Miyajima Island, as we’re sure that some of you will already know, is famous for the iconic image of the Torri gate sin the sea. It is one of the most serene spots in Japan and to many people, it is referred to as the Island of Gods. The Torri gates actually are a part of the Itsukushima Shrine which is a recognized World Heritage site. Many people travel from around the world to visit this location and enjoy the brilliant design of the Five-Storey Pagoda. We love that each of the main tourist attractions is within easy walking distance and that Miyajima Island itself has kept the charm and sense of antiquity. A ryokan is a traditional Japanese-style inn, so let’s delve deeper into this stunning island and, of course, the unique and oriental culture of Japan. Be sure to book your ryokan early as they are extremely popular. Scroll down to learn about the best ryokans on Miyajima Island, Japan.
In a perfect location, just five minutes walk from the infamous Itsukushima Shinto Shrine and Miyajima Pier, this modern and stylish ryokan is an ideal holiday base. The private and spacious rooms each feature traditional tatami-mat flooring and neutral colorings. The rooms feel very serene and calming, perfect for a relaxing holiday. For those of you that still like your every day modern comforts, fear not because the rooms are also equipped with a flat-screen television and DVD player. The excellent onsite facilities include both an indoor and outdoor public bath with extensive views across the Setonaikai Sea and the Otorii Shrine Gate.
With plenty of waxed bamboo decorations, wooden slattings, and quiet surroundings, the Iwaso ryokan in Miyajima Island feels very ‘zen.’ Alongside the futon-style bedrooms, guests can also take full advantage of the indoor and outdoor hot spring baths and even request massages. It is worth noting that the rooms located in the Annex are en-suite whilst the rooms in the original main house are with shared bathrooms. If you choose to stay at this tranquil destination, be sure to indulge in the local cuisines. The multi-course dinner can be served in the main dining room or delivered to your room.
If you are interested in visiting the Five Storey Pagoda then we’d definitely recommend staying at Kinsuikan ryokan which is just 200 meters (656 feet) from the main pagoda site. We love that this property has a communal vibe to it. You can enjoy engaging with other guests, if you like, in the garden area, bar, and the communal lounge. This four-star property has minimalistic rooms, ideal for those of you who want to escape the clutter and humdrum of every-day city life and enjoy a calmer tempo. Each of the bedrooms has full WiFi, an ensuite, complimentary toiletries and even a fridge. Dining options include a traditional multi-course meal and daily breakfast.
The Miyajima Seaside Hotel has won our hearts, because not only does it include beautiful views, traditional furnishings, calming public baths and more, it also features a karaoke room. That’s right! Karaoke is the heart of entertainment in Japan, so what better way to experience a traditional location with an injection of modern-day fun? The bedrooms feature tatami-mat flooring, futon beds, ensuites, yukata robes, and traditional sliding paper screens. Some of the rooms boast views of the Seto Inland Sea. Modern amenities such as an LCD television and fridge are included. There is a traditional set menu dinner and delicious breakfast available.
Each of the rooms at Oyado Tsukiusagi in Miyajima ryokan is Japanese style with en-suites, free WiFi and they are a 10-minute walk from the popular Itsukushima Shrine. As with the other locations, the rooms are tatami-mat floors, with a small seating area that’s perfect to sit and enjoy green tea. Some of the rooms have sea views so if this is something that you would like, be sure to check the full details. The bedroom size is also very good in comparison to some other local rooms in the area.
This friendly and welcoming property is much more western in style but it is still considered a ryokan. It’s the perfect midway-mark for those of you who like a few more western comforts. The Yamaichi Bekkan ryokan has free WiFi and a flat-screen television in each of the rooms. Instead of a traditional tatami mat floor, the rooms are primarily carpeted and have western beds. Some of the rooms are Japanese in style so you can always request a tatami mat floor and futon bed if you prefer. A yukata robe is provided for all of the guests at the property. In terms of dining, you can also choose between a Japanese or Western set menu and the dishes are each made using local, seasonal ingredients.
Another location where you can choose between a western or Japanese-style bedroom is the Mizuhasou ryokan. Regardless of your choice, each of the rooms is equipped with WiFi, a flat-screen television, and a small fridge. It is worth noting that the rooms include a toilet but the main bathroom areas are shared. For additional and, more substantial dining options, don’t miss out on the traditional multi-course meals available onsite for dinner. This ryokan actually specializes in fresh seafood dishes.
Jukeiso ryokan offers fantastic Japanese-style rooms with breathtaking views. There are two bathing areas onsite. The indoor baths are for public use and are open 24 hours a day. The outdoor bath is private use and it is perfect during both the daytime and at night. Free Wifi is available in the lobby area and may not be available in all the rooms, so if this is important to you, please check beforehand. Furnishings in the bedroom include a flat-screen television, a minifridge and futon bedding.
This two-star ryokan is a great option for those of you with slightly tighter purse strings. The ryokan is in an excellent location just 300 meters (984 feet) from the popular Five Storey Pagoda. Each of the rooms is air-conditioned and has a private bathroom, flat-screen television, a hairdryer, and a kettle. The rooms are very comfortable and a Japanese breakfast is available every day.
With just seven bedrooms to choose from, this ryokan feels very much like a small family run business. You can choose between a traditional futon-bed or a western bedroom and be safe in the knowledge that the standard of each room is very high. The ryokan is in an excellent location to explore the surrounding tourist sites and there is WiFi in each of the rooms. The Auberge Mizuhaso is also extremely popular for its fantastic meals. Now you can rest in perfect tranquility and enjoy a delicious meal when you wake up.
Address: Nishi-Onishimachi, Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan, 739-0534
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If you’ve never been to Japan before, you couldn’t wish for a better starting point than staying at a traditional ryokan on Miyajima in Japan. Our list has covered perfect spots for those of you who want to dive headfirst into this unique culture with a very traditional ryokan stay. Or for those of you who are looking to just dip your toes in then be sure to book one of our recommended ryokans with western-style rooms. Now, the next big question is, should we pack our kimono or yukata?
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