Ancient center for marine traffic in the Seto Inland Sea. The Taho-to Tower is one of the three most famous towers.
Onomichi, situated in southeastern Hiroshima, faces the Seto Inland Sea and stretches out from east to west. It is a scenic port town that has thrived as a center for marine traffic in the Seto Inland Sea.
There are many old temples in Onomichi. Senko-ji Temple, located halfway up Mt. Senkoji-san, is noted for its bright red main sanctuary, called the "Red Hall," that is cleverly laid out on the slope of the mountain. Jodo-ji Temple which is famous for the Taho-to Tower, one of the three most famous towers in Japan, offers an elegant view of the straight line formed by the main sanctuary and the other structures, which were built in an ancient Chinese style. Another must-see is Saikoku-ji Temple, where a huge Japanese sandal, over two meters in length, is suspended from the Nio-mon Gate.
As you climb Mt. Senkoji-san by ropeway, you receive a bird's eye view of the whole of Onomichi, including the brightly shining Onomichi Channel, the beautiful green Mukai-shima Island, houses crowded on the hills, and the Seto Inland Sea. The mountaintop is a park with many must-see attractions, such as the Onomichi City Art Museum. The park is a popular spot among the citizens for viewing cherry blossoms. When you cross the bridge to Mukai-shima Island, you can enjoy a view of Onomichi from the seaside.
From Tokyo :
[Air] Approx. 1h 30 min from Haneda to Hiroshima Airport, and 15 min from the airport to JR Shiraichi Sta. by bus. 40 min from Shiraichi Sta. to Onomichi Sta. by JR Sanyo Line.
[Rail] Approx. 3hrs 40 min from Tokyo Sta. to Fukuyama Sta. by JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line, and 20 min Fukuyama Sta. to Onomichi Sta. by JR Sanyo Line.
From Osaka :
[Rail] Approx. 60 min from Shin-Osaka Sta. to Fukuyama Sta. by JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line, and 20 min Fukuyama Sta. to Onomichi Sta. by JR Sanyo Line.