Jun 19, 2018 Attraction Miyajima

Mt. Misen Climbing Trip Through Nature & History

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Located on Miyajima is Itsukushima Shrine, one of the 3 best views of Japan and a registered as the World Heritage Site. In 2017, over 4.5 million people visited Miyajima and is a greatly thriving tourist spot. Miyajima is most noted for Itsukushima Shrine with its beautiful shrine floating on the sea and its large torii gate seen in front, but Mt. Misen is also worth visiting. Mt. Misen is 535 meters above sea level and has several climbing routes, each of them featuring attractive sights on the way. Here are Mt. Misen’s points of interest!

Choose A Route by Your Traveling Style

Ropeway Route

First, the ropeway course. The Miyajima ropeway takes around 15 minutes one way. It’s easier than taking other routes on foot, so you can go to the summit effortlessly even if you didn’t plan to climb a mountain. The one-way fare for adults is ¥1,000  and ¥1,800 for a round trip.

Daisho-in Route

The Daisho-in course is a climbing route that starts from Daisho-in Temple, the main temple of the Shingon Buddhist school of Omuro. There are many stone steps on the road and you can leisurely see temples, the remains of Nioumon gate, and other religious structures. Supposing that you stopped to see the sights along the way, you will reach the summit in around 2 hours.

Momijidani Route


This starts from Momijidani Park and has a ropeway station on the way. This is a standard course that offers beautiful scenery including Momijidani Park that has 700 of its namesake maple trees. In autumn you can see their splendid red leaves. It takes around 2 hours one way.

Omoto Route

This course starts from Omoto Shrine. You can walk past stone monuments, megaliths, primeval forests, and nature. This course is also full of sights including the World Cultural Heritage stone monument and a massive rock connected with Kobo Daishi. It takes around 2 and a half hours one way.

Sights to Stop and See on theWay

Daisho-in Temple

The Daisho-in course starts at this temple. According to lore, this is a historic site established by Kobo Daishi Kukai during his religious training at Mt. Misen. It is closely related to the Emperor’s family and is also said to have been visited by Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Ito Hirobumi. Aside from Kannon-do Hall, Maniden Hall, and Henjokutsu Cave, there is also a power spot called Ichigan Daishi, where your 1 wish will be granted. You can also enjoy the many cute Jizo statues along the stone steps to Daisho-in.

Mt. Misen Observatory

Mt. Misen Observatory also operates as a rest stop at the summit of Mt. Misen. Because the original observatory became too old, a new building was rebuilt in 2014. The 3rd floor on the roof commands a 360° panoramic view of the mainland on the other side and the islands floating on the Seto Inland Sea. On sunny days, you can see quite far.

Misen Hondo Hall

It is said that when Kobo Daishi visited this place, he named it “Misen” because of its similarity to Mt. Meru, and he built the hall and accomplished 100 days of training here. The main deity is Kokuzo Bosatsu. Beside it are enshrined Fudo Myo-o and Bishamonten, as well as a large temple bell donated by Taira no Munemori. The Kiezu-no-hi in Misen Hondo Hall’s Reikado is a flame that has never been put out since Kobo Daishi’s training. This hall of “eternal flame” is a popular power spot for couples.

Shishiiwa Observatory

This observatory is right next to Shishiiwa Station at the end of the ropeway. Although located lower than the observatory at the summit of Mt. Misen, the view is just as splendid. If you don’t have time to climb to the summit, you can enjoy the scenery here.

Momojidani Park

Momijidani Park is a well-known tourist spot. The park spreads along Momijidani River and has 700 maple trees of which 560 of them are Japanese maples. These turn more vibrant red than the several other types of maples and create a spectacular view in the autumn foliage season. Their green leaves in spring and summer have their own refreshing charm, and you can enjoy nature simply by walking along the river.

Things to Know Before You Visit! What Are the 7 Wonders of Misen?

Knowing the 7 Wonders of Misen will make your walk a little more interesting. The 7 are Kiezu-no-hi, Shakujo-no-ume, Mandara-iwa, Kanman-iwa, Hyoshigi-no-oto, Shigure-zakura, and Ryuoto-no-sugi, but they say there’s more mysterious lore in Miyajima.

Kiezu-nohi is the mysterious fire in Misen Hondo Hall. It is said that water boiled by this fire can cure all sorts of diseases. Other traditions related to Kobo Danshi are Shakujo-no-ume and Mandara-iwa. Hyoshigi-no-oto is a clinking sound that was heard in the middle of the night and was feared to be the work of a tengu.

Shigure-zakura is a cherry tree with its ground wet as if by rain even in sunny weather, but now it is cut down and cannot be seen. The Ryuoto-no-sugi tree, known for a mysterious light that appeared on the night of the Lunar New Year, is also dead.
If you’re interested, try learning more about them and other legends there! It may make your trip more profound.


Learn how  to access to Miyajima from Hiroshima city; 4 Ways to Travel from Hiroshima City to Miyajima

Mt. Misen Alone Offers More than Enough Fun for 1 day!

What do you think? Mt. Misen is one of Miyajima’s famous tourist spots, but many of the sights on the way are little known under the shadow of Itsukushima Shrine even though many of them are just as historic. Each of the courses is full of sights to see, so start by visiting the places that interest you.

Photo Credid: Hiroshima Prefecture