Hiroshima, Shimanami & Shikoku - 9 days

Hiroshima, Shikoku and the Seto Inland Sea are some of the most scenic areas of Japan. This tour offers a complete exploration of the wonderful variety of towns, villages, and islands through excellent cycling and hiking in the region. Explore the seaside town of Tomonoura and UNESCO World Heritage island Miyajima (famous for its friendly deer and the iconic 'floating' Torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine), walk through the emotional history of Hiroshima and timeless hilltop communities of Onomichi. From here, continue on with our version of the varied and scenic island-hopping cycling course Shimanami Kaido. Pass over the Setouchi Inland Sea visiting remote islands, which together with deliciously fresh seafood cuisine, offer a uniquely modern cafe culture, before arriving in Ehime prefecture on Shikoku Island; the perfect entry point of our 4-day Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage tour. As Japan's fourth-largest island, Shikoku is home to some of the country's most spectacular and undeveloped scenery. The island is also the setting for an ancient walking trail, the challenging Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage. The trail connects 88 Buddhist temples and the full walk covers more than a thousand kilometers. Pilgrims, known as O-henro, traditionally covered the journey on foot over many weeks, staying overnight at Shukubo temple lodgings. Most modern travelers now travel from temple to temple by tour bus, but we have found sections of the original route which can still be enjoyed on foot.

This tour offers gentle walking and cycling and hiking suitable for children of 12 and up. All activities are optional, so please enquire about alternatives if traveling with younger passengers. For the cycling sections, E-bikes are also available for a supplement. Please also see here for trips best suited to families.

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Custom tour
Open Dates
9 days
2 or more travelers
Breakfasts: 8
Lunch: 0
Dinner: 5 to 8 depending on accommodations
Self Guided
Cycling island-to-island along the scenic Seto Inland sea
Enjoy wonderful views over the sea, valleys, and mountains of Hiroshima
Walk on lovely parts of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage trail in Ehime
Stay at an authentic hilltop Shukubo pilgrims lodging on the trail
Sea kayaking around Tomonoura Bay
Bathe in natural thermal waters at historic Dogo Onsen
Age restrictions: 12 years or older

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