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

On top of Mount Misen

Walking Around Misen

Enjoy the ancient temples, strangely shaped rocks, and breathtaking panaroma.

Tour on the top of Mount Misen ( two choises )

You can do a tour on the top of Mount Misen (from 1 hour and to 1 hour and half) and back by ropeway.

Shishiiwa Observatory (1) → Misen Primeval Forest Stela (2) → Akaido Hall (3) →Gumonjido Hall, Gyojado Hall (4) → Misenhondo Hall (5) → Plum of crosier (Shakujo no ume) (6) → Reikado Hall (7) → Shigure zakura  (8) → Sankido Hall (9) → Monjudo, Kannondo (10) → Fudo-iwa (Acala Rock) (11) → The Summit of Mt. Misen  (535m) (12) →Mt. Misen Observatory (13) → Ryuoto No Sugi (Sea-fire Japan Cedar) (14) → Kanman-iwa (Ebb-and-flow Rock) (15) → Funa-iwa (Ship Rock) (16) → Sound of wooden clappers (17) →Kaisen-iwa (Scabies Rock) (18) → Dainichido Hall (19) → Mizu-kake Jizo  (20) →Miyama-Jinja Shrine (21)

Back to 6) 5) 4) 3) 2) 1)Shishiiwa station.

You can prolong your promenade in the beyond Miyajima-jinja Shrine

Kujira-iwa (Whale Rock) (22) → Niōmon (23) → Stone pavement of prostitutes (24)

You can choise

Stone pavement of prostitutes (24) → The Daishoin Route (about 90min)

Komagabayashi (25)→ The Omoto Route ( about 90min)

Shishiiwa Observatory (1)

Shishiiwa Observatory

Shishiiwa Observatory

There is an observatory near Shishiiwa Station. That is a great viewpoint area of the Setouchi dotted islands.

 

Petrograph

Petrographs are the letters and patterns carved in rocks in the prehistoric age.

They might be the evidences that an advanced civilization existed in ancient times.

 

Misen Primeval Forest Stela (2)

Misen Primeval Forest Stela

Misen Primeval Forest Stela

The spontaneous forest has been preserved intact as the area of the shrine in the island of gods.

Known as a natural botanical museum, it was designated as a natural monument in 1929 and as a site of World Cultural Heritage in 1996.

 

Akaido Hall (3)

Akaido Hall

Akaido Hall

The clean water is called “aka-mizu”, which Kobo Daishi used for the 100 days “Gumonji” practice 1200 years ago.

 

Gumonjido Hall, Gyojado Hall (4)

One of the three largest training halls of Shingon esoteric Buddhism in Japan along with Tairyudake in Awa and Murotomisaki in Tosa.

 

Misenhondo Hall (5)

Misenhondo Hall

Misenhondo Hall

The Hall where Kobo Daishi performed the 100 days “Gumonji” practice after he returned from Tang.

The main Deity is Akasagarbha (Kokuzo-Bosatsu) accompanied by Acala and Vaisravana enshrined on both sides.

A cultural asset of national importance “Temple Bell” (Bonsho) attributed to the donation of Munemori, the 3rd son of Kiyomori Taira is housed here.

 

Plum of crosier (Shakujo no ume) (6)

Plum of crosier (Shakujo no ume)

Plum of crosier (Shakujo no ume)

Misen’s seven wonders

 

Reikado Hall (7)

Reikado Hall

Reikado Hall

Kiezu no Hi (the eternal flame).The holy fire which Kobo Daishi used as part of his religious training is burning even now after about 1200 years in Reikado Hall.

It is said that the holy water boiled by this fire works for hall sort of disease.

It was also used as the pilot light for the “Flame of Peace” of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

 

Shigure zakura (8)

Shigure-zakura

Shigure-zakura

Dewy Cherry Tree which was damp even on clear days.

It was a cherry tree that continually looked as if it was covered with raindrops, even on sunny days.

(Unfortunately, the tree is now dead)

 

Sankido Hall (9)

Sankido Hall

Sankido Hall

An old unique temple providing three ogres with the virtues of fortune, wisdom and exorcism.

Your prayers for household welfare and business prosperity will be answered.

 

Monjudo, Kannondo (10)

Monjudo, Kannondo

Monjudo, Kannondo

Kannondo Hall on the left hand and Monjudo Hall on the right hand.

Ask Kannondo Hall for a safe childbirth and ask Monjudo Hall for safe studies.

They are believed to be miraculously effective.

 

Fudo-iwa (Acala Rock) (11)

Fudo-iwa (Acala Rock)

Fudo-iwa (Acala Rock)

Just beside Kuguri-iwa, the statue of Acala is placed in the rock carve.

 

Kuguri-iwa (Duck under rock) (11)

Kuguri-iwa (Duck under rock)

Kuguri-iwa (Duck under rock)

A spontaneous arch made of gigantic rocks. It dazzles viewers by its overwhelmingly dynamic scale.

 

The Summit of Mt. Misen (535m) (12)

The Summit of Mt. Misen

The Summit of Mt. Misen

The summit of Mt. Misen  where many big rocks are seen.

The biggest rock is called “Iwakura-ishi” on which god sits for guarding the island.

 

Mt. Misen Observatory (13)

A great panorama at 360° without obstructions.

On a fine clear day, this point commands view as far off the Shikoku Mountain Ranges and the dotted island of Seto Inland Sea.

The first Premier Itoh Hirobumi said “The true value of the No.1 of the Japan’s three most beautiful is in the view from the top” 

Ryuoto No Sugi (Sea-fire Japan Cedar) (14)

The great cedar from which mysterious lights from the sea can be seen.

These lights appear off the coast of Miyajima and are seen more clearly on the night of lunar New Year. *The cedar is now dead and only the stump can be seen.

 

Kanman-iwa (Ebb-and-flow Rock) (15)

Kanman-iwa (Ebb-and-flow Rock)

Kanman-iwa (Ebb-and-flow Rock)

The hollow on this strange rock sitting 500 meters above the sea is said to change its water level according to the come and go of the tide.

 

Funa-iwa (Ship Rock) (16)

Funa-iwa (Ship Rock)

Funa-iwa (Ship Rock)

Called Funa-iwa (Ship Rock) because the shape of the rock is similar to that of a ship. A statue of Jizo is placed under the rock.

 

Sound of wooden clappers (17)

Tengu at Daisho-in

Tengu at Daisho-in

A mysterious sound of clappers comes from the midnight darkness.

Some say Tengu (a long-nosed goblin) does it.

 

Kaisen-iwa (Scabies Rock) (18)

Kaisen-iwa (Scabies Rock)

Kaisen-iwa (Scabies Rock)

It is said that an imprudent person catches a skin disease when he passes the rock, and that the scabies patient is cured when he touches the rock because it takes his disease off. A mysterious rock.

 

Dainichido Hall (19)

Dainichido Hall

Dainichido Hall

The prestigious guardian temple for Itskushima Shrine.

All the priests in the island gather here to pray for the prosperity of the nation for 7 days of New Year since the Meiji Era.

 

Mizu-kake Jizo (20)

Mizu-kake Jizo

Mizu-kake Jizo

It is said that those who prayed for their children by pouring water on a pair of a small and a big Jizo will find themselves that their prayers have come true in the future.

 

Miyama-Jinja Shrine (21)

Miyama-Jinja Shrine

Miyama-Jinja Shrine

Exactly a sky shrine ! The same goddesses as those in Itsukushima Shrine are enshrined here.

 

Kujira-iwa (Whale Rock) (22)

Kujira-iwa

Kujira-iwa

 A rock shaped like a whale comes into sight abruptly on your way to the summit. It has a spouting whole on the top.

 

Niōmon (23)

People were prohibited to climb Mt. Misen from the Niōmon after 2 pm in the Edo Era, because it was believed that evil consequences by long-nosed goblins would fall on them.

Stone pavement of prostitutes (24)

Stone pavement of prostitutes

Stone pavement of prostitutes

The flat stone pavement extending as long as 180 meters.

 

 

The Summit of Mt. Komagabayashi (509 m) (25b)

The summit of Mt. Komagabayashi

The summit of Mt. Komagabayashi

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