Hiroshima has an excellent range of sleeping options and makes a good base. Alternatively, smaller towns with hostels and hotels with personality include Onomichi, Kurashiki and Matsue. The islands have minshuku guesthouses and ryokan, but most of these properties don't have English-speaking staff; tourist information centres are helpful with bookings. Okayama has business hotels, but fewer hostels, which is also true of smaller towns on the San-in Coast.