Mikasanohama

Illumination with the great Torii

Illumination with the great Torii

Itsukushima shrine

Takabutai

Takabutai

The great Torii

Symbol of Miyajima

Symbol of Miyajima

Tahoto

Two-Storied Pagoda

Two-Storied Pagoda

The Illumination

Illumination of Itsukushima

Illumination of Itsukushima

Tsutsumigaura

Place of Miyajima

Place of Miyajima

Hiking trails leading up Misen

We have a saying that goes, “You can talk about it only after you have climbed Misen.” There is a great view, and historical monuments are everywhere in Misen. The abundant nature of the virgin forest is one of the main attractions of Miyajima.

The Momiji Dani Route

The Momiji Dani Route

The Momiji Dani Route

Momiji Dani Park to the summit: About 2.5 km
Approximate time required: Between 90 minutes to 2 hours

This is the route to hike along the Momiji River. Enjoy an unexpected change of view.
The momiji leaves, along with other colors in the valley add beauty to the path throughout the year.

There are huge rocks, and also strangely shaped rocks along the path. Two of them are called the ‘Sakura Rock’ and the ‘Screen Rock’. There are valuable plants that grow here, such as the primivite ‘Angiospermal’. Nature observation is fun, but the latter half of the hike is steep, so balance your energy and take your time.

The Daishoin Route

Start point of The Daishoin Route

Start point of The Daishoin Route

The Daishoin Route: Daishoin - Shiroito Fall – Summit: About 3 km

Approximate time required: Between 90 minutes to 2 hours

This has long been a paved path to visit Misen. It is also called the Misen Sando. The Takinomiya Shrine and Shiraito Fall are along the way. Many marking stones an stone buddhasd  can be found as well. There are more than 2,000 stone steps to the summit. At the sixth marking stone near Satomiya Mura, there is a spot to view the Torii so beautiful that you can feel a sense of accomplishment.

 

The Omoto Route

The Omoto Route

The Omoto Route

Omoto Park – Komaga Bayashi Bunkiten – Summit:
Approximately 3.2 km
Approximate time required: from 90 minutes to 2 hours or 2 hours to 2 hours and 30 minutes

This is the route from Omoto Park where 100 year old large fir trees and Symplocos grow as you go through Komaga Forest, the second largest forest in Misen.

Observe the natural felsenmeer. There is a giant rock called the Fuji Rock, and the Iwaya Taishi where Kobo Taishi secluded himself.

 

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