Shimanami kaido

The six bridges that connect the six islands between Onomichi and Imabari are called, Shimanami kaido.

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The number of visitors from other countries in 2011 was zero!
However, more than 500 overseas people came to participate in the Cycling Shimanami 2014. It was the first time for the city to regulate the use of the highway for cycling event in Japan and as a result, people from 31 countries took part in the event.

As you can see, the people who participated in this event are all smiling in the following video!

出典:CYCLING SHIMANAMI 2014 国際大会 ラジコン空撮

There is an upcoming cycling event in 2016.

Applicant Guidelines

Even if you do not have your bicycle in Japan, you can still enjoy the Shimanami kaido by renting a bycicle.

Here are the rental fees for bicycles and the places where you can rent them. All bridge tolls are free!

Lastly, here is a great article about the Shimanami kaido. When I was a child, Fukuyama a big city neighbouring Onomichi developed a great deal and I felt that Onomichi had been left behind. However, Onomichi has not really been affected by development and has retained it’s natural beauty.しまなみ海道/@34.2604157,133.0861069,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x35504e77f253aacb:0x777c01306451f003?hl=ja