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Kashikojima Island-Kou-shirahama Beach Cycling Course

Kashikojima Island-Kou-shirahama Beach Cycling Course
Time Required:
1h 15 min.
24.8 km
Cycling course allowing visitors to enjoy the Satoyama (community-based forest areas) and Satoumi (coastal area where biological productivity and biodiversity has increased through human interaction) of Shima.

Course Outline

This course features few slopes and allows cyclists to enjoy peaceful views of Izo-no-ura Bay. Starting from Kashikojima Island, the course travels along Prefectural Road No. 17 and National Road No. 167, heading in the direction of the Kintetsu Shima-Isobe Station. At the intersection near Shima-Isobe Station, the course turns right toward Anagawa Station. The section through Kou-shirahama Beach is an exclusive cycling track, ensuring safety for cyclers. The exclusive cycling bridge is a rarity in Japan.

Traveling through traditional scenery that includes Satoyama and Satoumi, the course allows cyclists to discover a hidden beauty of Shima that is not routinely experienced. After enjoying the beautiful sand beaches and Pacific Ocean at Kou-shirahama Beach, the route reverts to suburban roads heading toward Kashikojima Island, so please be alert to the presence of cars and motorcycles.

* The section going in the direction of Kintetsu Shima-Isobe Station (Prefectural Road No. 17 and National Road No. 167) has heavy traffic, so please be careful. Cyclists who are not comfortable with the traffic or are accompanied by children are advised to transport their bicycles by car or by train (in the latter case, the bicycles must be disassembled and carried in a bag).


Izo-no-ura Bay
Izo-no-ura Bay

Izo-no-ura Bay

The rain that is accumulated in the forest that extends behind Ise Jingu Shrine and at the foot of Mt. Aonomine flows to Izo-no-ura Bay. The area has views of Mt. Aonomine and Mt. Asama on the opposite shore. The shallow yet wide bay is a key area for sea lettuce farming. The vivid green colors of sea lettuce aquaculture are a distinguishing feature of Shima’s landscape, especially in the period from winter through spring.

Matoya Bay
Matoya Bay

Matoya Bay

Shima City features two bays with ria coasts, the first being Ago Bay and the other Matoya Bay. Since ancient times, Matoya Bay has served as a natural port of refuge for ships traveling the Pacific Ocean. At present, Ago Bay is geared toward pearl farming, while oyster farming is popular in Matoya Bay.

Kou-shirahama Beach
Kou-shirahama Beach

Kou-shirahama Beach

Located alongside the Pacific Ocean, this is the longest beach in Shima City. The bright white sands retain their beauty regardless of the season and attract large number of surfers. The southern part of the beach features the Ago-no-matsubara, a pine forest comprised of sandy beach and pine trees. The rear part of the beach is populated with a large number of coastal plants that thrive in sand environments and grow colorful flowers in the summer.

Course Map

Kashikojima Island-Kou-shirahama Beach Cycling Course

Course Time

Starting Point
Kashikojima Station
21 min.
6.9 km
Anagawa Station
2 min.
0.7 km
Sakazaki Rest Area
30 min.
10 km
Kou-shirahama Beach
9 min.
3.1 km
Nagasawa Intersection
8 min.
2.5 km
Shima-Shimmei Station
5 min.
1.6 km
Kashikojima Station
*Course time and distance are estimates.