Now you can freely pick-up and drop-off a share bike at 5 different platforms in Omishima and Hakata. Provided by ‘HELLO CYCLING’ by Open Street Inc., these bikes are easy to use: Just download the app (fully in English language) register your credit card, and you are ready to go!
Five rental platforms in Omishima and Hakatajima
|Sakari Port||Omishima||Explore Rabbit Island (Okunoshima) !|
Reaching Rabbit Island has never been so easy! As there is no public transportation from Oyamazumi Shrine to Sakari Port, now the best way to get there autonomously, is to pick-up a share bike and go. After Rabbit Island, why not to continue to Honshu and visit Takehara in Hiroshima prefecture, and then take a ferry back from Tadanoumi to Sakari port?
Omishima Ferry Timetable
|Road Station Tatara Shimanami Park||Omishima||If you come to Omishima by bus, you can start cycling anytime, withour havng to wait for the rental cycle services to open. Go to the road station in from of the bus stop and continue your jouney from there!|
You can visit Oyamazumi shrine, continue to Hakata Island, or take a ferry from Munaka Port. The options are many, as you can pick-up and drop-off your share bike at any of the 5 convenient platforms in the two islands.
|Road Station Omishima||Omi|
Located right next to Oyamazumi shrine, Iyo Ichonomiya, and great protector of travelers and warriors, and of the most important attraction along the Shimanami, from this platform you may reach many other destinations on the island, (Sakari Port, Munakata Port, Omishima Shimanami Park or Kinoura Port in Hakatajima Island) drop it off and continue your adventure. Or why not, spend a night in one of the cosy inns on the island!
|Munakata Port||Omishima||In the middle of the Shimanami Kaido, Omishima is also strategically close to the Tobishima, Kaido, in Hiroshima prefecture – towards Kure and Hiroshima. You may cycle up to Munakata Port where our shared bikes also located, and take a ferry to Okakura, where you can start the nature-rich Tobishima Kaido.On your way back, leave your hello cycling bike at Munakata Port and take a bus to Miyaura Port (near Oyamazumi Shrine) or continue cycling till the next destination!|
|Kinoura Port, Hakatajima island||Hakatajima Island||Another strategic platform is located in Kinoura Port, in Hakatajima island. Connected to the Yumeshima Kaido through Innoshima (and vice-versa) this is your chance to fully enjoy cycling around the Geiyo Islands, a less known, yet highly stimulating cycling route.|
Register for the share bike app “HELLO CYCLING” immediately!
Click here to install the app!
Create your account and grab your bike!
It’s very easy to use! Just follow these 3 steps (24 hours)
1. Select a platform from the map and reserve a bicycle
2. Go to the port and unlock your bicycle with your PIN
3. Return to any of the 5 platforms return port or park the bicycle directly on the rail, return it, lock it.
|15 minutes||300 yen|
|Max within 12 hours||8000 yen|
Mini Velo E-Bike For An Easy Ride
All Shimanami shared bikes are electric assisted and easy to adjust to any heights! For your safety, always wear a helmet.
Recommended sightseeing spots
Ride shared bikes that can be easily dropped off at various ports and roadside stations directly connected with public transportation such as fixed-route buses and ferries! Park the shared bike and keep going! Sometimes ferries and fixed-route bus, may not carry a bicycle. This way, you can freely create your own Shimanami itinerary!
Rabbit Island (Okunoshima)
Take a share bike to Sakari Port! It takes only 15 minutes by ferry To Rabbit Island (360 yen for passengers). If you want to return to Omishima, you can go by bicycle and enjoy cycling on Okunoshima. It takes 20 minutes for the 4 kilometers lap. Cute rabbits will surround you and you’ll have the chance to learn about this secret island that used to host poison gas factories during WWII.
Oyamazumi Shrine has a unique nature, with a treasure hall hosting the 70% of the national treasures of Japanese armors and sword. Run around the 3,000-year-old camphor treeand learn more about the famous Murakami pirates, and in summer, take part in the festivals such where also sumo wrestling is held.
This is a famous shrine in Japan where its deity protects travellets and warrior. This is a place where time has stopped. Back to your shared bike you may continue exploring around.
It is popular to buy an amulet at the shrine and attach it to your helmet!
The hottest thing right now is Kamijima Town, Ehime Prefecture, commonly known as Yumeshima Kaido, an extension of the Shimanami Kaido. A brand new bridge now connects n Iwagi Island and Ikina Island making it easy top cycle through the four islands!
A route with no traffic lights … these 4 Islands of Setouchi are the cyclists’ dream made reality. Rich in nature, feel warmly welcomed by the local people and enjoy the best, yet easy, cycling route. You can easily access each island from Hakata Port by Geiyo Kisen.
From Hakata Port, reach Yuge Island to Iwagi. Then take a ferry from Okogi port to Sunoe port (Ikuchi Island) and
return to Omishima. You
make take different paths and even return to Hakatajima Island later. For more options visit the model course page.
Tobishima Kaido / Osakikamijima
The Tobishoma Kaido can start from…Omishima! If you want to save time, you may get to Munakata port bby bus… From there, take a share bike, jump on a ferry and challenge the Tobishima Kaido and Osakikamijima! Of course this is only one of the options.
by nature, the Tobishima Kaido offers sceneries of other times. Visit Mitarai on Osaki-Shimojima, a port town filled with beautiful
Japanese houses, where the old town is well preserved. Feel part of a place where time has
stopped long time ago.
Reach the top of Mt. Shinpozan on Osakikamijima, where you can see more than 100 of the Geiyo Islands on the Hiroshima prefecture side- this is another unique sport you can reach with an E-Bike.
So, Take a bus to Munakata, pick up a shared bike and then board on a ferry to Okamura Island. You can also return to Munakata by cycling around Osaki Shimojima, Toyoshima, Kamikamagarijima and of course, Mitarai!
See our Tobishima Kaido model course page for more information.