Blast to the Past in Onomichi
Experience the splendor of Onomichi’s traditional culture, from things dating back just a century ago to places that have stood for over a millennium! Along the way, sample food from long-standing and recent-but-popular establishments, constantly switching between Onomichi Hondori and some of the temples on the Onomichi Temple Walk. Ease into the life of a local here by enjoying a slow day of walking, eating, shopping, and staring at the Seto Inland Sea.
01 Hiroshima Station (広島駅)
Hiroshima Station is the bustling transportation hub of our peaceful city, and one of the principal entertainment hubs as well. All JR lines in the city stop here, and from here, people can take numerous buses and streetcars anywhere in the city, or even out of town. The ekie shopping complex located inside the station building also has no shortage of restaurants and souvenir shops to keep visitors busy for hours.
- 2-37 Matsubaracho, Minami Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Transportation: Onomichi Station [JR Sanyo Line, ~75 minutes]
02 Koro Bakery (パン屋航路)
Koro Bakery (“Koro” referring to a “sea route”) is a bakery located about a five-minute walk from JR Onomichi Station. It is a very popular bakery with a variety bagels and other baked goods, and many tourists buy them for lunch. All the items are popular and the frequently baked, so the odds of finding a fresh batch are high. However, when all the bread is sold out, the bakery is closed for the day, so it is recommended to visit early in the morning or around noon.
- 1-3-31 Tsuchido, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
03 Jikoji (持光寺)
Jikoji, about a five-minute walk from JR Onomichi Station, is the first temple to be visited on the popular Onomichi Seven Buddhas Tour. The temple is said to be beneficial for prolonging one’s life, and it is said that passing through the stone gate at the entrance of the temple will prolong one’s life. At Jikoji Temple, you can also enjoy the experience of making nigiri-butsu. A nigiri-butsu is a small Buddha statue made by squeezing a piece of clay that can fit in one hand. Each person’s palm is shaped differently, thereby affecting the shape of the statuette, and the nigiri-butsu has a warm and heartwarming appearance.
Admission Fee: ¥300
Nigiri-butsu experience – ¥1,500
- 9-2 Nishitsuchido-cho, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
04 Oyatsu-to-Yamaneko (おやつとやまねこ)
The store specializes in sweets and is located a three-minute walk from JR Onomichi Station. The store does not have a café space, so you must take your sweets home and eat them at your hotel or eat while walking. The store’s showcase features the signature “Onomichi Pudding” as well as baked goods such as cookies, biscotti, and scones, all of which are made with the finest ingredients and are healthy for the body.
- 3-1 Higashigosho-cho, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Eat your pudding while walking down Onomichi Hondori.
05 Keima Kamaboko Store (桂馬蒲鉾商店)
Keima Kamaboko is a store on Onomichi Hondori, a short walk from JR Onomichi Station. Kamaboko is a unique Japanese food made by steaming a paste of white fish such as cod or sea bream. Keima Kamaboko sells special kamaboko products made from fresh white fish from the Seto Inland Sea. In addition to kamaboko products, they also sell fish sausages and seasoned fish balls.
- 1-9-3 Tsuchido, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
06 Miyachi (めん処みやち)
Miyachi is a long-established restaurant in Onomichi that has been in business for over 75 years. The menu includes udon, soba, ramen, and almost all other types of noodles, but the most popular menu item is the chuka soba (ramen), a simple dish topped with char siu pork, pickled bamboo shoots, and green onions. The soup is so good that word of mouth has spread and it has become a popular restaurant visited by many tourists.
- 1-6-22 Tsuchido, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
07 Onomichi Hanpu (尾道帆布)
Onomichi Hanpu is an Onomichi canvas specialty store located in the Hondori shopping street in Onomichi. Onomichi Canvas is a canvas fabric that has been produced in Onomichi for a long time, and is a specialty of the city. Onomichi Hanpu produces and sells a variety of items such as tote bags and backpacks made from the sturdy canvas that was originally used as sails for sailing ships. The second floor of the store is also an art gallery, where exhibitions and sales events are held.
- 2-1-16 Tsuchido, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Transportation: Senkoji Park [Senkoji Ropeway, ~3 minutes] and descend on foot
08 Senkoji (千光寺)
Senkoji Temple is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Onomichi. The temple is located halfway up Mt. Taiho and is said to have been built about 1,200 years ago. The vermilion-lacquered main hall, also known as the “red hall,” is said to be unique in its beauty and has been preserved in many postcards and photographs since ancient times. The Senkoji ropeway, which departs from the foot of the mountain, is a convenient way to get to Senkoji. It takes about three minutes to reach the mountainside where Senkoji Temple is located.
- 15-1 Higashitsuchido-cho, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
09 Cat Alley (猫の細道)
Cat Alley (Neko no Hosomichi) is a narrow alleyway that stretches about 200 meters from the Ushitora Shrine to the three-story pagoda of Tenneji Temple in Onomichi. It is a tourist attraction nicknamed “Neko no Hosomichi” (the narrow path of cats) as the number of Fukuseki Neko, the works of author Shunji Sonoyama, started to increase in this alley. As the number of these cats increased, the area was nicknamed “Neko no Hosomichi (Cat Alley).”
This is located in a residential area,
so we encourage that you visit
during the daytime.
- 19-26, Higashitsuchido-cho, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
10 Ushitora Shrine (艮神社)
The Ushitora Shrine is the oldest shrine in Onomichi, with a history of over 1,200 years, making it the oldest shrine in Onomichi. The shrine grounds are also famous for having been featured many times in famous movies and anime. The shrine was the setting for the movie “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” and the anime “Kamichu!” Neko no Hosomichi (Cat Alley), which is also a popular tourist spot, leads from the back of the shrine.
- 1-3-5 Nagae, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
11 Nagae Pork Bun Shop (豚饅の店 長江)
On Onomichi Hondori, the city’s main shopping street, there is a shop called “Nagae” that specializes in the most famous steamed pork buns in all of Hiroshima Prefecture. From the tried-and-true salt flavor to the original curry flavor, Nagae dishes out a vast array of pork buns for customers to eat on the go. Because they are small enough to fit entirely in the palm of one’s hand, it’s highly recommended to buy a handful as snacks to munch on while walking around and enjoying Onomichi’s sights (be sure to throw your garbage in a garbage can after eating).
- 1-22 Juyokka Motomachi, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
12 Onomichi Roman Coffee (尾道浪漫珈琲)
Located right on Onomichi’s Hondori shopping arcade and at the foot of Senkoji Mountain, a 15-minute walk from JR Onomichi Station, “Onomichi Roman Coffee” is a coffee shop where you can enjoy simple, old-fashioned coffee. You can enjoy a variety of specialty coffees using only coffee beans from carefully selected farms, as well as original blends roasted in-house. The shop also offers a popular menu of sweets such as waffles with fluffy dough.
- 4-1, Toyohi-motomachi, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
13 Onomichi Eemonya (尾道ええもんや)
Eemonya is a souvenir store in Onomichi. There are three stores in Onomichi, including “Onomichi Eemonya” on the Hondori shopping street, “Ropeway-mae Eemonya” at the foot of Senkoji ropeway, and “Shin-Onomichi Station Eemonya” inside Onomichi’s Shinkansen station. The store is operated by the Onomichi Tourist Souvenir Cooperative and is one of the largest souvenir stores in Onomichi. The store sells a wide variety of souvenirs, including instant Onomichi ramen noodles and Kumano makeup brushes that are made one-by-one by craftsmen.
- Onomichi Hondori Branch: 4-2, Juyokka Motomachi, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Take your souvenirs back to your hotel in Onomichi or walk back to Onomichi Station to proceed to your next destination.
Hiroshima Station (広島駅)
2-37 Matsubaracho, Minami Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Koro Bakery (パン屋航路)
1-3-31 Tsuchido, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
9-2 Nishitsuchido-cho, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
3-1 Higashigosho-cho, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Keima Kamaboko Store (桂馬蒲鉾商店)
1-9-3 Tsuchido, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
1-6-22 Tsuchido, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Onomichi Hanpu (尾道帆布)
2-1-16 Tsuchido, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
15-1 Higashitsuchido-cho, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Cat Alley (猫の細道)
19-26, Higashitsuchido-cho, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Ushitora Shrine (艮神社)
1-3-5 Nagae, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Nagae Pork Bun Shop (豚饅の店 長江)
1-22 Juyokka Motomachi, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Onomichi Roman Coffee (尾道浪漫珈琲)
4-1, Toyohi-motomachi, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN
Onomichi Eemonya (尾道ええもんや)
Onomichi Hondori Branch: 4-2, Juyokka Motomachi, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, JAPAN