Weekend Getaway Guide: Onomichi, Japan
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Onomichi, well beyond the Golden Route and just far enough off the beaten Tokyo-Hiroshima path to usually get the cold-shoulder treatment, is barely a blip on the radar of most international visitors to Japan. Those who do go are likely to see it as little more than a gateway to the Shimanami Kaido bike route. Stay a little longer, however, and you’ll discover that the town offers a microcosm of all things Japan, with temples and shrines, castles and tea houses, cat cafés and specialty ramen, art and culture, industrial heritage and creative gentrification, all in an easily walkable package.