at Setouchi Minato no Yado


-A lovely mountainside home that overlooks the sea and surrounding islands…

On the way up the staircase leading to the Senkouji-temple is a stately home: Shimazui Manor.
It takes its name from a wealthy merchant who built his fortunes in the Meiji period.
Built in 1931, the mansion’s architecture has a Western influence. The exterior is finished in earth-tone mortar and there is a round window next to the front door. The balcony is enclosed with arches.
We’ve carefully restored the exterior and renovated the inside of the house to make it a cozy space for your friends and family.

The manor is divided into two wings.
The east wing is called ‘Bou’ House – a wish for the beautiful view from the balcony.
The west wing is called ‘Sou’ House – in honour of its humble beginnings as a storehouse.

Guest Rooms

– ‘BOU’ House

“BOU”House of SHIMAZUI MANOR View of the Onomichi Channel from the terrace

The balcony offers a view of Mukaishima and the Onomichi waterway. 
Relax in th calm breeze coming in frome the Seto inland sea.

Guestroom Floor Plan

– ‘SOU’ House

“SOU” House of SHIMAZUI MANOR Characteristic open-ceiling store

The entrance retains its store-house origins and leads to an open-concept kitchen and dining area. The living room is in the Japanese Horikomi style and appointed with Bingo Kasuri traditionalcushions. On the upper level is a large room finished in a fusion of Japanese and Western styles.

Guestroom Floor Plan

Furnishings and Fixtures

Some of the house's original furniture and small accessories have been restored and are in use. You can also see examples of the local Bingo region's traditional crafts, as in the Bingo-Kasuri fabric and the bench done in Bingo tatami matting.
Some of the house's original furniture and small accessories have been restored and are in use. You can also use Yotsu-wan (traditional nesting set of four bowls) and lacquered Rikyu-bashi (special chopsticks) because of the original owner's deep interest in the Tea Ceremony.
Our original, casual room wear, a one-piece design made with a blend of hemp and rayon. The roughness of the hemp contrasts with the soft rayon to give a feeling of comfort and a modest, casual style.
We use O.H.T towels, made by the long-established Masaoka Towel Company. These towels are highly recommended by Masaoka's president, and are made from Tanguis cotton. This cotton is carefully selected when still raw by their cotton-spinning company. You've never felt such a soft, resilient touch.

Guest Room Specifications

Room space (Bou) Approx. 150㎡ (1F: 100㎡, 2F: 50㎡)
1F: dining / kitchen, bedroom, Japanese room (6 tatami-mattress), and bathroom
2F: Japanese room (7.5 tatami-mattress), and terrace
Room space (Sou)About 120㎡ (1F: 65㎡, 2F: 55㎡)
1F: dining / kitchen, living room, bathroom and deck
2F: beds, living room, and Japanese room (8 tatami-mattress)
(for each Bou and Sou)
Two Simmons brand beds (semi-double, 1200 mm (Width) x 2030 mm (Length) x 250 mm (Thickness)) / 46 inch TV / air cleaner with humidifier / WiFi / automatic laundry machine with dryer / microwave / rice cooker/ IH cooking panel heater with 3 tops / toaster / wine glasses / coffee cups / glasses / dishware / cooking utensils
Amenities / Equipment
(for both Bou and Sou)
Shampoo, conditioner, body soap, toothbrush / hair brush / cotton / cotton swabs / hair dryer / slippers / face towels / bath towels
Available ItemsBD player compatible / iron / seasonings (sugar, salt, soy-sauce, vinegar, salad oil)
Lease Contract
(for both Bou and Sou)
Setouchi Minato-no-yado maintains the beauty of old buildings in Onomichi as they were in their heyday. The houses are not ryokans or hotels, but homes for rent. Accordingly, we ask that guests sign a lease contract for a designated period of time at check-in.

*Check-in time is from 15:00 to 20:00. Check-out time is by 11:00.
* When you check in, we'll explain house usage and ask you to sign a lease contract.


桐谷 昌寛

Masahiro Kiritani

Trained under Kiyonori Kikutake, at Kiyonori Kikutake Architecture Design Office.
Has overseen numerous projects, both under Kiyonori Kikutake and as an independent architect.
Established the Kiritani Architect Design Office, where he presently works.

1972 Born in Takehara City, Hiroshima Prefecture
1995 Won the Architectural Institute of Japan’s Design Competition Award [Space Recycle] 2004 Won a Public Architecture Special Award in the Shimane Town Scenery Competition [Shimane Prefectural Art Museum] 2005 Won a Japan Society of Seismic Isolation Award and an Air Harmony & Public Health Engineering Technology Award [Kyushu National Museum] 2008 Won a Nikkei New Office Promotion Award [Headquarters Office of Kambara Kisen Co., Ltd.]

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