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Overnight at the Onomichi LOG hotel
- Another stylish place to rest your head is the LOG hotel, which occupies an old 1960s building on the slope of Mount Senkoji. It was designed to recreate an apartment of the Showa era, with Indian architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai and Discover Link Setouchi collaborating on the project. Japanese washi paper covers the guest rooms while a mix of local and Indian craft and design pieces decorate the spaces. The result is a minimalistic yet somehow cinematic aesthetic that takes full advantage of the exceptional views on offer.
- The heritage left by Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli during their time in Tomonoura can be seen in many places, both big and small. One of the most noteworthy things left behind however, is the guesthouse Onfunayado Iroha, one of the best accommodation options in Tomonoura. This building has a long history. Built towards the end of the Edo Era, this was where the negotiations took place after a naval collision between two ships which led to the sinking of the Iroha-maru, a steamship of great historical significance owned by Sakamoto Ryoma, one of the most prominent figures to overthrow the Shogunate. This event took place in 1867 and is sometimes referred to as “Japan's first naval accident”, an event so significant that it even has its own museum, located next to the lighthouse.By the time Hayao Miyazaki came to Tomonoura, the building was abandoned and slated for demolition. It was however purchased by an NPO, and it was decided that this historical building would remain standing, and instead get its interior restored. Onfunayado Iroha Miyazaki-san got very involved in the restoration process. According to the staff we talked to during our visit, many details of the restored building, such as the patterns on the windows facing the street, was designed by Hayao Miyazaki himself. There’s even a small portion in the building displaying the original sketches he drew to explain his vision as well. Onfunayado Iroha Today this hostel has three rooms only, all of which are very tastefully decorated, yet all also somewhat different in style, atmosphere and size. The smallest room accommodates two guests, and the biggest one accepts groups of up to six people. Onfunayado Iroha ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
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