Top 5 Hotels/Ryokans in the Chugoku Region with Excellent Customer Reviews
Located in the western part of Honshu (the main island of Japan), Chugoku region consists of five prefectures – Tottori, Shimane, Okayama, Hiroshima and Yamaguchi, and each of these prefectures is filled with sightseeing spots. Below are five hotels and ryokans (traditional Japanese-style inns) that have been earning rave reviews in booking websites, out of all the lodging facilities in Chugoku region!
Yojokan is a Japanese inn that is located in the Togo Onsen (Togo Hot Spring) area – Tottori’s famous hot spring district. Inside this inn are various types of bathing spots, including a large public bath with a view, a private open-air bath that must be reserved, and a foot bath. Guests are guaranteed a relaxing soak in the bath while gazing at the beautiful scenery, such as Togo Lake that is known for its splendid nighttime view. When it comes to cuisine, guests get to dine on the pride of this inn – Japanese course cuisine that incorporates dishes using local ingredients such as seafood caught from the Sea of Japan and shijimi (freshwater clams) from Togo Lake. One of the appeals of this spot is the beautiful Japanese garden covering a vast space, measuring nearly 20,000 sq.m., that can be seen from the guest rooms. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property.
Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel is a famous hotel that boasts prime location as it is directly linked to the Shinkansen (bullet train) exit of JR Hiroshima Station. There are various types of guest rooms available here, such as the comfortable and spacious King Room, and all of them offer an expansive atmosphere with huge windows. Inside this hotel are a number of dining establishments such as traditional Japanese cuisine, a buffet restaurant, and other dishes. There is a pool with a jacuzzi, fitness club and spa, and other facilities that will make your stay even more pleasant. There are staff who can speak English.
Onyado Nono is a ryokan located in Sakaiminato, which is easily accessible from Tottori’s Yonago Kitaro Airport. This inn is overflowing with appealing aspects, such as its dishes that will let you enjoy crabs caught in the nearby fishing port and other kinds of fresh seafood from the Sea of Japan, as well as its large public bath on the top floor that commands a panoramic view of the port town below. The guest rooms are pleasant spaces with tatami (traditional Japanese) flooring. The use of plain wood that creates a warm feeling in the interiors definitely invites a sense of relaxation. Guests also love the free Yonaki Soba (Ramen) that is served every night. Wi-Fi is free in the guest rooms. There are staff who can speak English.
Shimonoseki Grand Hotel is a popular hotel that is the perfect sightseeing base in Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi. Here, there are nine types of guest rooms that you can choose from according to your needs – from the Japanese-style rooms with a subdued atmosphere, up to the Deluxe Twin Rooms with an awesome view, and the Suite Rooms on the top floor that offer an elegant vibe. There are also several restaurants inside the hotel, such as a Japanese restaurant that serves dishes that generously incorporate seasonal ingredients, and a French restaurant that offers dishes with a variety of arrangements. Wi-Fi is free in the guest rooms. There are staff who can speak Chinese and Korean.
Mitsui Garden Hotel Okayama is a famous hotel that is situated in a convenient location that is just a 2-minute walk from Okayama Station, where many train routes connect. Inside this hotel is a big public bath where you can soak while marveling at the Japanese garden. You can definitely enjoy a relaxing bath that will soothe your tired body from all the traveling. When it comes to food, guests are treated to a buffet-style course offering an abundant selection of delicious dishes that use various ingredients produced in Okayama, centering on fresh vegetables. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. There are staff who can speak English.
On top of the long list of attractive sightseeing spots, Okayama is also home to a wide array of delicious specialty dishes. So, enjoy the fun tourist spots in this region to your heart’s content while staying in any one of the above hotels and ryokans!
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