Onomichi City is an old port city best known for its massive shipyards and related factories as well as its extensive temple and shrine network. This mid-sized city is located in the southeast corner of Hiroshima Prefecture and makes a great day trip from either Hiroshima or Okayama cities.
One of the most popular sightseeing locations is the Temple Walk, called “Koji Meguri” in Japanese, or “Old Temple Loop”, the trek through the low mountains features 25 of Onomichi’s better-known temples connected by a 2km walking path. One of the most famous of the temples is Senkoji Temple; located in Senkoji Park. The park offers great views of the huge shipyards and of the Seto Inland Sea, and has been selected as one of the top 100 places to view cherry blossoms in spring. The park and temple are located on top of a hill and can be reached by a short ride on the Senkoji Ropeway (9:00~17:15 / 270 JPY one-way or 430 JPY round-trip; children are 1/2 price).
The U2 Cycling Port is also a popular location to enjoy the sights and have lunch. U2 is a refurbished warehouse just a few blocks from JR Onomichi Station that is also the start of the cycling trail to Shikoku via the Shimanami Kaido Sea Route. The warehouse is home to the Cycle Hotel; a restaurant, café, bar, and bakery; GIANT bicycle shop, rentals, and repair; shop (interior & fashion items). The Cycle Hotel is the only hotel in the country at which you can check in while on your bicycle! The hotel also has bike racks in each guest room, common maintenance and repair space (rental tools available), and offers receiving & holding services as well as a bicycle shipping service for guests who want to ship their own bike.
Visitors cycling over the Shimanami Bridgeline line might enjoy stopping at Setoda Citrus Park on Ikuchijima Island. The park features 600 types of citrus fruit and admission is free-of-charge; The Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art which features work of this famous Japanese painter; and Kosanji Temple, whose beautiful gate is a replica of the Nikko Yomei Mon gate in Nikko, Japan.
Also, Innoshima Flower Center is a large flower garden on Innoshima Island, and the Mukaishima Orchid Center on Mukaishima Island has thousands of plants in over 30 varieties.
Onomichi Castle is a new castle of little historical significance but which is regarded by some as a symbol of the city. The castle is a modern reproduction built on the site of the original castle’s ruins, but which is closed to the public.
Foodies will enjoy Onomichi ramen, which boasts a rich fish-stock based soup and ramen noodles, topped with sliced pork and green onions.
Stop by this port city to enjoy its eclectic mix of old, retro, and new sights.