Emerging from “Lemon Valley,” we cycle on to the next bridge.
Crossing Tatara Bridge, on the route to Omishima Island.
Arrival at WAKKA.
- WAKKA is a comprehensive tourism facility on Omishima. It is equipped with a hotel, cafe, showers and laundry room, along with cycling support and numerous other enjoyable activities.
Paying a visit Oyamazumi Shrine,
to pray for safety throughout the remainder of the trip.
- Oyamazumi Shrine is one of some 10,000 Yamazumi Shrines throughout Japan, and serves as the Main Shrine of Mishima.
For lunch, we dine on seafood rice bowls at a popular restaurant
across from Oyamazumi Shrine.
- Featuring delicious low-priced dishes, lines form outside the shop before it opens.
Service hours are from 11:30 a.m. until the food runs out!
The next destination is Hakatajima Island.
Here, we visit the Hakata S.C. (Sports Culture) Park Michi no Eki
(“roadside station”) rest and shopping area.
Hakata S.C Park
- This Michi no Eki offers bicycle rentals, a park, tennis courts and an adjoining beach. There are also shops selling local specialties and tasty restaurants.
On to Mt. Kiro, with a spectacular view of the surrounding area!
Completing the ascent, the panoramic landscape emerges
in all its splendor!
Mt. Kiro Observatory Park
- Observatory Park is 307.8 meters above sea level. The view here includes Kurushima Kaikyo (Channel) Bridge, as well as the swift ocean currents of Kurushima Channel. On clear days, it is also possible to see Mt. Ishizuchi – the tallest peak in Western Japan.
At last, our arrival at Imabari. Here, we pause for a snapshot
in front of the Itoyama Cycling Center commemorative monument.
Itoyama Cycling Terminal
- This is the Shikoku side base of the Shimanami Kaido Cycling Road. Besides bicycle rentals, there are also lodging facilities, restaurants and other welcome services.
* 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.
* 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.