- A place filled with mystical energy
- Several means to go to the summit
- A fire burning for 1200 years
- Mysterious megaliths
- A beautiful view on the peak
A place filled 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 Shingon Buddhism) about 1,200 years ago. We hiked up Mt. Misen to seek mystical energy flowing from Miyajima!
Several means to go to the summit
There are two ways to get to the Mt. Misen, one is hiking and the other is using the ropeway. If you decide to climb the 535-meters on foot, it will take you between 1 hour and a half. Be prepared to climb a lot of steep stairs.
There 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)
For this article we chose the Momijidani course on the way up and the Daishoin course on the way down.
A fire burning for 1200 years
Before getting to the top, you’ll find the “Reikado”standing on the opposite side of the main Buddhist hall of Mt. Misen. There, 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 has become a holy ground for couples to ‘keep their love burning’, because the fire never burns out. You can drink boiled hot water from this fire, which is said to cure all diseases.
While walking to the top, you’ll see the megalithic area. This large stone is called Kuguri-iwa and was shaped by nature. There are many strange rocks near the top and mystical energy flows across the mountain.
A beautiful view on the peak
We had aimed to see the sun rise, but came a bit late. Still, the view is stunning on every hour of the day. We enjoyed the calm view, forgetting about time itself.
Apparently, you can even 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. and the great torii.
If you are lucky enough, you might be able to encounter deers in the moutain. Hike 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