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LOCATION
Lisbon, Portugal

KEYWORDS
Grand, Luxurious, Top Shelf

THE RESORT
The Four Seasons has a reputation for being one of the world’s most luxurious hotel chains in the world, and the Lisbon FS does not disappoint. From the Service, the View, Pool, incredible Gym, Spa, Food, it was an all round 10/10 experience that will not soon be forgotten. This was our first stay, but we hope to experience many more FS locations, as this really was something special.
This Hotel is certainly the epitome of ‘You get what you pay for’. Check out some of the images below and you’ll see what we mean.

OUR ROOM

The room was spacious, modern and luxurious. Just the right size, with an incredible view of Lisbon from the generously sized Balcony. Upon arrival we were greeted in the room by some fresh Green Detox Juices, fresh fruit and a selection of traditional Custard Tarts (a specialty in Lisbon).
There was a desk to work from throughout the day, as well as a large flatscreen television for some Netflix and Chill to wind down after the days events are completed.
The bedsheets on the King Sized bed were made of a thread-count that was out of this world. Hands down the most comfortable sleep we’ve ever experienced, and that is not an overstatement. This Hotel just cannot go wrong.

FOOD

Where do i begin. The Breakfast buffet was a 11/10 and the lunch buffet was a 12/10.
The selection included Fresh Juices, Sushi, Pancakes, Fresh Fruit, Pastries, Salads, Real Honeycomb, Desserts, the list goes on. Words honestly cannot do the quality and selection of food at the Four Seasons justice, so we’ll let the photos do the talking 🙂
To top it off we were served a Latte Macchiato with breakfast, with a special triple layered effect as you’ll see in one of the last photos below. Masterful presentation meets the highest quality here.

FACILITIES

The Four Seasons Lisbon has both an incredible indoor pool, sauna & spa facilities, as well as a state of the art Gym on the top floor. The outside of the gym is lined with an outdoor running track, that boasts a 360 degree view of the city. It was something else. Besides the view there was also everything one could ask for available, from Kettlebells and heavy weights for strength workouts, to running machines and Pilates Reformer Machines for cardio and stretching. Bravo FS, you’ve really kept your guests active lifestyles in mind here.

SERVICE

We have finally experienced why the Four Seasons has such an impeccable reputation worldwide. The staff were not only incredibly friendly and helpful, we were also impressed with their sociable and caring demeanour. Luis, our server at breakfast looked after our every need, and throughout the entire hotel it was just smiles and open hearted gestures which left us feeling amazing throughout the entire stay.
Whoever is responsible for finding the right people at the Four Seasons has done an incredible job.

WIFI

The internet in the resort was fast, reliable, and accessible throughout the entire grounds, including by the indoor pool, which made for a relaxing little laptop work session. There was also no need to login at any point, as it unlocked at all times. Perfect 🙂

Website – http://www.fourseasons.com/lisbon/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/fslisbon/

  • July 09, 2017

Who would have thought that we’d find a place on the Australian East Coast, that isn’t Sydney, but feeling just so much like home.
A couple of months ago we settled in a beautiful little coastal town called Tweed Heads. It’s just below Surfers Paradise, and the word Paradise is a great word to describe it.

 

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The Winter here was extremely mild and it hardly rained at all. Sunrise from our little Headland Apartment is one of the most regularly refreshing experiences of recent memory.
There is something special about waking up before the Sun rises above the Horizon. It’s as though one exclaims to the planet “I am here, and i am ready”. Beyond that it’s also just as beautiful as Sunset…except there is hardly anyone around.

 

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Whenever the view infront of us is too gorgeous to describe, we pull out the camera phone, to try and freeze that moment, and with this blog post we’d like to share some of those moments.

 

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It looks like we may be staying here for a while longer, perhaps even till the end of the year. Its been an actionfilled 1.5 Years since we left regular life in Darling Point, but while we’re both working away on our Online businesses it can also be beneficial at times to slow down, drop the suitcase and smell the flowers. 🙂

 

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  • August 16, 2016

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LOCATION
Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia

KEYWORDS
Grand Design, Close to beautiful white beach, Privacy

THE RESORT
The Balé is the flagship resort by Lifestyle Retreats and for good reason. Located in Nusa Dua, close to one of Bali’s most beautiful beaches, it’s a Resort with huge grounds, expansive private villas, and a resort pool that reminds of ancient roman times. During the day and at night the design of this place is stunning, it’s very symmetrical and one can see a lot of thought went into it’s architecture.

OUR ROOM

The mini villa we occupied was expansive and had everything one could want in a relaxed and reviving holiday experience. There was an awesome daybed in the garden, which was perfect to do some light reading throughout the day. Each villa also comes with it’s own private pool and a massive bathroom with french doors that open up to the pool. During our stay the resort was kind enough to install some mosquito nets over our bed just for us, which showed a level of service that really impressed us.

FOOD

The Balé features a pool side restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast they offer a full a la carte menu, with Balinese as well as international options. For lunch and dinner the restaurant has a selection of fine seafood that won’t disappoint. The in room dining is another great way to enjoy the resorts menu.

SERVICE

We couldn’t fault the resort on anything. The staff were absolutely lovely and very attentive. We had a full time butler that saw to every wish we posed (Mosquito net to Airport transport). I also needed to extend my visa at one stage and a lovely driver took me to the embassy, all the while entertaining me with a very enlightening conversation about his family and the islands history. It was a magical stay at the Bale and we would return in a heartbeat.

WIFI

The internet at the resort sufficed for Email and general Browsing, though if you’re looking to watch youtube etc, it’s recommended to get one of the local data sim packages for your phone, which are fast and very affordable (8GB for AU$10 if i remember correctly)

Website – http://www.thebale.com/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/lifestyleretreats/

 

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LOCATION
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

KEYWORDS
Rice paddies, Sophisticated Design, Blues & Whites, Incredible

THE RESORT
The Samata really was something else for us. We’ve stayed in quite a few Resorts and private Villas, but this resort has a special place in our hearts. Where to begin… the incredible architecture, numerous pools, delicious cuisine or the sea breeze keeping the humidity at Bay. The Resort was only recently renovated and taken under Lifestyle Retreats management, so during our stay we were so lucky to actually be the only two guests in the Resort. There is also a gigantic Gym on the grounds, the size of which rivals most members gym’s i’ve seen in Australia, it has everything you need to keep your body fit whilst staying in this idyllic place. I have such great memories thinking back our stay, we really didn’t want to leave in the end 🙂
It’s another gem by Lifestyle Retreats, this company does not disappoint.

OUR ROOM

Our room was amazing. The bed was huge, the bathroom even bigger. There is an outdoor Bathtub, a huge Showerhead simulating the feeling of heavy rain. The interior decorative style reminds one more of Sweden than of Indonesia. There is Aircon and Internet, and walking out to our private pool we overlooked a pristine Rice paddy as far as the eye could see. We also found out that the land on which the rice Paddies stand is now under the Resorts ownership, to ensure that this beautiful sight will remain that way for as long as the Samata exists. There’s also a TV, fridge, outdoor dining area, mini gazebo, bathrobes and everything else you could need to make your stay here a dream.
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FOOD

The cuisine was absolutely delicious. We ordered their Signature Ricepaper rolls at least 10 times during our stay. The food was delivered promptly to our rooms, though we also dined during the day in the Resort Restaurant overlooking the grounds. The pricepoint was very reasonable and so was the portion sizes. Highly recommended

SERVICE

Something Lifestyle Retreats have seriously excelled at, is finding a select group of special individuals who staff their resorts. We’ve experienced this now time and time again. It feels more like a family among the staff than a workplace, though a very well behaved and attentive family 🙂 I had the pleasure of being accompanied to the nearby beach for sunrise by one of the friendly staff, who gave me a history lesson of the surrounding area, and then led the way back to the resort through the rice paddies. There were even members of staff checking in on their days off, so closely knit are this lovely group of people looking after the Samata. We hope to be back one day to once again see their warm & friendly faces.

WIFI

The internet at the resort sufficed for Email and general Browsing, though if you’re looking to watch youtube etc, it’s recommended to get one of the local data sim packages, which are fast and very affordable (8GB for AU$10 if i remember correctly)

Lifestyle Retreats, you’ve done it again, this place is nothing short of a dream.

Website – http://www.thesamata.com/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/lifestyleretreats/

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LOCATION
Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

KEYWORDS
Rice paddies, privacy, nature

THE VILLA
Jabunami Villa is a huge four bedroom Villa situated on the edge of Canggu, which in my opinion is one of the best areas to stay in Bali. It’s got a thriving community vibe, an abundance of rice paddies, easy access to the beach and great food nearby. The Villa itself is huge and perfect for families or groups of friends that are wanting to come to Bali. The living room features large sliding french doors, allowing for really open outdoor/indoor living.

There is a beautiful Pool located in the centre of the Villa, giving the place a nice feng shui flow. Some inflatable Pool toys, including one of those lux swans, made lounging here during the day a relaxing but fun experience.

Next to the pool there’s also a outdoor Gazebo, perfect for a lazy afternoon nap, or a refreshing meditation session.
The pool and outdoor area borders on a traditional Rice Paddy, offering a beautiful backdrop to this already stunning villa.

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OUR ROOM

Naturally with a four bedroom Villa all to ourselves, we chose the Master bedroom, which is situated in a detached building to the second bedroom and living and dining areas. This makes for extra privacy and gives you your own little bedroom oasis with high ceilings, a beautiful white linen master bed complete with large bedframe surrounded by one of the best mosquito nets we’ve ever experienced, when it comes to look and practicality. The bedroom also comes with it’s own huge master bathroom, which won’t disappoint. There are two separate stone sinks on either side, a waterfall head shower and a massive bathtub situated in a rainforest like backdrop with a half open roof.

FOOD

Jabunami Villas provides breakfast every day of your choosing from a range of traditional breakfast dishes, such as Nasi Goreng to western continental style breakfast, fresh fruits, smoothies, baked goods. It’s safe to say we were well feed and looked after our entire stay. The Villa’s staff were also available to to cook other meals if you wish and they have an extensive seafood grill menu, Indonesian menu and BBQ menu available to guests. While we didn’t use this service, we feel safe to say anything the staff prepare would be delicious judging from our breakfast meals ever morning!

SERVICE

Impeccable. If there’s one thing this Villa has that really sets it apart, it’s the staff, they’re attentive, onto it and caring. Jabunami Villa’s manager Made was such a pleasure to meet and made sure our every desire was met, from coconuts to cocktails and even chicken soup when I sadly got Bali Belly from some Mexican food elsewhere!

WIFI

For Bali Wifi (which is never 100% reliable in speed or connectivity) Jabunami Villa’s Wifi was more than okay and made emails, uploads and watching YouTube a breeze!

We highly recommend this accommodation option for your stay in Bali.

Website – www.jabunamivilla.com/
Instagram – www.instagram.com/jabunami/

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You know when you do something out of the ordinary, and once you completed that thing you say to yourself “I can’t believe i just did that” Well, Circus Arts is all about that exact feeling. On a recent trip up the Australian North Coast the Wanderlife team were invited to come check out a very special place in this most special town, Byron Bay.

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We started the afternoon session with a short briefing and overview of what we’d be getting up to today. Hearing that by the end of the session we’d be flying through the air, swinging by our legs from a bar, to then release it and be caught by another person swinging our way was news to us, but an exciting and scary prospect.

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We stretched, then practised our moves on some ground level trapeze bars, trying to make a smooth transition from hanging by our arms, to getting our legs up and over the bar, so we could perform the daring upside down swing.
Then before long it was our turn to begin climbing the ladder to the raised platform. The instructor waiting for us up top had a great sense of humour, making sure all the while that we were enjoying ourselves. “First time for fear, second time for fun.” was the saying he informed us.

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Though we could see the safety net below, it’s definitely a hair raising experience the first time you’re standing on that platform. The instructor holds you by your safety harness, while you grab the bar and are asked to lean forward over the edge.
There is something fantastic, about feeling that fear, and then doing it anyway.
As you jump out and begin flying through that circus tent, 10-15 metres above the ground, swinging big, back and forth whilst executing an acrobatic manoeuvre, has to be one of the most daring stunts any of us can remember participating in. The sensation of pure adrenaline was not unlike a bungee jump or cliff dive, except rather than simply jumping off, there was a skill factor involved, which gave each of us a feeling of achievement beyond just the thrill.

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In all we each got to jump over 5 times, working our way up to the main event, where we’d perform the upside down swing (a little hard to describe with words, but the photos captured it perfectly) and finish off by being caught by one of the other instructors, swinging in time on another bar at the other end of the tent. It was an incredible experience, that we didn’t all pull of perfectly, but were definitely so stoked to have experienced.         CircusArts (16 of 33)

If you’re in Byron Bay, Sydney, Brisbane or the Gold Coast, and feel like pushing your boundaries a little outside your comfort zone, we’d be hard pressed to find a better activity to try out. In our comfortable lives, it’s so easy to become complacent and not learn new things about ourselves, where our boundaries are and what we are capable of in the face of fear. For that, nothing beats direct experience.
It’s a solid tick off our bucket lists, and an experience we’ll remember for a lifetime.
Feel like flying? Check out Circus Arts here
P.S see Wanderlifer Rochelle Fox’s Circus Arts Vlog here

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  • March 31, 2016

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My Trip to Japan continues to surprise me with a new adventure daily. I’ve seen so many things that I would never have expected Japan to have on offer. During my final day in Japan as a guest of the JTNO my lovely guide Miko took me on my favourite experience in the country so far, a trip over the Tokushima Kenritsu uzu no michi observation deck on the Ōnaruto Bridge followed by an exciting boat ride.

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This wasn’t any ordinary bridge and boat sight seeing adventure. The area is known for intense tides which collide together and create a strong whirlpool effect. This natural occurrence makes for interesting viewing and great photos from both above, below and on the water surface.

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Our first stop was the Ohnaruto bridge observation deck, which costs 510 yen for entry. This entry fee will allow you to spend as much time on the bridge and observation deck as you please. It’s a nice and easy flat walk across the bridge that all ages and fitness levels can do withe ease. The walkway of the bridge is scattered with thick glass panels that are positioned above the whirling tides, offering a very unique and somewhat thrilling view. The best bit is that these glass panels are not for show, they are able to be stood on. Standing on the glass panels and looking down gives the illusion that you are floating above the water with the crushing tides below, it’s quite the experience. I’m personally not one to get scared of heights and love to enjoy trippy views, but there here many others on the bridge that did not share my enthusiasm for standing on the observation panels. As you can imagine many people are quite scared or nervous, which makes for excellent people watching as travellers laugh, joke and dare one another to stand on the glass above the roaring sea. For me the best bit of the bridge wasn’t standing on the panels myself, but watching other peoples reactions and antics as they tested there fear of heights. I’m a sucker for people watching as you can probably tell!

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After the birds eye view experience we headed to the near by lookout, which gives you a great view of the bridge and the waterways. The lookout has many seating areas to relax and also has fixed binoculars which give a powerful view of the surrounding area. Just be sure to have some spare Yen coins on hand so you can use them.

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The lookout also acts as the perfect food stop with many eateries scattered around, some with great views of the bridge. During my trip we were running tight for time as we had planned a boat trip, so we indulged in some local Japanese street food to eat on route to the Marina, which was equally just as delicious. Sticky rice balls and fish sticks anyone? YUM!

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A short 10 minute cab ride later we arrived at xxx marina where we bought tickets aboard our tour boat ‘the Aqua Eddy’. Our tickets were 2400 Yen each, however you can shop around for cheaper boat rides or more expensive ones, depending on your preference there are 3 major boat companies operating out of the area, each offering their own pros, cons and experiences

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The boat trip had to be my favourite experience of the day. Here I was thinking we were going on your average boat ride, standing above deck taking some photos, but boy was I wrong! Once we were all aboard, suddenly we and were ushered down below the deck and into the hull. It was there that we all found individual seats facing huge glass panels along the boat length, giving you an amazing underwater view. The idea of the Aqua Eddy is that you get a below sea level and above sea level view of the whirlpools. It’s the closest I’ve ever been to being in a submarine and while I didn’t see any fish, it’s basically like being in a moving aquarium. Once we were all below, the captain then drove the boat into the whirlpools, allowing the boat to be spun by the tides all while you are below looking out from the glass. It felt like a mini rollercoaster and enables you to see the waters strength from below. Looking out from the panels you could actually see whirlpools forming in the water, which was really cool. After that the staff invited us up on deck to take photos while the boat got as close to the whirlpools as possible.

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Things To Remember

My trip was in March, which meant it was still fairly cold in Japan. Both the observation deck and the boat have a serious wind chill factor so I would suggest layering up. In hindsight I wish i’d had gloves with me, because my hands were popsicles by the end of the day. A jacket with a hoodie or a beanie also would’ve been a great idea.
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– Lunch time! While there are many places to eat in the area, if you’ve gone from the bridge and only have an hour for lunch before your boat ride you may be a little tight for time like we were, as many of the local eateries get full around lunch. While there are loads of street food options for a quick bite, if you’re hoping to sit down, relax and enjoy a longer lunch, leave an hour and a half to ensure you get a table.

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  • March 30, 2016

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There is no denying that the Japanese have an art when it comes to creating Japanese gardens (日本庭園 nihon teien). The unique plant life and landscapes the Japanese people shape in their Gardens make them the ideal tourist destination, there is no shortage either with so many garden to choose from across the whole of Japan. While each garden is unique and special in it’s own way, there is one thing that a visit to a Japanese Garden will ensure, you’ll leave feeling happier, healther and more zen than you did when you arrived.

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My trip to Japan has been jam packed and there’s been little rest time with so much to see and do, so I was so excited to have the had a chance to visit Ritsurinkoen gardens, a huge traditional Japanese garden in the Takamatsu district of kagawa prefecture. While It was a short visit, the time spent exploring the gardens instantly dissolved my stress and gave my overactive travellers overwhelm a chance to come back to baseline and be in the present moment, all while surrounding myself with the immense beauty that is the Ritsurinkoen gardens.

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I arrived via taxi, however if you’re traveling by train the Takamatsu station is only 1 a quick 10 minutes cab to the gardens.

Entry fees:

500 Yen will get you an all day pass to explore the spectacular grounds. The gardens are huge in size and offer many different viewing points, rest spots and areas to explore and relax. While our trip was a brief one, many locals and tourists can be seen throughout the gardens with their own DIY picnics with friends and family in the sun. Bringing your own picnic and rug is something i highly suggest doing in any gardens within Japan and especially Kagawa prefecture when you visit. 

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The highlight of the gardens for me was viewing the seasons change before my eyes, as a select few Cherry Blossom trees had started to bloom providing beautiful pink colour explosions amongst the deep greens of the gardens. What I love most about Japanese gardens are their ever changing vibe, as Japan have very strong seasons which allow for an ever changing landscape and experience. No two times in one garden will ever be the same.

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While it’s hard to miss them due to their sheer size, Ritsurinkoen gardens lake is home to some of the largest and most beautiful coy fish I have ever seen and due to the constant turnover of tourists wanting to get a closer look, they flock to areas close to shore in hope of being fed.

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Things To remember

Ritsurinkoen gardens are huge and there is really so much to see within the gardens that it’s best to give yourself at least an hour to explore everything they have to offer. Japanese gardens aren’t something to be rushed so don’t cut your time short when planning a visit.

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When I thought of Japan, before ever getting here on my first ever visit, the last thing that came to mind was vibrant blue water, beautiful beaches, big bridges and islands. It’s funny how we can mentally sum up a foreign place by the photos we’ve seen of just one city (for me that’s always been Tokyo) and in the process forget there is so much more to explore.

wanderlife, japan, japan tourism, travel, travel blog, shimanami kaido, cycling (11 of 22)During my tour of the country thanks to the Japanese Tourism board I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing areas of Japan that I never knew existed. One of those areas has been the Shimanami Quad Quid Expressway, which I toured via bike. The Expressway, which is also known as the Nishi-seto Expressway is a 60km long highway designed for both vehicles and bike riders and links the islands of Seto Inland Sea with nine large towering bridges that run between Onomichi in the Hiroshima prefecture and Imabari in Ehime. It’s an incredibly grand highway, which is unique in it’s ability to offer idyllic scenery, fresh air, nature, beautiful views all while providing some moderate exercise for those riding, walking or jogging the path.wanderlife, japan, japan tourism, travel, travel blog, shimanami kaido, cycling (5 of 22)

The Expressway bridges allow for both cars and walking/bike areas, which provides for safe and easy access for tourists and locals to use the bridges as they see fit. The bike path is roomy and vast which is great as it makes for pleasant riding in groups and allows you to feel very free and liberated while exploring this unique area of Japan from such great heights.wanderlife, japan, japan tourism, travel, travel blog, shimanami kaido, cycling (17 of 22)

Hiring a bike is easy and to my delight there are both standard bikes and electrical bikes, and yes I took the electrical one and I suggest you do too if you’re not a pro rider like myself. The ride across each bridge is surprisingly flat which makes the ride fairly doable for anyone of any fitness level and if you’re worried about your energy levels, then go with the electrical bike option or even a tandem bike with who ever you may be traveling with. If the idea of riding 60km has you concerned, don’t fret because all non electrical bikes can be returned at any of the 14 bike shop locations along the route, which allows you to pick and choose how far and hard you want to push yourself.wanderlife, japan, japan tourism, travel, travel blog, shimanami kaido, cycling (22 of 22)white on white (1 of 1)

One tip I have is be sure to go to the near by looks out if you’re starting at the first bridge as it gives a great overview of the journey ahead of you. I stopped there and got some great images of the road ahead and the lookout allows you to capture the bridges in their size from a distance while still capturing the landscape and sea around them for context.wanderlife, japan, japan tourism, travel, travel blog, shimanami kaido, cycling (1 of 22)

While you’re on the bike route, it’s not only a keen bike riders dream but also a travellers dream, as it’s impossible to get lost. Each bridge entrance and exit is clearly marked and the signage of the area can be seen in Japanese with easy to understand images and also some english signs along the way. The path really is a cyclist heaven and it’s not only well loved by travellers that decided to take the route, but by many more serious cycling locals who are sure to pass you at impressive speeds along the way!wanderlife, japan, japan tourism, travel, travel blog, shimanami kaido, cycling (14 of 22)

Price

Bridge Toll- Each bridge has a ¥50 – ¥100 coin basket along the way as a small toll for each bridge used.
Bike hire- Bike prices vary by time and type, but you can get a bike for an all day ride starting as as little as ¥1,000 and an electric bike starting at ¥1,500 for six hours.wanderlife, japan, japan tourism, travel, travel blog, shimanami kaido, cycling (3 of 22)

Things to remember

Weather: While i’m sure this ride is beautiful in most conditions it’s best done on a clear sunny day like I did as you’re able to get the best view of the islands from each bridge. If it’s looking a little cloudy and you’re there in rainy season, be sure to pack a light wet weather coat and something to protect any camera gear from getting wet in the bike basket.wanderlife, japan, japan tourism, travel, travel blog, shimanami kaido, cycling (18 of 22)

Safety tip: ensure you keep to the right side of the bridge while you are riding, which is clearly marked by arrows along the way. While there are many tourists taking a leisurely ride there are also just as many passionate locals using the path that don’t like to be slowed down.wanderlife, japan, japan tourism, travel, travel blog, shimanami kaido, cycling (8 of 22)

Don’t forget to look down!: There’s so much beauty to be found below the bridges as they cascade over the beaches and coast line of Japan. I got some of my favourite photos stopping along the way to look down and snap the scenery below.

Bring a water bottle: While there are stops along the way depending on your ride time some may be closed so be sure to have H20 on you just in case.wanderlife, japan, japan tourism, travel, travel blog, shimanami kaido, cycling (2 of 22)

Coins and cash: While you will find some shops that take card, it’s best to have some Yen in cash on hand if you’re hoping to do some food or souvenir shopping along the way.

Tolls: There are toll points along each bridge, so if you’re planning to do the whole 60km ride then be sure to ask the bike shop you hire from for a discount pass, which is available to those riding across the entire distance.

Clothing:
I wore gym tights, sneakers and a T-shirt with a denim jacket, which was great but I did get a little cold. Depending on the season I would suggest bringing a scarf and some gloves along and be sure to layer up as the wind chill factor is something to consider, especially if you’re planning to do the whole 60Km. Remember you can always take a layer off if you get hot along the way.

Food:
With exercise comes hunger and while I didn’t stop to eat on my Nishiseto Expressway ride, there are loads of options for you if you get hungry. Between each set of bridges you will find coffee shops, Japanese restraurants and street food sure to fill you up.wanderlife, japan, japan tourism, travel, travel blog, shimanami kaido, cycling (15 of 22)All in all the Nishiseto Expressway is an impressive ride, wether you do 1km of it or all 60 you’re sure to get some beautiful images and see a very unique perfective of Japan, i highly recommend doing it, it really is the perfect way to see the Japanese coast line.wanderlife, japan, japan tourism, travel, travel blog, shimanami kaido, cycling (4 of 22)*While in Japan i have been a guest of JTNO however as always my thoughts opinions and experiences remain to be my own.

  • March 27, 2016