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Senko-ji is a temple founded in 806 and regarded as a landmark of Onomichi. Senkoji Park where Senko-ji stands is located on a mountain called Mt. Senkoji. The view of Onomichi from here is so exquisite that many photos for sightseeing posters of Onomichi were taken here. There are some unique rocks that have histories and you can experience training to climb these rocks. You can take Senkoji ropeway from Senkojiyama-fumoto station to Sancho station to get to Senko-ji.
- 15-1 Higashitsuchidocho, Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima
- Contact No.
- From Onomichi station, take Onomichi bus bound for honsen-higashi. Ride for 5 minutes and get off at the bus stop Nagaeguchi. Take a ropeway from Senkojiyama ropeway Fumoto station. Ride for 3 minutes and get off at Sancho station. Walk 10 minutes.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Bell tower & main hall: 9:00-17:00 (premises open for visitors)
Open all year round
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 minutes
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
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Great Scenery from the Main Hall
The vermilion-lacquered main hall is a symbol of Senko-ji. It is also called “red hall” for its color. It houses the statue of Senju Kanzeon Bosatsu which is opened to public only once in 33 years. The reason people are attracted to this place is the great view from the main hall that stands like it is jutting out from the slope of the mountain. It has a gorgeous view of Onomichi and the Seto Inland Sea.
The massive rock topped with a sphere rock. Legend says that there used to be a jewel on top of this rock and it illuminated the Seto Inland Sea. It has a sphere rock instead of a jewel today. There are many more unique rocks including the one that reflects light like a mirror in the premises of Senko-ji. You can experience training to climb up the big rock called chain mountain located behind the temple.
Cherry Blossoms in Senkoji Park
Senkoji Park has about 1,500 cherry trees and is a great viewing spot of cherry blossoms in spring. The red main hall and pink cherry blossoms create a superb scenery together. The illuminated cherry blossoms at night are also worth seeing. This is the place you should visit if you want to fully enjoy spring in Japan. The cherry blossoms are in full bloom in the beginning of April every year.