On this adventure, we travel across Shikoku from the Seto Inland Sea, passing over the Shimanami Kaido and Mt. Ishizuchi by e-bike and descending the Niyodo River by SUP to the Pacific Ocean. This tour is conceived as an introduction to the best of Shikoku adventure.
We first get on our e-bikes to cycle the Shimanami Kaido, a chain of islands and bridges crossing the Inland Sea. It was once home to maritime clans (pirates!), who took some cargo in return for guiding ships through the racing currents and whirlpools of the hazardous sea. From the islands, we can see Mt. Ishizuchi looming ahead.
The climb up to Ishizuchi is challenging, but e-bikes make it possible for any averagely fit person. Traversing the mountain on the ‘UFO Line’ is quite a trip – the views over Shikoku roll on and on, blending into the distant ocean.
The pure blue Niyodo River rises on Ishizuchi and flows down to the Pacific. We ride its translucent waters on SUP boards.
Along the route, we meet the ancestors of pirates, the Shinto priests whose deities watch over the mountains and seas, and the craftspeople who use the water from the mountains to make beautiful washi paper and deliciously fresh sake.
Who is this tour for?
This tour is for adventurous people who like to travel with a guide and a small group of like-minded people. It’s for people who want to experience the very best of Shikoku adventure. The outdoor activities, cycling and SUP, aren’t very physically demanding, but they do require a bit of stamina. You can expect to sweat and get wet.
Prices shown are per person
With 4 people: ¥577,000
With 6 people: ¥447,000
With 8 people: ¥382,000
Accommodation is 1 room for 2 people. Additional charge for 1 room per person: ¥60,000