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Bicycle and pedestrian way

Overview of the bicycle and pedestrian way

Nishi-Seto Expressway connecting Onomichi and Imabari (nicknamed: Shimanami Expressway) is a 60 km long motorway, while the bridge portion has a bicycle and pedestrian way that can also be used by motorized two-wheel vehicles.
This enables pedestrians, bicycles, and motorized two-wheel vehicles(motorized bicycles that are 125 cc and under) to cross the bridge.
This makes it possible for people to commute to work or school as well as enjoy sightseeing on a bicycle on the bridge. It is also possible to cross the bridge from Onomichi to Imabari on foot.
The bicycle and pedestrian way is a great way to discover new charms of the Shimanami Expressway bridge in person.

  • Innoshima Bridge (inside the bridge girder)
    Innoshima Bridge (inside the bridge girder)
  • Tatara Bridge
    Tatara Bridge
  • Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridges
    Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridges
Accessing the bicycle and pedestrian way (for first time users)
The bicycle and pedestrian way entrance to the bridge from general streets is different than that of the motorway entrance (interchange) to the Nishi-Seto Expressway. Please be cautious not to enter the motorway by mistake.

User safety guide (for pedestrians, bicycles, and two-wheelers)

<Please follow traffic rules and manners>

  • Bicycles are considered vehicles. Please keep to the left of the road in single file.
  • Speeding is dangerous!
  • Be sure to stop and check your surroundings in places with limited visibility.
  • In bridge sections where motorized two-wheel vehicles and ordinary bicycles use the same space (Innoshima Bridge, Ohmishima Bridge, Hakata-Ohshima (Ōshima) Bridge), keep to the left of the road in single file and observe the legal speed limit.
  • In bridge sections where bicycles and pedestrians share the same space (Ikuchi Bridge, Tatara Bridge, Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge), pedestrians have the right of way.
  • All pedestrians must be cautious of bicycles on the bridge.
  • Use caution as strong wind can be expected in strait areas.
    *Refer to the Hiroshima Prefectural Police Department's website for more information on traffic rules and manner for bicycles.

<Use of Tandem Bicycles>

Starting October 1, 2010, the bicycle and pedestrian way on Shimanami Expressway is open to tandem bicycles. Please note the following when traveling on the bridge.

*Shin-Onomichi Bridge does not have a bicycle and pedestrian way. The footway on Onomichi Bridge that runs parallel to the Shin-Onomichi Bridge is narrow and dangerous. Bicycles and pedestrians should use the ferry instead.

[Instructions for tandem bicycle users when traveling on Shimanami Expressway]
  • When riding, be cautious of pedestrians and other bicycles; slow down around curbs with limited visibility.
  • Traveling on Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridges, Tatara Bridge, and Ikuchi Bridge with tandem bicycles longer than 2.5 m may face difficulties turning.
  • Due to elevator specifications, the elevator for pedestrians and bicycles on Umashima Island en route of the Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridges is not accessible to tandem bicycles.
  • Tandem bicycles pay the toll charges for light vehicles, etc. (Refer to the toll table below. )

Click here for information on cycling on the Shimanami Expressway

Table of major travel times and distances between sections

Onomichi Station Innoshima Bridge Ikuchi Bridge Tatara Bridge Ohmishima Bridge Hakata-Ohshima
Bridge
Kurushima Kaikyo
Bridge
Sunrise Itoyama
Onomichi Station 9.8 22.5 38.1 45.3 50.2 66.1 69.7
Innoshima Bridge 9.8 12.7 28.3 35.5 40.4 56.3 59.9
Ikuchi Bridge 22.5 12.7 15.6 22.8 27.7 43.6 47.2
Tatara Bridge 38.1 28.3 15.6 7.2 12.1 28.0 31.6
Ohmishima Bridge 45.3 35.5 22.8 7.2 4.9 20.8 24.4
Hakata-Ohshima
Bridge
50.2 40.4 27.7 12.1 4.9 15.9 19.5
Kurushima Kaikyo
Bridge
66.1 56.3 43.6 28.0 20.8 15.9 3.6
Sunrise Itoyama 69.7 59.9 47.2 31.6 24.4 19.5 3.6
  • *The distances shown are estimates based on the suggested route.
  • *Sections are defined based on the middle of each bridge.

Toll Table

  • light vehicles, etc. (bicycles, motor-bikes whose engine displacement are 125cc or less etc...)
  • (Unit: yen)
Innoshima
Bridge
Ikuchi
Bridge
Tatara
Bridge
Ohmishima
Bridge
Hakata-Ohshima
Bridge
Kurushima Kaikyo
Bridges
50 50 100 50 50 200
  • *Bridge toll for bicycles is free until March 31, 2020.
  • *Access is free to pedestrians.
  • *There is no bicycle and pedestrian way on Shin-Onomichi Bridge.

Book of toll tickets etc.

Motorbike tickets as well as value book of tickets are available.


  • Motorbike Tickets [PDF] Click here for a leaflet

    - Ticket sales offices
    • Senkoji Temple Ropeway Entrance
    • Onomichi Station Tourist Information Office (within JR Onomichi Station)
    • Setoda Tourist Information Center
    • Rental Cycling Terminal Tatara Shimanami Koen
    • Sunrise Itoyama
    • Nishi-Seto Expressway toll gates
    - Ticket price

    500 yen (10 pack of 50 yen tickets)
    500 yen when using from Innoshima Bridge to Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridges. These tickets can be used for any section, so you don't have to carry loose change with you.

    - Types of vehicles

    Motorized bicycles, light vehicles

    - Applicable period

    From the date of sale to the day of expiration of toll charge collection

    - Notice

    2 tickets required for 100-yen sections and 4 tickets required for 200-yen sections.

  • Book of toll tickets.

    - Ticket sales offices

    Nishi-Seto Expressway toll gates

    - Ticket price

    Per the schedule below

Types Vehicle classification 11 tickets 50 tickets
(Tickets used for 50-yen sections)
Innoshima Bridge, Ikuchi Bridge,
Ohmishima Bridge,
Hakata-Ohshima Bridge
Light vehicles, etc. 500 yen 2,000 yen
(Tickets used for 100-yen sections)
Tatara Bridge,
Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridges (Note)
Light vehicles, etc. 1,000 yen 4,000 yen
  • Note: Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridges require 2 tickets for 100-yen sections.
- Applicable period

From the date of sale to the day of expiration of toll charge collection

- Notice

Cannot be used for traveling beyond these sections or by vehicle classifications noted on the ticket.

Information on cycling on the Shimanami Expressway

The following site provides various information so that more people can enjoy cycling along the Shimanami Expressway.