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Fascination ONOMICHI U2 - Must visit spot in Onomichi

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Fascination ONOMICHI U2 - Must visit spot in Onomichi

 

 
 
Hiroshima Prefecture's Onomichi City is the starting point of Shimanami Kaido (toll road) on the Honshu side, that is where ONOMICHI U2 was built in 2014. Formerly an warehouse of the marine, renovated into a facility for cyclists and services regarding bicycles. Particularly bicycle lovers, but also those who are not that fascinated will enjoy the stylish atmosphere.

*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 support

ONOMICHI U2 is about 5 minutes by walk from the JR Onomichi station and still looks just like the warehouse it used to be. 
 
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There are about 2000 square metres with restaurants, shops and even a hotel inside the warehouse. The high ceiling creates an open space.
 
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Bicycle is the keyword


The hotel where you can stay with your beloved bicycle

Half of the ONOMICHI U2 building is a "Cycle Hotel". Recently about 30% of the hotel guests are foreigners from the US or Taiwan.

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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.
 
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photo-Tetsuya Ito/Courtesy of DISCOVERLINK Setouchi
 

Dashing cycling with a road bike

The 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.
 
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The store provides an English guide book with important points when cycling, for foreign tourists.
 
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Before departing for the trip, there is a cafe you should stop by

The 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.
 
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photo-Tetsuya Ito/Courtesy of DISCOVERLINK Setouchi
 

A coin shower for everyone

On the outside of the building there is a coin shower and public toilet, the coin shower costs 100 Yen for 5 minutes.
 
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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.
 
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A counter bar where you can enjoy the night view

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A chair with saddle and pedals next to the bar

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Freshly baked masterpieces of bread

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Jam made out of Setouchi lemons

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Carefully selected dinnerware

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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.
 

Information

ONOMICHI U2
Address: 5-11 Nishigoshocho, Onomichi, Hiroshima
Some stores have different hours
Access: 5 minutes walk from JR Onomichi station
Website: https://www.onomichi-u2.com/en/

 

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THIS ARTICLE IS BASED ON INFORMATION FROM 05 29,2017 Author:DiGJAPAN! Editorial Team

 

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