Onomichi from above

Onomichi

On the way up from Beppu to Osaka, we wanted to see Hiroshima. However, it turned out to be way too expensive to stay in Hiroshima for a night, so we stayed in a fishing village about an hour further along the way towards Osaka. I guess we could have done the whole trip to Osaka in one day as it was only another two hours from Onomichi to Osaka, but we’re glad that we didn’t do that so that we got to see this gem of a town.

Onomichi is on the Seto Insland Sea, facing the large Japanese island of Shikoku. Inbetween Onomichi and Shikoku are hundreds of smaller, mountainous islands that form a chain towards Shikoku, through which a network of bridges run. This is the view that Onomichi has, over this sea of islands and bridges and it’s quite spectacular.

Near the sea, down below, is a typical Japanese seaside town with good seafood. It’s quite an industrious area and across the water are factories and ports. However, as you climb the mountain that Onomichi is situated below, you walk through a maze of tiny alleyways, steep staircases and abandoned buildings, walk past more than 25 temples, and finally arrive at the peak. When you get there, you are rewarded with one of the most stunning views ever – not just the Seto Insland Sea and its many islands, but also the mountains of Honshu on the other side.

We stayed at a little guesthouse called Guesthouse Yado and we’d definitely recommend it. We’d definitely also recommend a visit to Onomichi – it’s now one of our favourite places in Japan – just have a look at these photos.

Guesthouse Yado where we stayed
Guesthouse Yado where we stayed
Wrong side of the tracks
Wrong side of the tracks
Walled city
Walled city
Jess exploring Onomichi
Jess exploring Onomichi
Jess exploring Onomichi
Jess exploring Onomichi
Abandoned house in Onomichi
Abandoned house in Onomichi
Abandoned houses in Onomichi
Abandoned houses in Onomichi
Jess exploring Onomichi
Jess exploring Onomichi
Overgrown abandoned house in Onomichi
Overgrown abandoned house in Onomichi
Sketching Onomichi is obviously a popular pastime
Sketching Onomichi is obviously a popular pastime
They love cats in Onomichi
They love cats in Onomichi
Cat love
Cat love
Onomichi from the observation platform
Onomichi from the observation platform
The Seto Inland Sea
The Seto Inland Sea
The hills of Japan
The hills of Japan
Jess over Onomichi
Jess over Onomichi
Onomichi
Onomichi
Onomichi
Onomichi
Onomichi temple
Onomichi temple
Industrial city
Industrial city
The islands of the Seto Inland Sea
The islands of the Seto Inland Sea
Onomichi from above
Onomichi from above
The temple of Onomichi
The temple of Onomichi
Jess in Onomichi
Jess in Onomichi
Onomichi from above
Onomichi from above
A guesthouse on the hill
A guesthouse on the hill
Spot the cats
Spot the cats
Jess surveying Onomichi
Jess surveying Onomichi
Cherry blossom
Cherry blossom
Temples galore
Temples galore
Cat
Cat
Old houses of Onomichi
Old houses of Onomichi
A well decorated stairway
A well decorated stairway
Onomichi shrine
Onomichi shrine
Abandoned house in Onomichi
Abandoned house in Onomichi
Abandoned house in Onomichi
Abandoned house in Onomichi
Dylan in Onomichi
Dylan in Onomichi
A temple in Onomichi
A temple in Onomichi
Onomichi port
Onomichi port
Catching tonight's Sashimi
Catching tonight’s Sashimi
Fishing village vibes
Fishing village vibes
Onomichi port
Onomichi port
Dylan at Onomichi
Dylan at Onomichi
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