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2015/11/08 - Autumn Color Report: Miyajima

Deer giving me the evil eye

Today, I made my way to Miyajima in Hiroshima Prefecture from Dazaifu where I was yesterday. The autumn colors have already started on the shrine island but have not reached their peak yet. Nevertheless, there were enough colors to further enhance the scenery. It rained for almost the entire time I was there, but that didn't stop me nor the other visitors from enjoying the scenery and autumn colors, and visiting the various attractions.

I left the island of Kyushu in the morning to catch the Evangelion-themed livery bullet train to Hiroshima, a service which just started on November 7, 2015. There is only one train a day in each direction between Shin-Osaka and Hakata stations. Designed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Sanyo Shinkansen, visitors will have until March 2017 to enjoy all things Evangelion on the train, as well as visit the themed cafe at Hakata Station.

Sunday morning shinkansen with Evangelion fans
You could have Ikari Gendo just staring at you the whole time
The interior of the train deck
Details all the way to the window shades
Fancy a smoke with Akagi Ritsuko in the smoking room on the train?

From Hiroshima, I made my transfer to Miyajima amidst the drizzle. I started off at Daisho-in Temple and was not disappointed with the autumn colors here at all. The colors here were vibrant, albeit slightly muted due to the rain, and looked like they were on their way to reaching their peak in the next week or so. I walked around the temple grounds, and spun all the sutras I passed.

Colors are getting there
Leaves shouldn't fight for color attention
Rows of monks against autumn colors
Near the entrance of the temple
Small statues in knit hats
Carpet of fallen leaves on a moss covered rock

From Daisho-in Temple, I headed for the ropeway up to Mount Misen, Miyajima's highest peak. The view on the way up as well as from the observatory at the top is usually quite amazing on clear days, and you can see islands in the Seto Inland Sea as well as Hiroshima City. However, it got really foggy midway up the mountain and visibility was very poor. But still, most people made the hike up to the peak from the upper ropeway station,as did I.

View from the cable car: white dots are the cable cars, red dots are autumn colors
Reikado Hall covered in fog
Looking down from the observatory at the peak. Kinda looks like we're at the edge of the world
You can just make out the islands at the back
Clearer view of a cable car and fog in the valley

Descending Mount Misen, I walked through Momijidani Park and made my way back to the ferry terminal. The colors in the park were a little less vibrant with more green leaves compared to Daisho-in Temple, and it will not be long they get all red, orange and yellow.

Near the ropeway station
Momiji, maple leaves in Momijidani Park
Autumn colors and a small stream
Jinrikisha, rickshaw rides were popular today
Deer posteriors look like hearts to me
Torii at low tide

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List of Posts:
2017/04/14 - Sneak Peek from Ginza Six
2017/03/21 - A bit of everything in Fukui
2017/03/13 - Nikko Toshogu Uncovered
2017/02/15 - Subculture in Ikebukuro
2017/02/07 - Travel to the Goto Islands
2017/02/06 - Nagasaki Lantern Festival

2016/12/31 - Travel Highlights 2016
2016/12/19 - Winter Illuminations in Tokyo
2016/10/24 - The way of old on the Kunisaki Peninsula
2016/10/11 - Following the Tadami Line in Oku Aizu
2016/08/27 - Fool's Dance at Koenji Awa Odori
2016/08/16 - The three sacred mountains of Dewa Sanzan
2016/06/20 - Train travel into the Ise-Shima region
2016/04/03 - Setouchi Triennale 2016
2016/03/08 - The hunt for Namahage on the Oga Peninsula
2016/03/02 - Sake Sangria
2016/02/20 - Tokyo Plum Blossom Report
2016/01/26 - Tour de Reinan: Obama, Oi and Takahama
2016/01/25 - Tour de Reinan: Tsuruga, Mihama and Wakasa

2015/12/31 - Travel Highlights 2015
2015/12/10 - 48 hours in Tokushima
2015/11/20 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2015/11/19 - Autumn Color Report: Kankakei
2015/11/18 - Autumn Color Report: Korankei
2015/11/17 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2015/11/13 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2015/11/10 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2015/11/09 - Autumn Color Report: Koyasan
2015/11/08 - Autumn Color Report: Miyajima
2015/11/07 - Autumn Color Report: Dazaifu
2015/10/28 - The 44th Tokyo Motor Show
2015/10/21 - Hirado, where East meets West
2015/10/20 - Kujukushima Islands and Winter Illumination at Huis Ten Bosch
2015/10/19 - Navigating the Christian sites in Nagasaki
2015/10/18 - Cosplay at Haco Stadium Tokyo
2015/10/15 - Autumn Color Report: Nikko
2015/10/05 - Autumn Color Report: Route 292
2015/09/28 - Autumn Color Report: Oze
2015/09/24 - Autumn Color Report: Alpine Route
2015/09/16 - Nakanojo Biennale 2015
2015/08/19 - Traditional culture and hot springs of the Aizu Region
2015/08/17 - Nature and Hot Springs at Naruko Onsen
2015/08/04 - Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale 2015
2015/04/30 - Sapporo Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/29 - Hakodate Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/23 - Kakunodate Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/22 - Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/21 - Kitakami Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/16 - Sendai Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/09 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/08 - Fukushima Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/06 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/03 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/02 - Nara Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/01 - Osaka Cherry Blossom Report
2015/03/31 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2015/03/27 - Fukuoka Cherry Blossom Report
2015/03/26 - Kumamoto Cherry Blossom Report
2015/03/25 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report

2014/12/31 - Travel Highlights 2014
2014/12/15 - Seasonal Illumination: Sendai
2014/12/09 - Seasonal Illumination: Tokyo
2014/12/04 - Autumn Color Report: Kanazawa
2014/12/03 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2014/11/21 - Autumn Color Report: Osaka
2014/11/20 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2014/11/19 - Autumn Color Report: Korankei
2014/11/18 - Autumn Color Report: Miyajima
2014/11/17 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2014/11/13 - Autumn Color Report: Fuji
2014/11/04 - Autumn Color Report: Fuji
2014/10/31 - Autumn Color Report: Karuizawa
2014/10/21 - Autumn Color Report: Bandai
2014/10/20 - Autumn Color Report: Towada
2014/10/01 - Autumn Color Report: Oze National Park
2014/09/29 - Autumn Color Report: Alpine Route
2014/06/19 - Toranomon Hills opens in Tokyo
2014/04/24 - Kitakami Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/23 - Morioka Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/22 - Aizu-Wakamatsu Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/16 - Matsumoto Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/15 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/14 - Yoshino Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/13 - Osaka Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/12 - Kanazawa Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/10 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/06 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/05 - Hiroshima Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/04 - Osaka Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/03 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/02 - Nagoya Cherry Blossom Report
2014/03/31 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
2014/03/26 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
2014/03/04 - Early Tokyo Blossom Report