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.
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- Also Known As:
- Jukeiso Japan/Hiroshima Prefecture - Hatsukaichi