Onomichi Station is on the JR West Sanyo Main Line and lies between Hiroshima and Okayama. Onomichi is about 1 hour and 20 minutes from Hiroshima Station by local train. The station is located right in the center of the city, making traveling to Onomichi an absolute breeze. What's more, the train ride to Onomichi is just glorious. Rolling green hills and picturesque countryside scenes will have you wanting to stay on board until the sun goes down!
If you can drag yourself off the train at Onomichi Station, don't be too down because at least the station isn't an absolute bore.
The station itself is rather small and simple, making it very straightforward to navigate your way around. There is an information desk right by the entrance to the station on your right just before you exit. Here you'll find information in English about train times, routes and how much it will cost to travel to where you want to go. To the left of the information desk are the ticket machines where you can choose your destination, pay and receive your ticket. Just to give you an idea, a one-way ticket on the local train (stopping at all stations) to Hiroshima Station is ¥1,470.
JR Onomichi station is about a 15 minute walk from the ropeway which will take you up to the top of Senkoji Park. The station is located in an area right by the port, with a number of eateries just a stones throw away. Just to the left of the station is a Fukuya department store. There is also a ramen shop, Little Mermaid bakery, donut shop, Japanese herbal medicine store and a florist. The station is also just 50m away from the Green Hill Hotel, making it easy to just drop your bags off and head out to explore Onomichi's sights.
A simple station in a great location (far better than Shin-Onomichi station which is located a 10 minute taxi ride to the north in what seems like the middle of nowhere), JR Onomichi station helps to make train travel an enjoyable experience.
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