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This is Miyajima’s finest accommodation. Here you’ll be treated to views of UNESCO-listed wonders, traditional fine dining and a delightfully minimalist aesthetic that recalls all the rice-paper charm of yesteryear Japan. Just remember to find some time for the onsen baths. Positioned on the coast of Miyajima, Japan’s famous ‘Shrine Island’, Kuraydo Iroha enjoys views of a true Japanese icon – the floating torrii gate. Its red-and-black curves have adorned travel magazines the world over as an emblem of the country’s age-old Shinto heritage. And the island’s traditions can be keenly felt at this ryokan inn. Here, tatami rice mats, floor-level seating and beds topped with down duvets offer the chance to step back to the faultless service and instantly recognisable aesthetic of Edo-period Japan. You’ll even be able to draw rice paper shutters to be greeted by views over Miyajima’s old growth forest to its shimmering strait.

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Dining here is equally considered. Kurayado’s restaurant – positioned right on the coast – looks right out onto the very waters its carefully presented seafood was sourced from. You’ll dine in the kaiseki tradition, with the very best in seasonal produce showcased over several courses that balance everything from flavours to colours. It’s all sourced locally, with fish from the strait, fresh produce from the mainland and beef from only wagyu-grade ranches. For true omotenashi hospitality, take your meal in the privacy of your room, with your hostess guiding you through the dishes.

To round off the indulgent heritage, end your meals with a soak in the ryokan’s onsen hot springs. Kurayado Iroha even features a unique rooftop offering, with views out over the island’s waters and, on a clear day, its famous shrine gate. You’ll also want to head out and explore, perhaps taking the cable car up the island’s mountainous interior to reach hidden Buddhist temples visited by friendly deer.


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