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An Expert’s Recommended Spots in the Photogenic Town of Onomichi!

Onomichi city in Hiroshima prefecture has been the stage for numerous literary works and films.


As you look at the city from the top of a hill, the scent of people's everyday lives and the gentle air of Setouchi drift your way.



An expert on all things Onomichi, our guide this time was Ms. Noriko Nakamoto (AKA NORi-sensei). She holds photography courses in Onomichi, and loves the town greatly.

Well then, grab you camera and let's go for a walk!

Our first stop is Koujindo-dori, a retro street that stretches from the side of Hondori shopping street, Onomichi's main road. We take a shot of the nostalgic scene filled with the scent of the Showa era!



We enter a small alleyway off Koujindo-dori. Visible beyond the blue signboard is the famous sightseeing spot of Senkouji Temple. I got a shot that gives you a feel of Onomichi as a "town of hills".

There is laundry on a veranda in the alleyway. "I like how in Onomichi you can feel the presence of people even in small alleyways," says NORi-sensei.



What? A fish in a place like this?!

What I found in a corner of the alleyway was "debera", an Onomichi winter sight.


Apparently, exposing the fish to the cold wind enhances its flavor, but it's difficult to say much about this fish drying all by itself in a backstreet…

"Oh~ This debera looks so sad! But I like this side of Onomichi," NORi-sensei says happily. Filled with love for Onomichi, she took a video of the dried fish swaying in the wind!

Well then, here's an animal you can't avoid in Onomichi!



If you walk along the hill road, which is lined with ancient temples, you can meet both pet and stray cats. And furthermore, Onomichi cats are good at posing!

"If you look from the animal's point of view, you'll get good photographs!" (by NORi-sensei)


During cherry blossom season, you can also catch scenes like this on Mt. Senkoji, which is accessed via a ropeway.


Alleyways, hills, nature… Onomichi is a town that allows you to take amazing photographs wherever you go. How about a visit to Onomichi for your own unique set of shots?

*As well as the title photograph, Ms. Nakamoto took the 2nd, 7th and 8th photograph used in the article.

Noriko Nakamoto (NORI-sensei)


Born in Fukuyama city, Hiroshima prefecture in 1976, in addition to her activities as a photographer, in 2005, Ms. Nakamoto became Miss Onomichi. Among other duties, she works as the city's sightseeing ambassador. Traveling between Hiroshima and Tokyo for catalog and magazine shoots, as well as for her photography classes, she leads a busy life. Ms. Nakamoto has also worked actively in the field of photographic therapy, which allows individuals to see their inner person through photographs.

Blog: http://honeygo.jugem.cc/ (Japanese)
Lita Photo-school (Ms. Nakamoto's photography classes): http://lita-corp.com/ (Japanese)

Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Izumi Furukawa



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Izumi Furukawa

Izumi Furukawa

Izumi Furukawa Hello. My name is Izumi Furukawa and I was born in Kagawa Prefecture. Before getting married in 2012, I wrote for various magazine companies and Internet based media organizations in Tokyo. After marrying, I moved to Hiroshima and am now raising my child as well as writing stories about my fascination with this area through Setouchi Finder. Most of the articles I write are about places I visit on weekends with my family. My favorite driving course is Route 375 from Saijyo to the Miyoshi Area, and my favorite food from the Hiroshima area is Anagomeshi (from Miyajima)!!


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