Shimanami Kaido (Nishiseto Expressway)

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Shimanami Kaido, also known as the Nishiseto Expressway, connects Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, and Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, via 6 islands.

A pedestrian bicycle road is also installed in the Shimanami Kaido in addition to the road for cars. It is unusual for a road that crosses the sea to offer a bicycle path, and the surrounding scenery is breathtaking, so it is a popular path for cyclists. Until March 2018, the road is toll-free for bicycles! There are many rent-a-cycle terminals between Onomichi and Imabari, where people can freely pick up and return bicycles. Even an amateur cyclist can complete the Shimanami Kaido in one day, but it is recommended that you undertake the journey over two days and one night so that you can enjoy sightseeing and local cuisine.

Cycling, Rental, Drive, Island, Nishiseto Expressway
[Island, Nishiseto Expressway]

The best view of the Shimanami Kaido can be seen from Oshima’s Kirosantenbo Park. In addition, there are a wide variety of delicious foods around Shimanami Kaido, including fresh seafood, Ehime local specialty citrus fruits, and Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki!

Oshima, Kirosantenbo Park, Sunset, Spectacular View
[Oshima, Kirosantenbo Park, Sunset]

Basic information on Shimanami Kaido (Nishiseto Expressway)

Shimanami Kaido (Nishiseto Expressway)

Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture to Imabari, Ehime Prefecture
Regular Vehicle One-Way Toll
[Cash Payment] Weekdays/Holidays 4830 yen
[ETC] Weekdays 2890 yen, holidays 2260 yen
[Bicycle] Free until March 2018