Established in 1854, Iwaso is a traditional Japanese inn located in a city called Hatsukaichi. The location is known for the Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The ryokan belongs to the “Three Views of Japan”, possessing the authentic feel of a Japanese-style accommodation and having distinct characteristics. It has a 1,400-year history, with its aesthetic dating back to the Heian period.

The ryokan offers hot spring baths that can be enjoyed either indoors or in the open air, paired with relaxing massages upon request. Its interiors are based on traditional Japanese design and have a total of 38 rooms, which cost between 30,000 to 60,000 JPY per night. Some rooms also include private bathrooms.

Their kaiseki presents guests with locally sourced ingredients and quality seafood, which can be enjoyed either at the restaurant or be delivered to rooms. Breakfast is served at Momiji restaurant.

During the stay at the inn, travelers can visit other tourist sites like the Momijidani Park and the Miyajima Aquarium. A free shuttle is available at the Miyajima Ferry Terminal.

The inn is operating normally with added measures to ensure the health and safety of the guests.

  • Iwaso features Japanese-style aesthetic with beautiful and scenic views.
    Iwaso features Japanese-style aesthetic with beautiful and scenic views.
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  • Iwaso features Japanese-style aesthetic with beautiful and scenic views.
    Iwaso features Japanese-style aesthetic with beautiful and scenic views.
    Iwaso features Japanese-style aesthetic with beautiful and scenic views. - Pinned on : Jan 19, 2021
  • Enjoy variety of seasonal local ingredients
    Enjoy variety of seasonal local ingredients
    Enjoy variety of seasonal local ingredients - Pinned on : Jan 19, 2021
  • Iwaso features Japanese-style aesthetic with beautiful and scenic views.
    Iwaso features Japanese-style aesthetic with beautiful and scenic views.
    Iwaso features Japanese-style aesthetic with beautiful and scenic views. - Pinned on : Jan 19, 2021
  • Iwaso features Japanese-style aesthetic with beautiful and scenic views.
    Iwaso features Japanese-style aesthetic with beautiful and scenic views.
    Iwaso features Japanese-style aesthetic with beautiful and scenic views. - Pinned on : Jan 19, 2021
  • Iwaso features Japanese-style aesthetic with beautiful and scenic views.
    Iwaso features Japanese-style aesthetic with beautiful and scenic views.
    Iwaso features Japanese-style aesthetic with beautiful and scenic views. - Pinned on : Jan 19, 2021
  • Iwaso features Japanese-style aesthetic with beautiful and scenic views.
    Iwaso features Japanese-style aesthetic with beautiful and scenic views.
    Iwaso features Japanese-style aesthetic with beautiful and scenic views. - Pinned on : Jan 19, 2021
  • Iwaso features Japanese-style aesthetic with beautiful and scenic views.
    Iwaso features Japanese-style aesthetic with beautiful and scenic views.
    Iwaso features Japanese-style aesthetic with beautiful and scenic views. - Pinned on : Jan 19, 2021

 

Spring quality/qualities

Radioactive spring

Tourist spots nearby

Miyajima Island (Itsukushima Shrine), Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Atomic Bomb Dome)

Year of establishment

1854

Number of rooms

38 rooms

 

Rooms with open-air baths
Unavailable

Onsen Area
Miyajima

Is this place ryokan only or ryokan with an onsen?
Onsen Ryokan

Does this ryokan have private onsen (hot spring)?
Yes

Is there a communal shared public bath?
Yes

Are there additional rental options?
With open-air tubs 0 With indoor tubs 0 With both indoor and outdoor tubs 0

Price range (yen)
30,000 – 60,000

The price includes one dinner and one breakfast

 

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Iwaso

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We spent one night and we really felt like kings. Rooms have views to a forest, and also are really clean. Staff is extremely polite and helpful. Dinner is served in the room and is really an experience.

⭐⭐⭐⭐
Presentation was second to none. Exceptional food. Oysters were in season which was lucky for me.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Incredible Roykan in a gorgeous setting. Lovely friendly staff and delicious food. Restful and restorative.

Iwaso

Total rating: 4.5
avatarKI-NRT
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Very substandard rooms
We had high hopes for our stay at Iwaso. My parents stayed there in the 1960s, and spoke fondly about their experience, so my wife and I were eager to retrace their steps. I knew going in that historic Iwaso would serve as a time machine back to old Japan, and that there would be some compromises in the quality of accommodations as a result. We felt that the numerous sacrifices were just too many - we couldn't wait to get out of the room every chance we had. Iwaso is perfectly situated on Miyajima Island. It's right next to the entrance of Momiji-dani Koen Park, which is the where the ropeway takes people halfway up the beautiful Mount Misen. It's also minutes away from the Itsukushima Shrine (and Torii Gate) as well as the main restaurants and shopping area - everything worth visiting is just minutes away. There are 2 separate buildings; the main, classic section is the original one, and has a much more traditional atmosphere compared to the annex area, which is more modern (with less character.) In addition, there are several "Hanare" stand-alone cottages which are a short stroll away from the main reception building, and are considered to be the most charming accommodations in the entire property, and that's where we chose to stay. At first glance, our cottage was charming - it's located across from a small ravine, and surrounded by a forest that is filled with Maple trees. The room design and decor is equally (very) traditional and full of character. Unfortunately, it's way too much of a case of "form over function." First off, the room was tiny - I'm pretty sure it was less than 30m², which is inexcusable for a luxury ryokan villa. There was no closet or storage space for luggage, so by placing them in the main room, it eats into the already-miniscule amount of space. Most luxury ryokans offer a separate living and sleeping area, but not at Iwaso, which was very disappointing and uncomfortable. Typical, non-luxury ryokans usually have one room which is a combo living room/sleeping area, and at night they move the table off to the side and roll out the futons for sleeping. That's nice, but Iwaso does not charge "standard ryokan" rates. The layout was also super weird... the wash basin was next to the veranda and was located across the way from the bathroom and shower - a minor annoyance, but only added to the numerous inconveniences. Also, there was no privacy to speak of, at least when we visited in late November. The main walking trail to the ropeway was on the other side of the ravine, and we saw throngs of tourists hike along the path the entire time we were there, and views into our room were equally accessible to them. We had no choice but to keep the curtains closed, which only added to the claustrophobic feel to the room. Most uncomfortable of all had to do with the temperature in the room; there is no insulation to speak of; it was absolutely freezing, and no amount of heating was able to keep us warm. The heating is limited to the main living area. Any visit to the bathroom or shower will be even more unpleasant. Be forewarned that guests who stay here during the Winter months are likely to be in a world of hurt. Anything else? Unfortunately... yes. There was no internet in the room at all, which is the biggest no-no. It was partly my fault - Iwaso's website does clearly state that WiFi is not available in the Hanare cottages, and I failed to see the big text stating that fact. Oh, and there are no Onsen baths anywhere on the property. After the first night, we asked if we could be moved to a room in the newer, Annex building. Fortunately, they had availability, even though only standard rooms had occupancy. It was less charming, but more comfortable.... just a little bit. At 26 square meters in size, it was even smaller than the cottage rooms. There was better (temperature) insulation and more effective heating, but WiFi was slow and spotty, and these rooms did not offer the one amenity that made our stay in the cottage a tolerable one: in-room dining. All guests staying in the newer wing are required to dine in the main dining room, which we feel detracts from the intimate ryokan experience. All of this is really a shame, when you consider the great service from the friendly staff, the awesome location, and decent (but not exceptional) food. Regarding the food, there were great dishes while some were only so-so. We appreciated the fact that Iwaso put a great amount of focus on local ingredients and produce, including the farmed Hiroshima Oysters and Anago (Conger Eel.) We loved the Oysters, but the Eel was tough and chewy - Anago can be delicious when prepared in certain ways, but their presentation of Anago was not done very well, in our opinion. Also, the local beef pales in comparison to famed Japanese beef from Tajima, Hida or Kobe. We really enjoyed our time in Miyajima and Hiroshima; it's a beautiful place will lots to see and do, even though the famed Torii gate was under renovation and was completely covered up. Unfortunately, it pains me to say that we had a great time there not because of Iwaso, but in spite of it.

avatarKen S
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Iwaso in Miyajima
Plus points: great location near the tori gate, shrine and the ropeway to Mount Misen, the cottage we stayed in was cute and cosy, onsen is nice and has an outdoor rotenburo, surrounding grounds are very pretty. Minus points: food was way below par for this price level — think ‘profit focused tourist hotel’ rather than ‘luxury ryokan’. Breakfast is buffet style, unusual for a ryokan. The dinners are served in rooms but need a lot of improvement. one of the courses we had one night was very dry and brittle roast chicken. Some of the seafood wasn’t very fresh. Cottages would be nicer if connected with wifi.

avatardeBeer
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Brilliant
Not cheap but food was absolutely amazing/ spectacular as well staff. Room was great (family room 5th floor for 4 pax), however it comes at a price - worth it though! If you can try to stay 2 nights and wonder the island in evening - it’s yours. Take the time to go and visit the holy mountain as well as the onzen in Iwaso afterwards (outside) to get rid of tired muscles

avatarDFHumo
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WONDERFUL AUTHENTIC JAPANESE EXPERIENCE
If you want to drop back in time to briefly experience the Japanese way of living and eating, then stay at the luxurious Iwaso ryokan. We stayed in the cottages and got treated to beautifully constructed and decorated Japanese rooms with tatami mats. There is an entrance, a main room and alcove with scroll and flowers, a separate room with a toilet, and another room with shower, hot tub, and vanity. A few modern conveniences are well hidden (TV screen, coffee maker, small fridge). A balcony that overlooks the natural beauty of the forest, stream, and occasional deer surrounds the cottage. The room is designed and located to encourage serenity. Be prepared to sleep on futons that are arranged for you while you’re having your meal. Walking from the cottage to the reception area, one passes a beautiful bridge and flowing stream where many tourists and photographers congregated for pictures. As soon as we arrived on the island, a shuttle transported us the hotel where we immediately were “assigned” a host who looked after us for the duration of our stay. Check-in was a bit bumpy with having to confirm dining selections and order drinks in advance of the meal. Staff could communicate in English but was not advanced or fluent. The Japanese meal and service, however, was exquisite. We later discovered their restaurant was rated a 1 Michelin star and deserved it. I used the onsen it was on par with the rest of the ryokan. The sights on the island were all within easy walking distance. If we had the time, we would have loved to stay 3 or 4 more days to just absorb its offerings.

avatarSomersetShe
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Perfect in Every Way
Everything about Iwaso was just perfect. The setting on the very edge of the park was peaceful and beautiful with the autumn colours. The room was large and spotlessly clean. The dinner was served in our room by Mie who explained the dishes and looked after us beautifully. The food was probably the best we had enjoyed in Japan. We are so glad that we stayed in this beautiful ryokan and would definitely stay again if we are ever lucky enough to return to Myajima.

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