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Hiroshima

Onomichi

Enjoying the quiet town on foot

About Onomichi

Things to do in Onomichi

Dining

Tacos & Tequila at Taqueria Jardin

Tacos & Tequila at Taqueria Jardin

This great little (and I really mean little- there is standing room for 6 or 8 can sit and stand if you don't mind getting a bit cozy) Mexican taco hut really took me by surprise. The taco-hut is in the middle of one of Hiroshima's most tradi..

Places to stay

Senkoji Sanso Hotel, Onomichi

Senkoji Sanso Hotel, Onomichi

Located in Onomichi's delightful mountaintop Senkoji Park, the Senkoji Sanso Hotel serves as an excellent base from which to explore the portside city. I will admit, when I first arrived at the hotel, I thought that I was in the middle of nowher..

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JR Onomichi Station

JR Onomichi Station

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 Onom..

Senkoji Park, Onomichi

Senkoji Park, Onomichi

Senkoji Park seems to be the main attraction in the port town of Onomichi and draws many camera-toting domestic tourists. The park rests atop a mountain overlooking the city and provides panoramic views of the port, mountains and surrounding islands...

Shimanami Kaido Cycling Trip

Shimanami Kaido Cycling Trip

Recently I did the Shiminami cycling trip from Onomichi-shi all the way to Imabari-shi, Japan. This cycling path is 70 km going over 6 small islands and 7 stunningly constructed bridges. It offers both sweeping views of the Inland Sea as well as more..

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About Onomichi

Onomichi in Hiroshima Prefecture is an unusual and beautiful town facing the Seto Inland Sea.

Both the more common sights in the city and the residential areas are intriguing. Onomichi is a great city to explore by foot, as it is small and there are fascinating sights at every turn. The temples, unusual buildings and curious knickknacks on every street add character to this small town.

The city is famous for many things, but Onomichi is particularly known for its beautiful sea, which is a dazzling blue. In every direction, mountainous islands rise high over the ocean. The glittering sea can be seen from Shimanami Kaido, a highway that connects six islands by a series of bridges. It's common to start a scenic bike ride on Shimanami Kaido in Onomichi.

One of Onomichi's biggest attractions is the Temple Trail, which connects 25 temples. One of the most visited spots on the Temple Trail is Senko-ji, a large temple that was founded in the year 806 and overlooks the city. The trails lead not just to a number of temples and shrines, but also through residential areas, which can be fun to walk through.

There are a lot of shops and small restaurants that one can visit while walking the temple paths. Okonomiyaki shops are particularly common on the streets of Onomichi. Okonomiyaki is Hiroshima Prefecture's specialty food. If you're exploring Onomichi by foot, okonomiyaki can be an excellent choice as it's large, filling and full of both carbs and vegetables.

Another great meal option would be Onomichi's seafood, like sushi and seafood platters. Even Onomichi ramen is made with the flavors of the Seto Inland Sea by means of the city's distinctive dashi (a seafood soup base), which has added pork fat to create a rich flavor.

Other sights in Onomichi include the Cat Alley, which is a small side street with a collection of cat decorations. In fact, Onomichi has cat decorations in most areas, including Onomichi's main shopping street. For cat lovers, Onomichi is an excellent place to buy cat goods.

There are also several peculiar sights on Onomichi's shopping street. Here there are quaint shops that sell books, toys and traditional Japanese items. There are also a number of unusual statues along the street, like that of a robot resembling a Power Ranger and a large cat.

For visitors in Hiroshima, Onomichi can be a nice break from the city.

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