"Experience Authentic "Onsen Ryokan" in Miyajima"
This is a historical upper-class ryokan that the current Emperor of Japan has stayed, albeit in a special cottage, while he was a young crowned prince. It's located close by to Itsukushima Shrine, yet hidden in a quaint passage. Our room was located at the top floor of the 5-story building and was facing a great view of the Torii, the sea, the near-by Buddhist temple's pagoda, and the mountain hills. It is the only ryokan with natural hot spring on this side of Miya-jima, so you can get two birds with one stone; experience of a very authentic Japanese onsen and a visit to a World Heritage site.
Our stay included half-board, with teas/coffees with Japanese sweets in our room upon our arrival, many toiletry amenities--including hair brush, toothbrush with toothpaste, razor, yukata-bathrobe while you stay, a pair of socks perfumed and dyed with cloves, a cloth handy-sack for taking your toiletry to baths, etc. Found in the bath areas are shampoo, conditioner, body soap, Q-tips, facial wash, facial toner/lotion bottles.
Our room is with shoji window screens in a traditional Japanese tatami mats, and we slept in futon that the ryokan ladies laid out for us after dinner.
They provide gender-separated onsen-baths, and switches bathing area by time. Rotenburo (outdoor bath) is especially memorable for its view and sound of running creeks and tree-covered adjacent bank. FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH JAPANESE ONSEN, PLEASE RESEARCH AHEAD & FOLLOW THEIR BATHING INSTRUCTIONS!
Traveller from Seattle, WA