Shimanami-kaido Highway was completed as an expressway over the sea from Onomichi to Imabari in Ehime Prefecture via islands in the Seto Inland Sea in 1999. As there are paths for pedestrians and bicycles in addition to the motorway, it is popular as a cycling road over the sea. (There is an island-crossing toll of 100 yen for bicycles but pedestrians are free.) There is a bicycle rental near Onomichi Port (from 500 yen a day).

Surrounded by fresh air with a salty scent, you will find the ocean views from the O-hashi Bridge breathtaking, There are no large structures except for the bridges connecting islands. As local people have continued their usual way of life even after the Shimanami-kaido was built, you can catch glimpses of the real life of this area. Please keep in mind that there are few restaurants and rest rooms.

Construction of Kosan-ji Temple in Ikuchi-jima island was completed over the course of some 30 years, straddling the World War II years. Within the complex, there are large numbers of temple-style buildings, which resemble old and famous temples in Japan with ""modern improvements,"" and many of them are designated as tangible cultural properties of the nation. A 5,000-meters-square marble garden, ""Mirai-kokorono-oka (Spiritual Hill of the Future), designed by sculptor Kazuto Kuetani, a native of Hiroshima Prefecture, spreads forth at the back of the temple. Visitors hopefully will appreciate the combination of the traditional buildings and creative monuments, which might be thought to be disharmonious, but in fact blend exquisitely well together. In addition, there is a museum nearby dedicated to homegrown painter Ikuo Hirayama, who suffered in the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima but actively continued working after the war.






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