Continue along the Shimanami Kaido cycling route, passing through small island settlements with some of the most scenic sections of the route before arriving into Imabari town on Shikoku Island. Drop off your bikes at Imabari Station head inland by bus to reach the trailhead of our 4-day Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage Self-guided walking tour to begin your hike to Temple 57 Eifuku-ji. The walk gradually passes from urban townscape to rural farming communities before entering a forest with a steady climb to Temple 58 Seny?-ji. Visit Eifuku-ji and Seny?-ji and there is also an optional detour to Temple 56 Taisan-ji. Overnight at Seny?-ji, which offers pilgrim lodgings, or alternatively stay in a western-style hotel in Imabar.
Cycling distance: 20-45km / 13-28 miles
Elevation gain: negligible ascent and descent (with some very brief ups and downs to reach each bridge)
Time required: 2-4 hours
Cycling distances vary based on the inn you have stayed at and how many of our optional side-trips along the islands you wish to undertake. Most guests will undertake the 45km, 4-hour cycle today.
Walking distance: 4.4km / 2.7 miles
Elevation gain: 250m / 820 feet ascent and negligible descent
Time required: About 1.5 hours
Accommodation: Shukubo (Pilgrims Lodging) or Hotel
Your inn for this evening provides spacious, comfortable tatami rooms in an authentic, modern, hilltop pilgrims lodging with wonderful views.