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「所々」Ascending Miyajima’s Highest Peak: Mt. Misen

Date Published: Last Update:2015/05/08 Travel & View point , ,

 It’s a weekend and spring is just around the corner and there’s nothing to do! A new fiscal year is about to begin in japan in about 2 weeks! My friends and I decided to go for a spin and go to Hiroshima for a whole day trip.

 We went to Miyajima, an island in Hiroshima famous for its 「鳥居」torii, the Itsukushima Shrine a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most scenic spots in Japan. Mt. Misen is the highest mountain in Miyajima measuring more than 500 meters above sea level. It is famous for its virgin forests, unusual rock formations and the breathtaking 360 degrees panoramic view. Though it’s my second time in Miyajima I have never been to Mt. Misen.

How we got there

 Armed with seishun 18kippu, a seasonally available 5 railway ticket, each ticket gives you unlimited, nationwide travel on local and rapid JR (Japan Railways) trains for a day; we went to JR Hiroshima station from our place. From JR Hiroshima Station we went to Miyajimaguchi Station and after a short walk to the ferry pier we rode a ferry boat to Miyajima. After arriving at the Miyajima ferry terminal, we went to the Momijidani Ropeway that will take us to the Shishiiwa Station Observatory. It’s about a 20 minute walk from the Miyajima ferry terminal. The ropeway costs 1,800 yen for adults round trip and 900 yen for children. There is actually a 2 day pass called Hiroshima Omotenashi Pass (HOP) for 2,000 yen that includes unlimited tram use, ferry and ropeway that we bought in Hiroshima station.

Tram to Miyajimaguchi

Tram going to Miyajimaguchi

JR Ferry Boat Miyajima

JR Miyajima Ferry Boat

The Itsukushima Shrine: A view from the Miyajimaguchi Ferry Station

The Itsukushima Shrine: A view from the Miyajimaguchi Ferry Station

Miyajima Ropeway

Miyajima Ropeway

8-Seater Ropeway Gondola Momijidani Line

8-Seater Ropeway Gondola Momijidani Line

Momijidani Ropeway Line: Beware of heights!

Momijidani Ropeway Line: Beware of heights!

Seto Inland Sea: A view from the Shishiiwa Station Observatory

Seto Inland Sea: A view from the Shishiiwa Station Observatory

Seto Inland Sea and the Shishiiwa Station Observatory

Seto Inland Sea and the Shishiiwa Station Observatory

Seto Inland Sea: A view from the Shishiiwa Station Observatory

Seto Inland Sea: A view from the Shishiiwa Station Observatory

 We thought that we already reached the summit but it’s another 30 minute steep hike. Don’t forget to load on your carbs and drink lots of water. We ate ice cream! Yey! And oh! Don’t forget your trekking poles and walking sticks! We proudly told ourselves that we don’t need that! We are way younger than them! But halfway to the summit we are desperately looking for walking sticks! FAIL!

 While hiking to the summit, marvel the ancient temples, rock formations, virgin forests and the breathtaking panoramic view but be careful and watch your step!

Misenhondo Hall: The hall that Kobo Daishi performed the 100 days Gumonji

Misenhondo Hall: The hall that Kobo Daishi performed the 100 days Gumonji

Reikado Hall: Hall of the Spiritual Flame

Reikado Hall: Hall of the Spiritual Flame – Houses the flame that Kobo Daishi light up when he began worshipping on the mountain. It is still burning even after 1200 years. It is also the flame that is used to light up the Flame of Peace in Hiroshima Peace Park.

Kuguri iwa (Duck under rock): a spontaneous arch made by gigantic rocks near the observatory

Kuguri iwa (Duck under rock): a spontaneous arch made by gigantic rocks near the observatory

Reaching the Summit

 After a tiring hike, we finally reached the summit. It is truly a rewarding experience! On a clear day you can see the Shikoku Mountain ranges and dotted islands of the Seto Inland Sea. We are so lucky that there are drizzles of snow falling! It’s an unbelievable experience! We even climb to the top of the rocks! So don’t forget the next time you visit Miyajima take a hike to Mt. Misen!

Rock formations at the summit of Mt. Misen: The largest rock is called Iwakura ishi which is said that the God sits to guard the island.

Rock formations at the summit of Mt. Misen: The largest rock is called Iwakura ishi which is said that the God sits to guard the island.

Seto Inland Sea *a view from the summit of Mt. Misen

Seto Inland Sea *a view from the summit of Mt. Misen

Deer[鹿] at the summit of Mt. Misen. Who put them there?

Deer[鹿] at the summit of Mt. Misen. Who put them there?

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