Iwaso Ryokan

345 Miyajima-cho, Miyajima, Hiroshima-ken, 739-0522, Japan

For traditional elegance, it's easy to like this venerable Japanese inn. It's the oldest and most famous lodging on the island, and everyone important has stayed here. The rooms in the wheelchair-accessible newer wing are nice enough, but the older rooms have more character. Two quaint cottages on the grounds have suites decorated with antiques. Prices vary widely according to the size of your room, the view, and the kaiseki dinner you select, so be sure to get it all ironed out when you make reservations. Breakfast and dinner are included in the rates and can be made Western-style. Nonguests can also enjoy the food.

PROS

  • charm to spare
  • great views
  • delicious 12-course meals

CONS

  • making reservations online requires some knowledge of Japanese
  • you'll feel like royalty—until you get the bill
  • the hot spring may be a bit too hot and stuffy for some

Location

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Intimate
Central
Luxurious Retreat

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 0829-44–2233
Website: www.iwaso.com

HOTEL DETAILS

38 Japanese-style rooms, 33 with bath
Rate Includes: Some meals

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