Plants in Misen
Misen, the highest mountain on Miyajima island is more than 535 Meters above sea level. The ‘Virgin Forest Misen’, which has been selected as a Natural Monument, has a mixture of conifer trees and plants from different latitudes. It is a very valuable site, as we are able to observe primitive plants like ‘Trochodendro Aralioides’ in natural settings.
The ‘Virgin Forest Misen’
At 400 Meters and above, there is a mixure of conifer trees like the Japanese hemlock, fir trees, and ever green broad-leaf trees like the Japanese evergreen tree and the ‘Quercus Salicina’. Halfway to the foot of the mountain, there are mainly Japanese red pine trees and ‘Lithocaarpus Glaber’, ‘Rapanaera Nerifolia’, and ‘Symplocos Glanca’. The beauty of the natural forest with various kinds of plants, rugged landscapes with varieties of giant rocks, and strangely shaped rocks scattered on the mountain, along with the dotted islands floating on the Seto Inland Sea below, are all enchanting for the visitors.
The Seven Wonders of Misen
The miraculous area around “Misen” is replete with wonders.
The seven wonders which have lived on through ancient tales are introduced here.
Kiezu-no-hi (The eternal flame)
The holy fire which Kobo Daishi who founded Daishoin Temple in 806 used is burning even now.
It is said that the holy water boiled by this fire works for all sorts of disease.
It was also used as the pilot light for the “Flame of Peace” of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
Shakujo-no-ume (Plum tree of Tin Stick)
Plum tree of Tin Stick, which is said to have taken root where Kobo-Daishi had left it.
The legend has it that someday, Kobo Daishi was leaning on his crosier at this very location, and that the crosier had taken roots just before turning to a plum tree.The tree doesn't bloom during ominous years.
If you go down backside of Misenhondo Hall a little, you can see a gigantic bedrock face equivalent in size to a couple dozen tatami mats.
Handwritten letters, Sanskrit characters and illustrations of Kobo Daishi engraved on it. Because big trees fell down by a typhoon, the way is closed and you can't enter this area now.
(access is now forbidden)
Kanman-iwa (Ebb-and-flow rock)
As the name implies, water level of the hollow opened on the side of rocks changes according to the come and go of the tide.
But the hollow of this rock is about 500 meters above the sea, furthermore salt is included in the water. It is not proved scientifically and it is one of the seven wonders.
Hyoshigi-no oto (Sound of wooden clappers)
Clink, clink! The sound of beating clappers coming from nowhere of midnight darkness. Legend has it that the Tengu (a long-nosed goblin) living in Mt. Misen does it and is greatly scared by residents since it could bring curses unless one is staying indoors during clinking.
Shigure-zakura (showered cherry blossom)
A curious cherry tree moist with dew on any fine day, as if there has been a passing shower. Some say the strange phenomenon was reported already in “Miyajima Pictures” published in Edo Period. Unfortunately the tree was cut down and can't be seen.
Ryuoto No Sugi (Sea-fire Japan Cedar)
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.
The Magnificent Landscapes
View from the Ropeway
Feeling Like a Flightseeing
You can enjoy marvelous views as if you walk in the sky.
The air walk is another attraction of the Misen tour.
Shishiiwa Station Observatory Hall
A relaxing café space
Observatory Hall at the 2nd floor of Shishiiwa Station. You can be relaxed and enjoy the panoramic views of Seto Inland Sea.
Great viewpoint of the Setouchi (Seto Inland Sea) dotted islandsThere is an observatory near Shishiiwa Station.
That is a great viewpoint area of the beauty of the island-studded sea.
A view from Mt. Misen Observatory
A great panorama of 360° without obstructions.
On a fine clear day, this point commands views as far off as the Shikoku Mountain Ranges and the island-studded sea beauty of the Seto Inland Sea.
“The true value of the No. 1 of the Japan’s three most beautiful spots is in the view from the top”. The first premier Itoh Hirobumi
Wonder of Nature
Marvelous views created by nature from time immemorial
Strange rock “Kuguri-iwa (Duck-under-rock)
A strange scene staged by gigantic rocks
A spontaneous arch made of gigantic rocks near the Misen Observatory.
It dazzles viewers by its overwhelmingly dynamic scale.
Strange rock “Kujira-iwa (Whale Rock)”
A whale on the mountain top?
A rock shaped like a whale comes into sight abruptly on your way to the summit. It has a spouting hole on the top !
Strange rock “Kaisen-iwa (Scabies Rock)”
Marvelous effect on patients!? Mysterious 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.