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Shimanami Kaido and Iwa Iwa Ride

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Journey to some of Japan’s most well-known cycling routes on this 9-day trip from Hiroshima to Masuda City. Spend two days riding along the famous Shimanami Kaido, visit Miyajima, and enjoy point-to-point rides with cycling guides and a support vehicle!

With plenty of free-time and sightseeing stops planned throughout the trip, you’ll be fresh every day. Everyone’s welcome – including non-cyclists – and we’re certain you’ll find something that piques your curiosity and satisfies your wanderlust. From cultural day trips to shopping for local knick-knacks and enjoying regional local cuisine, this is a flexible trip that maximizes your time in Japan!

Experience a different side of Japan that’s best seen from a bicycle – we’re confident that you’ll want to come back.

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bike on side of road with coast in background
cyclist during tour of Western Japan

Daily Itinerary

  • Check in at Onomichi 
  • Tour briefing at the hotel and check your bike for Friday’s ride
  • Meals: None
  • Information on reaching Onomichi (click here)
  • Morning: Free time, prepare bikes
  • Afternoon: Shimamami Kaido ride from Onomichi to Ikuchi Island (easy 30KM)
  • Stay: Ikuchi Island
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • All Day: Shimanami Kaido ride from Ikuchi Island to Imabari (easy 50KM)
  • Stay: Imabari
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

  • Free time in Imabari
  • Option 1: Cycling  
  • Option 2: Sight-seeing
  • Late Afternoon: express bus to Hiroshima
  • Stay: Hiroshima
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • All Day: Iwa Iwa river ride from Iwakuni to Muikaichi Onsen (50KM)
  • Optional: Suigen Park, Big Bridge (10-20KM)
  • Stay: Muikaichi Onsen
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Morning: Ride from Muikaichi Onsen to Tsuwano (45KM)
  • Afternoon (optional): Tsuwano sight-seeing
  • Stay: Tsuwano
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner party

  • Morning: Free time
  • Afternoon: Ride from Tsuwano to Masuda City (30KM), includes onsen or shower
  • Evening: Tour ends. Fly to Haneda at 1740 or enjoy your free time. 
  • Information about Iwami Airport (click here)

What's included?

Tour Price: ¥248,000 (land only; twin)
Hotel Accommodation: Standard hotel for 8 nights; twin (2 per room)
*single supplement: add $705 or about ¥77,000
Meals: (7) Breakfast, (4) Lunch, (3) Dinner
Transportation: Express Bus (Imabari-Hiroshima), train (RT Miyajima-Iwakuni)
Support Guide: 2 support cyclists and support car with 1 driver (3 guides total)

Note: $ = US dollars; ¥ = Japanese yen

What isn't included?

Road Bike Rental: $180 during the tour
Personal transportation and expenses, i.e. for additional sightseeing and for those not cycling
Alcoholic beverages and drinks other than water, i.e. at hotels, bar, restaurant, etc.
・Admission fees
ptional sightseeing bus tours

cyclist walking bikes during tour of western Japan
cyclist looking at a bridge

Notable Sights & Stops

Hiroshima sightseeing
Ikuchi Island
Imabari sightseeing
Miyajima sightseeing
Muikaishi Town
Muikaishi Onsen
Tsuwano sightseeing
Masuda City

Note: All sights and stops depend on time and availability

cyclist touring shinto shrine in western Japan

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