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Onomichi Half-Day Private Trip with Nationally-Licensed Guide

This value-packed trip with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Onomichi!

Onomichi is a gritty, old-timey seaport town with hills full of temples, literary sites and cats. Local businesses increasingly embrace its retro-chic charm, and a visit is a glimpse of a quaint Japan of yesteryear. For many travellers, Onomichi is the base from which to cycle the Shimanami Kaidō, the system of road bridges that allows people to island-hop their way across the Inland Sea to Shikoku.

Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a four-hour tour that's best for you!

Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary.
Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.

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  • What's included :
    • Free Photos
    • Hotel Pick up and Drop-off
    • Licensed Local Guide
    What's excluded :
    • Other personal expenses
    • Lunch - Lunch (for yourself and your guide)
    • Entrance fee (for yourself)
    • Private Vehicle
    • Transportation fee (for yourself and your guide)
    • Entry/Admission - Senkoji & Senkoji Park
    • Entry/Admission - Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art
    • Entry/Admission - Tatara Bridge
    • Entry/Admission - Kosanji Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Innoshima Bridge
    • Entry/Admission - Tenneiji Temple
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Senkoji & Senkoji Park, 15-1 Higashitsuchidocho, Onomichi 722-0033 Hiroshima Prefecture

    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 '100 soundscapes of Japan'. The temple appears almost grown into the hillside, with views out to sea, and is reachable on the historic temple walk (after a steep 15- to 25-minute hike for most) or by the Senkō-ji-yama Ropeway.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art, 200-2 Setodacho Sawa, Onomichi 722-2413 Hiroshima Prefecture

    Hirayama Ikuo was one of Japan's most famous painters, working in the traditional Japanese Nihonga style. The Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art (平山郁夫美術館, Hirayama Ikuo Bijutsukan) is located on Ikuchijima Island, where the artist was born in 1930. Hirayama passed away in 2009.

    Many of the themes in Hirayama's work have persisted throughout his entire career. One is the concept of peace. Hirayama was a student in Hiroshima in 1945, and as such witnessed the destruction of the bomb and suffered from the effects of radiation. Another of his recurring themes was the cultural exchanges within the Orient, particularly the transmission of Buddhism to Japan.

    The Hirayama Museum is quite modern and well kept. There are three spacious exhibition halls, a tea lounge, and a museum shop. A variety of Hirayama's work from throughout his career are kept as part of the museum's permanent collection, and there are also special exhibitions.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Tatara Bridge, Between Onomichi, Hiroshima and Imabari, Ehime, Onomichi Hiroshima Prefecture

    Tatara Bridge, with the center span of 890 m long, is the second longest span cable stayed bridge in the world.
    Suspension bridge was planned at the first stage; however, the bridge type was reviewed considering the preservation of surrounding nature and economical condition of the work, against the background of the technical progress of cable stayed bridges.
    The height of the tower is 226 m above the seawater level, and this is the highest point in the route.
    Tatara Bridge formed a sister bridge alliance with Normandy Bridge in France which is the third longest cable stayed bridge in the world.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Neko no Hosomichi, Higashitsuchidocho, Onomichi 722-0033 Hiroshima Prefecture

    Neko no Hosomichi goes on for about 200m from the eastern side of Ushitora Shrine to the three-floor pagoda of Tennei-ji Temple. The area was given its name due to the many Fukuishi Cats (stones with cats painted on them) left there. The cats were painted by Shunji Sonoyama, an artist who lives in Onomichi. In the area, there is also the Maneki-neko Museum where you can enjoy the scene of “cats and Onomichi”.

    Stop At: Hondori Shopping Street, Tsuchido, Onomichi 722-0035 Hiroshima Prefecture

    Hiroshima has a bustling downtown area, the main feature of which is Hondori Street. Hondori is a pedestrian arcade that is closed to traffic and lined with shops and restaurants. It starts near the Peace Park and stretches east about half a kilometer. Running parallel to Hondori is Aioidori (Aioi Street), the main street used by cars and trams. Along Aioi Street stand a few large department stores where more shopping can be found.

    While in the downtown area, visitors to Hiroshima may want to take the opportunity to try one of Hiroshima's specialties: Hiroshima Style Okonomiyaki. Many restaurants along both Hondori and Aioi streets offer the local specialty, but the surest place to find it is in Okonomimura.

    Usually translated as Okonomiyaki Village, Okonomimura is a small area just south of the eastern end of Hondori. As its name implies, it is devoted to okonomiyaki. Okonomimura has many different restaurants to choose from, and is a convenient place in the downtown area to take a break and grab a bite.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Kosanji Temple, 553-2 Setodachosetoda, Onomichi 722-2411 Hiroshima Prefecture

    Kosanji Temple (耕三寺, Kōsanji) is located on Ikuchijima Island and belongs to the True Pure Land Sect of Japanese Buddhism. The temple was founded in 1936 by a successful businessman who was inspired by his devotion to his mother. The construction of the temple took more than 30 years. If visitors to the temple are surprised by a strong feeling of deja vu, it is because many of the buildings are modeled after some of Japan's most famous temple buildings.

    The replicas of famous buildings at Kosanji are quite impressive, including copies of Nikko Toshogu's Yomeimon Gate and Byodoin's Phoenix Hall. The complex of buildings at the temple are on the whole colorful and varied, while still retaining a coherent style. Another highlight of the temple is a long cave in which a series of images are displayed that illustrate the tortures of Buddhist hell.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Innoshima Bridge, Innnoshima Ohamacho, Onomichi 722-2101 Hiroshima Prefecture

    With a total length of 1270 meters, Innoshima Bridge connects Mukaishima Island with Innoshima Island, and is one of the bridges that forms Shimanami Kaido. At its foot on the Innoshima Island side, you’ll find Innoshima Bridge Memorial Park.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Mukaishima, 1-15-1 Kubo, Onomichi 722-0045 Hiroshima Prefecture

    Today we'll cross over to Mukaishima Island from Innoshima Island. Mukaishima is the sixth island from Imabari City. The main island, Honshu, is so close! We had planned just to cycle around Mukaishima Island, but since Onomichi is right there, I'll lengthen our course a bit and take the short ferry over.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Tenneiji Temple, 17-29 Higashitsuchido-cho, Onomichi 722-0033 Hiroshima Prefecture

    This temple was built by Yoshiakira Ashikaga, the second shogun in the Muromachi Period, in 1367 and founded by Fumyo Kokushi. It has a pagoda called Kaiun Pagoda, an important cultural property, and a group of 500 arhats line the Rakan Hall on the left side of the main hall. Weeping cherry blossoms in the beginning of April and peonies at the end of April are things you should not miss.

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    This special tour will be conducted with a public transportation and cruising taxi as stated in the tour information, NOT including private vehicle. Your guide will pick you up at the meeting point on foot. If you need a private vehicle, please feel free to ask us and we will estimate an additional cost for you.Airports
    • Hiroshima Intl Airport, Mihara Hiroshima Prefecture
    • ONOMICHI U2, 5-11 Nishigoshochō, Onomichi, Hiroshima 722-0037, Japan
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infant seats available
    • Service animals allowed
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Near public transportation
    • Stroller accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


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Activity ID: V-92136P134

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