Mount Misen is the principal mountain on the island, standing tall at 535m. Since Miyajima was known since ancient times as a sacred island where gods dwell, Mount Misen has been virtually untouched by humans, leaving intact a unique ecosystem of rare plants and wildlife in their natural habitat. For this reason, the entire mountain has been designated as a national natural monument.
Moment of Joy
There are three routes to the summit of Mt. Misen: the Momijidani Course, the Daishoin Course, and the Omoto Course, each of which takes about one and a half hours (Omoto may take two and a half hours). At the top of the mountain, there is an observatory where you can enjoy a 360-degree view of Miyajima, and on a clear day, you can even see the Shikoku mountain range. There are also various temples, including the Misen Hondo and the Reikado, which are objects of worship that attract many tourists. If you are short on time or worried about your physical strength, we recommend using the Miyajima Ropeway, which will take you to the top of the mountain in about 13 minutes.