Vessel Hotel Kurashiki puts you 5.4 mi (8.6 km) from Kibitsu Shrine. Free perks include buffet breakfast, WiFi, and self parking. Nice touches like deep soaking tubs and slippers are offered up in all rooms, along with refrigerators and free wired Internet.
Pros: Very good breakfast, Rooms very comfortable and clean. Friendly and helpful staff.
Cons: A bit too far to train station for me, so took taxi's (very reasonable)- others in group walked it with ease. Not much to see or do near hotel.
Pros: Very big room and bath