Top ChoiceBuddhist 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...

Japanese in Onomichi

Kome Doko

Slightly fancy, a rarity for Onomichi, this bistro-style restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients in excellent dishes that might make you wish portions were heftier, but allow you to sample more flavours such...

Sushi in Onomichi

Hana Akari

Every table has a sea view at this homely little seafood restaurant. The lively owner brightens up lunch, and it features excellent-value sashimi, sushi and tempura. Beware, the included seafood chawanmushi...

Ramen in Onomichi

Onomichi Rāmen Ichibankan

Opposite a shrine and facing the water, 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 bestseller is the kaku-ni...

Seafood in Onomichi

Yasuhiro Sushi

Enjoy excellent local seafood in this traditional black-and-white building on the seafront road, on the left about a five-minute walk east of the station. At lunchtime, try the sashimi teishoku for fresh cuts of...

Museum in Onomichi

Onomichi Literature Museum

This museum features displays on the lives and works of Hayashi Fumiko and other writers connected with Onomichi. It's interesting for fans of Japanese literature, and if you can speak or read some Japanese, but...

Okonomiyaki in Onomichi


Like neighbouring 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...

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 sets, vegan options (try tofu...

Cafe in Onomichi

Miharashi Tei

The views from this 100-year-old house perched on the hill overlooking Onomichi are exceptional, making it a great coffee or mojito stop just downhill from Senkō-ji…or a pit stop heading up the steep hill, just...

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.

Gallery in Onomichi

Onomichi City Museum of Art

This hilltop museum has changing exhibitions of local and Western art. The building, which was remodelled by architect Tadao Ando, has fine views and a bright cafe.

Museum in Onomichi

Maneki-neko Museum

This quirky homemade museum houses hundreds of the ornamental beckoning cats that wave you into shop entrances all over Japan, dating from the Meiji era (1868–1912) to modern day. There isn't much else to it, but...