Climb up the picturesque hiking trail to Mt. Misen summit
A sacred site since ancient times, Mount Misen is the highest peak on Miyajima island in Hiroshima, Japan, at 500 meters above sea level. And climbing up the hiking trail to Mt. Misen summit is a must when you visit this shrine island. There are three different and picturesque hiking trails: the Momijidani Course passing through Momijidani Park – one of the most famous maple leaves valley parks in Japan, the Daisho-in Course with the nicest views, and the Omoto Course – the longest trail. Using any course, it will take 1-2 hours to reach the summit from town, and along the path, deer and wild monkeys can sometimes be seen. Near the peak, you’ll find several temple structures of Daisho-in Temple that is located at the base of the mountain. Of particular interest are the Misen Hondo and the Reikado, a nice place to rest your legs and experience the spirituality of the religious mount. Being on top of Mt. Misen at the observatory, you will enjoy the spectacular views of the Seto Inland Sea, some small islands, and as far as Hiroshima City on clear days.