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“Good hotel but looking a little tired, food excellent”
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Iwaso
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

Not you cheapest stay, well positioned on the island and they do come and fetch you from the ferry port. Rooms great but do look a little dated. Facilities were good,the onsen great. Food was superb, supper is served in your room and breakfast in a main area. Though they were very busy on the first night we stayed there and the service was very slow, got the feeling they were understaffed. The people touch was not as high as some of the other similar places we stayed, over all good.

Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

This is a hotel that is like a traditional ryokan, but with more floors. We got a room on the top (5th) floor from which we had a gorgeous view of Itsukushima shrine and torii, the 5-storey pagoda and the maple forest. Dinner was included, and we ordered the Japanese meal; kaiseki, aka traditional food. For breakfast we ordered Western food. Both meals were excellent. Our futons were laid out for us and put away again in the morning. We got a small bag made of kimono fabric to take our belongings to the onsen (baths) and we could take that home with us after. The onsen were amazing. There was an indoor and an outdoor bath. Outside your view is of the maple trees and you can hear a small river that is right next to the hotel. The location is great; the hotel is a 5-minute walk from Itsukushima shrine and the sights near there and it takes about 10 minutes to walk to the ropeway with which you can go up Mount Misen, the highest peak on the island. Next to the hotel is also a bus stop for the free shuttle bus to the ropeway. The staff of the hotel picked us up with our luggage at the ferry terminal and also brought our luggage to the ferry terminal on the day we were leaving, we could arrange a time for that ourselves. The rooms are spacious and luxurious, yet traditional.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

The trip to the island is a short train from Hiroshima then a 15 minute ferry. The van picked us up from the ferry which was helpful (i called from the ferry terminal to say we were on the next boat). We stayed in the new wing where we were lucky to get a corner room on the 4th floor with an ocean view and a tree view. Compared to all other hotels we stayed in on the trip, Iwaso stood out as one where the staff went out of their way to help.

The room was a typical ryokan size with the nice option of being able to pull open the large window facing the trees and listen to the water running in the stream. The room had nice facilities including a tv (but no english).

The dinner and breakfast included in the price was an experience with excellent quality, presentation and service. Some of the flavours are unfamilar and you don't know what you are eating but it added to the fun.

We had our 2 year old daughter with us and the hotel did everything to help. Being a short walk to the town and nice tracks behind the hotel made it convinenient, especiall with the toddler.

Iwaso was the 2nd ryokan we stayed in during a recent trip to Japan. It was a lovely experience and slightly more adapted for tourists than the one we stayed in at Takayama (for example you could wear your shoes to your room where you then removed them). It was a lot more expensive but did include the dinner.

The island was a fantastic experience for us and would definitely include it if you have a spare night on your trip. Note that if you wanted a twist, there is an option to get a boat from Miyajima to Hiroshima direct instead of having to get the ferry back and take the train.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 2, 2012

This is a typical ryokan in a lovely peaceful setting on a hillside surrounded by woodland, about 15 mins walk from the ferry terminal and about 10 mins walk from the famous Torii gate and Itsukushima Shrine. (Tip: the shrine and torii gate are at their best at high tide.) Our pleasant, immaculately clean room overlooked the stream and we could watch the deer wandering past. Bathroom small but adequate. For those a little apprehensive about sleeping on the floor, the futons were deliciously comfortable. Nice onsen - but nothing special. Helpful, polite english-speaking staff.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

We were horrified to get off the ferry at Miyajima and see the Otorii covered in scaffolding!!! Still, the island was lovely and it was wonderful being there when the bulk of the tourists went home. The staff at Iwaso were superb - very friendly and with good English. The experience of a ryokan is definitely worthwhile and the onsen here was unique in that a couple of deer wandered past while I say there soaking. A climb up to Mt Misen is must-do if you stay here!!

  • Stayed: May 2012
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Reviewed May 23, 2012

This was our first stay at a ryokan. We received a warm welcome, and our room (standard room in the new block) was quite nicely designed, although the bathroom was a bit shabby. We ended up using the showers in the onsen area, it just seemed more convenient (when combining with a visit to the onsen). The onsen itself was quite nice, especially the outdoor one, although it was fairly small and crowded at times.

In terms of food, we did not enjoy the included dinner very much, but it's probably just a matter of personal taste (we tended not to enjoy the more traditional Japanese meals during our trip). We opted for the western breakfast, and this was quite nice.

The bedding was more comfortable than expected, and we managed to get a good nights sleep. Overall, it was a enjoyable first experience at a ryokan.

Miyajima island itself is very beautiful, but we were quite unfortunate in that the famous red torii gate was undergoing repair work and was covered in scaffolding!! This apparently will remain the case until the end of June 2012, as there was some damage after a storm in April.

Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 6, 2012

We stayed here for a night on Miyajima, while a little pricey (but then that could be said of staying anywhere on miyajima) it was our favourite stay of the entire holiday, and Miyajima is stunning.

When arriving at the ferry terminal, ask tourist information to phone iwaso and they'll come and pick you up in their mini-bus - while not that far to walk, dragging your luggage there could be a chore so the ride is appreciated (and pleasingly twisty and hilly). Location wise it's on the edge of the town, a few minutes walk from the itsukushima shrine, on the route to the rope way.

It's a very traditional ryokan (many of the rooms are in a modern built extension but very much in the traditional style), with rooms with paper wall partitions, tatami mat floors, and futons laid out in the evening for sleeping on.
While there are plenty of places on the island to eat in the daytime, most are closed in the evening, that's not a problem though as an evening meal is included, and was first class - multiple courses of local produce, impeccably presented, served in your room by a maid (who was *lovely* - very friendly and polite!)

Staying on miyajima island on itself is very much recommended - it can be a bit busy and touristy through the daytime, but beautifully calm on an evening (go for a walk to the torii gate out in the harbour and take in the sunset), and if you wish to walk up mount misen (and you should!) you can take in the beautiful daisho-in temple on the way up while it's still very quiet. A cable car (ropeway) is available if you're feeling less energetic, but the walk up is very pretty.
The daisho-in course takes about 2 hours at a reasonable pace, the omoto course is more challenging and is less scenic if I remember right.

The grounds around iwaso ryokan are very pretty with a small pond out front with koi carp, and a pleasant brook with stepping stones and picturesque bridges. The ryokan is on the edge of momodijani park, and it's difficult to describe just how picturesque it all is.

English was spoken by enough staff to make life easy, the maid explained everything when we were taken to the room. A choice of times is offered for dinner and breakfast, despite some initial misunderstanding (we got our breakfast and dinner times round the wrong way!) everything was sorted and went ahead as we wanted.

Dinner was of many courses and while not all of it was to our tastes (only one dish, some cold noodles in egg that neither of us enjoyed), there was plenty and the grilled local oysters were lovely - neither of us were keen on the idea of oysters, but tried them and both became converts. Lots of food we'd never come across before, and a lot of fish. All beautifully presented (as you'd expect).

Unfortunately, never got chance to try the onsen baths. Shall have to fit that in next time...

Stayed: March 2012
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Address: 345-1 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi 739-0522, Hiroshima Prefecture
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Location: Japan > Chugoku > Hiroshima Prefecture > Hatsukaichi
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 32 Hotels / Ryokan in Hatsukaichi
Price Range: $374 - $685 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Iwaso 3.5*
Number of rooms: 38
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