Shikoku is a natural wonder. Ancient roads wind up through majestic mountain passes and coastal roads that are suspended in the air over the longest bridge system in the world. Castles, temples and historic towns dot our route. Add the local culinary delights and you have an intoxicating mix for the senses.
- Cycle Japan's inland sea from Honshu to Shikoku across the largest bridge system in the world
- Cycle over the otherworldly limestone covered Karst Plateau
- See the historic town of Uchiko and its traditional cream and white plastered homes
- Bathe in Japan's oldest hot spring that dates back over 1,000 years
Riding days of approximately 70-100 km daily in rolling and or mountainous terrain with bigger climbs. Elevation gains of approximately 1,000 meters and above daily. Shorter riding days available.
Biggest Climbing Day
Day 4 Yusuhara, 2,070m
Day 4 Yusuhara, 76km
Arrive in Onomichi, the gateway to the Inland Sea. Stay in a purpose built bike hotel, beautifully renovated from an old shipyard warehouse. After building up the bikes, take a short ride up to a Ninth Century temple with sweeping views over the Seto Inland Sea.
Day 2 Japan Inland Sea (87 km)
Today you will ride the Shimanami Kaido, via bridges that connect the six islands from the mainland of Honshu to Shikoku. Spend the evening at a local hot springs ryokan.
Day 3 Matsuyama Castle (76 km)
You will cycle ancient pilgrim back-roads to Matsuyama. A highlight is the Matsuyama Castle which was built in 1603. From here you cycle towards the interior and ascend in to the Shikoku mountains.
Day 4 Karst Plateau (76 km)
You will ride up in to the Karst area of Shikoku where white limestone rocks are dotted over the alpine meadows. Cycle through Yusuhara, known as the ‘Town Above the Clouds.’ Stay in a hotel designed by a renowned Japanese architect and stroll to the hot spring over the wooden walkway seemingly suspended in the air.
Day 5 Shikoku West Coast (67 km)
There are two passes to climb today. Cycle through farming villages clinging to the sides of mountains. From road vantage points there are roadside Shinto shrines. There is a big descent towards the coast. Evening in a hot spring hotel.
Day 6 Uchiko (76 km)
Ride through the historic town of Uchiko. The traditional cream and white plastered merchant homes and warehouses are still lived in today. The route then heads along the coast to the final destination of Matsuyama and Dogo Onsen, the oldest hot spring in Japan. It has a history dating back over a thousand years. Enjoy a traditional kaiseki dinner to celebrate the end of the trip.
Day 7 Sayonara