Ikuchijima island – Shimanami Kaido
Welcome Ikuchijima Island
Ikuchijima is a small island of about 11,000 people in the Seto Inland Sea between the main island of Honshu and Shikoku.
Located in Hiroshima Prefecture, from 2006 Ikuchijima has been part of Onomichi City. Since 1999 Ikuchijima has been connected to the mainland by the Shimanami Kaido, a road linking Onomichi with Imabari on Shikoku that passes through six islands via seven bridges.
The bridge connected Ikuchijima with Omishima, named Tatara Bridge, is particularly graceful with a center span of 890 meters and was the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world when it was built.
The last major island on the Ehime side is Omishima, not to be confused with the first island on the Ehime side, Oshima. On a hot day in August, I got on the highway near Imabari City and drove across the Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridge, the Hakatajima Oshima Bridge, and the Omishima Bridge to get to Omishima, admiring the fine views of each bridge I crossed.