Mt. Misen, Miyajima Island (Hiroshima Prefecture)


The hike offers an alternative to the rope way which takes you to the top of Mt. Misen, the highest peak on Miyajima Island. At the top of the mountain there is a good viewing platform from which you can see the Seto Inland Sea and the main land of Japan. The track is far less crowded than the ropeway and gives opportunity to see some of the more wild deer which are less used to human interaction.

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Getting there

To get to the hike, begin by getting to Miyajima Island. If staying in Hiroshima city there are a number of options for getting to the ferry terminal. You can drive, cycle catch the train, or tram. Either way you will want to get to the Miyajima ferry terminal and buy a ticket for one of the two operating companies. 

Once on Miyajima Island, follow signs to the Mt. Misen ropeway / obversatory. As you get closer to the ropeway there will be signs pointing towards a hiking course. Follow these signs, the path is mostly the same for getting to the ropeway, but diverages a bit at the end. From there you are on your way to hiking to the top. If you get lost, ask someone and they will surely point you in the right direction. 


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Route/Trail notes

The hike is relatively easy. It is well evidently well trodden (but less so by tourists). Just follow the pathway up the mountain, there is only one way so it is difficult to get lost. Sections have stairs and concrete. 

Halfway up the mountain there is a temple which has an eternal flame and jizo statues decorates with hats. Stop here for a quick break and admire the temple. From there continue walking to the top of the Mt. Misen and then come down the same way. 

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