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Iwaso

Hiroshima, Japan (HIJ)

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Based on 434 reviews
This hotel, 10 minutes by Miyajima ferry from Miyajimaguchi station, is located near Itsukushima Shrine, a symbol on the Miyajima Island. The shrine w
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Traditional Room, Shared Bathroom (Japanese-Style, Main Building)

Traditional Room, Shared Bathroom (Japanese-Style, Main Building)

4 Twin Futons
172-sq-foot (16-sq-meter) room with courtyard views

Food & Drink - Coffee/tea maker, minibar, and room service
Bathroom - Shared bathroom, bathrobes, slippers, and free toiletries
Practical - Safe and desk
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
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Traditional Room (Japanese-Style, New Building)

Traditional Room (Japanese-Style, New Building)

3 Twin Futons
172-sq-foot (16-sq-meter) room with courtyard views

Food & Drink - Coffee/tea maker, minibar, and room service
Bathroom - Private bathroom, shower/tub combination, bathrobes, and slippers
Practical - Safe and desk
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
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Iwaso
Momijidani Miyajima, Hatsukaichi, Japan 739-0522

Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 38 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.

Amenities
Enjoy recreation amenities such as hot springs or take in the view from a garden. Additional features at this ryokan include complimentary wireless Internet access and tour/ticket assistance. Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the complimentary area shuttle.

Dining
Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Iwaso.

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include multilingual staff and luggage storage. A ferry terminal shuttle is provided at no charge, and free self parking is available onsite.

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Know Before You Go

  • This property offers transfers from the ferry terminal. Guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare requires all international visitors to submit their passport number and nationality when registering at any lodging facility (inns, hotels, motels, etc. ). Additionally, lodging proprietors are required to photocopy passports for all registering guests and keep the photocopy on file.

Mandatory Fees and Taxes

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Destination fee: JPY 150 per person, per night

We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

AMENITIES:
  • Free Breakfast
  • Multilingual Staff
(+) = Additional fees may apply for the use of these amenities.
(*) = Free, some restrictions may apply

Based on 434 reviews
from London, United Kingdom
Submitted on 18-05-2016
Between Hiroshima and Kyoto, we'd booked an overnight stop at Iwaso Ryokan which came strongly recommended by our agent. We arrived after the 20 minute ferry crossing and had a welcoming committee of the local deer population eager to eat your maps! Picked up by the Iwaso coach and just a short journey to arrive at the Iwaso. Our room was located upstairs with lovely views of the Pagoda. Nice room with separate seating area, low table for the evening meal/breakfast and some storage space. Very g... Read more
from Denver, Colorado
Submitted on 19-05-2016
Spent two nights here and it was perfect. The hotel staff were all wonderful and helpful. The location is amazing, close to town but not right in the middle of the hustle of daily crowds of tourists. The breakfasts were fine but dinners shone - incredible presentation and food. Highly recommended.
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Submitted on 24-05-2016
For an overnight stay we decided we'd try this ryokan which came highly recommended and an expensive price tag. For what we paid we definitely got what we expected. The experience was amazing and interesting with it's dining. We had diner in a private room and were brought a multitude of dishes not knowing entirely what each was but enjoying every bit of the experience. The ryokan offered wifi but you had to be in the lobby to use it as it did not reach our room which was a little disappointing.... Read more
from Dover, United Kingdom
Submitted on 28-05-2016
As with other reviewers, our agent recommended this to us, although we really did not know what this would entail. We arrived on the ferry and decided to walk from the terminal to the ryokan. On the way we were assailed by friendly deer who will eat anything given the chance; they ate a paper bag containing gifts before we realised it. You walk past the floating gate, past the temple complex and past the tourist shops, and almost out of town before you come to it's entrance. The ryokan has ha... Read more
from Sydney, Australia
Submitted on 02-06-2016
The staff were very friendly and attentive. The room was very traditional, clean, but a bit tired looking (although it is a very old ryokan). The Japanese breakfast was delicious, but the Western breakfast was pretty ordinary. Overall, I don't think this ryokan was good value for money - but the onsen and the surrounding scenery were amazing!
from Ashby De La Zouch
Submitted on 10-06-2016
We stayed here for 2 nights in April. The service was wonderful and we had a lovely room overlooking the river. The room was very clean and well decorated and equipped. Our traditional 12 course Japanese meal was served in the room and was our first experience of this. Some of the food was delicious but not all was to my taste (I am not a foodie person so don't let this influence you). The onsen was fantastic: it had an indoor and an outdoor bath, the outdoor one overlooked the river and so wa... Read more
from Moroni, Utah
Submitted on 11-06-2016
This ryokan is beautiful. We had a large room which was booked through Japanican. We paid 63000¥ for three of us, this included a wonderful dinner and breakfast. Dinner was offered in room sitting on the floor or in another room at a table with chairs, my father opted for the table and chairs. The public baths we wonderfully hot and very nice. I tried both the indoor and outdoor bath. Breakfast was good as well. The ryokan has a shuttle to and from the ferry port. I called just before b... Read more
from Paris, France
Submitted on 12-06-2016
Located in the main commercial street, yet quiet as the street empties in the evening. Modern ryokan yet traditional Japanese hospitality with excellent food served in the restaurant, where yukatas (supplied) are allowed. Gracious top-notch Japanese service.
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Submitted on 13-06-2016
Came here on a family trip with my wife and her parents. They set up dinner for our entire group in a private room with a lovely server. The grounds are beautiful and we had a view of the shrine from our room. I stayed here once before with my wife when she was still my girlfriend and we are always sad that we only have time in the trip for one night.
from Overland Park, Kansas
Submitted on 16-06-2016
Iwaso is the real thing: an authentic ryokan with hundreds of years of history in a beautiful, natural setting on Miyajima. My husband, daughter and I wanted the traditional ryokan experience so we did the reading and acted as the Japanese do: dressed in yukatas, scrubbed ourselves and took a dip in the communal hot tub, ate the traditional Japanese dinner and breakfast. Our server, Yukie, had very good English and was extremely sweet. It is strange to an American to have your server kneel and b... Read more
from new york, ny
Submitted on 20-06-2016
Rarely do I post a review when I've had such an overwhelmingly disappointing experience. I don't like the idea of unnecessarily damaging a business, especially since my personal experience could have been an outlier. However, I feel that some issues need to be addressed with Iwaso. I booked the room relying on the property's website and TripAdvisor reviews. My experience did not comport with either which, unfortunately, begs the question of where did all those 5-star TripAdvisor reviews come f... Read more
from Rockville, Maryland
Submitted on 24-07-2016
I'm not sure which standard of 5 star this hotel follows, but it certainly does not fall under the 5 star hospitality. Pros: - Very close to the ferry terminal, although you have to go through the mountain to get to the hotel, when in reality it's only a 5-10 minute walk from the terminal. - Beautiful surrounding landscape with friendly deer nearby. - Close to all the attractions Miyajima has to offer. - Dinner - they take pride in the presentation. - Encouraged to wear yukata during dinner... Read more
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Submitted on 30-07-2016
It was the first Ryokan we ever stayed in and were expecting more of a temple-like feel to it. Iwaso is a 30-year old building that hasn't aged well. The distribution of the lobby and entrance has the feel of a mid-range hotel, with little mysticism. The rooms were ok but not up to the hype or the bill. Dinner was good but not the culinary experience we thought we were getting into. Service was extraordinary though! Breakfast was good. Probably still one of the best places to stay at in Mijayi... Read more
from London, United Kingdom
Submitted on 04-08-2016
This is a traditional Japanese hotel (ryokan) but very comfortable. Staff is very friendly and food was great. The room has an amazing view to the forest. Onsen is clean and modern. Highly recommended!
from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Submitted on 11-08-2016
First let me say that Miyajima is a beautiful little island I highly recommend escaping to. We took the bullet train from Kyoto to Hiroshima and toured the museum and atomic site. Do yourself a favor and figure out lunch ahead of time or better yet pack a lunch. After the museum we headed into town and could not find options for we Japanese cuisine weary travelers. There is a Mexican restaurant that looked great called Graffity but it closed minutes before we got there! Its a bit of a train... Read more
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Submitted on 14-08-2016
This place was very expensive, so I waited until I had experienced another, cheaper ryokan before I reviewed. I concluded that Iwaso is good, better than some other ryokans, but not quite enough to justify the high price tag. Miyajima is beautiful though, and I understand that Iwaso is the only ryokan on the island with its own onsen. My best tip is to arrive early enough to deposit your luggage and do all the sightseeing before 3pm. We climbed Mt Misen in the morning and then had the whole afte... Read more
from Toronto, Canada
Submitted on 21-08-2016
We stayed here during our honeymoon and we absolutely loved it. It is super cute and the staff are amazing. The food was delicious and it was so fun to wear the traditional outfits and eat in our room. We will definitely never forget our experience. I really enjoyed the baths and we had an amazing day checking out the island. We hiked up the mountain and toured around to see all of the sights. I highly recommend an overnight stay - one night is enough unless you really want to unwind!
from Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Submitted on 09-09-2016
this doesn't really have a traditionnal Ryokan feeling as it looks a bit like a resort-Ryokan. So you won't get that Edo era back in time feeling. Their public onsen can't be privatized only for you, so it might be challenging depending on how comfortable you feel naked around strangers :) I don't know why they did not put curtains or shutters on the windows. It s hard to be awaken by the light from the outside at 5 AM and I've slept in traditionnal Ryokan were they won't let this happen. The f... Read more
from Baildon
Submitted on 23-10-2016
traditional Japanese hotel situated adjoining woods in a tranquil valley a 15 minute walk from ferry terminal. Hotel sends a bus to collect your luggage which enables you to walk the 15 mins to the hotel through a shopping arcade and into the Tori gateway park accompanied by numerous wild deer. Bedrooms are traditional with low furniture which is moved during the evening and bed pads and duvets are put in there place. The mats were too hard for my taste and sleeping was very difficult. The bedr... Read more
from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Submitted on 26-10-2016
Unforgetable experience you will cherish during your whole life. Just take one of the bungalows, not a room in may building (better to pretend it is just not there). Think of it as a one shot, one night with the highest level of service available worldwide. Our aknowledgement to Hirat? and to all the team. Amazing natural environment (including deers at your door), beautifully kept cottages, gorgeous kaiseki food, a very nice onsen, everything for a great stay.
from Sydney, Australia
Submitted on 27-10-2016
We are so glad we stayed here, our only regret was only staying for one night. We arrived about 2pm and dropped our bags and headed for the cable car up the mountain. I would definitely get her earlier if you can and see some of the sights if you can only do one night. We Checked in about 330, enjoyed afternoon tea in our room and then went and checked out the shrines and temples and watched the sun set. It was so serene, especially as many of the day tourists had left by then. The staff are am... Read more
from
Submitted on 09-11-2016
We stayed for three nights, every night was a joy. The staff were a perfect example of hospitality, chef gave us a beautiful and different meal for both breakfast and dinner, they remembered our preferences, efficiency was exemplary, this is what an hotel should be. Onsen lovely. Excellent value for money. Thank you to all of you.
from Sydney, Australia
Submitted on 11-11-2016
A perfectly relaxing two night stay at this beautiful Ryokan. Top class food & excellent service with special mention to our lovely house maid Goto. This really is a special place, the only downside I can think of is the hard futon beds but this is Japan so to be expected. I was concerned being a non smoker the fact that they do not offer non smoking rooms might impact on my stay but apart from the floor matting having a distinct smell & the corridors having a slight stale smoke smell I need not... Read more
from Melbourne, Australia
Submitted on 06-12-2016
Our room (with facilities) overlooked a creek and a spectacular display of autumnal colours. This scene was only augmented by a beautiful red bridge outside the front door. Breakfast (downstairs in the meals area) was a mix of Asian and European dishes - and a healthy selection. Dinner (served in the room) was quite delicious - traditional fare, with an emphasis on seafood. The room was very comfortable. Do bring your own tea bags if you like a cup of black tea. There are separate sex hot baths ... Read more
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