We spent night on Miyajima Island to see the famed Torii Gate at low tide when you can walk out to it and at full tide, and have time to see the Island.
The Grand Hotel Arimoto made the experience all the more enjoyable. It is a wonderful hotel.
The Arimoto had a very helpful staff person who spoke fluent English to take us to our room, which was large and spectacular, with huge windows overlooking the mountains. We did not opt to stay in a more expensive room overlooking the Torii Gate.
The room had a western style bed, a sitting area with chairs by the windows, and a raised tatami room enclosed by sliding shoji doors holding a low Japanese dining table and chairs that had backs but no legs. We were asked us about our food preferences or allergies and if we prefer to sleep in the western style beds or would we like to have the tatami room transformed with futons into a bedroom.
The hotel’s Kaiseki dinner and the breakfast were both superb. You order from set menu options and decide when to dine. The hotel is fairly expensive, but when you consider what meals like that alone can cost in Japan it seemed very reasonable.
The hotel has an excellent location. It is a short walk from the best view of the Grand Torii, the Itsukushima shrine and other sites, shopping and restaurants, which close when the last of the day visitors leave about 6 pm.
The hotel will pick you up from the ferry. If you do not have a cell phone that works in Japan to call in advance, the very helpful people at the Miyajima tourist desk at the ferry landing will call the hotel for you. Be sure to also get a map from the tourist desk.
To make the short train and then ferry ride easier, we left our big suitcases in the left luggage lockers in the Hiroshima train station and took only overnight bags to Miyajima.
- Also Known As:
- Miyajima Grand Hatsukaichi
- Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto Japan/Hiroshima Prefecture - Hatsukaichi
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