Where to Go Tomonoura

Tomonoura is a small and quiet town that has a surprisingly large number of places worth seeing. Here are a few that we highly recommend that you stop by during your visit.

Where to Go Tomonoura

Old Town

The central part of Tomonoura consists of a few blocks that date back all the way to the Edo Era (1603-1868). This area is very pleasant to walk around, and many of the buildings has been turned into cute shops as well as a few museums where you can learn more about how life used to be in this quaint little town. There are also a few shops specializing in Homeishu, a local liquor made from a number of different herbs, which is said to have good effects on your health. Although we’re not sure about those health claims, we did enjoy its sweet flavor. The bottles are beautiful and make a good souvenir for friends back home.

Old Town
Old Town

Lighthouse

One of the most famous landmarks of Tomonoura is the iconic lighthouse in the bay. It was built back in the 17th century, and is roughly eleven meters tall, making it the tallest lighthouse built during the Edo Era that’s still standing today. The pier that the lighthouse stands on is a popular photo spot, as everything that makes this town so scenic can be captured in one photo. The old charm of the Edo Era architecture, the Seto inland sea and the dramatic mountains framing it all in the background.

Lighthouse
Lighthouse

Sensuijima

This small island is a mere 6 km in circumference, but well worth the 5-minute ferry ride it takes to get there thanks to its beautiful nature. There are a few hotels and a campground on this little island, as well as a few beaches and some interesting rock formations as well. We liked the small shops near the beach selling everything from souvenirs to home made lemon liquor. Sensuijima is a part of the Setonaikai National Park, the oldest national park in all of Japan. Ferries depart three times per hour from 7:10 am to 9:30 pm and cost 240 yen one way.

Sensuijima
Sensuijima

Temples

Tomonoura has several beautiful shrines and temples. One of the most famous ones is the Ioji Temple, located on a steep hill with gorgeous views of the town and the bay down below. Another famous temple is Fukuzenji Temple, where you also can enjoy a splendid view of the sea and the nearby islands, including Bentenjima with its little pagoda, as well as the bigger Sensuijima behind it. Most of the temples and shrines can be visited for free, although a few of them charge a small entrance fee ranging from 100 to 200 yen.

Temples
Temples

Sarasuwatei

On the hillside, not far from the Ioji Temple, you will find this charming place that is a combined shop, gallery and café all under one roof, in a glorious minka-style villa with a beautiful garden and great view to boot. Here you can have a coffee while enjoying the amazing view from their nice veranda.

Sarasuwatei
Sarasuwatei
Facility Name
Sensuijima
Address
Hiroshima Pref. Fukuyamashi Tomochou Ushiroji
Phone
0849705050
Business hours
Visit free
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Setonaikai National Park
Address
Hyogo prefecture, Wakayama prefecture, Okayama prefecture, Hiroshima prefecture, Yamaguchi prefecture, Tokushima prefecture, Kagawa prefecture, Ehime prefecture, Fukuoka prefecture, Oita prefecture
Introduction
This park is one of the first national parks in Japan, and features the scenery of the many large and small islands that make up the archipelago. There are many scenic spots such as Goshikiiwa Rock on Sensuijima Island which is said to be so beautiful that even wizards would get drunk on its beauty, the beautiful archipelago scenery of Mt. Washuzan, Mt. Sekizensan, famous for its cherry blossoms, and Miyajima, one of the three most famous scenic spots in Japan. It is an area of ​​great popularity especially for mountaineers and photographers. In the Seto Inland Sea there are ecosystems such as tidal flats, seaweed beds and wetlands which are home to various rare species such as horseshoe crabs, the finless porpoise, and Miyajima dragonflies, etc. There are three visitor centers each in the Washuzan, Goshikidai, and Okunoshima areas, and the Visitor Center at Okunoshima provides brochures in various languages.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Ioji Temple
Address
Hiroshima Pref. Fukuyamashi Tomochou Ushiroji 1397
Phone
0849823076
Closed
open everyday
Fees
Precincts freedom
Parking Lot
Nothing
Credit Card
No
Introduction
A Shingon sect temple built in the mountainside in Tomo Town in Fukuyama City. It is said that it was opened by Kobo Daishi in the Heian period. It was destroyed by a fire, but since restored. The main statue is a standing wooden statue of Yakushi Nyorai (Buddha of Healing) and was designated as an Important Cultural Property of the prefecture. It is a perfect viewing spot overlooking the coming and going of boats in the harbor which prospered as a port that relied on the tide.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Taichoro Reception Hall
Address
Hiroshima Pref. Fukuyamashi Tomochou Tomo 2
Phone
0849822705
Hours
8:00-17:00
Closed
open everyday
Fees
Adults:200 yen Junior and high school students 150 yen, Elementary School Students 100 yen
Parking Lot
Not available
Introduction
This is a temple which was considered to have been built by Kuya Shonin in the middle of the Heian period. The Taichoro Reception Hall was built in 1694 as the reception hall of Fukuzenji Temple, and it was used as a reception hall to host Korean envoys. As the building and related artifacts from the time of the envoy have been preserved, the hall was designated as a National Historic Site as the “historic ruins used for the Korean envoy on the grounds of Fukuzenji Temple” in 1994.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN

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    Tomonoura

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    Sarasuwatei

    Daily life concern
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    Sensuijima

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    Taichoro Reception Hall

    Historical Buildings
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    Ioji Temple

    Temple (Kannon/Fudo Myoo)
    Hiroshima Pref. Fukuyamashi Tomochou Ushiroji 1397
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    Setonaikai National Park

    Park
    Hyogo prefecture, Wakayama prefecture, Okayama prefecture, Hiroshima prefecture, Yamaguchi prefecture, Tokushima prefecture, Kagawa prefecture, Ehime prefecture, Fukuoka prefecture, Oita prefecture
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