Fascination ONOMICHI U2 - Must visit spot in Onomichi
*July 9th, 2018 Update - The rain disaster of July 2018 in Western Japan might have affected some facilities and public transportation. If you're travelling or planning to travel in this area please check the latest information. The current situation might differ from what described in this website, so please be careful.
A new location for cycling supportONOMICHI U2 is about 5 minutes by walk from the JR Onomichi station and still looks just like the warehouse it used to be.
There are about 2000 square metres with restaurants, shops and even a hotel inside the warehouse. The high ceiling creates an open space.
Bicycle is the keyword
Half of the ONOMICHI U2 building is a "Cycle Hotel". Recently about 30% of the hotel guests are foreigners from the US or Taiwan.
The hotel where you can stay with your beloved bicycle
The rooms include hangers for bicycles, to put them on the wall. And there is even an repair area in the shared space, for maintenance of the bicycles. The perfect hotel for cyclists.
Dashing cycling with a road bikeThe you can get sports bikes at the Gaiant Store Onomichi of the internationally known taiwanese bicycle maker GIANT. You can also rent bikes from the store. They have beginner bikes, but also cross-road bikes for the more advanced.
The store provides an English guide book with important points when cycling, for foreign tourists.
Before departing for the trip, there is a cafe you should stop byThe Yard Café serves special coffee, as well as fresh juice made of Setouchi vegetables and fruits. You can even drive- or better cycle-through, from the deck facing the sea. The also sell energy bars and original sandwiches for cyclists.
A coin shower for everyoneOn the outside of the building there is a coin shower and public toilet, the coin shower costs 100 Yen for 5 minutes.
Restaurants and shops being packed with the charm of Setouchi
Additionally there are restaurants serving fresh ingredients from Setouchi, a bakery selling products made in collaboration with local manufacturers and a lifestyle shop, all in one complex.
A counter bar where you can enjoy the night view
A chair with saddle and pedals next to the bar
Freshly baked masterpieces of bread
Jam made out of Setouchi lemons
Carefully selected dinnerware
A book corner, where you can read on the sofa
A space for tourists and locals to gather
People coming to ONOMICHI U2 are not only tourists or cyclists. Locals have often dinner in the restaurants, so that cyclists and tourists and locals can easily get in touch with each other. Even if you just like to walk by to get a glimpse at the goods, you may end up having tea at the cafe, buying at the select shop or even rent a bike to cycle. The misterious charm of ONOMICHI U2 is definitely worth visiting.
Address: 5-11 Nishigoshocho, Onomichi, Hiroshima
Some stores have different hours
Access: 5 minutes walk from JR Onomichi station
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THIS ARTICLE IS BASED ON INFORMATION FROM 05 29,2017 Author：DiGJAPAN! Editorial Team