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Shimanami Kaido Cycling／Kimberlogic
Cycling in Japan has become extremely popular over the last few years. The country is known for it’s beautiful sights as well as it’s bicycle-friendly roads, pathways and citizens. There are numerous options when planning a cycling journey in Japan; from joining a tour, hiring a private guide or giving it a go on your own. All of these options are open to everyone with all kinds of cycling skills; from beginners to the most advance bike riders.
Although Ming Hay is quite skilled in cycling, I am not so confident in my skill. But, we decided to plan a cycling day on our own that would please us both. The Shimanami Kaido area is known as a cycling destination, especially for beginners and intermediates. To ride from Imabari to Onomichi can be done in one day if you push yourself hard, and two days if you take it leisurely.
Without a lot of time set aside for this and my lack of confidence, we created a custom route of cycling with plenty of stops to check out the area. Since we were on a time schedule, we decided to get up early and take a ferry from Imabari to Omishima island, ride through the entire island and straight back across the bridges to Imabari.
The Japanese government has very affordable bicycle rental shops throughout Imabari as well as all of the connected islands, so creating our own route was quite easy. We rented our bicycles in the morning before taking the ferry and paid a small deposit that would be refunded if we returned the bikes at the same location.
After the ferry ride to Omishima island, we rode on quiet, winding roads for about an hour before arriving at our first destination, the Hakata salt factory. This factory produces much of the world’s salt and was free to tour. We were even given a gift of different salt samples to bring home. Before leaving, we sat down to enjoy their famous salt ice cream. The combination of cold, sweet and salty was perfect for a hot, sporty day.
More cycling on winding, mountainous, island roads led us to an old famous Oyamazumi Shrine (which you can find a lot of in Japan). The most famous part of this shrine was the 1,000+ years old tree on the grounds.
We were almost finished our cycling adventure for the day. We had made it to the other end of the island and started crossing bridges to head back to Imabari. The bridges have nice, big bicycle lanes going across and special winding ramps to get up and down from the bridge. Unfortunately, while riding down one of these ramps, Ming Hay crashed his bike. Once I realized he wasn’t behind me, I turned around and started heading back up the hill. From around the corner he came slowly pushing his bike and dripping with blood.
Although he didn’t have any broken bones, he was badly cut up and unable to finish the ride. Luckily, we were only two kilometers to another government-run bicycle rental place. The woman running the place helped to clean him up and get bandages. We were able to return the bikes to her and jump on the next public bus back to Imabari.
Since this area is so popular for tourists to cycle, it was very easy to plan a route, rent a bicycle, ride and deal with anything unexpected along the way. We were never worried or afraid, we had a great time and even when the unfortunate happened, we were able to get the help we needed.