03 June 2008

Onomichi city of Japan: Temple walk and more



Hello from Japan...a Techno-world! Apart from the technological advancements (especially in electronics sector), to me, Japan is a land of huge bridges & endlessly long tunnels, beautiful old temples & culturally rich heritages, well behaved down-to-earth people & small cups of green tea...

I am in Japan since 2006, doing Ph. D. at Hiroshima University. I live in a small city called 'Saijo' which is about 35 km far from the famous Hiroshima city. I will talk about the Hiroshima city some other day. This time, I am going to share my experiences of trips around Hiroshima. Last February, I was in a beautiful city "Onomichi"...

Locked between the Seto Inland Sea of Japan and the hilly spine of Western Honshu, Onomichi city is a good half-day trip between Hiroshima and Okayama. Historically, Onomichi was an important port town of the Chugoku region. The town was spared from damage during the war. The city has numerous stunning views of the inland Sea and its islands.


Onomichi is well known among Japanese artists for its inspiring landscapes. A famous trilogy of movies by a local-born and renowned director, Nobuhiko Obayashi, were made in the area.

Onomichi is mainly famous for the “temple walk”. This walk covers over 2-dozen Buddhist temples. The most famous ones include the Koumei-ji, Senkou-ji, Tennei-ji and Jodo-ji temples. Please take a look of one Buddha's statue (below: right) which resembles lord Shiva (hindu god). It was the first time, I saw a Buddha's sculpture of this kind.

Onomichi is a beautiful place to visit. Its not just like many other unappealing industrial Japanese cities, but it has a rich cultural heritage in addition to stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

The city is also famous for Japanese traditional cookings; especially "Ramen" which, is made from raw Chinese noodles and the taste of 'ramen' mainly depends on its delicious soup. Another attraction of this city includes taking ropeway to the top of Mt. Senkoji where one can see entire city and much of the sea beyond.

It was indeed, a memorable trip to the city with my host family (otosan & okaasan). I hope you will like the pictures that I have posted in this write up.

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10 Comments:

Lukmanul on June 4, 2008 at 10:15 AM said...

I've never been there before, my dear friend. But what you've written here has made me interested in visiting the place. It looks a wonderful place, there. Anyway, your photographs are beautiful and to me as if they were taken by a professional photographer. My suggestion, perhaps you should proceed further using the SLR-type camera.

Mehdi said...

Dear Deependra,
I have been there once during the Hiroshima University annual bus trip. It is one of the interesting places around Hiroshima. Seeing your nice photos was a flash back to that day.
I am not good at writing,so I might not leave a comment, Gomen ne. but I am looking forward to read your blog.

sujan said...

Deependra dai
I have been there twice . For me it is one of the most beautiful site around Hiroshima and i hope everyone once visited there will have the same feelings.The white marble area/monument at the upper part of koumei-ji temple always reminds me of a song "Touba ye tumahre" from "chalte chalte" as the song was picturized in a place that resembles to the upper part of koumei-ji temple.

DEEPENDRA on June 5, 2008 at 9:13 AM said...

Dear Lukmanul,
Thanks for appreciating the post. Onomichi, indeed, is a beautiful place to visit. I am sure you will love the place...

Mehdi san,
Thanks for the nice comments. please don't say that you are not good at writing. You have always been inspirational to me in many aspects. Hope to read/hear from you in future as well...

Sujan ji,
Appreciate your feelings! I expect your suggestions/comments even in future...

Rajani on June 5, 2008 at 5:11 PM said...

Dear Dai,

I have not been there yet. After having information from your web,I plan to visit there once before I go back to Nepal.
Its really nice idea to give the information about such a nice place with nice pictures.
Waiting for information of other places and countries too.

DEEPENDRA on June 6, 2008 at 7:06 PM said...

Rajani ji,
I am glad that you liked the post and the pictures! Thanks for visiting this blog regularly.

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DEEPENDRA on June 13, 2008 at 4:43 AM said...

Dear Shyam ji,
I am glad & encouraged to see you here in this blog. I have always valued your opinion. Hope to see you again & again...

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dipak on May 3, 2010 at 8:42 AM said...

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