Onomichi, a beautiful town facing the Seto Inland Sea. Onomichi, which has prospered as a port city since ancient times, is also famous as a temple and hill town, along with the beautiful Seto Inland Sea landscape. Also, this beautiful scenery of Onomichi is loved by many writers, and is famous as a literary town and a movie town.
A town loved by leading Japanese writers such as Shiga Naoya and Fumiko Hayashi, this town still retains its old-fashioned scenery. Senkoji Park is the main attraction spot of Onomichi. Onomichi is a town with many temples, which is said to be the “Temple Town”.
The tourist attraction of Onomichi is “Visiting the Old Temples”, and many ancient temples appear. And the main attraction of “Visiting the Old Temples” in Onomichi is “Senko-ji Temple”. The Senko-ji Temple is a temple where you can overlook Onomichi City and the Onomichi Channel of the Seto Inland Sea from a panoramic view, and its beautiful scenery competes in Onomichi tourism.
You can also walk to Senko-ji Temple, but you can go by ropeway through the city. Senkoji Ropeway is also worth seeing, as you can see the views that you can not experience in other towns.
Senko-ji Temple was built in 806 AD, more than 1200 years ago. It is unknown who opened it, but it is reported that it was revived by the general of the Heian era, MINAMOTO no Mitsunaka. It is a temple on the slopes of Onomichi, and has magnificent temple buildings from the main hall such as Taishi-do Hall, Kyakuden (reception hall) and Kannon-do hall (hall devoted to Kannon).
The biggest feature of Senko-ji Temple is the huge rock, which is 15 meters high and 50 meters around. It is called “Tama no Iwa” (Ball Rock), and you can see its powerful figure from Senkoji Ropeway.
From Senko-ji Temple, you can see the Seto Inland Sea from Onomichi City together with Senkoji Park on the top. There, you can enjoy not only the worship but also a short walk in the mountains and a spectacular spot.
The Senko-ji Koen Park which can be called the symbol of Onomichi. From mountaintop observation deck, you can overlook Onomichi city, the Onomichi Ohashi Bridge, ship crossing the Onomichi Channel. There is the Senko-ji Temple founded in 806 in the hillside, and the way which goes down to the Senko-ji Temple from the summit of the mountain is improved as “the path of literature.” From the Onomichi street, it is connected by the ropeway and many tourists are visiting. As a famous place of a leading cherry tree in Hiroshima Prefecture, it is crowded with many people enjoying the cherry blossoms in spring.
Onomichi, famous as a hill, the sea, and a town of shrines and temples. Much writers and penmen has had aroused their interest by the beautiful scenery until now.
Moreover, this surrounding area has appeared as a stage of various movies or anime even now.
The Senko-ji Temple is one in many shrines and temples in such Onomichi.
Onomichi is famous as a town of the slopes.
Because everywhere of the town is a slope and a stair, and the Senko-ji Temple is located on the mountain, it is serious to go on foot.
Fortunately, there is the ropeway toward the temple. When visiting the Senko-ji Temple, enjoying a skywalk using a ropeway, and in the way back, the route of going down slowly on foot while looking at the rows of houses of Onomichi is recomendation.
At first you arrive at the Senko-ji Koen Park when you go down the ropeway.
Please drop in at the observation deck in the park. From this observation deck, you can overlook cityscape of Onomichi, Seto Inland Sea, many islands including Mukoujima island.
The view from the main hall of the Senko-ji Temple is the superb view like the scenery from an observation deck, too.
This main hall constructed in the style of a stage with red lacquered like Kiyomizu-dera Temple of Kyoto. Let’s visit to pray firmly after being blown on the sea wind, looking at beautiful scenery.
|Address:||Higashitsuchidocho 15-1 Onomichi, Hiroshima 722-0033 Japan|
|Access:||JR Sanyo-honsen Line “Onomichi-eki Station” (16 minutes walk)|