Japan - Tour of Shikoku

Japan - Tour of Shikoku

JAPAN

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02 - 11 May 2025

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Moderate

Approx. AU$13,464

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GBP£7,004

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USD$8,887

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€7,950.00

START LOCATION

Onomichi

END LOCATION

Kochi

DAYS

10

AV. DAILY DISTANCE

70KM

AV. DAILY ELEVATION

700M

Nothing short of perfection is wrought into Japan's soul. From the simple pleasures of taking a bath to forging legendary steel katana for the samurai, the Japanese strive for more than excellence.

This tour treats you to the beauty of Shikoku Island. An exquisite culture like no other, incredible food and safe, world class roads make for a cycling experience close to heaven.

The journey includes panoramic coastal views, the forested hills of Ehime, peaceful paddie fields and sacred temples. Accommodation is a wonderful mix of small, traditional inns and natural spring retreats with the fresh, flavours of Japanese cuisine.


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WHAT'S INCLUDED

ACCOMMODATION (TWIN SHARE) | BREAKFASTS | LUNCHES | DINNERS | FULL GUIDE AND VEHICLE SUPPORT | ON-ROAD SNACKS AND SUPPLEMENTS | COMPLIMENTARY PUNTOTOURS CYCLING KIT | DAYPACK | BIDONS

RECOMMENDED AIRPORTS

ARRIVAL OSAKA DEPARTURE OSAKA

PRICE PER PERSON

TWINSHARE €7,950.00 | SINGLE ROOM €9,950.00

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FULL ITINERARY

DAY ONE FRI 2 MAY | WELCOME

Arrival and welcome to Onomichi. It is easy to reach Onomichi by train from Osaka or Kyoto using the famous Shinkansen (Bullet Train), an experience not to be missed. Settle into your hotel and join us for a Welcome Dinner and Tour Briefing.

DAY TWO SAT 3 MAY | ONOMICHI TO OSHIMA

An exciting day as we get our first taste of cycling in this enthralling country. We begin with a ferry to our start point on the iconic Shimanami Kaido route, a series of bridges linking the beautiful islands on the way to Shikoku. Panoramic ocean views to our desination, a small town founded on salt production, and our first night in a cosy Ryokan.
DISTANCE | 75KM | 47MI
ELEVATION | 1050M | 3450FT

DAY THREE SUN 4 MAY | OSHIMA TO MATSUYAMA

Treats in store today! We pedal across the last bridge of the Shimanami Kaido, and head deep into the valleys and forested hills of Ehime prefecture. Quiet roads lead to a final descent through plum orchards into Matsuyama. Tonight you will have time to enjoy the famous Dogo Onsen, an historic bath house dating back centuries.
DISTANCE | 75KM | 47MI
ELEVATION | 1250M | 4100FT

DAY FOUR MON 5 MAY | MATSUYAMA LOOP

Quiet roads through leafy stretches of forest with three small climbs that reward with wide open views of the city and Seto Inland Sea. We'll have the opportunity to see the Matsuyama Castle and visit the renowned Ishiteji Temple, the 51st temple on the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgramage route.
DISTANCE | 60KM | 37MI
ELEVATION | 1250M | 4100FT

DAY FIVE TUE 6 MAY | MATSUYAMA TO OZU

Today's route follows winding roads, along quiet riversides through the peaceful countryside. Emerald green hills and rice paddies create beautiful patterns across the landscape adding to the calm atmosphere of rural Japanese life. We spend the night in Ozu, a charming town of narrow streets, traditional houses and cosy cafes.
DISTANCE | 60KM | 37MI
ELEVATION | 1000M | 3300FT

DAY SIX WED 7 MAY | OZU TO SHIKOKU KARST

Our route today takes us to the heartland of this beautiful island. Following the Hijikawa River we trace the contours of the valley until we climb to the delightful village of Yusuhara. From here the ascent is more serious all the way to the Shikoku Karst, a stunning landscape that entrances everyone who come this way.
DISTANCE | 85KM | 53MI
ELEVATION | 2750M | 9000FT

DAY SEVEN THU 8 MAY | HOSHIFUKU TO KURE BAY

We leave our highland retreat, and with the route having a pleasantly downward trend, we ride to the clifftops overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Nearly deserted roads beside bubbling creeks and lunch beside a raging river, and a natural onsen to soak in a days' end. Perfect!
DISTANCE | 90KM | 56MI
ELEVATION | 1300M | 4250FT

DAY EIGHT FRI 9 MAY | LOOP RIDE TO IWAMOTO TEMPLE

A great loop ride to the Iwamoto Temple on the wooded hillside beside the town of Kubokawa. The temple features ornate paintings on the ceiling of its main prayer hall. From Kubokawa we continue on to the picturesque Shimanto River. Well-stocked with fish in the crystal clear waters, the people here live in harmony with the natural environment. An example are the 'chinkabashi' bridges which have no balustrades. When the river floods, these stocky, submersible bridges simply allow fallen trees to simply flow over them.
DISTANCE | 55KM | 34MI
ELEVATION | 1100M | 3600FT

DAY NINE SAT 10 MAY | KURE BAY TO KOCHI

Our final ride is fantastic! We begin on a quiet road that hugs the cliffs, with the ocean crashing on the black rocks below. The route climbs to the nature reserve, still with ocean glimpses and meanders along a ridge filled with birdlife. The ride cruises along by the river before turning into Kochi where we finish in the heart of the food and dining district. Our celebration dinner will be one to remember!
DISTANCE | 70KM | 43MI
ELEVATION | 700M | 2300FT

DAY TEN SUN 11 MAY | GOODBYE

Depending on your onward journey there may be time for a walk to explore the old town. We'll assist with arranging airport taxis or train tickets on the day if need be.

Then it is time to say farewell, until next time.
Ride safe Puntos!

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WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

FLIGHTS | INSURANCES | BIKE HIRE | BIKE BOX TRANSFERS | ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES | COFFEE STOPS | PERSONAL HOTEL EXPENSES | PRE- OR POST-TOUR ACCOMMODATION

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HOW MUCH RIDING DO I HAVE TO DO?

As much or as little as you want. It’s your holiday.  You determine how much you want to ride. You can, on any day, choose to cut a ride short, miss a climb, only do the downhills, have a rest day or ask for more!  The van is always handy if you choose not to ride, and a guide is always willing to do some extra distance if you wish. You just need to ask.

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