It’s Andres, from Boutique Japan.

This month’s postcards come from the innovative Onomichi U2 & Hotel Cycle in Onomichi, Japan.

Cyclist or not, if you’re into unique design it’s worth a detour to the coastal town of Onomichi.

Just 1.5 hours from Kyoto and Osaka (and less than an hour from Hiroshima), Onomichi is known by cyclists as the starting point of the island-hopping Shimanami Kaido cycling route.

But now it’s become a design destination thanks to the forward-thinking Onomichi U2, a beautifully-renovated warehouse.

Onomichi U2 houses Hotel Cycle, a delicious bakery, a charming cafe, a restaurant offering brick-oven pizza, a bar with a great happy hour, and the Giant bicycle shop.

One of the highlights is the products on offer, many of which are local specialties that have been spiced up design-wise by the savvy branding connoisseurs – Discoverlink Setouchi – behind the Onomichi U2 project.

Cyclists will appreciate the “cycle-through” check-in counter and cafe, and design lovers will love simply hanging out (and eating and drinking) in the airy space itself!

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The cherry blossoms are about to bloom! It’s one of the most exciting – and busiest – times of year here.

Even though it may seem early, based on the demand we saw this year, if you’re thinking about a Spring trip for next year now is the time to begin planning. We have not started taking bookings yet for Spring 2016, but will do so over the next few weeks.

Until Next Time!

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Andres Zuleta
Founder, Boutique Japan

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