Explore the Best of Onomichi and Mukaishima Island: Spectacular Views and Gourmet Food in Hiroshima



This time, we spent a day touring Onomichi, one of Hiroshima’s most popular tourist destinations!
In the morning, enjoy the 360-degree view of Onomichi from the Onomichi Ropeway. On the way back, we ventured down the mountain while exploring on foot.
After filling up on Onomichi’s famous sweets and ramen, rent a bicycle and head for Mukojima.
Local and fantastic cider, and a general store near the beach with a tropical feel.
This is a record of a one-day trip by foot, ropeway, boat, bicycle, and various other vehicles.

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*Please note that information and prices listed are subject to change.

Travel Itinerary

9:00am Onomichi Station(尾道駅)

This trip starts from Onomichi Station!

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Onomichi Station, located in Higashi Gosho-cho, Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, is a station on the West Japan Railway (JR West) Sanyo Main Line. From Onomichi Station, it is convenient to travel to Hiroshima Station and to Fukuyama Station. It is often used as a base for exploring Onomichi and is a popular spot for tourists.

Onomichi Main Street(尾道本通り商店街)

This is a nice shopping street with a retro feel, consisting of five streets.
With old stores that have been in business for over 100 years still in existence and chic stores lining the streets, just walking around is a pleasure ✨

Xiao Long Bao Bar Yamatoyu(小籠包酒場 大和湯)

A Chinese restaurant renovated from a former bathhouse.
The freshly made parcels, in which the skin is stretched, wrapped, and steamed upon order, are very popular!
The restaurant has an exterior that retains the atmosphere of a former bathhouse, an open kitchen where you can watch the cooking process as if you were in an Asian food stall, and delicious Chinese food. All elements are full of fun and deliciousness!

Access to the ropeway platform via the shopping street

You can access the Senkouji ropeway by taking the shopping street route.
This is a recommended route because it is a direct route to the ropeway while also enjoying the shopping district.

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Onomichi Main Street, located in Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, is an arcade shopping street that runs eastward from near JR Onomichi Station, with a total length of approximately 1.2 km, consisting of five streets. It retains the retro atmosphere that has walked through Onomichi’s history, and is full of charm and fun just to walk through.

9:30am Senkoji Ropeway Sanroku Station(千光寺ロープウェイ 山麓駅)

Senkoji Mountain spreads out before your eyes as you purchase your ticket and travel to the boarding area.
From here, you can take the gondola and enjoy the city of Onomichi through the air trip with the guide’s announcement.
Only a ropeway can offer you a 360-degree experience of eye-pleasure ✨
It is a pleasure to be among the first to witness Onomichi’s famous spots from the air.

Senkoji Temple seen from the front/ropeway

You can enjoy a satisfying aerial journey with spectacular views.

Onomichi Waterway seen from behind/ropeway – Onomichi cityscape

Panoramic view of the city of Onomichi

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Senkoji Ropeway Sanroku Station, located in Nagae, Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, is a ropeway that operates between the Nagae exit and the top of Senkoji Mt. From the ropeway, visitors can enjoy a view of the city of Onomichi. It costs 500 yen for an adult one-way trip.

Senkoji ropeway summit station(千光寺山ロープウェイ山頂駅)

The ride takes only three minutes, but after enjoying the aerial view, you will arrive at the summit station.
Once again, looking back at the view from the ropeway from the summit station, I was entranced by the spectacular view.
From the summit station, visitors can explore the spots scattered throughout Senkoji Park.
It is recommended to take the ropeway up the mountain on the way there and walk down the mountain on the way back, visiting the spots on the way back.

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Senkoji Ropeway Summit Station is located in Higashi-todo-cho, Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture. The ride takes only 3 minutes, and you will arrive at the summit station after enjoying a walk in the air. The train usually departs every 15 minutes and costs 320 yen one way or 500 yen round trip. The last service is at 5:15 pm. Since the climb to Senkoji Park is strenuous, some reviewers suggest taking a walk to Senkoji Temple and using the ropeway on the way back.

Bungaku no Komichi(文学のこみち)

The stones are engraved with passages from poems and novels by poets and writers associated with Onomichi, and a total of 25 stones are scattered along the “Komichi of Literature. Literature in nature. You can feel the power of this place.

Bungaku no Komichi Pilgrimage Signboard

After leaving the summit station, you will be able to visit each spot without getting lost because of the well signage.

The Path of Literature Pilgrimage

It is fun to explore the path with a sense of adventure. Let’s go down the mountain while visiting the spots with a sense of adventure!

Tunnel of megaliths suddenly appears on the pilgrimage route

On the way to Bungaku no Komichi, what looked like a tunnel made of huge stones appeared.
Passing through the gaps between the giant rocks that shine through the trees, we were greeted with a spectacular view. There are many large rocks along the path of literature!

After passing through the tunnel of megaliths…

Spectacular spots! Nature stretching out to infinity.
You can experience the richness of the trees, the presence of rocks, and the blue sky up close.

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Located in Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Bungaku no Komichi (Literature Trail) is a 1-kilometer-long promenade dotted with passages from poems and novels by poets and writers associated with Onomichi, inscribed on natural stones. Word of mouth has it that you may find unexpected discoveries if you follow the path without a path, feeling like an explorer. They recommend walking down the mountain from the top of the mountain.

Sanjusan Kannon Dou(三十三観音堂)


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The Sanjusan Kannon Dou located on the grounds of Senkoji Temple is a hall where visitors can worship with the famous Kachi kachi Jyuzu. The beads are made of cherry wood, and when you slowly pull the beads, they make a clicking sound. It is said that this sound will cancel out your worries. Word of mouth suggests that praying with the Kachi kachi Jyuzu is particularly popular.


Daisendo, where the smiling Jizo is located.
It is called “Niko Niko Jizo” (smiling Jizo) because of its very calm expression, and is familiar to everyone.
The miniature Jizo statues dedicated in the Daisendo and throughout the temple are called “please Jizo,” and it is said that if you write down your wish and dedicate it, it will be fulfilled. They are more than just a small statue of Jizo.

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Daisendo, located in Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, is well known and loved by people as “Niko Niko Jizo” (smiling Jizo) because of its peaceful expression. There are “please Jizo” throughout the temple, which are believed to be fulfilled by writing down a wish and dedicating it to the temple, attracting many worshippers.

Senkouji Temple bell tower(千光寺鐘楼)

The “Bell of Kyoonro” of Senkoji Temple, a symbol of Onomichi, stands perched on a precipitous cliff.
In recent years, it has become well known as the bell of New Year’s Eve through television and radio, and is renowned as the “bell of time”.
It has been selected as one of the 100 best soundscapes in Japan.

Bell of Kyoonro

View over the bell of the Bell of Kyoonro

Because the bell tower is built on a bluff, the view from here is spectacular!
The vermilion-painted bell tower looks great against the backdrop.

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Senkoji Bell Tower is a bell tower located in Senkoji Temple. The bell tower, also known as the “Bell of Time,” is a symbol of Onomichi. The bell tower is perched on a precipitous cliff, giving it a powerful appearance. The “Bell of Kyoonro” has been selected as one of the 100 most beautiful soundscapes in Japan. Senkoji Bell Tower is an indispensable part of the scenery of Onomichi, and is loved by many people.

10:15am Senkoji Temple(千光寺)

Senko-ji Temple is famous for the legend of “Ball rock”. The temple’s symbol, Ball rock, is said to have had a shining ball on its zenith in the past, and the name Senko-ji is said to be derived from this legend.

Ball rock in the center of the precincts

Mikasane Iwa(三重岩)

Mikasane Iwa, a strange rock next to the main hall.
The Senko-ji Temple precincts are full of sights, including a number of oddly shaped rocks with mysterious legends.

View from the main hall

Breathtaking view ✨Take in a panoramic view of the Shimanami Kaido that leads to Mukojima and Innoshima.

View from the main hall

Vivid cityscape of Onomichi including Onomichi Waterway.

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Senkouji Temple is located in Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, and is a popular tourist attraction. Located at an elevation of 140 meters above sea level, it commands a panoramic view of the entire city of Onomichi. It is also famous for the legend of Jade Rock and hosts events such as the Fukurin Festival and the Lantern Festival.

10:45am Three-storied Pagoda of Tennei-ji Temple(天寧寺三重塔)

Also known as “Kaiun-to,” the sea and sky seen from the three-story pagoda is exceptionally beautiful, and is one of Onomichi’s most representative views.
The three-story pagoda is designated as an important cultural property and stands 25 meters high, giving visitors a tremendous sense of power when they stand in front of it.

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The three-story pagoda of Tennei-ji Temple is located in Tennei-ji Temple, a temple that represents the scenery of Onomichi. It is a national important cultural property and a symbol of Onomichi’s scenery.

11:15am Karasawa(からさわ)

A long-established ice cream shop loved by locals and tourists alike.
The most popular store is is an ice cream monaka with creamy ice cream wrapped in a crispy, crunchy crust.
The ice cream monaka, which is just the right size and makes a nice crispy sound, is the best.

Ice cream monaka/150 yen


Cute illustrated menu sign

I recommend getting takeout and sitting outside on the white benches of the restaurant by the sea and eating while looking at the ocean!

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Karasawa is a restaurant located in Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Loved by locals and tourists alike, the ice cream monaka is popular for its creamy ice cream wrapped in a crispy, crunchy crust.

11:45am Ajimen(味麺)

The minced back fat that floats on the surface of the soup, a characteristic of Onomichi ramen, is medium thin, and is very tasty when intertwined with the slightly flattened noodles.
Although the soup is dark in color, it is refreshing, so I was able to finish the soup!
It sinks deep into the body.

Ramen/620 yen


This ramen restaurant is located right in front of Onomichi Station. If you come to Onomichi, you can’t miss Onomichi Ramen.


The interior of the restaurant retains a retro feel that stirs some nostalgic feelings.


In addition to table seating, there is also counter seating in a lovely light blue color.


THE ramen shop! Just looking at this scene makes me hungry.
I enjoy looking through the menus on this wall to see what I should order.


A la carte or as a set. A la carte menu and beverages are abundant, so you can choose your favorite menu depending on how hungry you are!

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Ajimen is a ramen restaurant located in Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Onomichi Ramen, which originated in Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, is especially recommended. The minced back fat floating on the surface of the soup is very tasty and is well-received by word of mouth for its medium-fine, slightly flat noodle.

12:30pm Onomichi Station Lemon Bike(尾道駅レモンバイク)

Rent a lemon-colored “lemon bike,” a bike that looks great against the shimmering sea, the dazzling blue sky, and the greenery of the mountain landscape, at Onomichi Station!
It is a great way to cycle around the islands of the Seto Inland Sea. There is also an electric type available, which is recommended for long-distance travelers.
The electric SHIMANAMI LEMON e-BIKE shown in the photo was rented this time for 4,000 yen per day.
Book in advance through an app called setowa. Present it at the reception desk and enter the code that you will be given on site!

Located inside Onomichi Station!

Entering Onomichi Station, there is a sign for a lemon bike.

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Onomichi Station has a spot where you can rent lemon bikes, lemon-colored bicycles that look beautiful against the shimmering sea, blue sky, and green mountains. The bikes can be used for cycling around the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, and some are electric, making them convenient for long-distance travel.

12:45pm Ferry to Mukaishima(向島行渡船のりば)

Located 3 minutes from Onomichi Station, the ferry terminal is just to the left of the Onomichi Ekimae Pier.
There is a ferry service that allows you to ride your bicycle on the ferry. It takes about 5 minutes to reach Mukojima.

Ekimae Tosen(駅前渡船)

A lovely boat that looks somewhat like a dragon’s palace.

Fare 110 yen to be handed over on board

One-way fare 100 yen for adults + 10 yen for bicycles, total 110 yen.
There is no need to purchase tickets in advance. (Just be sure to have some change ready.)

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The Ferry to Mukaishima is conveniently located in Higashi Gosho-cho, Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, just a 3-minute walk from Onomichi Station and just to the left of the Onomichi Ekimae Pier. This ferry terminal operates a ferry that can be boarded, including bicycles, and takes approximately 5 minutes to reach Mukaishima. Users appreciate the convenient location, smooth access, and the fact that bicycles can also board the ferry.

1:00pm Goto Kosensho(後藤鉱泉所)

This long-established soft drink shop is famous for its local cider, which can only be found on Mukaishima.
The famous Marugo Cider, which has been featured on TV, uses no artificial sweeteners but only sugar flavored mineral spring water from Mukaishima.
The refreshing sweetness that bursts with a shwashy sensation is very popular!
Because the bottles are so valuable, they cannot be taken home and are not delivered, so they are renowned as a “fantastic cider” that can only be consumed locally ✨

Marugo Cider / 250 yen


You are greeted with a retro appearance. The nostalgic atmosphere is wonderful, as if you have somehow returned to the Showa period.


Cases of bottles are stacked, and drinking water is chilled in an old-fashioned refrigerator.
The retro interior of the store is also very exciting. In addition to cider, T-shirts and other goods are also sold!


Retro posters are posted on the wall. There are chairs in the store, so it would be nice to take a break here during cycling.
It is very popular among cyclists as an energy-charging spot!

Ramune, cream soda, milkshake, coffee, orange juice

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Goto Kosensho, located in Mukaishima-cho, Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, is a long-established beverage factory that has been producing local ramune for over 80 years. It is famous for its local cider, which can only be tasted in Mukaishima. Marugo Cider is very popular for its refreshing sweetness, made without artificial sweeteners but with sugar added to Mukaishima’s mineral spring water. Since it cannot be taken home and can only be drunk on the spot, it is renowned as a “fantastic cider.

2:30pm life:style

A stylish general store with an exotic atmosphere.
In addition to daily sundries such as dishes and cutlery, there are also cookies and other sweets, ceramics, and even clothes.
The wide variety of products is exciting.
It is a nice general store that looks good for shopping and a great spot to spend chill time.


At this point, the garden already feels spacious and open.

Resort-like garden with nice palm trees.

The location itself is close to the beach, so you can enjoy the resort atmosphere even more.

In the store Merchandise

Everyday items such as chopsticks, spoons, and plates. They are cute and can be purchased as souvenirs or memories of your trip.

In the store Merchandise

Food items such as cookies and tea packets are also available.

In the store Merchandise

Beautiful ceramics.

In the store Merchandise

Clothing is also sold. The space is very enjoyable, with a wide variety of products.

Drink Menu

Straight citrus juice Onshu-mikan R size / 500 yen

Take a breather in the garden. Relax your body and mind with a glass of delicious juice.

Adjacent restaurant, Tachibana Shokudo

On this site, along with the general store life:style, there is also a restaurant that has become a popular lunch spot on the Shimanami Kaido.
There is also terrace seating and a very tasty looking menu.
You can have lunch here, go shopping at life:style next door, and chill in the garden!

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life:style is a fashionable general store located in Tachibana Garden in Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, that offers a wide variety of items to color your life. The store offers a wide variety of products, including exotic tableware, cutlery, sweets, ceramics, and clothing, making it an ideal spot for shopping.

Tachibana Rinkai Park(立花臨海公園)

The park is located directly under the Innoshima Ohashi Bridge. There are also restrooms, making it a good resting spot. There is also a parking lot.
After experiencing the powerful Innoshima Ohashi Bridge up close, stop by Tachibana Beach!

Innoshima Ohashi Bridge

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Tachibana Rinkai Park is located in Mukaishima-cho, Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Located directly under the Innoshima Ohashi Bridge, the park offers a close-up view of the powerful bridge. The park is also equipped with restrooms and has a parking lot, making it a good resting spot. It is also a good place for sightseeing, with easy access to Tachibana Beach.

Tachibana coast(立花海岸)

Blue ocean and blue sky. This is a great scenic spot boasting a graceful coastline. The Innoshima Bridge can also be seen from here, so you should definitely stop by.
It is a natural beach that is rare among the islands along the Shimanami Kaido ✨.

Take a walk on the beach with a view of the ocean.

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Tachibana coast, located in Mukaishima-cho, Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, is a sightseeing spot with such beautiful scenery that it is called the Hawaii of Hiroshima. Located along the Shimanami Kaido, the Innoshima Ohashi Bridge can also be seen. It is a spot where you can enjoy delicious lunches and sweets as if you were at a resort.

3:00pm Tomihama Port Passenger ship Terminal (Mukaishima operation)

Return to Onomichi from Mukaishima.
We took the Ekimae Tosen in front of the station as we did on the way there.

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3:00pm Tomihama Port Passenger ship Terminal (Mukaishima operation) is a boat terminal located in Mukaishima-cho, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture. Boats from Mukaishima to Onomichi operate from this terminal, making it an important and convenient base for local residents and tourists.

Onomichi Station(尾道駅)

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