Sightseeing spots

Imabari / Shimanami Sea Route Areas

Imabari/Shimanami Sea Rout Map Shimanami Sea Route Imabari Castle Iyo Sakurai Shikki Kaikan Yoshiumi Iki-iki-Kan Farm Stand Sai-sai Kiteya, local produce marketing center Sunrise Itoyama Wild-current Ride Kiro-san Observatory and Park Tatara Shimanami Park Tide Ride Oyamazumi Jinja Shrine Murakami Suigun Museum Tokoro Museum Omishima Towel Museum ICHIHIRO Nibukawa Seseragi Koryu-kan, public bathhouse

Shimanami Sea Route

(access) JR Matsuyama sta. ⇒ JR Imabari sta. approx. 40 min. by express

Shimanami Sea Route

Shimanami Sea Route

Shimanami Sea Route is a collective name of the motor highway over the Seto Inland Sea to connect Imabari (Ehime) and Onomichi (Hiroshima) and some of the islands in between. The total length is 59.4km. The islands are linked by 9 splendid bridges such as triplet suspension bridge, arch bridge, cable-stayed bridge. The cycler & pedestrian ways are running parallel to some parts of the motorway, and 14 cycling terminals to rent (and drop-off) a bike along the way. Enjoy cycling and walking.

Shimanami Sea Route Cycling

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Inquiry/ Imabari City Tourism Department 0898-36-1541   Imabari District Sightseeing Association 0898-22-0909

Imabari Castle

Imabari CastleImabari Castle was constructed in 1604 by Todo Takatora, an ace castle builder at that time. The castle, built on the seaside plain and surrounded by the triple seawater moats, is one of the rare castle designs throughout the nation. The structure of the donjon is 5-layer-6-story, and the exhibits include the great collection of habiliments and armors.

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Locationo/ 3-1-3 Toori-Cho, Imabari
Telephone/ 0898-31-9233
Hours/09:00 - 17:00 (Entrance closes at 16:30 from December - February)
Closed/Year-end holidays   Admission/ the donjon ¥500-

Iyo Sakurai Shikki Kaikan
(Sakurai Lacquer Ware Hall)

Iyo Sakurai Shikki KaikanSakurai Shikki lacquer ware is traditional artwork with more than 250-year history in Imabari. Variety of the soup bowls and chopsticks and other daily tableware and lacquer picture panels are displayed and sold. You can also observe the workshop.

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Address/ Ko 340-1 Nagasawa Imabari
Telephone/ 0898-48-0418
Hours/ 10:00 - 18:00
Closed/ Tuesday (or Wednesday if Tuesday is the national holiday.)
Admission/ free

Yoshiumi Iki-iki-Kan Farm Stand

Yoshiumi Iki-iki-Kan Farm StandFarm stand and restaurant in Oshima island in the Inland Sea, just off the Kurushima Kaikyo Ohashi Bridge. Fresh seafood BBQ is very popular. There is a reception desk for renting a bike and boat for the wild-current ride.

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Location/ 4520-2
Yoshiumi-Cho-Myo, Imabari
Telephone/ 0897-84-3710
Hours/ 09:00 - 17:00   Closed/ January 1

Sai-sai Kiteya,
local produce marketing center

Sai-sai Kiteya, local produce marketing centerOne of the nation's biggest produce stands opened in 2007. You can buy anything from fresh vegetables and seafood grown and caught in Imabari, and enjoy the food and drinks at the restaurant and the cafe.

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Location/ 279-1 Nakadera Imabari
Telephone/ 0898-33-3131
Hours/ 09:00 - 19:00 (restaurant 11:00 - 20:00)
Open/ 7 days week
Admission/ free

Sunrise Itoyama

Sunrise ItoyamaSunrise Itoyama, Imabari Cycling Terminal. The main cycling terminal of Shimanami Sea Route Cycling Road at the foot of the Kurushima Kaikyo Ohashi Bridge. You can rent and drop off a bike here. There is a restaurant and an inn.

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Address/ 2-8-1 Sunaba-Cho, Imabari
Telephone/ 0898-41-3196
Hours/ 08:00 - 20:00 (Entrance closes at 17:00 from October - March)   Open/ 7 days week
Fee/ To rent a bike: 1000/day (※ \1,000 for deposit. Reimbursed when returning the bike.)

Wild-current Ride

Wild-current RideKurushima Kaikyo Strait is one of the three fastest currents in Japan, and you can enjoy experiencing the wildly fast stream in a boat. Apply at the Yoshiumi Iki-iki-Kan and sail from the Shitadami-ko Port. Cruise around islands, under the Kurushima Kaikyo Ohashi Bridge and some shipbuilding docks for 40 mins.

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Telephone/ 0898-25-7338 (Shimanami)
Hours/ 09:00 - 16:00
Open/ 7 days week (group entry only from December - February)
Fee/ ¥1,500-

Kiro-san Observatory and Park

Kiro-san Observatory and ParkThe sensational view from the 307.8-meter top of Mt. Kiro-san. The observatory at the south end of Oshima Island is uniquely designed under the mountain and cannot be seen from outside. From the top, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Kurushima Kaikyo Ohashi Bridge, the world’s first triplet suspension bridge, in front of you, and on your back, Mt. Ishizuchi.

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Location/ 487-1 Minamiura,Yoshiumi-Cho, Imabari
Telephone/ 0897-84-2111 (Industrial construction Department, Yoshiumi Branch Office, Imabari City)

Tatara Shimanami Park

Tatara Shimanami ParkTatara Ohashi Bridge, one of the world's biggest cable-stayed bridge links Omishima (Ehime) and Ikuchishima (Hiroshima). The seaside park is just off the bridge. There are info center, shops for local produces, restaurant and desk to rent a bike.

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Location/ 9180-4 Inokuchi, Kamiura-Cho, Imabari
Telephone/ 0897-87-3855 (Tatara Information Center)
Hours/ 09:00 - 17:00
Open/ 7 days week
Admission/ free

Tide Ride

Tide RideEnjoy a thrilling boat-ride (for about 40 mins) around Noshima Island, nation’s designated historic site, and one of the fastest streams in the Inland Sea.

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Location/ 1293-2 Miyakubo, Miyakubo-Cho, Imabari
Telephone/ 0897-86-3323
Hours/ 09:00 - 16:00
Closed/ Monday (or Tuesday if Monday is the national holiday.)
Fee/ ¥1,000-

Oyamazumi Jinja Shrine

Oyamazumi Jinja ShrineOyamazumi Jinja is a principal shrine in Japan, and the main deity enshrined was the god of the sea and the mountains. You must see the repository in which 80% of the National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties are housed.

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Address/ 3327 Miyaura, Omishima-Cho, Imabari
Telephone/ 0897-82-0032 Free to pray
Admission/¥1,000-for the repository + Maritime Museum 08:30 - 17:00, (Door opens until 16:30)

Murakami Suigun Museum

Murakami Suigun MuseumIn the Medieval time in Japan, most of the islands in the Seto Inland Sea (Geiyo Islands) were dominated by Murakami Suigun pirates. The museum has a great collections and display of armors, literatures and unearthed articles of the Murakami Pirates. You can wear armors and kimono for free.

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Address/ 1285 Miyakubo, Miyakubo-Cho, Imabari
Telephone/ 0897-74-1065
Hours/ 09:00 - 17:00
Closed/ Monday (or Tuesday if Monday is the national holiday), year-end thorough New Year holidays
Admission/ ¥300 for the permanent exhibition

Tokoro Museum Omishima

Tokoro Museum OmishimaModern sculpture museum was built, taking advantage of the natural landscape. It displays the artworks of modern artists. The view of the Seto Inland Sea from the terrace is spectacular!

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Address/ 2362-3 Urado, Omishima-Cho, Imabari
Telephone/ 0897-83-0380
Hours/ 09:00 - 17:00
Closed/ Monday (or Tuesday if Monday is the national holiday.)
Admission/ ¥300-

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Towel Museum ICHIHIRO

Towel Museum ICHIHIROImabari is proud of the nation’s largest production of towels, and this is a very unique towel museum. Towel art gallery, shops and restaurants are in the building, and a European-style garden is laid out in the quarter.

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Address/ 2930 Kami Kou, Asakura, Imabari
Telephone/ 0898-56-1515
Hours/ 09:30 - 18:00 (Entrance closes at 17:30 from November - March)
Open/ 7 days week (a few days off for the maintenance in winter)
Admission / ¥800 for the gallery

Nibukawa Seseragi Koryu-kan, public bathhouse

Nibukawa Seseragi Koryu-kan, public bathhouseOne of the three good spa resorts in Ehime. The silky smooth texture of the hot water is said to make women’s skin beautiful. On the upstream near the gorge, there are some traditional Japanese inns.

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Address/ 218-1 Nibukawa Ko, Tamagawa-Cho, Imabari
Telephone/ 0898-55-4477
Hours/ 10:30 - 21:00
Closed/ second & fourth Monday (or Tuesday if Monday is the national holiday), year-end through New Year holidays
Fee/ ¥410-

Price on the page is adult rate.