Hotel Alpha-One Onomichi
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Alpha-One Onomichi
This business hotel was great. My first choice for hotels in this town was full but turned out I was more than happy with this place. Just a 2 minute walk from the station. Very reasonably priced at about 5500yen. Huge, bright lobby, not much English spoken but very friendly front desk staff. They had my bag pre-delivered to my next destinatin/hotel as my plan was to cycle the 77km route: Shimanami Kaido to Imabari, Shikoku the next day. There were other cyclists there at the same time with bikes in bags so this hotel is very used to dealing with cyclists heading out to the Shimanami Kaido. The starting point for this route is 3 min. walk down the hill to the waterfront ferry. Rooms clean. There is a local supermarket about 5 min. walk away where I picked up delicious, cheap take out food for dinner.
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... which was so nice. It was a little cafe with a library and had a great atmosphere. Here you could buy glasses of sake to try but for around $1 each so really cheap. We tried a couple each and we bought a big and small bottle here. We then went back to the first place and got a cheap bottle there. We couldn't believe the prices. The big cheap bottle (not cheap in quality though, coming from the brewery) was $8 or £5. In Australia it would probably be ...
... re talking, our two beers arrive and I pick up mine and say "Kampai." This of course means "Cheers" in Japanese. All 5 of us clink glasses and take a drink at which point a very funny guy, the grill cook, turns up and says "I am the speak English menu." Erika and I chuckled and we ordered up a bit of a feast with the help of the grill cook. He didn't steer us wrong and he stopped by 2 more times just to see how we were doing. We ordered ...
... we should get going." Doh! I hadn't realized that either. With that, Erika starts packing up and within a few minutes we are loaded up and ready to leave. We of course stop by the concierge in the lobby to get some details as to how to get to our next destination - Onomichi. Despite our late exit they were very nice and they provided all the info we needed to get to our next destination.
A few slow trains, ...
... Putting this off, we headed back to the mainland to see the sights of Tomonoura. The Rough Guide had recommended some ruins as the best place to view the bay and get your bearings - after 4 wrong turns we finally found "the place" - which turned out to be 4 stray cats, a cemetery and a lot of stairs. The views were obstructed by buildings all around. We then searched for "the whisper bridge" again to no avail, but we did manage to taste the medicinal ...
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