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Chugoku | Hiroshima Prefecture

Onomichi

A former port town facing the Seto Inland Sea with many temples situated within the small area located in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.

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Onomichi

Onomichi is a small town facing the Seto Inland Sea located in the eastern portion of Hiroshima Prefecture. The area of the town features islands separated from the mainland with connecting bridges of the famous Shimanami Kaido, a popular structure for a bicycle ride and a scenic drive, which also connects Shikoku Island to Honshu Island.

This once important port town used for rice shipments and foreign trade also provide small ferries departing to nearby islands, which acts as the perfect destinations for a day trip. Another important aspect that attracts thousands of visitors to visit Onomichi town, would be the densely populated temple sites. Visitors can stroll along the temple walk, which travel through the town reaching the 25 temples on this route. The Senkoji Park has become the top attraction at Onomichi, with Senkoji Temple located within the area. Many Japanese locals travel to this location on a spiritual walk of the Chugoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage, with Senkoji ranking as the 10th site. The park also provides scenic hikes with a view of the town from the top of the hill. The Onomichi City Art Museum designed by Tadao Ando can also be found within the park attracting both architectural fans and contemporary art lovers with many exhibitions changing from season and themes. During the cherry blossom season, which usually start around late March with the peak during the first week of April, local citizens gather together to view the sakura flowers, where the park is regarded as one of Japan’s top 100 locations to enjoy “Hanami”. While at the Hirayama Ikuo Museum located on Ikuchijima Island, visitors can view varies art masterpieces from this domestic art master, which features different themes including peace. Be sure to try out the different fish cuisines at the famous port town of Onomichi.

Things To Do in Onomichi

photo of Kosanji Temple

Chugoku | Hiroshima | Onomichi

Kosanji Temple

Unique temple with many structures modeled from famous site of Japan including Nikko Toshogu and Byodoin located in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.

photo of Hirayama Ikuo Museum

Chugoku | Hiroshima | Onomichi

Hirayama Ikuo Museum

A museum of art dedicated to Hirayama Ikuo located in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.

photo of Shimanami Kaido

Chugoku | Hiroshima | Onomichi

Shimanami Kaido

A famous toll road connecting Honshu Island to Shikoku Island from Hiroshima Prefecture to Ehime Prefecture of Japan

photo of Senkoji Park

Chugoku | Hiroshima | Onomichi

Senkoji Park

A large park that covers the top of Mount Senkoji with the famous Senkoji Temple of the Chugoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage of HIroshima.