6.15km from Hiroshimashinyokinko Hatsukaichi ShitenOn the seafront and with sea views, it is a blend of traditional Japanese Ryokan and western comforts, and ranks way above the one we stayed in at Kiso-Fukushima. Here the room was spacious, and although we had a low table and chairs, the beds were of western style, with comfortable mattresses. The bathroom was actually a ‘wet room’ with shower and bath. It had coffee/tea-making facilities, and internet in the rooms. The hotel gives on to the seafront promenade on one side, and a long shopping arcade on the other. It is a stone’s throw from major shrines, and about 30 minutes walk from the base of the Mount Misen “Ropeway” (ie: cable car), which is highly recommended. There is a shuttle bus to take people most of the way if that is preferred. The welcome was second to none, in terms of warmth, politeness and level of English of the staff. We were asked to choose the times of our dining and of breakfast for each day, to suit our preferences. Maps and brochures were brought to our dining table to help us decide how we would spend the next day. On the first evening we were served a Kaiseki meal, with umpteen small courses. Excellent quality, but unsurprisingly not every dish suited a western palate. Each course was explained to us and the different constituents identified for us. Excellent breakfast the next day, catering to both western and Japanese tastes.