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A guide to cycling the World famous Shimanami Kaido Cycle route in Onomichi, Japan

Onomichi is a small port town located in the Hiroshima Prefecture known mainly for it's famous cycle route, the Shimanami Kaido. It is known to be one of the world's best cycle routes and connects the neighboring islands in the Seto Inland sea.

Onomichi may not be as well known as it's famous neighbours such as Kyoto, Tokyo, Osaka or Hiroshima, however it is the perfect city to enjoy if you like to explore and get off the beaten path a little. Taking the option of travelling by bicycle is the perfect way to enjoy the fresh sea air, we highly recommend exploring the Shimanami Kaido route. You can read our Full Japan Itinerary if you would like to see a full day by day itinerary including other day trip suggestions.

In this blog, we will explain the exact route taken, how to reach Onomichi and where you can stay when you get there. The Shimanami Kaido is a spectacular 60KM road-and-bridge network connecting Japan's main island of Honshu with Shikoku (the nation's fourth largest island)

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You can also check out our Onomichi Vlog that goes into a huge amount detail of our exact Onomichi itinerary.