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My favourite aspect of our ryokan, Kurayado Iroha, is the view of the great torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine…

Makoto Yamaguchi
Nakai-san at at Kurayado Iroha

My favourite aspect of our ryokan, Kurayado Iroha, is the view of the great torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine from the rooms that overlook the sea, particularly at sunset when the tide is high and it seems to float above the ocean. We really are very lucky to be in such a magical location.

Of course, we offer a lot more than an impressive view. The guests often comment on the food, and we take great pride in the quality of everything we serve. Our traditional Japanese meals are made with the best local ingredients, such as seasonal organic vegetables from the Chugoku mountains, salt from the Seto Inland Sea and seafood caught that same day by the island’s fishermen.

The thing I probably like most about working here, though, is guiding the guests round the island’s most beautiful places, and the thanks I receive afterwards that shows how much they’ve enjoyed it. You make connections with people from all round the world; once, when an Australian guest was leaving, their small child gave me a stuffed koala toy, which I still cherish to this day.

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Alfred & Makoto Yamaguchi

Makoto is a member of the hospitality team at Kurayado Iroha ryokan on the ‘island of the gods’, Miyajima. Her job title is ‘nakai-san’, a traditional role for which there’s no direct translation but which is a key aspect of the Japanese concept of omotenashi, meaning ‘to look after guests wholeheartedly’.

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