【 CONTENTS 】
- Mt. Misen is one place of Myajima with mystical energy.
- You can either hike or take a ropeway!
- Fire that has kept burning for over 1,200 years
- The large mystical stone called “Kuguri-iwa”
- Arriving at the peak!
Mt. Misen is one place of Myajima with mystical energy.
Itsukushima Shrine is considered one of the best three sceneries in Japan and is designated as a world heritage site. However, there is one more thing to see in Miyajima. It’s Mt. Misen, also called the“place of wonder”, or the“hokey ground for lovers”. The mountain was founded by Koubou Daishi (the founder of the Shongon sect) about 1,200 years ago. We hiked up Mt. Misen to seek mystical energy flowing from Miyajima!
You can either hike or take a ropeway!
There are two ways to get to the Mt. Misen, one is hiking and the other is using the ropeway. A one way trip on the ropeway costs 1,000 yen（1,800 yen for round trip）. It has an elevation of 535-meters and takes about an hour and a half to 2 hours climb. You can also use the ropeway for a more leisurely ascent!
We wanted to see the sun rise, so we left the hotel at 3 am in the morning. It was too early to take the ropeway, so we hiked up.
Here are the three courses for hiking.
１．Momijidani course（The shortest way to walk in nature）
２．Daishoin course（Has lots of stairs to walk and paved pathways）
３．Daigen course（The longest route which has lots of hills and stone steps)
We chose the Momijidani course on the way up and the Daishoin coming down.
Fire that has kept burning for over 1,200 years
Before getting to the top, you’ll find“Reikado”standing on the opposite side of the Mt. Misen Hondo. The fire that Koubou Daishi used for his training has mysteriously been burning for over 1,200 years, up to the present day. The site became a holy ground for couples to ‘keep their love burning’, because the fire never burns out. They offer boiled hot water from this fire and it is said to cure all diseases. Feel free to drink it between 8 am to 5 pm. Unfortunately we could’t, because we left the hotel too early.
The large mystical stone called “Kuguri-iwa”
While walking to the top, you’ll see the megalithic area. This large stone is called Kuguri-iwa and was shaped by nature. I was so impressed by the power of nature on Mt. Misen that I almost forgot about my fatigue. There are many strange rocks near the top and mystical energy flows across the mountain.
Arriving at the peak!
We finally made it and took in this beautiful scenery!
We couldn’t see the sun rise, but the islands on the Inland sea were majestic! We enjoyed the calm view, forgetting about the time.
Apparently, you can see the Shikoku area on a sunny day!
We took the Daishoin course on our descent.
On the way down the mountain, you’ll see the Istsukushima Shrine. O-Torii started to appear through the fog and looked nice. I definitely recommend this view.
If you are lucky enough, you might be able to encounter deer! Try hiking at your pace and take in some of the beautiful primeval forest! It’s worth seeing from the top!
Momijidani Koen, Miyajima, Hatsukaichi city, Hiroshima Prefecture