The plan was for an overnight trip from Japan's main island
of Honshu to the isle of Shikoku, crossing the six small islands
and six bridges spanning the Seto Inland Sea.
On this jaunt, we experienced the incredible beauty of the island chain, the sight of vast citrus fruit fields stretching across mountains, fishing ports unchanged over the decades, delicious local specialties and other charms of the Setouchi area conjuring up images of days of old. We also took time to visit new sightseeing spots, facilities and attractive locations offerings championed by younger folks representing the next generation.
* Request: When cycling, be sure to travel safely, while observing all rules and manners. For example, please refrain from using smartphones or other mobile devices without stopping along the way.
Setting out from Onomichi, we rented bicycles for the coming ride.
Breakfast at a cafe with a grand view of the inland sea!
#Mou Mou Kitchen
- This cafe opens for breakfast at 7:00 a.m. Basking in the invigorating vista of the morning sea, we charged up on energy for the trip ahead.
Cycling along the picturesque coastal route,
peddling our way to Innoshima Island.
Resting at the Nagisa-no-Koban SEABRIDGE,
a facility for learning about and appreciating the ocean located
inside Innoshima Amenity Park.
- This cultural facility was opened in July 2021. Eco-friendly measures here include use of biodegradable “bagasse” (sugar cane pulp residue) in takeout drink cups and other efforts.
Cycling across Ikuchi Bridge, we arrive at Ikuchijima Island.
For lunch, we stop at the Shimanami Romance restaurant
to enjoy some local gourmet selections.
- This eatery is located in front of the Port of Setoda. For lunch, recommended dishes include a seafood rice bowl piled high with Setouchi selections, as well as “Setouchi Lemon Rice Bowl” packed with deep-fried chicken, saluted rib meat and pork.
Exploring the Shiomachi shopping district on foot.
Shiomachi shopping district
- Stretching from near the Port of Setoda landing, this area retains the nostalgic ambiance of days gone by.
We decide to check out a new local spot known as SOIL SETODA.
- This facility opened in April 2021. Within SOIL SETODA KURA,a renovated 140-year-old warehouse, is the first Japanese domestic roastery of Overview Coffee of Portland, Oregon – a connoisseur coffee roaster devoted to environmental and ecosystem friendliness. In addition to this establishment, various fashionable merchandise and local specialties are also on sale.
Azumi Setoda, a traditional Japanese style inn created by renovating the 140-year-old home owned by the Horiuchi family. Opened at the same time was Yubune, another inn which is equipped with a public bath.
Cycling along a route lined with palms,
exuding a truly tropical mood,
we gear up for arrival at our Day 1 destination!
Setoda Sunset Beach. We camp here,
bringing the Day 1 itinerary to an end.
Setoda Sunset Beach
- Beach Sports Park, with an expansive stretch of lovely white sand. This is a perfect site for camping, with showers, neat tenting grounds, barbecue, sea kayaking and other impeccable amenities.
* This shooting was conducted in thorough compliance with contagious disease prevention measures detailed in the “Basic Policy for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Control” issued by the Japanese Government.