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“Fantastic traditional experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Jukeiso

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Jukeiso
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“Fantastic traditional experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

We booked the full ryokan experience - Japanese style room, traditional meal in the bedroom, onsen hot bath. Yes, this place is on the expensive side, but staying over night on the island is. If cheap ryokan is what you would like you should try another location in Japan - not Miyajima island!

The staff were very friendly and welcoming. You can book a private hot bath when you check in. i recommend doing this as you can look out over the shrine and the island - beautiful!

The lady will help you dress in yukata which is informal kimono which is lots of fun for everyone

We had the meal in our room and we've never had so much lovely food! The starter was sashimi and other small dishes including oysters, followed by pumpkin dumplings, then fish wrapped in leaves, then wild duck, then deep fried oysters, then sea eel and rice. There was probably more - the food just kept on coming and was of a high quality. In a restaurant this must cost £50+ per person! So, yes, this place is expensive, but you get what you pay for.

Our room was Japanese style which meant sleeping on futon on the floor, It was a traditional room which means the one room is used for everything - sleeping, eating etc. Interesting to see how they do it! This isn't for everyone - so if a 5* soft bed is your style, then a hotel might be better for you.

Then the breakfast - again the Japanese breakfast was huge!

Another plus point is they pick you up and drop you off at the ferry terminal. It is a steep walk otherwise if you have suitcases!

Tip - I'd recommend reading up on Japanese culture and etiquette for staying at the ryokan before you go, so you can check if it is an experience you will enjoy.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view and do book the Japanese style (kaiseki) meal in the room - it is amazing
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012

I agree with a number of reviewers here, but unfortunately went with lonely planet and booked this place at the minute. This was lonely planet's worst recommendation to date.

This place is a concrete building with tatami mats floors in the bedrooms. The dinner is served at Western style tables downstairs. The decor was outdated - tepid colors, bathrooms in need of remodeling. I would only pay 1/4 of the roughly $400 we paid including food.

Don't let the view of the Toori gate suck you in. The view is beautiful from the hotel but the place is not worth the money.

  • Stayed August 2012
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2011

We stayed 2 nights in Miya-jima at the Jukeiso. Yes, it is on the expensive side, but is worth it for the whole experience. The staff are friendly and the rooms are clean. The traditional Japanese breakfasts are amazing and substantial.

While on the island, we highly recommend the cable car trip up to Mt Misen. I suffer mild vertigo, but really wanted to explore the peak of the mountain. This is definitely worth the trip if you like temples and misty mountain walks!

Jukeiso has segregated traditional baths - great after a day of solid walking , spacious rooms with separate shower and toilet. It is a bit of a walk (downhill) into the main centre and shrine and a little disorienting at night, but worth it and a bit of a splurge after ubiquitous business hotels.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view
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  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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paris
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2011

Booked through internet, good shuttling services for and from the ferry pier, very nice Japanese style dinner, free access at all time to the common onsen, clean. It is of course much better to have a room with the view on the Torij and Temple. Try to warrant such room as it really gives the value to this Ryokan compared to those located in the heart of the commercial mall near the temple.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2010

I'm not sure why this place hasn't got great reviews.
We loved Jukeiso!
The location is the best on Miyajima.Tucked away from the busy town.Its has fabulous views of Torii Gate and Itsukushina shrine.
The ryokan is small only 12 rooms.
Our room was on the 3rd floor and had great views.
Fabulous food incl oysters, shabu shabu ,sashimi.Nothing that was unpalatable to western tastes.Im not a fish fan but i loved the food at Jukeiso.
Dinner was served in room and breakfast in the dining room with western or japanese choice for breakfast.
Room sizes and views do differ so make sure you ask for a room on the 3rd floor with good views.I noticed some rooms were small compared to the front facing rooms.
Onsen bath was great - open 24 hrs!
The ryokan was small and intimate.We have stayed at Kikokuso in Kyoto.But i preferred this Ryokan as it was a nice balance between hotel and a traditional Ryokan.
I found Kikokuso too small and felt like i was staying in someones house and couldnt relax.
I looked at the other hotel options and i am glad we chose Jukeiso.All the other hotels are either very large or they were in Miyajima town - very crowded with day trippers.Its only a 5 minute walk to the town from Jukeiso along lovely lanes so its a pleasant stroll.
It was a fabulous Japanese experience.
And yes its a pain to get to with luggage.We walked with our wheelie bags from the ferry terminal.It took about 15 minutes stopping fro pictures along the way.But if you have heavy bags i wouldnt recommend it.Plus theres 50 steps to get to the hotel.
Dont stay anywhere else - this is seriously the best option for staying in Miyajima.We paid about 35000 yen a night inc bed/breakfast and dinner.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2010

I recently stayed in the Jukeiso for two nights booking it through Japanese Guest House`s (Great Website). I have stayed in Ryokans`s before and if you are only going to stay in a Ryokan once on your trip to Japan and want the traditional Ryokan experience, then this IS NOT for you!
On one hand the rooms were very spacious and clean and if you are lucky enough to get a room facing the Tori, then the view you get when the sun is coming up or going down is almost worth the 35000 Yen Per night needed to stay here (Based on two sharing). However, as beautiful a place as Miyajima is, the accomodation is very expensive and your Yen will go alot further at another Ryokan somewhere else. You are paying a big premium to stay on Miyajima and you will not get the Ryokan experience at Jukieso. A better way to look at Jukeiso is to think of it as a Hotel with Japanese rooms rather than a Ryokan with Hotel features. The food and bath`s are excellent and authentic but the property itself is big and hotel like with lifts and a gift shop etc. For the equivalent money you could stay in a very nice Ryokan in Kyoto or Nara. For this kind of money a traditional Ryokan over a moder Ryokan would definately be my choice.
I never really had a problem with the location like some other poeple have commented as the pickup service from the terminal is great and the driver was a hoot. Also you can see it from the ferry terminal and you can walk it in about 15 minutes. If you are planning on climbing Mt Misen (well worth the effort) you are right at the start of the Daishon Trail, which to me looked the best way up as it maintains a view of the Tori the whole way up.
Only advice I would give to anyone staying there would be to pay cash and not use a credit card as on checkout they made a complete hash of putting my debit card through, trying it four times before realising it wasnt a credit card (had explained that to them) when they finally got it through I was completely wound up as there were looks from the owner that I was trying to pull one over on them and they also disapear through the back with my card as there machine is not on the front desk. I have seen this before in Japan but I know I am not the only Westener to get annoyed by this! When they finally got it through, no apology was offered and the grumpy owner just dissapeared through the back. Not the goodbuy I was expecting after spending 600 pound for two nights.
All in all, nice, but not worth it especially if its the only Ryokan you will get a chance to stay in!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2010

My husband and I (unfortunately) decided to follow the advice of Lonely Planet and book a night at this magnificent island.
As probably all tour guides will tell you, there is not much accommodation options to choose from and most of them are quite pricey.
The Riokan Jukeiso is not an exception. If you (for some strange reason) decide to stay at this place, please be warned that you are not going to get the "real" riokan experience you have been expecting for the price you pay.
This place is OK as a japanese style hotel with amazing food (also very very expensive) but you are really not getting very good value out of this stay.
The Miyajima island is well worth the visit but you don't have to stay over night as the ferry runs from really early hours until late at night so you can easily work your way around it without paying premium price for your Miyajima accommodation.
Don't forget to check the tide information as the Tori gate is "floating" only during the high tide!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Jukeiso
Address: 50 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi 739-0533, Hiroshima Prefecture
Location: Japan > Chugoku > Hiroshima Prefecture > Hatsukaichi
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Ranked #19 of 31 Hotels / Ryokan in Hatsukaichi
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Hotel Class:3 star — Jukeiso 3*
Number of rooms: 13
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