Jan Knüsel’s short film about Onomichi, the Japanese city of nostalgia, cats and steep hills and stairs, is a masterpiece of filming. Onomichi is located in Hiroshima Prefecture and has been an inspiration for generations of filmmakers, like Yasujiro Ozu classic Tokyo Story (Tokyo Monogatari), and a 2005 anime series, Kamichu! It has been the home of a number of Japan’s more famous authors, such as Shiga Naoya, Takahashi Gen’ichirō, and Hayashi Fumiko.
Onomichi has dozens of ancient temples and monuments, which are connected by two enjoyable walks, and the start of an excellent bike trail to Shikoku. It is the start of the Shimanami Kaido, a 60km road that connects the main islands of Honshu and Shikoku, passing over many small islands. It is popular to travel the Shimanami Kaido by bicycle, which can be rented at various points along the way.
If you are travelling by Shinkansen, transfer to the San’yo Main Line at Fukuyama — all Kodama and Hikari trains stop there, as does one Nozomi per hour — and complete the trip to JR Onomichi Station from there (20 minutes by regular train).