What to do and see in Onomichi, Japan: The Best Places and Tips

August 19, 2017 Alice Mieles

Discover the best top things to do in Onomichi, Japan including Senkoji & Senkoji Park, Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art, Mt. Senkoji Ropeway, Tenneiji Temple, Saikokuji Temple, Innoshima Bridge, Ikuchi Bridge, Neko no Hosomichi, Jyodo Shrine, Kosanji Temple.
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1. Senkoji & Senkoji Park

15-1 Higashitsuchidocho, Onomichi 722-0033, Hiroshima Prefecture +81 848-23-2310
Excellent
32%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 528 reviews

Senkoji & Senkoji Park

Reviewed By bougainville30a - London, United Kingdom

Senkoji Park is one of the best & most popular attractions in the area.
Various temples, Lovers' Sanctuary, observation (viewing) deck and Museum of Art are just some of things that you can find there.
Whether you take the ropeway or walk up the hill yourself, you'll enjoy it.
Choose a nice, sunny day to appreciate some spectacular views of the old harbour area & Seto Inland Sea from the top.
In the summer they sell some snacks, ice cream and drinks as well, which is awesome.
People come over to relax, walk around or simply pray / meditate in many shrines and temples scattered around.
I remember we also met quite a few cats down there chilling out in the shadows...
Apparently, they seem to wander around all over the place and Onomichi residents are rather proud of this fact, accommodating them in many ways.
Don't forget your camera, bring your friends along and make the best of the daylight hours while you're there :)

2. Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art

200-2 Setodacho Sawa, Onomichi 722-2413, Hiroshima Prefecture +81 845-27-3800
Excellent
48%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 100 reviews

Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art

Hirayama Ikuo was born in Setoda-chō, Hiroshima Prefecture in 1930 (in the fifth year of the Showa Era) where he spent his childhood in the region richly endowed with nature. Mystical tide and ultramarine oceans of the island had strong influence over his mind. We could say his sensibility was gained by the environment. Hirayama Ikuo survived atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. Though he suffered the aftereffects of radiation, he produced a series of paintings depicting the introduction of Buddhism to Japan to longing for peace. In search of roots of Japanese culture influenced by Buddhism, his inspiration spread across time and space toward Silk Road where eastern and western cultures was interacted. His travel and researches in tracing Buddhist monk Xuanzang whose footstep expanded eastward stretched over 350,000km. Campaigning for the preservation and restoration of the world's cultural heritage, he earnestly worked on so called the "Red Cross Spirit for Cultural Heritage" whiles his busy schedule. Prayer for peace might serve as the driving force for all those works. A variety of Hirayama Ikuo's work are displayed at as part of the museum's collection including his childhood paintings, sketches, rough copies, late year works. Hirayama Ikuo said "I was greatly influenced by the culture of Seto Inland Sea". We hope you find those sprits in our museum. At the end, we wish our museum offer information about culture and the arts. We also aim to provide children responsible for the next generation with an emotional richness. Thank you for your assistance and cooperation.

Reviewed By Keizo - Kawasaki, Japan

Mr.Ikuo Hirayma was born in this island and was a very famous real touch paintings. Here you can see his masterpieces of Silk Road series and Shimanami Kaido(this area) series. I was impressed how nice he painted when he was only 10-11. I could feel very relaxing moment while seeing his beautiful paintings. One of the must see locally.

3. Mt. Senkoji Ropeway

Higashitsuchidocho, Onomichi 722-0000, Hiroshima Prefecture +81 52-808-8340
Excellent
20%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 250 reviews

Mt. Senkoji Ropeway

Reviewed By Amanda V - Santiago, Chile

Great walk up here, we had fun walking up town between the temples and alleys. The view from here is nice, you can see the Islands around, bridge and city. Good facilities (WiFi and toilets) and a small restaurant that serves coffee. Nice viewing platform.

4. Tenneiji Temple

17-29 Higashitsuchido-cho, Onomichi 722-0033, Hiroshima Prefecture +81 848-22-2078
Excellent
25%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 74 reviews

Tenneiji Temple

Reviewed By Redflyer99 - San Francisco, California

Nothing of special interest here except that its old like centuries to parts over a thousands. The pagoda has cemetery around it soo if that's not your thing you can skip it.

5. Saikokuji Temple

29-27 Nishikubocho, Onomichi 722-0044, Hiroshima Prefecture +81 848-37-0321
Excellent
32%
Good
67%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 52 reviews

Saikokuji Temple

Reviewed By southpawjo - Toledo, Ohio

This is a great temple and pagoda to visit. It is situated on the temple walk above the city. It provides spectacular reviews of the city below when standing at the pagoda elevation. We experienced this site during the peak of the cherry blossom which was a bonus to the visit. Be prepared to have a challenging walk to reach the pagoda. But in the end it is all very worth the effort. There are stops along the way at various levels to experience the temple. Allow at least 2 hours for this adventure.

6. Innoshima Bridge

Innnoshima Ohamacho, Onomichi 722-2101, Hiroshima Prefecture
Excellent
22%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
3%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 89 reviews

Innoshima Bridge

Reviewed By Bozz56 - Geelong Victoria

Got driven there by a local and dropped off at one side. Got permission to walk over the bridge from one of the toll attendants. Walked across and took in the views. Not for the faint hearted or one who suffers vertigo. This type of activity would definitely not be allowed in Australia.

7. Ikuchi Bridge

Setouchi Shimanam Kaido, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture
Excellent
39%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 51 reviews

Ikuchi Bridge

Reviewed By Keizo - Kawasaki, Japan

I rent an electric assisted bicycle at Setoda sightseeing guide office close to Ikuo Hiranuma Museum (US$6-7 for 4 hours. regular bicycle half the price) and crossed this bridge and back to Ikuchi island and took the other side of the island to go to Tatara Big Bridge to go to Ohmishima island (from this island to Imabari, the Islands belong to Ehime Pref. Ikuchi to Onomichi, Islands belong to Hiroshima pref.) and visited Sanctuary of Cyclist monument and came back. About 4 hours including rest and picture taking time. You can cross Bridges on a separate way only for walkers and cyclers so do not worry about cars and all the direction instructions in the Islands and Bridges were perfect. Bridge crossing fee is now free(used to be paid)

8. Neko no Hosomichi

Higashitsuchidocho, Onomichi 722-0033, Hiroshima Prefecture
Excellent
20%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
9%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 138 reviews

Neko no Hosomichi

Reviewed By StewieTokyo - Saitama, Japan

A cute little walk through some lovely narrow alleys up and down the hillside - a pleasant way to spend an hour or so.
Good
1) Cute - photogenic - some lovely views and nice buildings
2) Easy to follow - the path looks after itself and because it is on a slope you can see roughly where you are
3) Nice cafes and shops to browse in
4) Soothing green all around
5) A nice way to walk DOWN from the top - go up on the cable car and wander down the hill
Comments
1) Green = mosquitos
2) Almost everything closes on a Thursday
3) A lot of abandoned buildings being left to decay
4) The famed view contains a lot of heavy industry

9. Jyodo Shrine

20-28 Higashikubo-cho, Onomichi 722-0043, Hiroshima Prefecture +81 848-37-2361
Excellent
40%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 40 reviews

Jyodo Shrine

Reviewed By お遍路さん京都市 - 京都市

ここのキャッチコピーは「海が見える寺」「鉄道が山門前を通過する寺」です。重文と国宝の宝庫みたいな名刹で、個人的には国宝「多宝塔」が一番のお気に入りです。又、境内の奥に並ぶ「千体佛」は壮観!地元の民衆が稚拙な明治政府の悪法、廃仏毀釈や神仏分離の令から守った寺院です。尾道は昔から「坂の町」と云われていて、平坦な場所は探さないと無いような地形です、その山肌に貼り付くように造営されたこの寺院は瀬戸内における聖徳太子信仰を今に伝える名刹でした。

10. Kosanji Temple

553-2 Setodachosetoda, Onomichi 722-2411, Hiroshima Prefecture +81 845-27-0800
Excellent
29%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 109 reviews

Kosanji Temple

Reviewed By CalbeeKuma - London, United Kingdom

The temple area is rather large and the ticket covers multiple areas within the temple area. Apart from the colourful and intricately decorated temple, there was also an area within the temple grounds called 'Heights of Eternal Hope for the Future' which displays a collection of abstract marble sculptures which I found rather interesting especially against the backdrop of the temple.

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