From Hiroshima City to Shimanami! One-day sightseeing model course

This is a must-see for those who want to visit the Shimanami Sea Route, which is easily accessible from Hiroshima.
We'll show you how to get there by highway bus in a one-day sightseeing plan.

Shimanami Kaido Sightseeing Day Trip

Introducing a convenient access method for day trips to the Shimanami Kaido.

Rent a bike and enjoy the beautiful contrast of both sea and mountain!

What is the Shimanami Kaido?

 The Shimanami Kaido is the area where a collection of 10 bridges connect the Prefectures of Shikoku and Hiroshima.

 There are six islands, Mukaijima, Innoshima, Ikuchijima, Omishima, Hakatajima, and Oshima. The Nishi-Seto Expressway runs from Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture to Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture.

 The total length of the bridge is about 59.4km, and you can enjoy the beautiful view of the sea and mountains.

 

Let’s use the Shimanami Liner direct from Hiroshima!

 The Shimanami Liner is convenient if you want to travel the Shimanami Kaido from Hiroshima city.

 If you go with a friend, you can use a 4-ticket voucher for ¥3,300 for a one-way trip.

 You can get off on the way and take a 10-minute break in the service area, so you can enjoy a comfortable bus trip.

Transportation Station Time required Price Wi-Fi・Battery
Charger
Schedule
Reservation site Hiroshima Bus Center
→ Imabari Pier
      

 

About
2 hours
and
55 minutes
One way
¥ 270- ¥ 3,800

round trip
Adults: ¥ 6,800
 Children: ¥ 3,400  4 -ticket voucher
¥ 13,200

(Wi-Fi)     

 

time table

 

Bicycles and rental cars are the best way to see the sights

The Shimanami Kaido is known as the “holy land of cycling”, so why not rent a bike and enjoy the breeze and beautiful scenery?

There are 13 places to rent and return bicycles, and if you have a bicycle issue, the staff will come to your aid immediately, so even beginners can ride with peace of mind.

If you don’t like bicycles, we recommend renting a car, as some of the hills are quite steep.

 [Rent-a-bicycle official website]

https://shimanami-cycle.or.jp/go-shimanami/

Enjoy the Shimanami Sea Route! One Day Trip Model Course

If you want to explore the wide area of Shimanami in one day, we recommend this model course.

We hope you will find it useful.

Easy by bus from Hiroshima to Omishima

If you take the bus from Hiroshima City to Omishima, arriving at 10:06am, you can enjoy the Shimanami Kaido all day long.

The journey takes about two hours, and there’s no transport changes, making it  stress-free trip.

Omishima is a sacred island, also known as “God’s Island”.

Each of the other islands seen during the trip also has different scenery and characteristics.

 

Visit at Oyamazumi Shrine

When you arrive at the Omishima bus terminal, pay your respects at the Oyama Yoshigi Shrine, a shrine famous for the God of Mountains, the God of the Ocean and the God of Travel.

You can see very valuable exhibits, with 80% of the armory preserved as national treasures and important cultural properties.

There’s also a 2,600 year old sacred tree, so you will definitely enjoy the natural atmosphere of the shrine.

Name Oyamazumi Shrine
Address 3327 Miyaura, Omishima-cho, Imabari-shi, Ehime 794-1393
Contact Number 0897-82-0032
Parking Lot Yes • 13units
Access

 

 

Car: 7 km from Nishi Seto Expressway (Shimanami Kaido) [Omishima IC]

 Nearest stations: JR Imabari Station, JR Fukuyama Station, JR Onomichi Station

HP https://oomishimagu.jp/

 

“Shio Ramen” for lunch

Enjoy Shio Ramen for lunch at Hakata Island.

The ramen is made from 17 different ingredients such as pork, chicken bones and kelp. Salt from Hakata brings out more of the flavor of the broth.

Ramen sets that you can make at home and original salt sauce are also available, so it’s a good idea to buy some as souvenirs.

Store Name Hakata’s Shio Ramen
Regular Holiday Sunday
Address 1650-1 Kiura Ko, Hakata-cho, Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture 794-2305
Contact Number 0897-72-1211
Business Hour 11:00~19:00 (Until 17:00 on Wednesday)
Access Get off at Hakatajima Interchange and turn left 6km
HP https://sanwa.ocnk.net/

 

A tour of the famous Hakata Salt Factory

Hakata-no-salt, a speciality of Hakata Island, is produced without using any chemicals, only from natural sources.

At the Omishima Factory, you can learn how it is made and experience the salt-making process.

At the entrance of the factory, there is a chime that plays the familiar melody of Hakata no Shio.

Name Hakata no Shio Omishima Factory
Address 32 Omishimachodai, Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture 794-1305
Contact Number 0897-82-0660
Time 9:00~16:00
Regular Holiday Year-end and New Year holidays (12 / 28-1 / 7), Obon (8 / 13-8 / 17), local festivals (late September-early October
Parking Lot Available / 34 ordinary cars, 7 medium / large cars
Access Car: Get off at Omishima IC on Shimanami Kaido and about 1.5km from Oyamazumi Shrine

 Bus: Regular bus from Hiroshima (Fukuyama) and Ehime (Matsuyama)

HP https://www.hakatanoshio.co.jp/en/

 

Superb view from Kirosan Observatory Park

Why don’t you finish your trip at “Kirosan Observatory” where you can see the islands of the Seto Inland Sea and the Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge.

 Located on Oshima in Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture, this observatory is also famous for being designed by architect Kengo Kuma.

It has been selected as one of the 88 scenic spots in Shikoku and is a must-visit when visiting the Shimanami Kaido.

Name Kirosan Observatory Park
Address 487-4 Minamiura, Yoshiumi-cho, Imabari-shi 794-2115
Contact Number 0897-84-2111
Parking Lot Available, 24 ordinary cars
Access Car: About 15 minutes from Oshima Kita IC, about 10 minutes from Oshima Minami IC

 * There are steep slopes, so we recommend using a car.

HP https://www.city.imabari.ehime.jp/kanko/spot/?a=182

 

[Bonus Info] For tea lovers, “patisserie T’s Cafe Tamaya”

There are some stylish cafes by the sea on Hakata Island that you can use for lunch or a break.

We offer cakes and coffee, as well as pizza, curry and croque-monsieur at lunchtime.

Why not take a break and relax in front of the sea?

Store Name patisserie T’s Cafe
Regular Holiday Sunday
Address 〒794-2301

 2328 Arouzuko, Hakata-cho, Imabari-shi, Ehime

Contact Number 0897-72-0343
Business Number 10: 00-17: 00

 [Cafe] 10: 00 ~ 17: 00 (Last order 16:30)

 [Lunch] 11: 00 ~ 14: 00

HP https://www.instagram.com/tamaya_official/

Using the Shimanami Liner for a Sightseeing Day Trip

The Shimanami Kaido, which looks like a large area, can actually be enjoyed as a day trip from Hiroshima.

The highway bus “Shimanami Liner” allows you to get off at any point along the way, making it ideal for touring the area.

Take a look at the model course and make the most of your trip to Shimanami!

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