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Who Drinks Coffee at a Beer Hall?

Posted by Heliocentrism on May 30, 2018

November 4th – 11th, 2017

We spent two full days in Munich. Our first day, we wandered the streets aimlessly. First we went to Dachau and then we just walked here and there before heading home. The next time we went to Munich we listened to a Rick Steves’ audio tour. That put a bit more structure in our day. It also took us past many of the stops we had planned on seeing. It was nice to do an audio tour that started, stopped, and paused when we wanted it to.

My favorite parts of Steves’ tour was when we paused it to get snacks. The first one was near the beer garden. We passed a little hot dog stand… I mean bratwurst stand. They sold 2 types of bratwurst and one of the types came in 2 levels of hotness. We ordered one of each with the second at the spiciest level.

I stood there with the 2 hot dogs in my hands when a group of tourists noticed I spoke English. The lady serving the hot dogs did not speak English and could not answer the people’s questions, so they directed their questions to me. “Is the spicy one very spicy?” they asked. I took a bite of that one and told them, “A little, but not really.” “Is the other the white sausage that comes from Bavaria?” I took a bite of that one and told them, “Yes, I think it is.” But, I wasn’t completely sure.

Rick Steves’ tour took us through churches, Markets, and past a synagogue. We saw a statue that Micheal Jackson’s fans have repurposed in his honor. We walked down the pedestrian friendly, closed-to-cars streets of downtown through the shopping district. There we saw “that pig” again.

We first saw the pig in Onomichi, Japan. He’s been popping up every so often on our trip around the world. It’s like he’s following us. Every time we see him we give him a pat on his nose if possible. When not possible, I just pretend to pat his nose for the photo.

Next we stopped for snacks and drinks at Hofbräuhaus München a famous Bavarian beer house. Everyone there was happy and, at the very least, a bit drunk. Groups of people kept breaking out in song and I had no idea why. They were singing mostly 80’s pop songs in English. I don’t like beer, so I ordered a cappuccino. I enjoyed being in the beer house with all the merriment and chaos going on around me. Even though I don’t drink, if I lived in Munich I would visit this place at least once a month.

We ended our last day in Munich watching some athletes surfing in a canal on the side of the street. The pavement underneath the water combined with the water roughly forced out from under a bridge causes a standing wave. Here, very skilled surfers come to catch the wave. They are so good, they make it look easy. But, I’m told that it is very hard and quite dangerous for surfers who don’t know what they’re doing.

I loved Munich and I hope to visit again soon.

And here’s that pig again.


Germany

How to get there:

Phone:

  • 112 – emergency, ambulance, and fire
  • 110 – police

Downloads:

Website:

Data:

Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

  • Be careful when riding the train outside the city.
    • Sometimes the train splits, meaning you are on the right train, but the wrong car.
    • At some point in time the train will split up and each car will go to a different destination.
  • Don’t walk in the bike lane.
    • There is usually a bike lane and it will be where you end up walking if you’re not constantly vigilant.

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

Hours:

  • 9:00 – 17:00
  • Closed on December 24th.

Video

Books:

Notes:

  • Some parts of the memorial site are not suitable for people under the age of 14.

Hofbräuhaus München

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

Hours:

  • 9:00 – midnight
  • Museum – 9:00 – 17:00

Video

Notes:

  • There is a museum on the 2nd floor.
  • It’s going to be crowded.
  • Don’t wait to be seated. Just find an empty spot and sit.
  • Order when a waiter comes by.
  • Pay when you get your food and/or drinks.

Don’t Miss:

Hungry?

Try:

You Could Get:

  • Guten Tag Card
  • You can buy it from the ticket machine at any train station in Bavaria.

Map:

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Galileo’s Middle Finger… and some other fingers and a tooth

Posted by Heliocentrism on April 30, 2018

Friday, October 27th – 28th, 2017

Florence was all about museums. We visited 3 museums in this town, The Museo Galileo, The Galeria Academiei, and the Uffizi Gallery. Most of the things you go to Florence to see are in one of these 3 museums. There are a few more Florentine museums, but we didn’t have time to see any more.

Galileo Galilei

The first was the Museo Galileo. There, we went to see Galileo’s telescopes and instruments, all the stuff that belonged to the Medici family, and of course Galileo’s middle finger. This museum came with a free Audio Guide app which you could download using their free wi-fi. On the app there was audio information on the more popular things, written information on everything, and videos that explained the science behind many of the instruments.

I don’t know how interesting the audio guide is, objectively. I was already keen on seeing most of the stuff on display, so I was willing to wade through facts and figures and I thought the audio guide was great. I’m not sure how I would have liked it if I just didn’t care so much about Galileo, his instruments, and pioneers of science. But, overall I thought the audio guide and the hands-on section did a good job keeping my interest.

The one thing I just could not turn away from for a long time was Santucci’s armillary sphere. It’s basically like that scaled version of the solar system you did as a project for science class in elementary school. Except, this one puts the earth at the center, instead of the sun. This makes the whole thing really, really complicated. It took 10 years to make and I’m not sure how long it took before it stopped functioning.

If it were heliocentric, the math would have been so much easier and Santucci could have whipped one up in a few weeks. But, he might have been arrested like Galileo was, so maybe this was better.

Next we visited the Galeria Academiei. We went just to see the David. I mean, if the David weren’t there, we would have never stepped foot in this museum. But, since we paid for tickets, we wanted to experience everything there was to see. So, we rented an audio guide for two and it quickly made us moan out of share boredom.

The audio guide was very informative, but it was dry. It never told us why we should care about the pieces we were looking at. What was the artist trying to convey? What was he or she living through? What was I meant to feel? I know nothing about art and I really need the audio guide to help me understand what is going on.

However, I did have the free audio guide I downloaded from Rick Steves’ website. It was not very long. It only covered the David, the prisoners, and some of the instruments. It was a vastly different experience. I went from feeling burdened that I had to walk through a museum to being delighted to see pieces of history with stories to tell.

When you’re at an art museum and see that the price of the audio guide is almost as much as the entrance tickets.

Last we went to the Uffizi. Honestly, we almost didn’t go there. We knew it was the place to be when travelling in Florence. But I think of myself as an art barbarian and didn’t want to waste money on this museum if the audio guide didn’t have good reviews. I couldn’t find reviews for the audio guide, since no one really does that sort of thing. But, in my search I found another Rick Steves’ audio guide for the Uffizi.

Steves doesn’t cover many of the things in the Uffizi, but he covers enough that I feel I got my money’s worth of enjoyment out of the museum. Steves does a great job at getting me to care about the works on display. While listening to his guide I understand why a work is important and sometimes, I even like the art.

Everyone has an audio guide, whether rented or downloaded.

Overall, the audio guide makes or breaks the museum. If the audio guide is bad, the museum will be boring and I will learn nothing. I think this is why I love the museums in London so much. They seem to understand this and put extra effort into making good audio guides. (So much so, that they tend to run out and people queue to get the next returned guide.)

That face you make when you learn what’s really going on in the painting, thanks to your audio guide.


Italy

How to get there:

You can enter this country by land, water, or air.

Phone:

  • 113 – police
  • 115 – fire
  • 118 – first aid

Website:

Data:

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Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

  • Many of the streets and walkways are paved in cobblestones making it harder to walk on with the wrong type of shoes.
  • Apparently, you can drink from any of the water fountains you see.
  • Watch out for pick-pockets.
  • Get your tickets ahead of time when going to see popular things.
  • You never know when you might what to check out a basilica. So, make sure to dress properly, or you won’t be let in.
    • Not shorts. Make sure that at least your knees are covered.
    • No sleeveless shirts.

Museo Galileo

Basic Information

Website

Downloads:

Cost:

  • € 9.00

Hours:

  • 9:30 – 18:00

Videos:

Books:

Notes:


Galeria Academiei

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  •  € 8,00
  •  € 6,00 – Audioguide
    • The Audio guide is very informative, but extraordinarily boring
    • Use the Rick Steve’s Audio guide instead.
      • It’s doesn’t have as much information, but it’s way more interesting.

Hours:

  • 8:15 – 18:20
  • Closed Mondays

Video

Notes:

  • The audio guide for this museum is great if you really want to know as much information as you can get. Unfortunately, it’s really boring. So, if you aren’t overly excited about the art presented here, you will find everything rather dull.
  • So, if you want all the information you can get, rent the audio guide. If not, download the free Rick Steve’s audio guide.
  • You can pay more to skip the line, but it is only worth it if the line is very very long.
    • When I went, it was around noon and the wait in line was about 30 minutes. We bought sandwiches and ate them while we waited in line.
  • Don’t Miss:
    • Michelangelo’s David

Uffizi Gallery

Basic Information

Website

Downloads:

Cost:

  • € 12.50

Hours:

  • 8:15 – 18:50

Video

Notes:


Don’t Miss:

Map:

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Onomichi Walking Tour

Posted by Heliocentrism on October 9, 2016

Saturday, September 10th, 2016 

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Saturday, September 10th, 2016

I planned this trip. I was lucky enough to find the most wonderful tourist guide online in pdf form. It highlighted things to see in Onomichi. It was written by a person who understood what would draw non-Buddhist, non-Shintoist tourists to temples and shrines.

When you read about shrines and temples in most tourism brochures, they explain that such and such temple is famous because Monk XYZ lived there hundreds of years ago. They will talk about this or that god that is enshrined in whatever shrine. Honestly, I don’t care.

It’s nice, but can it give me super powers?

This Onomichi tourist guide talked about what you can do or get at the shrines and temples in town. “Rotate the huge stone and make a wish. Your dreams will come true.” “Pat the boar statue on the nose for happiness.” “Wash your hands at the temple’s turtle faucet and ask for a long life.” Now the temples and shrines are interactive. There is something for me to do.

I’m not superstitious. I don’t believe in wish granting deities. But, I love a good tourist trap. I love hokey and kitschy tourist sights. I’m the type of traveler who will go to Ireland to kiss the Blarney Stone, stick a prayer in the Wailing Wall, or do whatever silly things tourists go to a place to do.

Shrines are boring! Temples are boring! But if there is a wish granting stone cow at some shrine, I’ll respectfully throw some coins in the coin box, clap and bow, and rub that stone cow’s nose. Because I find that sort of thing entertaining.

She’s been using my phone for hours.

First we saw the statue of Fukimo Hayashi. She’s a writer who used to live in Onomichi. She wrote for a TV show that was set in this town. I had never heard of her before and will rarely think of her from now on, but it was a famous statue that was easy to get to. So Mark and I posed in a few photos with it.

Next we walked down the shopping arcade looking for stone cats. There are 888 cats throughout the town of Onomichi. I think Mark and I found about 10 of them. Most of the stone cats were up in the hills where the majority of the temples and shrines were.

I read online that there was an Australian meat pie shop in the shopping district of Onomichi called The Flying Pieman. We walked up and down the street where google maps said it was, but found nothing. Mark popped into a shop nearby and asked about The Flying Pieman. “Oh, unfortunately there was a fire a few months ago.” “No meat pies for us then?”

We had breakfast at some random café instead. I had bacon and cheese pancakes and Mark had apple pancakes. It was a quaint shop that played hula music one minute and merengue the next.

Next we visited our first temple of the day, Kaifukuji Temple. There were three Robin Hood type thieves living in Onomichi during the Edo period. They would steal money from rich people and give it to the poor. Eventually they were caught and beheaded. Their heads were enshrined in Kaifukuji Temple. I don’t know what happened to the heads, but legend has it that above the neck illnesses can be cured at Kaifukuji.

For what it’s worth, since my visit to this temple, I’ve had zero brain tumors, tooth aches, or eye infections. Of course, I’ve never had any of those things, but now I can continue being free from any of those ailments.

Next we went to Kumano Shrine. There was not much information about this tiny shrine other than it is famous because a god lives there. We searched and searched for the shrine and could not find it. Well, actually we did find it, many times. We just didn’t know that we did. The picture of Kumano Shrine in the brochure is in fact not Kumano Shrine or maybe it’s from some angle we didn’t see. I held up my paper with the photo of the shrine and compared it to what I would later find out was Kumano Shrine. “That’s not it.” We had stood in a place where a god lived and didn’t notice.

Then we went to Soraiken Garden. This garden was so small, it only had one person working there. When we got there that person was not in the ticket booth. Mark was going to leave the entrance fee on the counter of the ticket booth but thought better of it. “I’ll just give the money to someone inside. There has to be someone working here.”

We walked around the small, but beautiful garden taking pictures. Then we found a caretaker. Mark handed her 200 yen. She took the money, smiled, and went to the ticket booth. She came back with our tickets and brochures just in time to wave goodbye to us as we left.

Jodoji Temple was next on our tour. There we had to find the huge round rock and rotate it for our wish to be granted. Mark tried it first. He placed his coins in the coin box, clapped and bowed to wake up the god, then wrapped his arms about the big rock. He grunted as he moved the big rock once around. Then he clapped again and bowed.

Then it was my turn. I tried to do the exact same thing, but the rock refused to move. I pushed and twisted the thing, but there was no movement. Then I asked Mark to move it for me, so I could get my wish.

None of these guys knew where the dirt mound was.

Right across the street was Kairyuji Temple. There we could improve our skills. The brochure didn’t exactly say what skills would be improved, but I think it was puppetry performance skills. I don’t ever do puppet shows, but I was game. All I had to do was touch a mound of dirt that contained the ancient books of Buddhism.

Mark and I search the whole temple grounds for this mound of dirt. Mark even walked to the very top of the mountain that the temple sits on. We never found it. Our puppetry skills are still terrible because of it.

I wanted to visit the Museum of the University of Onomichi City. But even though it’s only supposed to be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, there was no one there. It was unlocked when I walked in. I could hear people walking around inside. I took off my shoes and went into one of the rooms. There were paintings wrapped up, on the floor, and leaning on the walls. “Maybe they’re still setting up,” I thought to myself. I quietly backed out of the room, quickly put my shoes back on, and left. No one knew that I was ever there.

Look how happy Mark seems already.

Mark and I walked along the street closest to the water to look for the boar statue. Patting his nose brings happiness. We had no trouble finding him and got the deed done.

This is a tourist spot, for some reason.

Then we went to take a photo with the Crane and Phone Booth. Onomichi is a shipping town. They have a lot of cranes in their many ports. So I guess they made this special phone booth to commemorate this.

No more head pain for Mark.

Then we went to Tenneiji Temple. It’s hard finding temples in Onomichi. There are just so many temples and so few signs in English. There are maps placed throughout the city, but sometimes that means 5 minutes of step climbing only to find out that the temple you want is several sets of steps below you. It’s quite a work out!

At Tenneiji we found a wooden monk who would stop our pains. If you have a headache, rub his head. If your big toe on your right foot hurts, rub his big toe on his right foot. If your left big toe hurts, then you’re out of luck. His left foot is tucked under him, so essentially he doesn’t have a left foot.

Mark and I rubbed this little guy all over, after tossing coins in the coin box and bowing and clapping. We didn’t have any current pain, but we were hoping that it would work on future pains.

Next we went to Ushitora Shrine. There we cleansed ourselves at the turtle faucet and asked for long lives. Mark asked me as we were walking away from Ushitora, “Does this mean that now we will have long lives free of pain?” “Yes,” I replied. “That’s exactly what that means.”

We walked to Senkoji Ropeway. I wouldn’t recommend taking the ropeway if you’re claustrophobic. Even though the timetable clearly says that the gondola leaves at quarter after, half past, quarter to, and on the hour, it really only leaves once the gondola is jam-packed with people. Don’t get any ideas about taking photos from the gondola either. Even if you’re lucky enough to be by a window, you will not have the space to take any photos other than by sticking your hand out the window. That’s risky; don’t do it!

We wanted to ride the ropeway because it was there to be ridden. We had a 3 minute wait until the top of the hour when the thing was supposed to leave. That time came and went. We just stood there as more people were ushered into the gondola. Just when we thought that they couldn’t possibly put more people on, they put 2 more people on and let us go.

The ride to the top took at good 3 minutes. It took longer to get out the gondola once we reached the top than the ride itself. Since Mark and I were the first people on, we were the last people off. The whole thing would have been faster if we had walked.

Ice cream and corn flakes with a view

Once off the overcrowded gondola, we saw the view of Onomichi from the observatory. Then we went to the little restaurant in the observatory and had ice cream with corn flakes on the bottom. “Well,” I said as I dug into my cup, “most cereals are essentially dessert.”

We walked about Senkoji Park. We looked at “Romantic Place” and “Lover’s Sanctuary” before making our way down to Senkoji Temple byway of the “Literature Path”.

We tried to see the cuddling rocks, which would have given Mark and me a happy marriage. But, we had come too late. I’m not sure why, but the gate at the path to the rocks gets locked at 17:00. Maybe it’s to give the rocks private cuddling time.

At Senkoji Temple we pulled on the big rosary for one full rotation. Since we were a couple, Mark pulled it half the way and I pulled the rest. It turns all our desires into loud noises so that we could be happy. I think that after doing this we would no longer have any desires.

But we still needed at least one more desire. At the next temple, we would get a wish granted for patting a stone cow. We walked down the mountain Senkoji was on and then up a long set of steps to get to Misode Tenmangu Shrine.

There is a Japanese movie with a Freaky Friday theme. The two protagonists walk down these very same steps as they leave Misode Tenmangu. They both trip and tumble to the bottom. When they get up, they realize that they have switched bodies.

We climb to the top of yet another never-ending set of steps. Once again we dropped some coins, clapped, and bowed before patting the cow for a wish. I should have wished for an elevator, but I didn’t think of it then.

It’s 5:58pm.

After our tour we went back to the shopping arcade. Almost every shop was closed or closing. We were feeling down. We really wanted to try the famous Onomichi ramen. According to one article I read, “It’s just like regular ramen, but with a very subtle fishy taste.”

We found a Chinese restaurant. It was the only thing in the arcade that was open. We went in and ordered the Onomichi ramen set. It was really good. I highly recommend it. Would I have noticed that this ramen was different from other ramen around Japan? No. The fishy taste was too subtle.

A stamp and a stone cat

One thing I recommend to get before visiting Onomichi; a small sketch book. Each temple and shine had its own stamp. You can collect them if you have a book in which to stamp. A sketch book is great because it has thick pages so the ink won’t bleed through.

Onomichi: Where tourists go to wish

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Japan
(日本)
(Nippon)

How to get there:

You can enter Japan by plane or boat. Though, the number of boats going to Japan from other countries has gone down significantly.

Americans get 90-day visas to Japan at the port of entry. Check with your nearest Japanese embassy or consulate for visa information.

Phone:

Website:

Downloads:

Videos:

Books:

Notes:

  • Be careful what over the counter drugs you bring into Japan.  Actifed, Sudafed, Vicks inhalers, and Codeine are prohibited.
  • International ATMs are really hard to find; more so if you aren’t in a big city. Many places in Japan do not use credit cards. Take cash and call your bank to ask what ATMs or banks in Japan will work with your cash card.
    • ATMs have opening hours. Usually 9:00-18:00 (They have better work hours than most business men and women here.)
    • The Post Office bank seems to work with the most international cards.
  • You can get a Japan Railway, pass which saves you a lot of money on the trains, but you can only buy it before you get to Japan and you cannot be a resident of Japan. (I don’t have more information about it because I’ve only ever lived in Japan; I’ve never been a tourist here.)

Onomichi
(尾道)

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 34°24’32.8″N 133°12’17.7″E

Address:

Onomichi-City Office:

  • 15-1, Kubo 1-chome, Onomichi-shi, 722-8501

Phone:

  • 0848-25-7111

Websites:

Downloads:

Notes:

  • Look out for the many stone cats in the city. There are 888 in total.

Map:


Shimanami Bicycle Rental
(しまなみ海道レンタサイクル)
(Shimanamikaidō rentasaikuru)

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 34°24’09.5″N 133°11’28.8″E

Address:

  • Japan, 〒722-0037 広島県尾道市西御所町5-11
  • Japan, 〒722-0037 Hiroshima-ken, Onomichi-shi, Nishigoshochō, 5

Phone:

Websites:

Downloads:

e-mail: (to send the rental request forms)

  • koho@city.onomichi.hiroshima.jp

Cost:

There is a 1,000 yen deposit for all bikes.

  • Electric Bikes – 4 hours for 800 yen
  • Tandem bicycle  – 500 yen per day
  • Regular adult bike – 500 yen per day
  • Regular kid’s bike – 300 yen per day

Hours:

  • 7:00 to 18:00

Notes:

  • Don’t rent a bike if you’re spending the day in Onomichi. The bikes are best used to visit the other islands.

Kaifukuji
(海福寺)

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 34°24’26.1″N 133°11’51.9″E

Address:

  • 14-1 Nishitsuchidōchō, Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 722-0032, Japan

Phone:

  • +81 848-23-2914

Websites:

Cost:

  • Free

Hours:

  • Open 24 Hours

Notes:

  • The is where you can be cured of any illness and affects anything above the head.

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Kumano Shrine
(熊野神社)
(Kumano Jinsha)

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 34°24’41.2″N 133°12’14.1″E

Address:

  • 1 Chome-3-33 Kubo, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture 722-0045, Japan

Websites:

Cost:

  • Free

Notes:

  • This place is really hard to find. So hard, in fact, that Mark and I didn’t realize we found it.

Soraiken Garden
(爽籟軒庭園)
(Sōraiken Teien)

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 34°24’43.2″N 133°12’24.2″E

Address:

  • 2 Chome-6-6 Kubo, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture 722-0045

Phone:

  • 0848-37-1234

Websites:

Cost:

  • 100 yen

Hours:

  • Open only on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays
  • [April to October]  10:00 to 17:00
  • [November to March] 10:00 to 16:00

Notes:

  • This is a small garden.

Jodoji
(浄土寺)

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 34°24’43.0″N 133°12’36.5″E

Address:

  • 20-28 Higashikubocho, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture 722-0043

Phone:

  • +81 848-37-2361

Websites:

Cost:

  • Free

Notes:

  • Rotated the round stone and your wish will come true.

Kairyuiji
(海龍寺)

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 34°24’43.6″N 133°12’42.7″E

Address:

  • 22-8 Higashikubochō, Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 722-0043, Japan

Phone:

  • +81 848-37-6251

Websites:

Cost:

  • Free

Notes:

  • Touch the mound of dirt that contains the ancient books of Buddhism and you performance skills will improve.
  • Good luck finding that mound of dirt!

Museum of Onomichi City University
(尾道市立大学美術館)
(Onomichi-shi Ritsudaigaku Bijutsukan)

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 34°24’41.5″N 133°12’32.6″E

Address:

  • 3-4-11 Kubo, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture 722-0045, Japan
  • 広島県尾道市久保三丁目4-11

Phone:

Websites:

Cost:

  • free

Hours:

  • Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Holidays
  • 10:00 – 18:00

Tenneiji
(天寧寺)

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 34°24’35.1″N 133°12’02.5″E

Address:

  • 17-29 Higashitsuchidōchō, Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 722-0033, Japan
  • 広島県尾道市東土堂町17-29

Phone:

  • +81 848-22-2078

Websites:

Cost:

  • Free

Hours:

  • open 24 hours

Notes:

  • Rubbing part of the body of the Binzuru statue will stop pain in the corresponding part of your body.
  • Tenneiji Temple is famous for its three-storied pagoda, Kaiunto.
    • Take the path next to the temple and go up the stairs.

Ushitora Shrine
(艮神社)
(Ushitora Jinja)

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 34°24’38.6″N 133°12’02.4″E

Address:

  • 1 Chome-3-5 Nagae, Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 722-0046, Japan

Phone:

  • +81 848-37-3320

Websites:

Cost:

  • free

Hours:

  • The turtle faucet is always available.

Notes:

  • Wish for a long life here at the turtle shape faucet.
  • Ushitora Shrine is the oldest shrine in Onomichi-shi.

Senkoji Ropeway
(千光寺山ロープウェイ)
(Senkōjiyama Rōpuwei)

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 34°24’38.4″N 133°12’05.4″E

Address:

  • 〒722-0046 広島県尾道市長江1丁目3-3

Phone:

  • +81 848-22-4900

Websites:

Cost:

  • (one way) adult 320 yen, 160 yen Children
  • (roundtrip) adult 500 yen, 250 yen Children

Hours:

Notes:

  • Don’t wait in a long line for this.
  • You will only be able to take photos from the gondola if you manage to get yourself near a window. They tend to pack lots of people inside.

Senkoji Park
(千光寺公園)

(Senkōji Kōen)

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 34°24’40.3″N 133°11’50.5″E

Address:

  • Japan, 〒722-0032 Hiroshima Prefecture, Onomichi, 西土堂町19−1

Phone:

Websites:

Cost:

  • Free

Hours:

  • Around 17:00 part of the park closes.

Notes:

  • You can take the Senkoji Ropeway to the top or walk.

Senkoji 
(千光寺)

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 34°24’37.7″N 133°11’55.4″E

Address:

  • 15-1 Higashitsuchidocho, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture 722-0033, Japan

Phone:

Websites:

Cost:

  • Free

Hours:

  • Part of the temple closes at 17:00. Like:
    • The huge rosary
    • The coddling rocks.

Notes:

  • Look for Senkoji Kannon Do Hall. If you rotate the big rosary there, your worldly desire will be transformed into a loud noise and then you can be happy.
  • Look for MeotoIwa, the cuddling rocks, for a happy marriage.

Misode Tenman-gu Shrine
(御袖天満宮)
(Misodetenmangū)

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 34°24’48.2″N 133°12’07.8″E

Address:

  • 1 Chome-11-16 Nagae, Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture 722-0046, Japan

Phone:

Websites:

Cost:

  • free

Notes:

  • Pat the stone cow and your dreams will come true.

Map:

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