Essence of Shikoku Bike Tour

shikoku Matsuyama Castle

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From the iconic cycling in Shimanami Kaido to the historic city of Matsuyama and beyond, this Shikoku bike tour offers an unforgettable journey through the heart of Shikoku. Shikoku may be the smallest of Japan's four major islands, but it is a cycling lover's paradise. Shikoku is where you head to when you're looking for the best biking routes, the best preserved castles, the best sake and the best udon noodles in all of Japan. Add to it all vibrant local festivals, lively local markets selling fresh farm produce and local crafts, and some of the most pristine scenery in Japan, and Shikoku emerges as a destination you don't want to miss.


Shimanami Kaido | 13:00 hrs







Avg. dist. cycled


Group size

Min. 4, Max. 12






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Cycling Shimanami Kaido

Shimanami Kaido is, quite simply, one of the most breathtaking coastal bike routes in the world. This is a 70-km biking track that passes through six islands in the Seto Inland Sea. On offer are gorgeous ocean views, winding roads through forest-covered mountains, sweet-smelling orchards of oranges and lemons, and the chance to savor a variety of specialty juices and citrus products along the way.


Brief Itinerary

DayPlacecasual Inns or similarMealsDistanceActivity
DAY 1OnomichiGreen HillsD
DAY 2Shimanami KaidoMinsyuku NagomaB,D60km / 36micycling
DAY 3MatsuyamaDogo HakuroB,D75km / 46micycling
DAY 4NakatsuNakatsukeikoku YunomoriB,D75km / 46micycling
DAY 5KochiDormy InnB55km / 33micycling
DAY 6IyaHotel KazurabashiB,D80km / 48micycling
DAY 7KonpiraShikishimakanB,D55km / 33micycling
DAY 8DepartureB

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1: Onomichi

Nestled in the heart of Hiroshima Prefecture, Onomichi is a picturesque coastal town known for its historic temples, sloping streets, and stunning views of the Seto Inland Sea. As we meet at our hotel in Onomichi at 5:00 PM, prepare to immerse yourself in the charm of this quaint town. Following an introductory meeting and bike fitting, we take a leisurely stroll through the narrow alleys, discovering the local atmosphere before relishing a delightful welcome dinner in one of Onomichi's inviting eateries.

Meals: D
Accommodation: Green Hills
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Day 2: Shimanami Kaido

Today set out on a cycling adventure along the renowned Shimanami Kaido, traversing five islands to witness breathtaking panoramas and delve into the rich cultural tapestry of the Seto Inland Sea. The Shimanami Kaido, a cycling route spanning approximately 70 kilometers, is a remarkable journey connecting Japan's Honshu and Shikoku islands through a series of breathtaking bridges and picturesque landscapes. Our accommodation awaits in a Japanese hotel, perfectly situated by the seaside in a captivating locale, promising a memorable stay amid the scenic beauty.

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Meals: B,D
Cycling Distance: 60km / 36mi
Accommodation: Minsyuku Nagoma
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Day 3: Matsuyama

Conclude the scenic Shimanami Kaido journey and pedal along the coast to the culturally rich Matsuyama, the capital of Ehime Prefecture. As we cycle through the city, admire landmarks like the iconic Matsuyama Castle en route to our hotel in the Dogo area. In the evening, immerse yourself in the renowned Dogo Onsen, savoring a local delicacy, tai meshi, and a glass of regional sake.

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Meals: B,D
Cycling Distance: 75km / 46mi
Accommodation: Dogo Hakuro

Day 4: Nakatsu

Today our route leads us into the mountains along one of our preferred roads. As we ascend, the cycling path meanders alongside a scenic river, offering picturesque views. Our accommodation for the night awaits in a magnificent hotel situated in a secluded gorge, providing a captivating retreat amid nature's tranquility.

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Meals: B,D
Cycling Distance: 75km / 46mi

Day 5: Kochi

Opt for a morning stroll amidst the breathtaking Nakatsu Gorge's splendor. Following this, pedal down from the mountains along one of Japan's renowned rivers, offering chances for spontaneous wild swims to refresh. Arrive in the vibrant city of Kochi and explore a well-known street food market, indulging in the local culinary delights.

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Meals: B
Cycling Distance: 55km / 33mi
Accommodation: Dormy Inn
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Day 6: Iya

Today ascend into the renowned Iya Valley. Conquer a challenging climb that unveils breathtaking landscapes. Descend through the valley, enveloped by terraced rice fields, and take a stroll across the famed vine bridges of the Heike warriors. Experience the night in a traditional Japanese inn, an accommodation that embodies stunning authenticity.

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Meals: B,D
Cycling Distance: 80km / 48mi
Accommodation: Hotel Kazurabashi
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Day 7: Konpira

On the concluding day of our adventure, we travel out of the enchanting Iya Valley along the scenic Yoshino River. Following a final ascent, we reach the renowned Konpira Shrine, a popular locale and the pinnacle of our journey.

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Meals: B,D
Cycling Distance: 55km / 33mi
Accommodation: Shikishimakan

Day 8: Departure

Travel further as per your onward travel plans. Nearby train stations provide connections to the bullet train, or for those traveling by air, Takamatsu Airport is conveniently located a few kilometers away.

Meals: B

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Essential Info



All hotels as mentioned in the tour details or similar (subject to availability).

trip leader

Expert Trip Leader(s) who look after your every need and add meaning to your vacation.


Immaculately maintained bike with helmet, suited to a terrain.


A Van support follows the group of riders and carries all belongings.


Meals as per itinerary. Guests are given the opportunity to dine on their own so that they discover a location independently.


Refreshments and mineral water while cycling.


Entrance fees to most of the monuments and temples.


Airport pickup and drop

We recommend to book direclty from airport or hotel.


Beverages such as alcohol, tea, coffee, juice at a hotel or restaurant.


Gratuities for your guide team are not included in the trip price.

What to Expect

On hotels in Japan:

Most of the hotels in Japan offer a mix of Japanese inns (Ryokans) and Western-style rooms. It is important to note that room assignments are subject to availability and beyond our control.

Japan is renowned for its rich cultural heritage, and two quintessential elements of this heritage are onsen and ryokans. Onsen refers to natural hot springs, which hold cultural, historical, and spiritual significance for the Japanese people. Ryokans, on the other hand, are traditional Japanese inns that offer a unique and immersive experience into the country's customs and way of life. Together, onsen and ryokans provide travelers with an opportunity to indulge in relaxation, rejuvenation, and a deep connection with Japan's past.

The combination of onsen and ryokans creates a unique travel experience that perfectly encapsulates the essence of Japan. Guests at ryokans often have access to private or communal onsen baths, allowing you to soak in the therapeutic waters while enjoying the surrounding natural beauty.

Japanese-style rooms offer a unique local experience and are quite popular. They add a distinctive cultural touch to the tour. In Japan, taking public onsen hot spring in the hotel is so popular, so even nice beautiful hotels most time has rooms only with toilet.

Hence, for hotels lacking en suite bathrooms, guests are expected to utilize the communal bathing facilities. Furthermore, depending on the hotel style, when double rooms are requested, we may only be able to secure twin rooms.


The best time for cycling in Shikoku is typically during the spring (late March to June) and autumn (late September to early November) months when the weather is mild and pleasant, and the scenery is vibrant with blooming flowers or colorful foliage. Avoiding the hot and humid summer months is advisable for a more comfortable cycling experience. The summer months (August and September) are doable if you are used to heat and humidity.





























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