Where to Stay in Miyajima
Hostel Kaniwa is one of the newest accommodation options on Miyajima. The combination of affordable dormitory beds and a stylish design made sure that it quickly became a favorite for budget-minded travelers visiting this charming island.
The lodging opportunities on Miyajima are somewhat limited. Most of the places where you can spend the night as a traveler are made up of upscale waterfront ryokans. Albeit these will provide a top-notch experience that most likely will not disappoint, they also come with a rather hefty price tag that might not be within reach of everyone. For budget-minded travelers wishing to spend a night on Miyajima, there’s finally a good option.
Hostel Kaniwa opened in November 2015, and is located in what once was a souvenir shop, near the ferry port and about 10 minutes by foot from the shrine and the torii gate. They have five dormitory style rooms with up to eight beds each, either mixed gender or female only.
In terms of service and facilities, Kaniwa is quite basic. Guests are expected make and clean their own beds. There are also no meals offered, although a shared kitchen is available for guests who want to cook their own food. But what some guests probably care more about is the fact that the rooms are air conditioned and there’s free Wi-Fi available. The hostel also offers complimentary coffee and tea to staying guests.
But what Kaniwa lacks in service and convenience, it makes up for with its stylish interior. Everything from the facade to the common space is designed and furnished with plenty of attention to detail, in a contemporary Japanese style that uses a lot of wood and other natural materials.
This hostel already has a large number of overwhelmingly positive reviews on several booking websites, largely thanks to the combination of the good design, friendly service and affordable prices. They charge 3,000 yen per person and night, and we highly doubt that you’ll be able to find accommodation for less than that on the entire island of Miyajima.
If you’re planning on staying here, you should be aware of the fact that the check-in counter closes at 7:00pm. Kaniwa also doesn’t accept groups consisting of more than six people, and the maximum number of nights you are allowed to stay in a row is six. If you want to visit the place just to have a look at the stylish interior you’re out of luck, as the official policy is to only let staying guests onto the premises. All payments are cash only.
Hostel Kaniwa accepts bookings in English through their website:Kaniwa.co.jp