Hiroshima & Shimanami Kaido – Active multisport self-guided tour

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Independent traveller
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Sea kayaking, cycling, sightseeing walks and hiking


  • Cycling island-to-island along the scenic Seto Inland sea
  • Enjoy wonderful views over the sea, valleys and mountains of Hiroshima
  • Bathe in the thermal hot-spring waters with detox bathing at a traditional inn
  • Sea kayaking around Tomonoura Bay
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage of Miyajima Island with the free-roaming deer
  • Experience the emotional peace park and genbaku dome in central Hiroshima

Hiroshima and the Seto Inland Sea are some of the most scenic areas of Japan. This tour offers exploration of the wonderful variety of towns, villages and islands in both rural and central Hiroshima, experienced through activities suited to you, with kayaking, cycling, sightseeing walks and hiking available. Explore the seaside town of Tomonoura and UNESCO World Heritage island Miyajima (famous for its friendly deer and the iconic ‘floating’ Torii gate off Itsukushima Shrine), walk through the emotional history of Hiroshima and timeless hilltop communities of Onomichi, finishing 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.

Please ask for information about tour extensions to the port villages and thatched-roof communities of mountainous northern Kyoto, the art island of Naoshima on the Setouchi inland sea or the historic ancient capital of Nara.


Day 1: Arrive in Hiroshima

Day 2: Travel to Miyajima Island

Day 3: Sea Kayaking around Sensuijima and walking in Tomonoura

Day 4: Walking in the hilltops of Onomichi

Day 5: Cycling along the Shimanami Kaido

Day 6: Complete the Shimanami Kaido and head onwards

What’s Included

  • 5 nights at Japanese inns or western-style hotels
  • 5 breakfasts and 2-4 dinners
  • Round-trip train tickets from Kyoto or Osaka
  • Sea Kayaking on Tomonoura Bay
  • Detailed day-by-day itinerary, walking directions, and maps for Tomonoura, Onomichi, Hiroshima and Miyajima
  • Return ferry tickets between Hiroshima and Miyajima
  • Bicycle rental and topographical cycling maps along the Shimanami Kaido
  • Local support by telephone and email
  • Our Preparing for your trip and Travelling in Japan Guidebooks
  • Optional orientation at our Kyoto office

What’s Not Included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Pay locally for drinks with meals and for lunches
  • Single room supplement(s) if required

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