (Oshima/Ehime Prefecture)
[Sakura] Mt. Sekizen (Iwakijima/Ehime Prefecture)
Feel the sea breeze on an island cruise
The refreshing sea breeze feels good!
We will introduce a luxurious cruise experience where you can enjoy the beautiful Seto Inland Sea sea and archipelago beauty while being blown by the sea breeze.
“Onomichi Suido Cruise”
“Shimanami Vista Cruise”
“Kurushima Strait Rapid Watering Boat” (Ehime Prefecture)
“Shimanami Cruise” (Ehime Prefecture)
Sprint! Cycling heaven
A holy place for cyclists
The Shimanami Kaido is famous as a sacred place for cyclists. In addition to an expressway dedicated to cars, there is a pedestrian and bicycle path on the bridge connecting the islands. There are many bicycle rental terminals along the road, so you can enjoy cycling comfortably.
Islands related to the Murakami pirates [Japan Heritage]
Certified as a Japan Heritage
“Pirates” have been active in the Seto Inland Sea, which has been an important traffic route since ancient times. When you hear the word “pirate”, you may have the image of a bad guy who loots, etc., but Murakami pirates have various activities such as collecting tolls, piloting water, and guarding. In addition to protecting the safety of the sea, they governed this area. There are many historical sites related to Murakami pirates that remain along the Shimanami Kaido, and in April 2016, “Home of “Japan's Greatest Pirate: Geiyo Islands - Memory of Murakami KAIZOKU” that revives Murakami KAIZOKU It was certified as a Japan Heritage Site. You can enjoy a trip that touches history and culture while visiting places related to Murakami pirates.
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