Innoshima Pension Shirataki-sanso

Japanese-style Inn in Innoshima, Shimanami-kaido, Japan



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Innoshima Pension Shirataki-sanso

A house by Vories brought to life.

Shirataki-sanso stands in the middle of Mt. Shirataki in Innoshima overlooking the Seto Inland Sea. It was built as a house for Reverend Marlin D. Farnum by American architect, William Merrell Vories, who also built many houses in Japan. This house has been registered as a tangible cultural asset.
The original authentic designs of not only the exterior, but also the interior remain; ceilings, windows, steps, etc. allowing guests to feel and experience life in the western house as it was back then. It is not a house of luxury but it is rather a practically designed house, taking into consideration such things as storage, and that gives an air of settlement or calmness to this house. It is interesting that even though it is a Western style house, it fits well in the scenery of the Seto Inland Sea.
The dishes served are Japanese style, using a vast variety of fish, mainly from the Inland Sea, and served in the nice and quiet dining room. The dishes are made by the host who is also a cook.
Once this house was abandoned then the host and his family restored it. They will welcome you with warmth and calmness like the wind in the Inland Sea.
It seems that the fact the guests can stay at the house built by Vories, who is very famous in the history of modern Japanese architecture, attracts travelers most. However, one comes to realize that it is the host who gives a life and attractiveness to the house, as he actually lives there.

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Dish | Innoshima Pension Shirataki-sanso

Room | Innoshima Pension Shirataki-sanso
The house was built in the early Showa-era by Vories and used by a missionary, Reverend Farnum as his house. After WWII, it was used as a guest house by Hitachi Zosen Corporation and it was abounded later after a recession hit the shipbuilding business. Finally, in 1987, the house was restored to its old glory and used as a pension as it is now.
With the look of the house, many of the guests might expect western style meals. Actually, it is Japanese style made by the host who has 10 years of experience cooking Japanese food in Osaka before he became the host of this inn. The meals are Kaiseki (authentic Japanese dishes) using plenty of fish from the Inland Sea. Guests may able to make some kind of connection with the host and his family through his wonderful dishes.

*Western breakfast is available.
Dinner | Innoshima Pension Shirataki-sanso


Long wooden table and wooden chairs. Fireplace and wooden framed window. The guests enjoy meals in a nice and quiet space.


Services (per person) 1 pers. / a room 2 pers. / a room 3 pers. / a room
(Hotel rate with breakfast and dinner included)
11,500 yen 11,500 yen 11,168 yen
(Hotel rate with breakfast and dinner included)
13,000 yen 13,000 yen 12,668 yen
(Hotel rate with breakfast and dinner included)
14,500 yen 14,500 yen 14,168 yen
with breakfast included 7,500 yen 7,500 yen 7,168 yen
The rate for children
(elementary school student)
8,700 yen (with breakfast and dinner included)


  Credit Card  
check Welcome and Send off Please let us know as soon as you arrive at the Shigei Pier and Innoshima-kita Bus Stop. TEL 0845-25-0068
check English  
check Group Tour for 13 guests
check Parking for 5 car
  Handicapped Person Please let us know your intention beforehand.

Information    Innoshima Pension Shirataki-sanso

[Accommodation] for 13 guests
[Number of Rooms] 4
[Hotel Rate(with breakfast and dinner)] 11,000 yen -
[Location] From the JR Onomichi Sta., 20 min. by car
Check in 15:00 p.m. Check out 10:00 a.m.

Innoshima Pension Shirataki-sanso
- Innoshima Pension Shirataki-sanso -

1223 Innoshima-Shigeicho, Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima, Japan
TEL 0845-25-0068

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