Mount Misen, Hiroshima

Mt. Misen (altitude of about 535 m), the highest peak in the “Miyajima” which is said to be a World Heritage Site, and is said to be the three beauty spots of Japan. It is not just Itsukushima-jinja Shrine, famous as a sightseeing spot, it is a sacred place to visit.
Mt. Misen rising to Miyajima as a world heritage with Itsukushima-jinja Shrine has plenty to see such as primitive forests and odd rock monstroses still in existence, historical sites, seven wonders, etc. as a mountain pilgrimage where gods live long ago. It invites visitors to a wonderful world.

The scenery from the summit of Mt. Misen is really superb. It will be healed slowly by having clean air in nature. The blue sea and the sky match, and it makes a beautiful scenery.

Beyond the ridge and approaching the bifurcation point, the fine Nio-mon Gate (Gate of Deva) welcomes you. Nio-mon Gate broke down in the typhoon in 2004 and was renewed in 2012.

The closer to the mountaintop, the megalith group like “Kuguri Rock” appears. It is the arch of big rock created by nature. These strangely shaped rocks and bizarre stones are scattered as they are closer to the summit. It will be overwhelmed by the dynamic nature of Mt. Misen’s wilderness and will forget the fatigue of mountain climbing.

Since Kobo Daishi (Japanese great teacher) founded it in 806, it has gathered faith of great historians such as TAIRA no Kiyomori and Ito Hirobumi. In addition, there are many historical marks that are related to them. The unspoiled nature, as “Misen Primeval Forest”, was designated as a World Heritage Site together with Itsukushima-jinja Shrine in 1996. Together with rocks and historical sites of unique geology, it has become a wonderful landscape.


Name:Mount Misen
Address:Miyajimacho Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima 739-0588 Japan
Access:15 minutes walk from Miyajima-sanbashi pier to the start of the mountain, then it's a walk of approximately an hour from there to the summit of Mt. Misen.
Tel:(+81) 829-30-9141 (Hatsukaichi-shi Tourism Division)
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