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Travel to Japan: where to stay in Miyajima

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Miyajima is an island near Hiroshima and is considered one of the three pearls of Japan. It is well known by the torii (Shinto door) made of wood that stands on the coast, part of the sanctuary of Itsukushima, which welcomes travelers. This island is declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Everyone recommends sleeping here because when all the tourists of the island leave at dusk, the lucky ones who spend the night in it can enjoy the views of the sunset and sunrise with calm and tranquility. However, it is a privilege that is not available to everyone, because spending a night here is very expensive.

Miyajima's torii. Miriam Boher photo

My friend Mo is helping me a lot to find a place to sleep without ruining us in the attempt. Almost all the ryokan They have a website in English but, I don't know why, they don't work well, so Mo is helping me with the websites in Japanese. My first option, which was not the cheapest, was the Kinsuikan Annex. The best of this ryokan is that you can choose dinner. I explain myself: as they are on an island, almost all ryokan They offer raw fish for dinner, but I don't like it. Instead, here you can choose to eat cooked Hiroshima pork. The Japanese-style room with sea view and half board comes out for about ¥ 30,000 (and that is not the most expensive), but IT'S FULL !!! There is no room left here for October 16.

Ryokan Ryoso Kawaguchi in Miyajima

The second option is the Ryoso Kawaguchi East ryokan is rated as the best of 6 in the ranking from Tripadvisor. It is traditional and simple. The price with two meals is ¥ 22,000 and I am waiting for confirmation that they have a free room. On the other hand, for ¥ 23,000 we have the Ryokan Jukeiso. East ryokan is in third place ranking from Tripadvisor, although it doesn't appeal much to me. I would say that for a similar price we can also find the Kikugawa Guest House, which is where our friends Jordi and Míriam slept last year and that occupies the number 4 in the ranking from Tripadvisor. As I have not found official website, I have asked for a budget through the website that Jordi sent me and also Mo, to see what they tell me.

As you can see, everything is quite expensive. So much, that we might consider sleeping in Hiroshima, although it would be a real shame.

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