16. November 2018
One of Japan’s newest design destinations is the charming coastal town of Onomichi, home to various innovative projects including Onomichi U2, Hotel Cycle, Minato no Yado and the Onomichi Denim Project
Until recently, Onomichi, which is located less than an hour from Hiroshima by train (and under 2 hours from Kyoto and Osaka), was best known as the starting point for the island-hopping Shimanami Kaido cycling route across the Seto Inland Sea. Along with its cycling opportunities, Onomichi is also home to an impressively-high concentration of Buddhist temples, charming maze-like back streets, and a relaxed old-fashioned atmosphere. Located on the Onomichi waterfront, about a 5-minute walk from Onomichi Station, Onomichi U2 is a renovated warehouse that is home to the cyclist-friendly Hotel Cycle, as well as a bakery, cafe, restaurant, bar, bicycle shop, and boutique. At the heart of Onomichi U2 is the 28-room Hotel Cycle. Along with perks like cycle-through check-in, Hotel Cycle offers simple but stylish rooms featuring an attractive mix of modern design and local touches (including soft denim pajamas). For those planning to cycle the Shimanami Kaido, there is also a GIANT bicycle shop on site, where you can rent (and buy) high-quality road bikes.
Images: Courtesy of Onomichi-U2