The route that I took is called Shimanami Kaido. It connects the Honshu and Shikoku islands through six smaller islands. The smaller islands are connected with massive bridges. I decided to take this route because I heard it was one of the most interesting things to do in Japan, so I simply could not resist doing it.
As you’ll see from the video, the islands are connected with massive bridges. Every time I would have to cross a bridge, I would ride up a steep hill for about two kilometers, then cross it and cycle down to the coastline. The roads are well developed and makes riding a bike a breeze.
It took me two full days to finish this route. I was cycling around 8-10 hours a day (stops included).
If you ask me, my main take-away from this trip is that you need to get a good bicycle! The one that I rented did not contribute to the trip being pleasant, far from it actually.
But at least the planning process for this trip was actually quite easy. I didn’t use any specific tools or websites, I just Googled some random things like “where to rent a bicycle,” “how to get from Hiroshima to Shimanami Kaido” and so on.
The islands themselves may not have many special sights or points of interest for tourists, but the ride itself is what was wonderful!