"Facing the Seto Inland Sea, Onomichi has long flourished thanks to a brisk maritime trade. It was connected to Imabari in Shikoku via the Shimanami-kaido Highway in 1999 and its position as a transportation hub became even more important. As it has been used as a film location many times, touring film-related spots will be enjoyable for those who love Japanese movies.

Senkoji Park, commanding a sweeping view of the town, straddles the hillside area at the back of the station. Seasonal landscapes such as cherry blossoms in spring, wisteria in summer and chrysanthemums in autumn are beautiful and charm visitors. While occasionally chatting with local people, passing through narrow alleyways, going up stone steps and strolling in the town is fun. You can choose walking courses depending on your schedule and physical condition, using a cable car at the entrance of the park up to the top of the hill if need be. Onomichi is also a temple town and touring the town's seven temples including Senko-ji Temple is also enjoyable. Red stamps on a ""shuin-cho"" (a red seal notebook) you collect at each temple will be a good memento of your trip.

If you are charmed by the picturesque view of Seto Inland Sea from the hill, an hour-long cruise touring Tomonoura, a town retaining an old Edo-era atmosphere, and Kurashiki is recommended. It runs on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, excluding wintertime. The scenery viewed from the boat evokes a nostalgic mood.

If you come to Onomichi, why not try the famous ""Onomichi ramen"" noodles? Chopped green onions atop the bowl of noodles and oil from pork fat stimulate the appetite. The broth based on soy sauce with small fish from the Seto Inland Sea as a ""hidden flavor"" is exquisite."






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