Shimanami Kaidō (しまなみ海道) Cycle Path

You are really a good resercher! As bikes getting more popular here in Japan. I believe you will find more cycling blogs coming. Though I was born in Kansai area, I have never been to Shimanami Kaido. I wish I can visit there someday.

Japan's Bicycle Culture (日本での自転車文化)

View of Onomichi from Mukaishima. Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Vickerman625. View of Onomichi from Mukaishima. Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Vickerman625.

One Japanese blogger , who uses the moniker 吾輩は猫であるさん (from Wagahai wa Neko de aru, the title of a famous novel by Natsume Soseki), referred to this bike trail as a サイクリストの聖地 (saikurisuto no seichi), or “a cyclist’s holy land”.  The 海道 (Kaidō) in the name means “sea way” or “sea path”, and the trail obligingly hops islands from one side of the 瀬戸内海 (Seto Naikai, “Seto Inland Sea”) to the other.  After reading so much about the trail itself and individual cyclists’ experiences on it, I’m adding this ride to my bucket list for my next stay in Western Japan! (´∀`)ワクワク

This dedicated cycling route is 70km one way, and hops isles between the cities of  尾道 (Onomichi, on Honshu) and 今治 (Imabari, on Shikoku).  The…

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