Quest For Japan Logo-Ver7

Cycling at Onomichi

Date Published: Last Update:2015/05/08 Travel & View point , , , , ,

Summer season is not as friendly as spring and fall in Japan. Despite the excruciating heat and humidity, I had one of the most unforgettable experiences last summer – cycling adventure at Hiroshima.

Nishiseto Expressway or commonly called Shimanami Kaido, is an expressway connecting a number of islands in Japan. This expressway is constructed with specially designed bike and pedestrian lanes, making it more safe for cyclists. Apart from its safety is the spectacular view along the way. No wonder this expressway said to be one of the world’s most incredible bike routes.

Let the cycling begin!

To start our adventure, we went to Onomichi, one of the cities of Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, where we started our cycling route. We arrived at Onomichi around 9 in the morning with our bags packed with towel, clothes, water and food, feeling like a pro. We roamed around the city for a little while and ate brunch before we headed to the cycle rental terminal.

rentalFor an amount of 1500 yen, you can rent a bicycle. The 1000 yen serves as a deposit and will be given back after returning the bicycle.

Our cycling route started at Shinhama port where we took a ferry with our bicycles going to Shigei port, one of the ports of Innoshima Island. The island looked deserted but as soon as we got closer to the main road we saw a few cyclists. They were also riding in groups and mostly were foreigners.

groupThe cyclists getting ready for a long drive at Shigei port

As like any other adventure, cycling was fun especially when you are in a group. The beautiful green scenery of the island, the fresh summer air, surrounded by the stunning view of the ocean, brings forth a calm and relaxing feeling.

Shirataki Mountain

Our first stop was Shirataki Mountain (Shirataki-san). Shirataki mountain has an altitude of about 227 meters. It’s no Mt. Everest, but to reach the top of the mountain, you’ll need  considerable effort because of slopes that are around 18 to 20 degrees steep. But all the hard work and effort will surely pay off because of the breathtaking 360-degree view from the top of the mountain. In my next post, I am going to feature more details about Shirataki Mountain.

view

Innoshima Bridge viewed from the top of Mt Shirataki

Descending the mountain was easy because you just have to glide down, no pedals, just apply the brakes when needed to control your speed. But it was also dangerous because of the sudden turns and some parts of the road were a little bit bumpy. It was summer but the shades of the trees and the cold breeze eased the hot weather.

Innoshima Bridge

Then we crossed Innoshima Bridge with the toll fee of 50 yen. The bridge had a special lane for bicycles and pedestrians that made it safe to cross. After crossing the bridge, we had a long ride along the sea that glitters when hit by the sunset.

innoshima bridgeThis beautiful scene made me stop for a photo.

We got back to the city around 6 PM and returned the bicycle. While at the city, there was an event wherein thousands of paper cups with written wishes on it and candles inside were lined and lighted by the people around, that was beautiful.

event

Few cups were already lighted

We ended the trip with a delicious bowl of their famous local ramen. My legs were tired but the experience was totally exhilarating.

The following two tabs change content below.

witchy

Latest posts by witchy (see all)

Sponsored Links

  • Pocket
  • 1 follow us in feedly

Related Article/s:

Tosyodaiji_Kondo

Nara Quest : Toshodaiji Temple (唐招提寺)

Toshodaiji Temple Toshodaiji Temple, a world heritage, is the headquarters of the Ritsu Sect of Buddhism. The temple was established in 759 when Ganjin Wajo(688 to 763), a high Buddhist priest of the Tang Dynasty, opened Toritsushodai-ji Temple here to help people learn the Buddhism by Japanese Buddhists studying in China,Ganjin Wajo decided to go […]

Read Article

Doctor Yellow

Doctor Yellow – A Special Shinkansen (Bullet Train): What’s so great about it?

Shinkansen (bullet train) is usually color white in Japan. But you can see a yellow one on rare occasions. It is called “Doctor Yellow”.   Doctor Yellow is a special vehicle whose role is to check any problems on the equipments of shinkasen. Because it’s so rare, Doctor Yellow is very popular and there is […]

Read Article

Welcome to Mt. Misen

「所々」Ascending Miyajima’s Highest Peak: Mt. Misen

 It’s a weekend and spring is just around the corner and there’s nothing to do! A new fiscal year is about to begin in japan in about 2 weeks! My friends and I decided to go for a spin and go to Hiroshima for a whole day trip.  We went to Miyajima, an island in […]

Read Article

Dazaifu 01

Go west : Dazaifu in Fukuoka – General Info

Dazaifu is very popular place for its shrine among Japanese people, especially students taking an exams. (I’ll tell you the reason in another post.) Historically, it’s also known as a government organisation to control Kyushu area in the old times. General Information “Dazaifu” – The organisation The original organisation is supposed to be located in […]

Read Article

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Naoshima Art House Project – Part 1

After visiting the port of Miyanoura on the west coast of the island of Naoshima. We decided to visit the port of Honmura located on the islands east coast. Home to the Art House Project. To get around the island tourist could take various forms of transportation such as the bus or rental bikes. Rental […]

Read Article

DSCN4535

The Bridge to Heaven: Amanohashidate

Almost everything in Japan is ranked. From top gardens to top temples.  Even celebrities and manga/anime characters are ranked too. They can be based on popularity or something more particular. Nihon Sankei(日本三景) or Japan’s Three Most Scenic Views is one of those list when it comes to tourist spots and sightseeing. Japan’s Three Most Scenic […]

Read Article

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Monjyayaki in Tsukishima

On my first visit to Tokyo we visited Tsukishima district famous for monjyayaki – it is so famous that there is a street filled with stores that serve this famous kanto specialty. So what exactly is monjyayaki or monjya as it is popularly known. Monjyayaki or simple monjya is a type of Japanese pancake made […]

Read Article

Tsukudo shrine

Mystery tour: Taira no Masakado – Part 2 –

Barrier for Masakado? There are seven main shrines (including “Kubi-zuka”) for Masakado. They are said to have been built to seal the powerful spirit of Masakado as well as to make use of it. [1. Torigoe shrine] It is not officially admitted, but this shrine is said to be the place where Masakado’s hand(s?) is […]

Read Article

FukiyaHiro

The Fukiya Village in Okayama, Japan-Part 3-

What to see in Fukiya surrounding area (2) Keep walking down the street from “Bengara-kan” or “Sasaune”, then you’ll reach at a large house. On weekends and holdays during on-season, you can take a cyclic bus to/from the village. 5 min. by car from each location. A quick note: Nearby, there is a shrine called […]

Read Article

FukiyaJinja

The Fukiya village in Okayama, Japan -Part 2-

What to see in the village centre There are several shops, cafes and even museums in the quite short high street. [The former Katayama residence] The house for the head family of Katayama, built in the late Edo era. The Katayama family was a very powerful merchant who made a fortune by producing “Bengara”. The […]

Read Article

Sponsored Links

Leave a Reply

Sponsored Links

  • Google+
    InstagramInstagram
PAGE TOP ↑