Founded in 1893, this wonderful ryokan was the first establishment to open its doors on Miyajima Island. Situated in a beautiful part of Momijidani Park, the original owner of the Iwaso also built a tea shop and planted the area with maple trees whose leaves turn a blaze of reds and oranges in the autumn. Iwaso was constructed in the 'miya-daiku' style, built by the same craftsmen who built Japan's beautiful ornate Shinto shrines. Previous guests have included famous authors, artists, and members of the Japanese royal family. The 'Shinkan' is the new building, opened in 1981 with modern exterior but classic Japanese style rooms with attached baths and toilets. Some rooms also offer views of the inland sea. Breakfast and dinner are included during your stay.