Japan truly is a paradise for cyclists. There's plenty of scenic routes, well maintained roads and polite drivers, and all that make getting around on bike a breeze.
Wondering where to start your cycling adventure? One of the most revered spots in Japan for those on two wheels is the Shimanami Kaido Cycling Route, which is a must do if you're in the region. Stretching approximately 60 kilometers from Onomichi in Hiroshima to Imabari in Ehime, it takes you over several bridges along the way and shows off some of the best views that the country has to offer.
If you do plan to cycle the Shimanami Kaido route, there's a perfect spot to set up base - and it's aptly named Hotel Cycle. It's an accommodation spot that really caters to cyclists, offering check in services while you're still on your bike and the ability to take your bicycle up to your room. Often if you're bringing your own bike to Japan it's likely to have cost a pretty penny and isn't something you want to keep outside in the elements, so this is a welcome service for an accommodation to offer. The hotel also offers a range of bike tools if you need to fix any issues that might arise while you're out exploring. Easy!
When it comes to the accommodation itself, it truly is a trendy place to stay. Most of the guest rooms have racks on the wall, and there are branded amenities including tea and coffee complete with Hotel Cycle inscribed mugs. If you're looking for eats, you won't struggle in that department either. There are multiple places to enjoy a bite, from the Butti Bakery which serves up a range of locally inspired breads, through to the Yard Cafe that boasts a cycle-through counter - you're able to order your food without even getting off your bike.