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Onomichi, Hiroshima, is a hilly town with a beautiful view on the Seto Inland Sea and its islands. Senko-ji Park is located on a mountain, at the end stop of a ropeway. Senko-ji Park's sakura (cherry blossoms), blossoming on Mt. Senko-ji at 144.2 meters high, are selected as one of "Japan's top 100 sakura spots"; here, you can enjoy about 1,500 sakura trees of the somei yoshino and shidare zakura (hanging or weeping sakura) variety. Senko-ji (temple) is located next to the park and has an observatory, from which one can see the town of Onomichi and the Seto Inland Sea; you can enjoy a scenic collaboration of the ocean, mountains and sakura.
- 19-1 Higashitsuchidocho, Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima
- Contact No.
- 5-min bus ride from JR Onomichi station, immediate walking distance from bus stop Nagaeguchi. 3-min ropeway ride from Senko-ji Ropeway Sanroku Station.
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 minutes
- Best time to see
- Forecast for blooming: 3/28 Forecast for full bloom (peak): 4/2～
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Mt. Senko-ji Ropeway
Senko-ji ropeway connects the center of Onomichi and Senko-ji Park in three minutes. From its windows, you can not only appreciate the sakura of Senko-ji Park but also the townscape of Onomichi with its beautiful ocean and hill views. The prices are reasonably set at 320 yen for adults and 160 yen for kids.
Remarkable View from Observatory
Senko-ji Park has many sakura viewing spots; however, the most recommended one is the observation deck at the top of Mt. Senko-ji. You can enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view and see various islands that are scattered near and far in the Seto Inland Sea. It is also a popular spot for couples, as it has a beautiful evening view when the sun starts setting.
Illuminated Night Sakura
Senko-ji Park is decorated with traditional Japanese lanterns known as "bonbori," whose warm lights illuminate the sakura at night. The bonbori have spring-themed haiku written on them, that look as if they are floating in the dusk. Here, you can see night sakura in a great atmosphere.
Senko-ji is said to have been built in the year 806. It has many attractive areas such as the main hall painted in red and sticking out of a steep mountain cliff, the bell tower that produces a soothing and beautiful sound, a ball-shaped rock "tama no iwa," and the rock-separating pine tree "iwawari no matsu." The view seen from the main hall is quite extraordinary.