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Posted on 13 June 2018
What is ‘Cycling Shimanami’?
On October 28, 2018, the western Japanese territory of Ehime and Hiroshima will host the international cycling event Cycling Shimanami. With approximately 7,000 cyclists from all around the world expected to suit up and cycle, this is truly an international cycling phenomenon.
International cycling event! Photo taken by: wanderlife
The designated route, Seto Inland Shimanami Sea Route contains a series of bridges that cross the beautiful islands that connect from Hiroshima’s Onomichi City to Ehime’s Imabari City.
Enroute. Photo taken by: cnn
Often referred to as the ‘cycling sanctuary’ in Japan this event has been selected as one of the ‘Seven Best Cycle Routes’ by CNN. The route has also been awarded a Michelin star from France’s ‘Michelin Green Guide Japan’. Definitely an opportunity not to be missed by cycling enthusiasts all around the world.
Enjoy the Ride
This event is not a race! ‘Cycling Shimanami’ is designed for its cyclists to slow down and enjoy the breathtaking and refreshing views of the cycle routes.
Smile for the camera! Photo taken by: hiroshima-cycling
There are even 14 cycle rental terminals along the way, so you can go at your own pace, spend a night at a campsite or inn or hand in your bike and hop onto a bus! Some cycle terminals even have electric bicycles for hire!
Even if you had children, this event is still for you. The highways are closed off from traffic during this event, so children can safely ride along with everyone else!
Photo taken by: cycling-malaysia
There are 7 extraordinary routes to choose from, ranging from 40 to 140km routes. So if you’re up for the challenge, be sure to take the round trip that could stretch up to 140km!
Maps! Photo taken by: wanderlife
What You MUST-SEE
As for the city of Onomichi, it sits on the hillside, overlooking the gorgeous sea. At some point you will find yourself in Onomichi, where you can enjoy the panoramic views on the top of the Senkoji Hill before you begin the route.
Senkoji Hill views. Photo taken by: ar.jal
Additionally, the walk down the Path of Literature is also very pleasant. Winding through past boulders that have been engraved with works by the famous writers of Onomichi over the centuries. And be sure to drop by one of the oldest temples in Japan, the splendid Senkoji Temple, completed far back to the year 806 is a true national treasure.
Senkoji Temple. Photo taken by: samuraitrip
Be sure to also grab a delicious bowl of Onomichi’s legendary ramen! Tsutafuji is one of the most beloved ramen in town. A bowlful of the ramen noodles topped with meat and fish - your tastebuds will thank us later!
Photo taken by: tabelog
The magnificence of the bridges are in and of itself an astounding marvel. Most certainly, the views afforded by the highways and suspended bridges are truly a one-of-a-kind experience. So be ready to be amazed by the stunning spectacle provided by this spectacular Japanese route.
Photo taken by: onozomi
The cooling breezes will glide over you while you view the seascape, you will also see plenty of islands, some inhabited, some deserted, some with nothing more than just a rock with a pine tree clinging on it.
Bridges! Photo taken by: wanderlife
Tatara bridge is one of the world’s longest cable-stayed bridges, its elegant 220m high steel towers represent the folded wings of a crane! Stunning.
Tatara Bridge. Photo taken by: chodai
Another amazing bridge you’ll be riding on is the Kurushima Bridge - at 4,045m in length it is the longest suspension bridge in the world!
Kurushima Bridge. Photo taken by: istockphoto
You’ll be venturing into the heart of Japan’s culture and art, so be sure to drop by Kosanji Temple on Ikuchijima Island! Built in 1936 by Buddhist priest Koso Kosanji, in memory of his mother, this wonderland of temples, pagodas and natural beauty took more than 30 years to complete. It feels almost like a stroll through the most prominent of Japanese history.
Kosanji Temple. Photo taken by: hiroshimaplus
Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind opportunity! Find yourself viewing Japan in a way that you’ve never before seen.
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