Miyajima Ryokan – The island of Miyajima, also known as Itsukushima, is a truly magnificent sacred island located near the city of Hiroshima. The main attraction of the island is of course its great floating torii gate, which appears to be floating in the water at high tide and is about 16 meters high.
Miyajima is also a haven of peace shared in harmony by nature and quiet Japanese temples, in a truly peaceful atmosphere. To enjoy this relaxing environment even more, what could be better than spending the night at one of the island’s ryokan?
Here’s a list of the 5 best ryokan you can try in Miyajima, and let me tell you, you’re going to be blown away!
1. Miyajima Ryokan – Iwaso
Let’s start off with Iwaso, which is a 5-minute walk from the Miyajima Ferry Terminal which should be your access point to the island. It is located right in the park where wild deer come and go (just like in Nara) so don’t be surprised if you spot one near your room!
As you can see, the setting is really beautiful so how about this for a change of scenery ? Iwaso also offers superb onsen (hot spring baths) which are ideal to relax after a long day of hiking on Miyajima Island.
In the mood for some karaoke? You can also sing your heart out at Iwaso! What more do you need?
2. Miyajima Ryokan – Kurayado Iroha
The Kurayado Iroha illustrates the refined and minimalist style of Japanese ryokan with very little decoration yet with asserted aestheticism. This ryokan is also close to the Itsukushima Shrine which is opposite the island’s great torii. So you’ll have a superb view of that and will be able to see it floating at high tide from the comfort of your room.
The Kurayado Iroha has another significant advantage, it offers outdoor onsen where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of all Miyajima Bay. The whole setting is unbelievably perfect!
And for those of you who don’t like to sleep on futons and tatami mats, the ryokan offers rooms with Japanese style decor and western-style beds.
The Jukeiso is located uphill, overlooking Itsukushima Shrine. You will be able to admire the famous red torii from the comfort of your hot bath as well as the Gojunoto, the five-storied pagoda, which can be seen on the right. Isn’t this a breathtaking view?
You will also be served a rich and hearty Japanese breakfast at the Jukeiso. Some people can’t eat raw fish first thing in the morning but I personally find it rather tasty, not to mention that it’s apparently good for you.
4. Miyajima Ryokan – Miyajima Seaside
Miyajima Seaside is located east of the Miyajima island and is, as the name suggests, barely a minute-walk from the beach. It’s not too close the island’s tourist area and is therefore a very calm and serene setting. It offers a beautiful and relaxing view, so much so that it looks like a picture hanging on the wall rather than a view from a window.
The Miyajima Seaside also has excellent onsen overlooking the park next to the ryokan. You really dive into nature as you get inside the bath.
Oyado Tsukiusagi is a tad less luxurious than the ryokan I just reviewed but the comfort it offers is worth every penny you’ll pay. It will cost you about 60 to 70 dollars a night per person so if you’re on a budget, it should be good news for you!
We’re done with this top 5 of the best ryokan in Miyajima! I am sure that you already feel relaxed just reading this blog post and looking at those pictures. Can you imagine how relaxing it would be to spend a night in one of those ryokan? By the way, be sure to book early, the best ryokan are usually booked first.
See you around, fellow travelers!