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Sushi in Onomichi

Hana Akari

Every table has a sea view at this homely little seafood restaurant. The lively owner brightens up any lunch, and here it features good-quality (and excellent-value) sashimi, sushi and tempura. Beware, the included …
Buddhist Temple in Onomichi


Senkō-ji is 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 '10…
Okonomiyaki in Onomichi


Like its neighbour Hiroshima, Onomichi has its own spin on okonomiyaki – Onomichi-yaki – with the key ingredient here being chicken giblets. If you prefer your meals innards-free, there are also Kansai- and Hiroshim…
International in Onomichi

Yamaneko Cafe

Retro furnishings, battered-looking walls decorated with local artwork, and a mellow playlist add up to a relaxed spot for a drink or light meal. The menu includes pasta and curry lunch sets and pizza, plus cakes, c…
Museum in Onomichi

Onomichi Literature Museum

Close to Hōdo-ji, the fourth temple along Onomichi's temple walk, this museum features displays on the lives and works of Hayashi Fumiko and other writers connected with Onomichi. It's interesting for fans of Japane…
Museum in Onomichi

Maneki-neko Museum

This quirky museum houses hundreds of the ornamental beckoning cats that wave you into shop entrances all over Japan, dating from the Meiji era to modern day. It's nothing fancy, but a must for cat fans. It's not fa…
Ramen in Onomichi

Onomichi Rāmen Ichibankan

Opposite the Sumiyoshi shrine, a 15-minute walk from the station, this popular noodle shop is a good place to try Onomichi ramen, characterised by thick slabs of juicy pork. Its best seller is the kaku-ni rāmen (noo…
Gallery in Onomichi

Onomichi City Museum of Art

In Senkō-ji-kōen, downhill from the observation tower beside the Senkō-ji-yama Ropeway, is this museum with changing exhibitions of local and Western art. The building, which has fine views, was remodelled by archit…
Sushi in Onomichi

Yasuhiro Sushi

Enjoy excellent, fresh local seafood in this traditional black-and-white building on the seafront road, about a five-minute walk from the station and on the left. Try the sashimi teishoku (¥1650) at lunchtime. Dinne…
Bakery in Onomichi

Neko-no-Te Pan

Could this be Japan's smallest bread shop? Pop into 'cat's-paw bakery' for a sweet or savoury baked treat and judge for yourself. It's on the steep path that leads to Senkō-ji.