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Located on the small island of Miyajima in the tranquil Seto Inland Sea, Iwaso is a luxury ryokan offering Japanese-style rooms, hot-spring baths and traditional kaiseki-style meals.
At Iwaso, you’ll experience exceptional service and authentic Japanese hospitality (you can expect to be treated like royalty!).
Iwaso opened in 1893 and it was the first ryokan on Miyajima. It is the most well-known ryokan on the island and previous guests have included famous authors, artists, and members of the Japanese royal family.
Officially named Itsukushima, the island is more commonly referred to as Miyajima which means "Shrine Island" in Japanese.
It’s famous for its iconic Itsukushima Shrine, and the spectacular torii gate which looks as if it is floating on the water at high tide.
Iwaso is situated in the picturesque Momijidani Park on Miyajima. The park is renowned for its clusters of cherry blossoms which usually bloom in early April, and its 200 momiji (Japanese maple trees) which turn a beautiful russet red every autumn.
Iwaso’s location is ideal for walks in this beautiful park, as well as visiting the nearby Itsukushima Shrine, hiking to the summit of Mount Misen, the highest peak on Miyajima, or discovering Daisho-in Temple, a Buddhist temple at the foot of Mount Misen.
After a day exploring the island, you can relax in Iwaso’s hot-spring baths, and then enjoy a traditional kaiseki dinner which is served in the comfort of your own room.
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