See one of Japan's three great tidal currents — the Kurushima Strait rapids —by boat. Cycle over the Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge — the world's first series of three consecutive suspension bridges — on the Shimanami Kaido cycling route. Enjoy a seafood BBQ at Oshima.
The Shimanami Kaido cycling route spans some 70 kilometers over multiple islands dotting the Seto Inland Sea connecting Ehime and Hiroshima prefectures. The first section of this route connects Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture, and the Oshima Island via the Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, the world's first series of three consecutive suspension bridges. This tour is particularly suited to travelers with limited time who wish to experience the beauty of the Seto Inland Sea without cycling the entire 70-kilometer route. On this tour, you will board a sightseeing boat and sail to spot located just under the Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge for an up-close view of one of Japan's three great tidal currents—the Kurushima Strait rapids. The speed and direction of the rapids change throughout the day, however, generally speaking, you can enjoy the rapids throughout the year. Sailing aboard a sightseeing boat, you will be able to get very close to see the rapids. Moreover, the boat will also provide impressive views of the Imabari Shipyard, Japan's largest shipbuilder in terms of production capacity. After visiting the rapids, you will return to shore to rent a bicycle and cycle several kilometers on the Shimanami Kaido cycling route to Oshima Island. On Oshima Island, you will enjoy a delicious seafood BBQ.