Five Inns in the Chugoku Region with Great Views of the Seto Inland Sea
The Chugoku region is blessed with a mild climate, attractive tourist destinations, and wonderful food. Below are five hotels facing the beautiful Seto Inland Sea that were carefully picked from among the many accommodations available there.
1. Bella Vista Spa and Marina ONOMICHI (Hiroshima)
All of the rooms in this hotel have ocean views, so you can experience fantastic scenery created by the many islands on the Seto Inland Sea. The hotel also has open-air baths with views of the sea beyond the steam, offering the utmost relaxation. There is a garden deck and restaurant where you can feel as if the ocean and sky have become one. This is a hotel where you can relax in a seaside environment that’s away from the everyday hustle and bustle. There is free Wi-Fi access in the guest rooms.
2. Aki Grand Hotel (Hiroshima)
This is an oceanfront hotel right by the Seto Inland Sea. It is on the shore facing Miyajima, which is a major tourist destination in Hiroshima, and is popular for its luxurious location that allows you to soak in an onsen (hot spring) that has a view of the Great Torii Gate from the World Heritage Site, Itsukushima Shrine. You can take a boat to Miyajima from the hotel's dedicated pier, and it is recommended to try night cruising, which will give you a wonderfully magical view. There are also baths that’ll let you enjoy the onsen water with a view of the sea, as well as a restaurant where you can treat yourself to Japanese cuisine filled with seafood from the Seto Inland Sea. There is free Wi-Fi access in the common areas.
3. Hotel Limani (Okayama)
This is a hotel in Ushimado, Okayama Prefecture. This resort area is popular for its beautiful sea view, described as "Japan's Aegean Sea". There are views of the azure Seto Inland Sea from the airy guest rooms and lounge & bar. There is also a view of the ocean from their restaurant that serves authentic Greek food by a Greek chef, so it is perfect for people who want to have a resort experience. There is free Wi-Fi access in the guest rooms and staff who speak English, Chinese, Italian, and French.
4. Washu Highland Hotel (Okayama)
This is a hotel on a hill on Mt. Washu – known as Seto Inland Sea National Park's best scenic spot – from which you can enjoy a panorama of the majestic Seto Inland Sea. There are views of the Great Seto Bridge over the sea from all the guest rooms, which range from traditional Japanese-style rooms to suites with open-air baths. There are also great vistas from the onsen on the roof and a restaurant serving creative cuisine made with fresh seafood from the fishing port of Shimotsui in Okayama. There is free Wi-Fi access in the common areas and staff who speak Chinese.
5. Shimonoseki Grand Hotel (Yamaguchi)
This hotel is operated under the concept of a comfortable and relaxing space where you can go to sleep with a view of the channel and wake up to the sound of the waves. It has a variety of room types, ranging from luxurious royal suites to tranquil Japanese-style rooms. Almost all the rooms have views of the ocean so that you can enjoy the majestic seascape. There are also views of the beautiful channel from the restaurants that serve Japanese and French dishes made with seafood brought from the shores of Shimonoseki. There is free Wi-Fi access in the guest rooms and staff who speak Chinese and Korean.
The Seto Inland Sea fascinates many with its variety of expressions, ranging from the glimmering surface in the morning to the magical view as the sun sets. Staying at an ocean view hotel is a fantastic way to enjoy its beauty.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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