From ramen to high class Japanese restaurants and various kinds of western food, finding a place to eat should be no problem. Likewise, there are a variety of accommodations as well, hotels, inns, etc.
When you think of Japanese food, perhaps sushi and fish spring to mind, but you can enjoy a wide variety of food here in Onomichi! There are great Italian, French, and Chinese places in addition to the aforementioned staples like sushi and tempura, even the strictest food snob should have no trouble finding something here.
Also, don’t forget Onomichi’s famous ramen, there are over 20 different ramen spots here in town! Additionally, the younger generation has adopted these local flavors and tastes, added their own twist and set up new cafes and bars. Come enjoy this stylish yet classic town with a young sensibility!
Onomichi ramen consists of a fatty back cut of pork laid over flat noodles in a delicious soy sauce (shoyu) soup base. However, each shop adds their own special twist, some have a seafood based soup, or straight thin noodles, and then there are shops with a chicken based broth, others use vegetable, pork, or seaweed! Coming to Onomichi and not sampling the ramen is like going to France and not trying their croissants!
Ramen: Guaranteed deliciousness, but you better be ready to wait for it!
Among others that can be found when you’re on the ground in Japan!
Takahara Seikichi Syokudo (高原誠吉食堂) – Classic & Contemporary Japanese Cuisine
You might think this place looks like an ordinary old house, but step inside and you’ll find a sleek and modern restaurant with Japanese styling. High beamed ceilings and all wood architecture give this place a warm and cozy feeling. The chef was trained in classic Japanese cuisine in Kyoto at a traditional culinary school. They serve the classics, such as sashimi and miso soup, but also expertly prepared fish, chicken, tofu, and pork amongst others finished off with a Japanese touch. All this great food pairs great with their large selection of sake.
This restaurant is designed by the renowned architectural firm UIC > WEB SITE
Onomichi’s famous Spanish restaurant, Borracho sits at the foot of a hill where
a train crossing and temple melt into the sunset. Seafood caught in the surrounding area provide this restaurant with fresh seafood, best enjoyed with beer or wine!
And much more!
In recent years, the traditional style and old buildings of Onomichi have attracted younger people to the town. The result is a fusion of traditional Japan mixed with the new wave of the youth that have set up bars and cafes in town. These are great places to interact with locals and experience life in Onomichi.
Yamaneko Café (やまねこカフェ)
You can enjoy some great western food at this waterfront café and restaurant that faces a boarding dock. You will likely be amongst students, business people, and other travelers from all over the world that are waiting for a ferry. They also have concerts here on occasion.
Fukuro-no-Yakata (house of owl) 梟の館
About a 5 minute walk from Senkoji Temple is a place with owls! Not real owls, mind you, but this quaint antique shop carries various ornaments and goods with an owl theme. You might find yourself lost amongst the owls, as if in a Miyazaki anime movie. When there is a full moon, they have an event called “One Night” with limited seating. You can watch, but no pictures as a result of the Owl’s Curse!
Directly beside the railroad crossing on the way to the entrance that
leads up a hill to the famous Senkoji Temple of Onomichi you will find
some really cool cafes and bars. Before you venture up the hill to the
temple, stop by Satie and indulge in some delicious and painstakingly brewed nel drip coffee.
Around (take away coffee)
A sense of the past emanates from this European–esque Onomichi Center Shopping Street Coffee shop. Be sure to stop by this cool café that is run by art students from the local university.
And many many many more!
Onomichi has more than 30 restaurants and bars for you to explore. Just don’t get lost in this maze after having your fill of sake.
U2 Cycle Hotel
This place might look like an old harbor warehouse, but once you step inside you will find yourself inside the coolest hotel complex built with industrial design cues and the cyclist as the focal point. The U2 features a restaurant, a Giant cycling shop, a café, a bar as well as a gallery and an event space. The Onomichi U2 Hotel marks the start of the Onomichi Cycling Road and serves fresh bread and coffee before seeing you off for the day.
Miharashi-tei (Guest house)
Miharashi-tei is a nearly 100 year old Japanese inn built in the traditional style of Saen (villas built with traditional tea ceremony in mind). Since renovation in 2015, it has operated as a guest house with a charming café and a bar. Located on a hilltop, this historically important property offers magnificent views of the Onomichi channel.
Anagono Nedoko (Guest house)
Snaking, bending, and narrow like that of its namesake is the Onomichi guesthouse Anago no Nedoko. Anago (or eel) is something of a local specialty in Onomichi and this guesthouse is a property of the Onomichi vacant housing renewal project, Akiyasaisei.
There are many conveniently located guest houses that you can stop in at during your ride along the beautiful Shimanami cycling road. By utilizing the network of ferries and numerous guest houses, you are sure to have a fun and enjoyable trip!
Cyclonoie (in Imabari, Ehime prefecture)
After pedaling away the day and hopping from island to island, you can put your feet up at CYCLO NO IE, which is on the opposite side of the island chain from Onomichi. As you might guess from the name, this place is perfect for cyclists looking for a place to stay; the name translates as, “The Cyclo House”.