Hiroshima Prefecture Aki Miyajima, which is one of the three most scenic spots of Japan, has places of interest other than Itsukushima Shrine, a world heritage site. On this island there is “Mount Misen” which is a sanctuary of Miyajima faith which is also called “the space of miracles”. “Mount Misen” is a venerable sacred place where Kukai (also known as Kobodaishi) opened. Its history is said to have been more than 1200 years.
Miyajima’s highest mountain “Mount Misen” is 535 meters in altitude and has three climbing routes. Every route takes about 1.5 hours to 2 hours. Miyajima is also a primeval forest, and it is a dangerous mountain if it is steep and straying. If you do not have confidence in your strength or you do not have time, you better climb on the ropeway.
To climb on the ropeway, change at Kayatani station on the way. You can enjoy a walk in the air as if walking in the sky. Shishiiwa station which is the end of the ropeway has an observatory. It is climbing up to the summit for about an hour from here. Approximately 20 minutes from Shishiiwa station you will find Misen Main Hall and Reika-do Hall.
The fire Kukai used for training has continued to burn after 1200 years. This is said to be “a fire that does not disappear”, and it is said to be one of the Misen Seven Wonders which is transmitted from old times. Reika-do Hall that defends this Reika (sacred fire) is a symbolic place of “Mount Misen”, a sacred place that attracts happiness that is also certified in lover’s sanctuary. This fire-boiled sacred hot water is said to be effective for all kinds of diseases, and it is used for the “peaceful light” of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
Megalith group appears as it approaches the mountaintop. It will be overwhelmed by the dynamic nature of Mount Misen’s wilderness, and you will forget such as tired mountain climbing.
The view of the Seto Inland Sea over the megalithic group at the summit is a 360 degree big panorama that does not block visibility. On a fine day, you can see the Shikoku mountains.
Others, such as Miyama Jinja Shrine which is built in the place where God of Itsukushima descended, there are still plenty to see in Mount Misen. It would be nice to enjoy Miyajima all day together with Itsukushima Shinto shrine.
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.
|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)|