Historical Temple Walk

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Historical Temple Walk information

Onomichi , Japan
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This well-signed trail takes in 25 old temples in the hills behind the town, following narrow lanes and steep stone stairways, where cats laze about here and there in the sunshine.

About a third of the way along the route is a ropeway that whisks you up to a hilltop observation tower and park area (Senkō-ji-kōen). Here also is Senkō-ji , the best known and most impressive of Onomichi's temples. Among its features is the kyō-onrō , a bell tower whose bell always rings in the new year – the sound of this bell is registered as one of the '100 soundscapes of Japan'. You can walk or take the ropeway back down.

The walk starts just east of the station: take the inland road from the station and cross the railway tracks by the statue of local author Hayashi Fumiko. To walk the whole trail takes a couple of hours. You can cut back down into town at various points along the way.