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A pleasant and relaxing way to enjoy Miyajima is to take a stroll along one of the island's many charming walking paths. Surrounding the seaside town area, the paths cut through the island's forest and afford nice views onto the town below.

Some paths lead through the Momijidani (Japanese for "Maple Valley"), Miyajima's prime koyo spot during the autumn. The paths also lead past a Tahoto pagoda, numerous lookout points and clusters of cherry trees, which are usually in bloom in early April.

For those seeking a more substantial hike, there are three paths that lead to the summit of Mount Misen: the Momijidani Course, the Daisho-in Course and the Omoto Course.

Of the three trails, the Daisho-in Course offers the nicest views and is not as steep as the other two. The Momijidani Course, while the shortest is also the steepest, leading mostly through the forest. It takes 1.5 to 2 hours to reach the summit from town.

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    • Miyajima Guest House Mikuniya
      Budget-friendly
      Located on Miyajima (Itsukushima), Miyajima Guest House Mikuniya offers a Japanese-style accommodation and a small garden. Free Wi-Fi is available. Miyajima Ferry Terminal is a 20-minute walk away. Guests can choose to stay in a private Japanese-style room or a dormitory room shared with other guests. All rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon mattress. Bathrooms, shower rooms and toilets are shared with other guests. The common lounge features tourist guide books, a TV and a desktop computer. Lockers, washing machine and the common kitchen are also available to guests for free. Mikuniya Miyajima Guest House is a 6-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine and Daisho-in Temple. Guests can also walk to Marine Plaza Miyajima within a 10-minute walk. A simple Western-style breakfast consisting of bread, cereal, coffee and other menu items are available with extra fees. Lunches and Dinners are not served, but guests are welcome to bring their own food and use the kitchen to prepare meals.
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    • Iwaso
      Luxury
      Located in the World Heritage Miyajima Island, Iwaso features Japanese-style accommodations with beautiful surrounding views. Guests can relax in the indoor and outdoor hot-spring baths and request for massages. A free shuttle is available from Miyajima Ferry Terminal, which is also a 5-minute walk away. The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Rooms in the Annex include a private bathroom with a bath and toilet, while rooms in the historical Main Building and Cottage Annex have shared bathrooms and toilets. Guests can purchase local gifts at the souvenir shop and enjoy singing at the karaoke room. Photocopying and luggage storage services are available at the 24-hour front desk. A computer with internet is provided in the lobby for an extra charge. A traditional multi-course dinner featuring seafood and local ingredients are served at the dining room or guestsf rooms. A Japanese breakfast is served at Momiji restaurant. Iwaso Inn is a 5-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine and Momijidani Park. Miyajima Aquarium is a 10-minute walk away.
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    • Hotel Miyajima Villa
      Mid-range
      Located in Miyajima, 700 metres from Five Storey Pagoda, Hotel Miyajima Villa provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a garden. The property is close to several well-known attractions, less than 1 km from The great Torii, a 19-minute walk from Momijidani Park and 1.4 km from Museum of History and Folklore. The property features a hot spring bath, free WiFi throughout the property and luggage storage space. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a shared bathroom with a bidet. All units in Hotel Miyajima Villa are equipped with slippers and a CD player. The accommodation offers a buffet or Asian breakfast. Popular points of interest near Hotel Miyajima Villa include Itsukushima Shrine, Daisho-in Temple and Miyajima Ferry Terminal.
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    • Oyado Tsukiusagi
      Budget-friendly
      Oyado Tsukiusagi offers Japanese-style rooms and free WiFi, within a 10-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine. Some rooms come with sea views, and all have a private bathroom. Rooms feature a traditional minimalist interior with a tatami (woven-straw) floor, Japanese decorations and traditional futon bedding. They are fitted with air conditioning, a TV and a bathroom with a shower, bathtub and toilet.
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    • Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto
      Luxury
      A 3-minute stroll from Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto boasts an outdoor hot spring bath, 3 restaurants and karaoke. It offers luxurious Japanese-style and Western rooms, massages and a free shuttle from Miyajima Pier. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. Spacious rooms feature either traditional futon bedding on a tatami (woven mat) floor, or carpeting and twin beds. All feature a minimalist interior in neutral colours, with a Japanese-style as well as a Western seating area and an LCD TV. Guests can unwind in a soothing natural hot spring, which is separate for men and women. Arimoto Grand Hotel houses a souvenir shop, drinks vending machines and limited free parking. Authentic Japanese cuisine featuring fresh seafood is served at restaurant Shioji in a stylish contemporary setting, and in more traditional surroundings at Kappo Karaku. The Miyajima Arimoto also offers a coffee lounge, a bar and a Japanese noodle restaurant. Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto is less than a 5-minute walk from the beautiful Pagoda Goju-no-To and historical Senjokaku Hall. The Miyajima Ferry Terminal is a 10-minute walk away.
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    • Kurayado Iroha
      Luxury
      Kurayado Iroha is located in Miyajimafs Omotesando Avenue, a 5-minute walk from Itsukushima Shinto Shrine and Miyajima Pier. The hotel offers a restaurant and Japanese-style rooms with free wired internet access. The stylish rooms at Kurayado Iroha feature tatami-mat flooring and private bathrooms. Amenities include a flat-screen TV and DVD player. The top floor indoor and outdoor public baths overlook Setonaikai Sea and the Otorii Shrine Gate. The hotel also provides business services and a souvenir shop. Caf? and Dining Yoimosezu provides freshly-ground coffee and tasty all-day dining. A Japanese breakfast and dinner are available, but dinner must be reserved in advance. Please note that nearby dining options are limited.
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    • Sakuraya
      Mid-range
      Renewed in 2013, Sakuraya offers affordable Japanese-style rooms with mountain or sea views. Free Wi-Fi is available at the public areas. Miyajima Ferry Terminal is a 3-minute walk away. The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Each comes with a flat-screen TV and an electric kettle with green tea bags. All rooms have a private toilet, and some have shared bathroom facilities. The shared bath is available between 15:00-23:00 daily. Luggage storage is offered at the front desk and drink vending machines are on site. Guests can enjoy fresh oysters at the property. Sakuraya Inn is a 10-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine and Momijidani Park. Miyajima Ropeway is a 15-minute walk away. No meals are served.
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    • Miyajima Seaside Hotel
      Mid-range
      Only a 5-minute drive from Miyajima Ferry Port with its free shuttle, beautiful ocean views can be enjoyed from Miyajima Seaside Hotel. The hotel features a public bath, a karaoke room and free WiFi at the lobby. Japanese-style rooms feature a tatami (woven mat) floor and shoji sliding paper screens. Some rooms offer tranquil views of the Seto Inland Sea. They are fitted with an LCD TV, a mini-fridge and traditional futon beds. An en suite bathroom and yukata robes are provided. Guests can savour Japanese dishes for breakfast and a traditional Japanese set menu for dinner. Miyajima Hotel houses a soothing hot public bath, a souvenir shop and free-use laundry facilities. Drinks vending machines are on-site, and free parking is available. Seaside Hotel Miyajima is a 5-minute drive from the Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, a Unesco World Heritage Site. It's a 5-minute drive from Senjokaku Hall, and an 8-minute drive from Daisho-in Temple. Miyajima Ropeway lift is a 5-minute shuttle and a 20-minute walk away.
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    • Kikunoya
      Mid-range
      Just a 7-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kikunoya has free on-site parking upon prior reservation. Combining modern design with a homely decor, Kikunoya Hotel offers both Western and Japanese-style rooms. Entertainment options include cable channels and a DVD player. Certain rooms include an en suite bathroom. Toiletries and slippers are provided for in the private and shared bathroom. A Japanese breakfast set is available for an extra fee. Dinner is available at Kikunoya. The hotel is a 15-minute walk from the Miyajima Sanbashi Ferry stop, and a free shuttle is available. JR Hiroshima Train Station is 28 km away.
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    • Mizuhasou
      Budget-friendly
      Located right in front of Miyajima Aquarium and a 5-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine's exit, Mizuhasou offers accommodations in a modern yet traditional d?cor. Free Wi-Fi is available at the entire building. Miyajima Ferry Terminal is a 15-minute walk away. The air-conditioned rooms feature a seating area, a flat-screen TV and a fridge. Rooms include a private toilet but bathrooms are shared. Japanese Yukata robes and room wear are provided for all guests, and you can choose to stay in either Japanese or Western-style rooms. Mizuhasou Inn is a 10-minute walk from Momijidani Park and a 15-minute walk from Momijidani Ropeway Station. Traditional multi-course meals are served for dinner and a Japanese set menu for breakfast. Japanese-style hotel Mizuhasou specialises in fresh seafood and exquisitely prepared local seasonal dishes. Meals are served at the dining room.
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