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After being wowed by the 360-degree panoramic view from Roppongi, the center of Tokyo, take a trip to Dogo Onsen, the oldest hot spring resort of Japan, and stroll arround the area.
The atmosphere created will take you back to the good old days of Japan and refresh your mind and body through old Japanese traditions that are still alive today. Along the way, you’ll cross the gentle Seto Inland Sea by bicycle. This journey of modern sights and the natural beauty of an island archipelago will pull at your heartstrings.

Official Tokyo Travel Guide

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  • Traveled : July 2016 Yasmin Bright
    Travel blogger
    Reside in Australia
  • Traveled : July 2016 Phil Ingram
    Reside in Tokyo
    Home country: Australia

Sydney Airport

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  • Yasmin Bright

    The flight from Sydney to Tokyo was convenient and punctual. We left Sydney on time at 2055 on ANA and I was seated in Premium Economy so there was a lot of leg room and even a leg rest I could flip out to help me get cosy for an onboard sleep, along with my blanket, pillow and slippers! Dinner helped me get in the mood for my Japan experience with tempura and rice, fruit and saki. A really good flight.

Haneda Airportmore

Haneda Airport
The airport serves as an air gateway for Tokyo. The passenger terminal is filled with various commercial facilities, and visitors can command a panoramic view of Tokyo Bay from the rooftop observation deck, so that every one, even those who are not flying, can enjoy the terminal.

Tokyo Metropolitan Area



Tokyo City Viewmore


Tokyo City View
Tokyo City View, situated in the heart of Tokyo, features an indoor observation gallery 250 meters above sea level and an outdoor Sky Deck 270 meters above sea level. It commands a view of landmarks such as Tokyo Tower and TOKYO SKYTREE, and on a clear day even Mt. Fuji. The Sky Deck is a special space open to the sky and breeze.
  • Yasmin Bright

    The first thing that greeted me at Roppongi was a huge spider sculpture that reached way over my head. To stand underneath it and look up was quite awesome/creepy! Arriving at the top of the Tokyo City View was incredible. It was amazing to get a sense of the size of Tokyo from the top. You could see the enormity of the city but also see tiny details like rooftop gardens and swimming pools. To walk around the helipad at the very top, and feel the wind in your hair was great!

  • Phil Ingram

    Roppongi Hills is one of my most favourite landmarks in Tokyo because of its fabulous architecture and attractions, such as shops, bars and retaurants, movie theatres and museums. However, the highlights for me are the outdoor spaces - the outdoor sculptures and event spaces. The giant spider with her eggs against the background of the sky is something to behold and I like nothing more than standing under the cool mist spray on a hot day cooling off. However, it is the views from the top that really made my day on this occassion. I had been to the inside 360 degree walk around observation area, but never before to the outdoor observation area. You can walk all the way on a wooden deck around the helipad and from 238 metres above the ground get terrific views in every direction: across Tokyo Bay, to Mt Fuji, the Imperial Palace, Shinjuku and so on... what a geat city Tokyo is!

Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
Roppongi Station → Ginza Station
About 10 minutes

  • Yasmin Bright

    We visited Kakiyasu restaurant for lunch. it was, quite simply, incredible. The food was a delight before you even tasted it: everything looked like a work of art. The highlight here was shabu-shabu: cooking your own raw beef and vegetables in a broth on a burner at the table. The beef was finely shaved and just needed a short moment in the boiling broth before it was melt-in-your-mouth perfection. It is some of the best meat I've ever eaten.

  • Phil Ingram

    I love Japanese food and shabu-shabu is one of my favourites, so having shabu-shabu at the famous Kakiyasu Restaurant in Ginza was a meal I will always remember. Wonderful presentation and delicious food!

The Kimono Gallerymore

The Kimono Gallery
Tokyo is the center of Japan and Ginza is the center of Tokyo. Because Ginza beautifully fuses Japanese traditional clothing culture with modern shopping districts, one can dress themselves in elegant finery freely and set foot in Ginza, the Imperial Palace, Tokyo Station, Tsukiji, and the Kabuki-za. We will assist you in making a memory of a beautiful and fun day out.

You don't need to bring anything to enjoy the Kimono Experience, our rentals include everything from free fitting to simple hair arrangements and hair ornaments.

Men and women can both participate and single travelers are also welcome.

Our staff speak English and Chinese. Foreign guests are very welcome.
  • Yasmin Bright

    Getting dressed up in Kimono or yukata was such a fun experience! It took a little while to be wrapped up in all the pieces - it definitely made me appreciate the time and effort that goes into this tradition. Despite it being a hot day it was quite comfortable walking around the streets while being dressed up. We definitely turned some heads and had strangers taking our photo!

  • Phil Ingram

    On this occasion, a 35 degree bright summers day in downtown Tokyo wearing the Yukata was very enjoyable. We had fun deciding which style and colour to wear and putting them on in the shop with the patient help of the 'dressers". We also enjoyed showing off which ones we had chosen, especially the girls who really looked good in them. But we had even more fun putting on our geta ( Japanese wooden sandals) and prancing around the main Ginza street like actors on a stage. Our walk certainly attracted alot of attention from locals and tourists. The photo shot of the four of us on the zebra crossing is one cool way to remember our visit to Ginza.

20 minutes

  • Yasmin Bright

    Japanese food is always presented as little works of art, so it was interesting to have the pretty flower sweets made from scratch in front of our very eyes. The sweetness of the dessert was deliciously and perfectly matched by the bitterness of the iced matcha. A lovely treat on a hot day.

    The food court in Mistukoshi Department Store was a sight to see with an opportunity to walk around and taste test and buy crackers and jellies and sweets.

  • Phil Ingram

    As much as I like Japanese green tea, I normally wouldn’t have it in such a famous and nice shop as Tsuruya Yoshinobu where you can sit at the counter and order your sweet to offset the bitterness of the green tea, and watch it being made in front of you. An authentic and unique experience of classical Japan!

SKY BUS TOKYO(Odaiba Night Course)more

SKY BUS TOKYO(Odaiba Night Course)
On the Odaiba Night Course, the two-story open-deck SKYBUS TOKYO takes passengers to see the Tokyo Tower lit up against the night sky and also goes directly beneath the Rainbow Bridge. Since the SKYBUS TOKYO also takes highways along the way, passengers can feel like they are on a theme park attraction.

The SKYBUS TOKYO stops at Aqua City in Odaiba and allows passengers one hour of free time to get something to eat or take a commemorative photo with the Statue of Liberty and Rainbow Bridge in the background.

This two-hour tour is the perfect way to enjoy many of Tokyo's night spots in a short amount of time.
  • Yasmin Bright

    Driving around the city atop the rooftop of a bus was a great way to get our bearings and move quickly around the city, but being able to see everything – unlike the metro. There was also a good opportunity to see the Tokyo tower close up - it reminded me of a red Eiffel Tower! Cruising over the Rainbow bridge at sunset was spectacular. A lovely photo opportunity.

    The soba noodles and tempura at Aqua City Daiba were fresh and delicious - I cannot get enough of soba - and it was a real treat to be able to grate my own wasabi. I actually had no idea what a wasabi root looked like before now!

  • Phil Ingram

    The SkyBus tour of Tokyo at sunset was a good way to see the city from a different perspective - with a clear view afforded by the open double decker bus you can see all the streetscapes and buildings up, down and from all angles. Especially going right under Tokyo Tower is a good way to see the beauty of its sweeping structure. Its also a bit of a thrill to fly over the Rainbow Bridge high above Tokyo Bay with the wind in your hair. The highlight was seeing the sunset while crossing the Rainbow Bridge with the lights of the city shining around us.

    The dinner we had at Aqua City Daiba was a classic Japanese dish that I never grow tired of - soba and tempura. In this case it was very special because they gave us fresh wasabi that we had to grate ourselves to mix with the tsuyu or dipping sauce. The prawns were huge too! Daiba is the perfect spot to capture Tokyo's skyline at sunset since you can see the city across the bay with the sun setting behind it - makes for a romanatic dining spot.


  • Yasmin Bright

    The room at the Palace Hotel was exquisite. A deep hot bath followed by a fresh robe, slippers and beer was perfect after a long day. It was nice to watch the view from the balcony over the city while feeling so cosy and refreshed. Very luxurious.

  • Phil Ingram

    I have stayed in many hotels in Japan over 25 years but I can say that my stay at the Palace Hotel has to be one of the best - great service in English, delicious beeakfast spread and amazing high tech and spacious room. The built in TV to the bathroom mirror was something I have never seen before, as was the drapes contol from the bedside.



7:25 Haneda Airport

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  • Yasmin Bright

    The flight to Matsuyama Airport from Haneda was on time, easy and comfortable.

  • Phil Ingram

    ANA flight from Haneda to Matsuyama was like all flights should be - on time, smooth and comfortable.

8:55 Matsuyama Airportmore

8:55 Matsuyama Airport
Matsuyama Airport is the port of entry for air travelers to Ehime Prefecture and is Shikoku's largest airport, bustling with activity everyday.

Along with food and drink shops, there is a shopping zone selling various souvenirs such as Matsuyama Airport limited goods, as well as a lounge where visitors can enjoy locally-brewed Ehime sake at a reasonable price.

In addition, there is an interpreter service that provides instant service via tablet devices, a multi-lingual information board, and even a free Wi-Fi spot, to help foreign visitors travel with peace of mind.

Furthermore, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, an event is held where Ehime Prefecture's symbolic product, mikan juice, pours out from a faucet, with free samples given out. The sight of mikan juice pouring out from a faucet can only be seen in Ehime, so be sure to stop by when this event is held.

Hiroshima Airport Limousine Bus
Hiroshima Airport → Hiroshima Bus
About 50 minutes

Matsuyama Castlemore

Matsuyama Castle
Located in central Matsuyama City, Matsuyama Castle stands atop Katsuyama Hill. It had superb defensive capabilities as a flatland-mountain castle with a "coalition grouping style" layout.

Matsuyama Castle has one of only 12 surviving castle donjons built before the Edo period. It was chosen as one of Japan's Top 100 Castles in 2006 and as one of the Top 100 Historical Sites of Beautiful Japan in 2007.

In addition, the Nohara Turret is Japan's sole surviving watchtower-style two-layer turret, and the "climbing stone wall" running from the Honmaru to the Ninomaru is a defensive method from Japanese castles built in Korea and only exists in Japan at Matsuyama Castle and Hikone Castle. Including the moated section, the entirety of Shiroyama Park is a National Historic Site and has also been designated as one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots (1990) and one of Japan's Top 100 Historical Parks (2006).
  • Yasmin Bright

    Matsuyama Castle was a stunning example of what one would think a Japanese castle would look like. Our tour guide was very thorough and informative, and I got so much more enjoyment and information about the history out of it than if I'd walked around on my own.

    In the pretty little Kyodo Ryori Kadoya restaurant we sat in our private room and enjoyed some fantastic food including sea bream and rice. We mixed the sauce for this at our table with soya, chives and - surprise! A raw egg! I was surprised at how much I loved it!

  • Phil Ingram

    Matsuyama Castle is how most people imagine most castles to be looking impregnable high up on a mountain overlooking the city with moats around it which is definitely the case with Matsuyama Castle. This was made especially so by our guide who invited us to pretend we were attacking the castle to see if we could figure out how to over come the defences. Needless to say, we would have failed miserably as there were alot of built in tricks such as gates that lead to dead ends where the trapped attackers would end up in a cull de sac and be slaughtered. Or side gates where the defenders would sneak out and attack the attackers from behind. We went right up into the magificent wooden castle donjon and enjoyed the cool breeze and fabulous views.

    Lunch at Kyodo Ryori Kadoya was a unique local Ehime dish where sashimi of Sea Bream is mixed in a pouring bowl with raw egg and sauce and then poured over a bowl of rice. Unexpectedly delicious!

Iyotetsu "Botchan" streetcar
Matsuyama City Station → Dogo Onsen
About 20 minutes

  • Yasmin Bright

    The Botchan train to Dogo Onsen was a lovely way to travel. It is a darling vintage train with wooden bench seats and open windows - a little glimpse into the past.

    The Ishite-ji Temple was my very first visit to a Japanese temple, and is one of 88 on a pilgrimage in the area.

  • Phil Ingram

    The Botchan Train is a unique way to get to Dogo Onsen from Matsuyama City Station as it takes you back over a hundred years ago to the age of steam. Definitely something for adults and children to enjoy on a trip to Matsuyama and Dogo Onsen.

Dogo Hot Springmore

Dogo Hot Spring
Dogo Onsen is Japan's oldest hot spring with a history of approximately 3,000 years. In the Dogo Onsen area centering on Dogo Onsen Honkan, the main building, which obtained three stars in the Michelin Green Guide Japan, there is a commercial arcade lined with a wide variety of shops and free footbaths, providing entertainment for tourists. The Dogo Onsen Annex Asuka-no-Yu opened in December 2017 and combines the traditional craft of Ehime Prefecture with cutting-edge art, making it a unique spa facility for travelers in Japan and from abroad.
  • Yasmin Bright

    Dogo Onsen shopping street is beautiful to wander down. It is long and full of colour and places to shop. I purchased some beautiful Imabari towels as gifts, which is one of the things the area is famous for. We bought and ate all types of sweet and savory crackers, ice green tea, ice cream, and mochi cakes. There was so much to explore and taste!

    Dogo Onsen is one of Japan’s oldest hot springs and the beautiful historic building is well maintained to keep the feel of the original character. Despite being old and historical it is also very well visited, with people bustling inside, getting ready to enjoy their baths. We enjoyed a refreshing green tea and had a tour through the private rooms where the emperors stayed when they visited.

  • Phil Ingram

    The main street of Dogo Onsen is a covered mall with many small and interesting souvenir shops. We stopped by a few of these which have unique locally made products and even bought a few! One store stocks all kinds of the famous Imabari towels - so smooth and good for drying off. The store also sells locally crafted pottery and glassware. We also went into a traditonal Japanese rice cracker store where you can see the crackers being made and where they display a mind boggling range of different kind of crackers and sembei. And to cool down we made sure we tried local citrus flavoured popsicle which were indeed very refreshing.

    I really enjoy old wooden buildings and Dogo Onsen Main Building has long been on my list of must visit places. Although buillt in the 1890's the building is on top of the oldest recorded onsen bath in Japan - over 3,000 years. The building is a maze of corridors and stairs and has 2 main bath houses plus a separate bath quarter for the Emperor which we were showed around. Sitting on the tatami in the large open rest area with the breeze flowing through the building and drinking Japanese green tea was really relaxing.

10 minutes

Dogo Onsen Funaya

  • Yasmin Bright

    Funaya Hotel was an amazing traditional Japanese style guest house, with spacious paper-walled rooms separated by sliding doors. I was welcomed with cold green tea and some local cake before I changed into my yukata and enjoyed the private hotel onsen.

  • Phil Ingram

    We stayed in a classic and famous Ryokan called ”Funaya”, where the Emperor has stayed. My room was huge and I even had my own wooden bath. However, the best part was the main onsen bath - modern and clean but with a delightful outdoor rotenburo which I had all to myself.


Dogo Onsen Funaya

Dogo Onsen Funaya → Dogo Onsen Station
10 minutes

Iyotetsu Intra-city Streetcar No. 5 JR Matsuyama Station Line
Dogo Onsen → JR Matsuyama Station
About 30 minutes

JR Shiokaze limited express train
Matsuyama Station → Imabari Station
About 36 minutes

  • Yasmin Bright

    The Anpanman train from Matsuyama Station to Imabari was punctual and clean. And covered in brightly painted crazy characters! I felt like I was a child again.

  • Phil Ingram

    The JR "Anpanman" train we took from Matsuyama Station to Imabari Station was really cool because it was painted with colourful anime and mascot characters related to " Ampanman" - it was on time, clean and easy to catch too.

Shimanami Kaidomore


Shimanami Kaido
As evident from the name (depending on kanji used, "kaido" can mean both "road" and "sea road"), the Shimanami Kaido is a road that runs above the sea from Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture to Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture. It consists of nine separate bridges and hops over six islands.

The Shimanami Kaido has Japan's only bridge-top bicycle road for cycling. This cycling route lets riders experience the refreshing sensation of riding almost as if suspended above the sea, while gazing down on the beautiful sea and islands below that have been nicknamed the "Aegean Sea of Asia". This route has been highly evaluated by cyclists from in and outside of Japan, and the American television network, CNN, has chosen it as one of the world's most incredible bike routes.

In order to let people experience cycling on this 70-km long sea road, there are bicycle rental shops all along it. Bicycle rental terminals in each area letting riders turn in their bicycles freely. In addition, some hotels and ryokans in Imabari City also allow bicycle turn-ins.
  • Yasmin Bright

    Renting bikes to ride the Shimanami Kaido road was a really amazing experience. It was so easy, being able to send your luggage ahead so you don't have to carry it, and the bikes - shiny Giants in amazing condition were so smooth and a joy to ride. It was value for money and the staff were so helpful checking the gears and seat heights. The ride over the bridges and down onto the islands was truly incredible. I would recommend to everyone! A wonderful way to be immersed in the countryside and feel the wind in your hair. Try the salt ice-cream at the little shops along the way. And take sunscreen!

  • Phil Ingram

    We got off the Anpanman train at JR Imabari Station for the start of our cycle tour of the Shimanami Kaido Cycling tour and dropped our luggage off so it would be delivered to our hotel in Onomichi before we got there. We then went to the start of the series of bridges that crosses about 8 islands of the Seto Inland Sea where we collected our rental cycles. I couldnt believe how good my Giant bicycle was - light and easy to use the gears.

1 hour

  • Yasmin Bright

    Lunch at Yoshiumi Iki-iki Kan was very hands on which made it fun. We chose all our food from a selection of raw seafood and cooked it at our table over a bbq, while enjoying juice from the local citrus fruits. It was great to sit around and chat while we cooked our lunch. I tried baby blowfish - I was a bit nervous to eat it, but it was delicious. And I survived!

  • Phil Ingram

    We stopped for lunch at an outdoor seafood BBQ restaurant at Yoshiumi Iki-iki Island. It was fun because you could choose your seafood and then cook it on a small charcoal grill at the table.

Ikuchijima Islandmore

Ikuchijima Island
One of Japan's foremost areas for citrus fruits, Ikuchijima Island is the birthplace of domestic lemon production. It can be conveniently accessed by direct ferry service from Onomichi on the Hiroshima mainland. This island is home to not just nature, but has cultural appeal with Ikuo Hirayama (a native of Ikuchijima Island) Museum of Art , Kousanji Temple Museum, and Island-wide Art Museum featuring open-air sculptures scattered around the island.

Dishes using seafood from the Seto Inland Sea can be enjoyed here, such as locally-caught octopus fried into tempura and other various mixed and cooked octopus dishes.

In addition, this island is located at the center of the Setouchi Shimanami Kaido cycling road, which was picked by the American television station, CNN, on its travel site as one of the world's most incredible bike routes. It's recommended that visitors have a leisurely bike ride here, while taking in the breathtaking beauty of the Seto Inland Sea!
  • Yasmin Bright

    There is so much to do while riding from Tatara Shimanami Park once in Hiroshima. Riding downhill while overlooking water and citrus plantations was just divine. Sunset beach has places to jump off floating castles into the water to cool off, while for some culture you can visit famous Japanese paintings of the Silk Road at the Hirayama Ikuo Museum.

  • Phil Ingram

    The cycling was the highlight of the trip for me because I'm a keen cyclist and I had heard so much about the ShimaNami cycling course from freinds who had done it. Needless to say I was not dissapointed. The actual dedicated cycling road is wide on all the bridges and the route well signposted with maps at strategic points - and in English.The views on the blue sky day we rode were absolutely stunning and we couldnt stop taking photos. There are so many islands scattered in the sea with rocky shores and sandy beaches with crooked pine trees hanging off the cliffs and forests and terraced mikan fields rising up the slopes. We were constantly stopping to take photos and discovered many interesting things along the way such as the stone masonary worshops and salt ice creams ( delicious !) Most fascinating was the tidal currents sweeping between the islands.After about 45kms we reached Setoda and returned our bikes there and went for a walk to see Hirayama Ikuo Museum. Hirayama is one of Japan's most famous modern artists but who used the traditional Japanese way of painting and he was born and grew up on this island.

High speed ferry
Setoda Port → Onomichi Port
About 40 minutes

  • Yasmin Bright

    Getting out on the water on the ferry at Setoda Wharf was a lovely way to finish our day of buses, trains and bikes. The sun was setting and the water was calm. We watched the breathtaking landscape go past on our way to Onomichi.

  • Phil Ingram

    We took a small inter-island ferry from Setoda Harbor to Onomichi for about 40 minutes which gave us another perspective of the Seto Inland Sea from the water.

5 minutes


Onomichi U2 was opened in March 2014 as an entryway to the Shimanami Kaido, a holy ground for cyclists. Its stylish exterior was renovated from an old storehouse located along the Onomichi Channel, and it is fully equipped with lodging accommodations, a café, a restaurant, and a bar. There is also a shop where visitors can buy products related to the Setouchi area.

This facility supports a pleasant cycling experience with services such as allowing overnight guests to bring their bicycles to their room after check-in, on-site professional bicycle maintenance staff, on-request bicycle shipping to the desired cycling start point, and even pick-up service for the way home.

In addition to cycling, feel free to ask the staff about activities to get your fill of the area and other ways to have fun, such as cruises in the Seto Inland Sea and walks in the hills of Onomichi.
  • Yasmin Bright

    The U2 accommodation I would recommend to anyone. It was super funky and urban - being a converted shipping warehouse - and caters well to bike enthusiasts. There are even hooks on the wall if you want to take your bike to bed with you!

  • Phil Ingram

    The U2 " Cycle Hotel" in Onomichi has to be the funkiest hotel I have ever stayed at in Japan. It has a trendy bar, shops, library area and the western breakfast, especially the croissants are the best!



ONOMICHI U2 → JR Onomichi Station
5 minutes

Hiroshima Airport Limousine Bus
Onomichi Station → Hiroshima Airport
About 55 minutes

Hiroshima Airportmore

Hiroshima Airport
Hiroshima Airport is located 15 minutes away by bus from its nearest station--JR Shiraichi Station. It takes approximately 50 minutes from Shiraichi Station to Hiroshima Station, and 1 hour 20 minutes to Miyajimaguchi Station, which is the entrance to Miyajima, a world renowned site for the floating torii gate in the ocean. There are direct limousine bus services that connect Hiroshima Airport to downtown Hiroshima, including Hiroshima Station and Hiroshima Bus Center. Also, a direct bus runs between the airport and Onomichi Station, providing access to Seto Inland Sea.

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  • Yasmin Bright

    The flight back to Tokyo from Hiroshima was punctual and easy to check in. We checked in our luggage ourselves on a computer, it was very quick. I got a sneak peak of Mt Fuji at sunset out the window as we flew by.

  • Phil Ingram

    Our flight from Hiroshima Airport to Haneda on ANA was on time and we got a great view of Mt Fuji from the left hand side of the plane. Our bags came out of the luggage collection place just as we got there - what great service!

Haneda Airport


This whirlwind tour of Tokyo and Ehime/Hiroshima was jam packed with activities. I had no idea of the rural beauty that Hiroshima held. I absolutely loved riding bikes through it - it's the best way to discover a place and really appreciate where you are traveling.

Yasmin Bright
Travel blogger
Reside in Australia
  • Hobby

    Travelling, Cooking

  • Number of visits to Japan

    First time


Although I have travelled in many parts of Japan this tour was interesting as it contrasted the best of modern bustling Tokyo with the beauty of the countryside and the cultural depth of regional Japan.

Phil Ingram
Reside in Tokyo
Home country: Australia
  • Hobby

    Hiking, Cycling, Gardening, Playing the Shakuhachi

  • Length of stay in Tokyo

    23 years

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