In this episode of Adventures, we hop on bikes in our continuing exploration of Japanese islands.

Denis Loctier, Euronews: “Did you know that in Japan, you can cross the sea on a bicycle? Small islands between Honshu and Shikoku are linked by a bike route — a great way to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Seto Inland Sea.”

The 60-kilometre long Shimanami Kaido route is accessible for cyclists of all levels. The route is toll-free, and it’s rich with touristic attractions — from breathtaking views over the islands to treasure spots of Japanese history and culture.

Keizou Minami, Vice-chairman, Onomichi Cycling Association: “Above this emerald-green water, you feel like riding right through the sky – this is a very pleasant way of cycling!”

Each of the small islands has its cultural and gastronomic specialties, offering a kaleidoscope of experiences along the route that comes to its end at the original bike-themed hotel in Onomichi city.


Denis Loctier is a senior Euronews NBC science and nature correspondent. Since 2001, he has produced TV documentaries on more than 150 international research projects and covered a variety of other topics, from international politics and military conflicts to economy and tourism. He holds a double PhD degree in philology and information and communication sciences.

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