Jun 10, 2018 Attraction Kure

Tobishima Kaido -A Cycling Route Spans 5 Islands in Kure

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When it comes to cycling routes in Hiroshima Prefecture, the “Shimanami Kaido” is famous worldwide, but there are also other cycling routes in Hiroshima that are worth cycling on. One of them is the “Tobishima Kaido” located in Kure city.

In terms of popularity, Shimanami Kaido may be preffered, but Tobishima Kaido is also popular for its’ ease of cycling and beauty of scenery. Today I’d like  to introduce you the charm of  Tobishima Kaido!

Overview of the Tobishima Kaido

Tobishima Kaido is a cycling route that spans five islands, located in Kure-city, Hiroshima Prefecture. It crosses the Akinada Bridge placed a little to the east of Nigata Station in Kure-city, and continues on to Shimo-kamagari Island. While traveling along the perimeter, you can cycle five islands: Kami-kamagari, Teshima , Osaki Shimojima and Okamura Islands. In crossing bridges, it is a route that allows people to cycle over the sea, and is similar to the “Shimanami Kaido” in this aspect.

The cycling route has a total length of approximately 25 kilometers, and to imagine it, “mini Shimanami Kaido” is the perfect description. There are bicycle rentals on Shimo-kamagari Island, so you can head there empty handed but still enjoy cycling.

The Appeal of the Tobishima Kaido

The appeal of the Tobishima Kaido is that you can cycle along the sea, enjoying the beautiful scenery. Also, there is little traffic making it easy to cycle on. Because the Shimanami Kaido was originally a motorway connecting the Chugoku region and Shikoku, some parts of it may have many cars. On the other hand, there are barely any cars on Tobishima Kaido. In addition, it is not as famous as Shimanami Kido, and is a spot known as a well-kept secret among cyclists.

Sightseeing Spots on the Tobishima Kaido

The entire cycling road spans islands, so there are many swimming areas and camping grounds along the way, and you can enjoy the outdoors.  On Kami-kamagari, you can experience squid fishing.

Furthermore, Osaki Shimojima has a history as a flourishing stopover for marine trade during the Edo period, and there is a district where the streets from that period have been preserved. It is a sightseeing spot complete with traveling, sightseeing, and outdoors.

Where to Borrow Rental Cycle in Tobishima Kaido?

You can borrow the rental cycle in the store below! *Please make a reservation before you visit. They have amazing service that they will deliver and pick up cycles inside the tobishima kaido for you!

Tobishima Kaido Rental Cycle Service

Camp Cottage Kajigahama
Address 839-16 Shimokamagaricho Shimojima, Kure (map)
Open 9:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.
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Official Website (Japanese Only)

Rental Price

Adult Child
3 Hours ¥1,000 ¥500
8 Hours ¥2,000 ¥1,000
Including Bicycle, Helmet, Chain Lock, Bottle Cage

Delivery/Pickup  Service

3 Bicycle /1 time ¥2,000
6 Bicycle/ 1time ¥4,000


Delivery/Pickup  Point

Point Delivery Available Time
*the time is train or ferry arriving time.
JR Nigata Sta.
*The Closest Point from Hiroshima City
after 7:56
Kenmin no Hama Beach after 8:00
Ochoko Port after 8:10
Oocho Port after 8:12
Okamura Port after 8:18

Access to Nigata Station from Hiroshima City

Price:¥670 Time: 1h Changes: 1time

Hiroshima Sta.

Hiro Sta.
JR Sanyo Line

Nigata Sta.
JR Kure Line


The Tobishima Kaido is not as famous as the Shimanami Kaido, but it is a sightseeing spot where you can experience the nature and culture of Seto Inland Sea firsthand. You can visit by bicycle or by car, and do anything you’d like, whether it be having fun or sightseeing, so please pay it a visit.

For more information, please check the official website: Shimanami Kaido Tourist Infotmation

Photo Credit: Hiroshima Prefecture