U2 is a hotel, restaurant, and shopping complex that allows guests to keep their bicycles in their rooms in preparation for the journey along the Shimanami Kaido. It includes a bar, restaurant, and a “lifestyle store” that offers fashion and accessories for those interested in trying new forms of self-expression. Of course there is a Giant bicycle shop offering rentals, repair and all of the latest gear.
In case you are wondering how this establishment got the name U2, it is actually quite an interesting story. Apparently, Bono, the lead singer of the legendary rock band of the same name, had heard about the Shimanami Kaido route from Honshu to Shikoku and wanted to ride it. An avid cyclist, he is said to have made the journey incognito.
From this moment in time that has been transformed into legend, Onomichi U2 was born. The best way to think about the structure is to compare it to the old-style wharf markets that you find in port cities around the world. There are certainly plenty of them in Japan, with the refurbished and re-tooled Kitahama Alley in Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture coming to mind.
Onomichi U2, however, is a facility that has been designed with the sole purpose of providing cyclists with a comprehensive base of operations, from which they can explore both sides of the famous cycling road and everything in between.
The foundation of the operation is the Hotel Cycle, where you will find spacious well-equipped rooms. Not only can you check-in on your bike, but you can also bring it into your room and store it on a wall rack in most cases.
The onsite restaurant is literally called, the Restaurant, and is packed with brilliant fare. As a bonus, there is perhaps the first cycle through eatery in the region called the Yard Cafe, which serves a varied collection of light dishes. Also, check out the Butti Bakery and the Shima Shop home goods store.
If you are in the market for a new bicycle or just want to have a look, stop by the Giant Cycle Shop within the complex. It is a convenient way to stay up to speed with the latest trends.
ABOUT THE AREA
Onomichi City is an old port city known for its massive shipyards and factories as well as its extensive temple and shrine network. 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 shipyards and the Seto Inland Sea, and has been selected as one of the top 100 places to view cherry blossoms in spring.
Visitors cycling over the Shimanami Bridgeline 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.
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.
Access: It is about 15 minutes by taxi from JR Onomichi Station.
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