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Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Iki Island feels isolated and a world away from modern Japan yet it is only a short ferry from Fukuoka. Kairi Murakami provides the modern luxurious ryokan for this escape. It is recommended for the experienced Japan traveller or those looking to immerse themselves into something a bit different.

Pros
- beautiful modern ryokan. Felt like a hotel designed and decorated with real care
- despite almost no English spoken the service is impeccable. Every effort is made to try and help and we found the language barrier ok with some google translate
- loved the onsen. Those muddy waters are from the natural springs
- food was phenomenal. Dinner had a myriad of local seafood products but not for the tepid diner. The Japanese breakfast was one of the best and biggest Ive had.
- the combined japanese and western room is spacious and feels like a mini apartment. And the views are phenomenal from all rooms.
- located just a short drive from the island's famed landmark, Monkey Rock.

Cons
- language could be tricky for some. Even booking wasn't too easy
- meals served in the restaurant. Feels a bit more like a hotel than traditional ryokan. Some may prefer the traditional way.
- as with all Ryokan experiences, they are a luxurious all inclusive escape and therefore not cheap. Well worth it in our view but a consideration for some others
- actually the ryokan is a bit isolated so others may think about hiring a car. Otherwise they can call taxis easily for you.

Date of stay: December 2015
Trip type: Traveled with family
1  Thank OzCol1981
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Reviewed October 27, 2015

I chose Iki Island because it is known for beef, uni, marine/beach activities and onsen. Kairi Murakami rooms all face beautiful water views. Upon entry, the lobby is wide and has a panoramic view of the water. All the staff are super friendly and helpful. My room had both a tatami room and a western bedroom. Electrical outlets in the tatami room are not as plentiful as in the western bedroom. There is no internet in the guestrooms, only WiFi in the lobby and dining. Loved the sitting area in either room with the window open and enjoying the nice ocean breeze.
Meals are taken downstairs at either the Japanese dining room or Naomi for western food. The food is absolutely fantastic. I had Iki beef, uni, abalone, squid at every meal practically. Fresh seafood is amazing. You will not go hungry here. The main dinner entree options include sukiyaki-don, more sashimi, curry, rice with egg, rice porridge. Western breakfast is a little lighter than Japanese breakfast.
The onsen has indoor and outdoor baths. The outdoor bath often felt hotter than the indoor one. The water is rich with iron and has no sulphur smell. I had the onsen to myself almost every time I went down. Great place to relax.
Iki is probably best seen by rental car. It is easy to navigate with Navi and the max speed limit is 50kmph. The property offers pickup for a fee. There is not much to do immediately around the property. Iki has a rich history from ancient times, including the oldest shrine in Japan and Yayoi period ruins. The island isn't over-run by tourists at all, very peaceful place to enjoy leisurely. The property had a group of guests one night with a young child who was a little noisy. There is no laundry facility but the staff can do laundry for you as a courtesy. Wonderful visit in every way--food, onsen, great staff.

Room tip: All fifteen rooms face the water
Date of stay: October 2015
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
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Date of stay: May 2019
Trip type: Traveled with family
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Reviewed February 26, 2019
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Date of stay: January 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Reviewed February 12, 2019
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Date of stay: July 2018
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