At a Glance
The best Ryokan on the picturesque island of Miyajima
The original part of the inn dates back to 1854
Perfect for seafood lovers, they specialize in oysters, black rockfish and conger eels
Communal onsen (hot-spring baths) with picturesque views onto the forest
Complimentary shuttle bus from Miyajima ferry port to the property
Best time to Visit
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Spring and autumn are the best times to travel, with the delicate cherry blossom or turning leaves adding a gorgeous hue to the scenery. The cherry blossom begins its journey northward in mid-March, reaching Kyoto and Tokyo by early April, and finally arriving in Sapporo by early May. The autumn leaves reverse the pattern, touching the high peaks of Hokkaido in mid-October and marching steadily south to Kyoto by mid-November.
To start planning your vacation to Iwaso
Iwaso is a traditional luxury Ryokan overlooking the picturesque island of Miyajima. Its location in the woods of Momijidani offers is very serene and the fantastic service ensures authentic Japanese hospitality throughout your stay.
Iwaso is the most famous Ryokan on the island of Miyajima with a history spanning more than 145 years. As it was also the first Ryokan to open on the island, it has a superior and idyllic location in Japan's stunningly beautiful Momijidani Park.
The newest part of the Iwaso Ryokan was built in 1981 and these tatami floor rooms have private bathrooms and very peaceful views of a stream and the surrounding woodland. For the ultimate experience there are a couple of separate cottages (hanare) that are more than 80 years old, all exquisitely decorated featuring old wooden bathtubs. Open your shoji screens to see maples, a gurgling brook and woods, all in utter privacy.
Breakfasts and lunches are served in the hotel's Momiji restaurant which has a lovely veranda overlooking the Momijidani River. You’ll be treated like royalty throughout your stay at Iwaso and will enjoy delicious fresh and seasonal cuisine opulently served to you each evening in the comfort and peace of your own guest room.
Iwaso's 38 rooms are in three buildings all elegantly designed with traditional lattice work and Japanese influences. We recommend rooms in the Shinkan building as they have private bathrooms or stay in a Hanare cottage for an authentic and more private experience .
Children are welcome to come and stay at Iwaso. However, there are no specific facilities available for families. Babysitting can be arranged on request.
Iwaso has a lovely traditional tea lounge and peaceful library. Momiji restaurant has a lovely riverside veranda and is open for lunch (breakfast and dinner are served in the privacy of your guest room). Not to be missed are the various spa baths - sampling these in such beautiful surrounds is a wonderful way to pass the hours.
Iwaso's location is ideal for nature walks or visit the Itsukushima shrine, a World Heritage Site only a few minutes walk away and beautifully illuminated at night.
Victoria Douglas (Staff)
It was such a great touch to be met off the ferry from Hiroshima and escorted by Iwaso's own private car through the winding roads to a hidden guesthouse. The cherry blossom was in full bloom and the only thing to be heard from the surrounding forest was the trickling steam. Whilst not the most luxurious ryokan, it was definitely the most authentic and peaceful.
Spend a day exploring the treasures of Hakone, including a cruise on Lake Ashi, marvelling at the magnificent views of Mount Fuji and surrounding mountains, before visiting the Hakone Open Air Museum, home to works by Rodin, Miro and Picasso.
Walking in and around Hakone
Hakone have some beautiful hiking trails which provide stunning, scenic walks to many of Japans lofty or snowy peaks. Some of the original stone pavements remain which take hikers past tea houses, waterfalls and through overgrown forests.
Location & directions
Located on Miyajima Island (also known as Itsukushima). It is 300m (a 3 minute walk) from Iwaso to Itsukushima Shrine.