Attempting the Shimanami Kaido Cycling Road? Here are 10 bicycle-friendly places to stay that even offer bicycle rentals!

The Shimanami Kaido Cycling Road is Japan's premier long distance cycling route, traversing some 70 breathtakingly scenic, island-hopping kilometers across the Setouchi Inland Sea from Onomichi in Hiroshima Prefecture to Imabari in Ehime Prefecture. If you're a cycling enthusiast, these rent-a-cycle-equipped lodgings come highly recommended!

Attempting the Shimanami Kaido Cycling Road? Here are 10 bicycle-friendly places to stay that even offer bicycle rentals!

If you're embarking from Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture

Hiroshima > Onomichi

Onomichi Kokusai Hotel

Onomichi Kokusai Hotel
Onomichi Kokusai Hotel
Bicycle rental fees
Free
Facilities for cyclists
Special parking facilities

Most of the lodging spots near the Shimanami Kaido Road cater to cyclists as the majority of their guests, and special bicycle parking facilities are available. The shutters close at 10:00 PM and the facilities are monitored by security cameras, making them safe for cyclists to store their bicycles. Renting a bicycle to ride around the streets of Onomichi is also recommended, as the area is full of natural scenery and dotted with historical temples.

Hiroshima > Onomichi

Hotel Cycle(Onomichi U2)

Hotel Cycle(Onomichi U2)
Hotel Cycle(Onomichi U2)
Bicycle rental fees
Cyclocross bike: 5,400 yen/Road bike: 6,480 yen (includes tax)
Facilities for cyclists
・Bicycles may be brought into all rooms
・Receiving and storage of bicycles shipped from your home

Visitors can "reset" their bodies and minds at this inn and enjoy scenes of the warehouses on the Onomichi Channel, the cargo ship berths and the scenery of the islands that changes in appearance between morning and evening. Staff will help adjust the high-quality GIANT-brand rental sport bicycles to the needs of each rider. This location is well known as a relaxing destination not only for cyclists but also for sightseers and those on trips for business or pleasure.

If you're embarking from Imabari, Ehime Prefecture

Ehime > Imabari

Hotel Crown Hills Imabari

Hotel Crown Hills Imabari
Hotel Crown Hills Imabari
Bicycle rental fees
Free
Facilities for cyclists
・Bicycles may be brought into rooms (Western-style rooms only)
・Bicycle air pumps available
・Maintenance and repair supplies (tools etc.) available

The popular free breakfast offers a variety of both Japanese and Western-style food, and visitors can enjoy handmade dishes as well as original locally-sourced items. Bicycle rental is available exclusively to lodgers, and in addition to cycling along the Shimanami Kaido Road, the bicycles are also convenient for sightseeing in the city and shopping in the surrounding area. In addition to bicycle rentals, other free services offered include massage chairs, a library of several hundered volumes of Japanese comics and coffee.

Ehime > Imabari

Hotel Hichifuku

Hotel Hichifuku
Hotel Hichifuku
Bicycle rental fees
Free
Facilities for cyclists
・Bicycles may be brought into rooms (Western-style rooms only)
・Bicycle air pumps available
・Maintenance and repair supplies available

This inn prides itself on its fresh seafood and its at-home service and atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy fresh seasonal seafood from the nearby harbor, and the bathing area on the 6th floor offers an excellent view over the Seto Inland Sea. Four bicycles are available for lending and can also be ridden and dropped off.

Ehime > Imabari

Hotel Kikusui Imabari

Hotel Kikusui Imabari
Hotel Kikusui Imabari
Bicycle rental fees
Free
Facilities for cyclists
・Bicycle air pumps available (depending on type)
・Bicycles may be brought into rooms (except for Compact Single rooms)
・Roofed parking area available

The location of this inn is extremely convenient, near the Port of Imabari as well as the Shimanami Liner bus station. Visitors can taste the incredible Kurushima Sea Bream, and the "Simmered Sea Bream Head" dish lets diners enjoy all the most delicious parts of the fish, including the top of the head and the upper neck. Seven bicycles are available for rental free of charge.

Ehime > Imabari

Daichoso

Daichoso
Daichoso
Bicycle rental fees
Free
Facilities for cyclists
・Garage with key
・Free water supply upon departure

Located in Setonaikai National Park, this inn is the idea base for cycling the Shimanami Kaido Road. With an ocean view available from each room, lodgers can look out over the Seto Inland Sea. In addition to bicycle rentals, the facility is fully equipped with locked garage storage for visitors to safely store their own bicycles.

Cyclist-friendly places to stay along the Shimanami Kaido

  • Hiroshima > Onomichi

    Hotel Innoshima

    Hotel Innoshima

    This inn is located a bit back in the mountains, but it offers shuttling services for each bicycle. Bicycles can be stored at the inn, keeping them safe and dry even if the weather is rainy.

  • Ehime > Imabari

    Ryokan Chaume

    Ryokan Chaume

    A variety of amenities perfect for cyclists are available, including locking garage storage, stands, tool sets and more.

  • Ehime > Imabari

    Sarasaya Ryokan

    Sarasaya Ryokan

    Bicycles can be brought into guest rooms and roofed stands are available. A water supply service, tool sets and air pumps are also available, making this a perfect lodging spot for cyclists.

  • Ehime > Imabari

    Minshuku Tomo

    Minshuku Tomo

    This facility is fully equipped with pumps, stands, repair kits and other amenities. Roofed bicycle parking is available, and bicycles can also be stored in the foyer for additional security. A water supply service is also available upon request!

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