Enjoy your privacy! 5 Inns in Hiroshima with Guestrooms with Open-Air Baths
Hiroshima, a place that is surrounded by the sea and mountains, is home to many hotels and inns where guests get to soak in open-air baths filled with hot spring water while marveling at the sight of lush nature. Here are five hotels in the region that have guestrooms with open-air baths that will let guests bathe in their own private space.
The first spot on this list is Sekitei in the Miyahama Onsen host spring resort area. It is a hotel that is located on the opposite shore of Miyajima, a World Heritage Site.
The biggest appeal of this hotel is its Japanese garden where guests get to see the beauty of Japan from season to season. This garden is surrounded by the main building that has an excellent view and hideaway-like arbors that resemble a sukiya (tea ceremony arbor), housing guestrooms with different designs. Majority of the rooms here are traditional Japanese-style rooms, with each room boasting of a panoramic view of the garden or the sea! Some rooms are also annexed to their own open-air baths that will let guests relax in luxury, soaking in a hot bath while gazing at the refreshing morning sky or the night full of stars. You can also enjoy hot springs, the pride of this hotel, at the large public bath.
2. Hotel Ofutei
Hotel Ofutei is a hotel in Tomonoura, a port town in Hiroshima whose appeal lies in the atmosphere of the townscape. It takes pride in its location as it is surrounded by the sea in three directions.
This hotel offers a wide range of guestrooms from Standard to Premium, with all rooms offering a view of the ocean. In the special guestroom floor, there are three rooms that have their own open-air baths. With the smart and stylish amenities and facilities that vary from room to room, this hotel gives guests a higher level of comfort in their stay. Hotel Ofutei will also launch special rooms with view baths, where guests will be able to see exceptional scenery, in March 2017. The rooms here all adopt Japanese-modern interiors that are inspired by the concept of “Setouchi Japanese-modern” design. On the rooftop, there is an open-air bath with superb view of the sea and sky, treating guests to that feeling of being one with nature while relaxing in a hot spring bath.
3. Hatago Sakura
Hatago Sakura is a Japanese-style inn that takes pride in its “kyo-kaiseki ryori” (Kyoto-style banquet of simple dishes that are served in courses before a ceremonial tea event).
The dishes that are carefully prepared by its chefs, one by one, are masterpieces that maximize the good flavors of their ingredients. Here, you can get a taste of the kaiseki ryori of the season with dishes that are lavishly arranged in carefully selected beautiful china.
The picturesque scenery of Miyajima as seen from all its guestrooms is also a thing that draws guests to this hotel. There are only four standalone guestrooms here, all of which have their own open-air bath where guests can unwind in the hot spring bath. Every room here is a Japanese-style space with tatami flooring, but they also have couches and chairs, so even guests who are not used to tatami will be surely be comfortable.
4. Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto
Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto is a hotel that has had a rich 400-year history since it was opened. It is just a three-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine, a famous tourist spot in the region. Here, you can enjoy the magic of Miyajima, known as the “Island of the Gods,” to your heart’s content.
There are various types of guestrooms in this hotel that value the feeling of relaxation, including authentic sukiya-style rooms (Japanese teahouse) built by Kyoto craftsmen, special rooms with a feeling of “wabi-sabi” (simplicity and quiet), and rooms with a view of the garden. Of these rooms, the most recommended one is the Japanese-style sukiya room with open-air bath with a panoramic view of the large shrine torii gate and five-story pagoda of Itsukushima Shrine. The appeal of this room is its traditional Japanese design and the magical scenery of Miyajima. Here, you will be able to taste luxury by having the open-air bath all to yourself in a private space!
5. Migiwatei Ochi Kochi
Located in Tomonoura, Migiwatei Ochi Kochi is a soothing Japanese-style inn that is filled with various noises that are pleasant to the ear, such as the sound of waves, the chirping of seabirds and the blowing of the wind over the waves.
This hotel originated from a hostel in the Edo period (1603 – 1867). Guests are welcomed by its red wooden front door and traditional tile roofing that is overflowing with the Edo vibe. Its guestrooms have modern amenities, but they are still very Japanese in design. All rooms have an ocean view with open-air baths, where you can soak while feeling the soft salty sea breeze. There is also a private open-air bath inside the inn that will let guests bathe in a much larger bath.
The beauty of having an open-air bath in your hotel room is that you will be able to soak in it any time you feel like it, as much as you want. So, enjoy your very own moment of bliss without getting disturbed by anybody.
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