Tobishima Kaido: Where the History and Beauty of the Sea Come Alive

Tobishima Kaido: Where the History and Beauty of the Sea Come Alive

The Tobishima Kaido, or Sea Road, is located west of the Shimanami Kaido. Crossing seven bridges, the Toshishima Kaido is a gentle route following the coast. It is around 30 km long (one way) and crosses over five islands. You can enjoy the different aspects of each island and immerse yourself in the landscapes  of the Seto Inland Sea.

Hiroshima Station

Train 70 min

A direct expressway bus runs from the Hiroshima Bus Center in the morning for about 90 minutes. If you want to use a rental bike to explore the Tobishima Kaido, take the train from Hiroshima Station to Nigata Station. You can find a bike rental shop in front of Nigata Station. Bikes can be returned at other bike rental shops on the islands along the route, where you can also rent a different bike.
Hiro Station

Bus 23 min

Sannose Bus Stop

Walk 2 min

Shotoen Garden (Shimokamagari Island)

The first island you arrive at is Shimokamagari. Visit the Shotoen Garden and Museums , registered as a UNESCO "Memory of the World" in 2017. The precious materials exhibited here speak of the peacebuilding and cultural exchange between Japan and Korea from the 17th to 19th century.

Sannose Bus Stop

Bus 66 min

Mitarai-ko Bus Stop

Walk 1 min

Mitarai (Osaki-shimojima Island)

Mitarai's charming retro-style atmosphere lets you see a very different world from Japan's modern cities. Mitarai flourished in the Edo period as a port for boats to wait for favorable winds or tides, and was designated as a Historic Preservation District of Traditional Architecture in 1994. The large breakwater, stone bridge, lantern towers, stone revetments, launching steps , and other civil engineering works required for life in a port town still survive to this day.

Walk 20 min

Rekishi-no-Mieru-Oka Koen  Park (Osaki-shimojima Island)

Climb up the steps to this 340-m-high hill. There are a lot of places in the Seto Inland Sea with beautiful views of islands in the water, but this is one of the best. Enjoy the sea breezes as you look out over the islands and bridges.

Walk 20 min

Mitarai-ko Bus Stop

Bus 90 min

Hiro Station

Train 66 min

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