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0.12km from Natural StanceA nights stay in a Ryokan in Hiroshima - Sera Bekkan, When we set out on our 15 night trip to Japan we had decided that we must experience a stay in a Ryokan. We were in Japan during the peak cherry blossom season & all the hotel rates had moved up substantially & we felt the full brunt especially as we had decided on this trip just a few weeks earlier. We zeroed in on Ryokan Sera Bekkan in Hiroshima. A comparatively small establishment & within walking distance to the Peace Memorial. The day was bad with a constant drizzle which reduced our enthusiasm & we shelved the idea of going across to Miya Jima. The room was very large with a sitting area &the traditional sliding doors separated the living & bedroom. This area was covered with tatami mats, a 4 seater small legged table with chairs without legs to go with it. The tea set was well laid out on the table. There was a small sit-out looking outwards. There was a mini-kitchenette & separate WC & Bath areas. After the extra small rooms that we had stayed in Tokyo & Osaka this place was palatial. In the evenings the table & chairs were moved to the side & mattresses were put on the floor. In the storage area on the side there were enough & more mattresses in case one was not used to the low slung sleeping position & wanted the sleeping mattresses to be higher! Probably the decision to skip Miya Jima was to enjoy the Ryokan ! We had a lovely night’s sleep & in the morning we were served a typical Japanese breakfast with miso soup, egg to order, a piece of fish, a tofu preparation which was simmering on a burner & a few other items which we had not been exposed to – overall this breakfast was different & quite enjoyable, if for no other reason, than it being an unique experience! We enjoyed our stay in Sera Bekkan no complaints other than that our credit card at check-out didn't seem to connect. So lost some time as we had to give 2 other cards before the matter was sorted out & we did have to rush a bit as we were heading for Osaka & the shinkasen which had a track record of being 36 seconds late was not going to wait for us. The rush to the station was successful & we were in time to board the shinkasen. Overall our experience in Ryokan Sera Bekkan was definitely enjoyable.