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2014/11/18 - Miyajima Report
by raina

Trees in front of Maniden Hall

My destination for today was Miyajima, one of Japan's three most scenic places. The other two top scenic places are Matsushima near Sendai and Amanohashidate in Kyoto Prefecture. The autumn colors were at their peak when I was there and the colors should remain good for several more days. While I was at Miyajima, Joe was back in Tokyo checking out the autumn colors and you can read his report here.

My first stop of the day on Miyajima was at Daishoin Temple. Despite the many tourists who took the ferry over, there were not many people there. The maple trees at the temple were at their peak and should remain good for at least the next few days. From there, I followed the Daisho-in walking course up to the summit of Mount Misen, the highest peak.

On the way up to Daishoin Temple
Maples against the blue sky
Maple tree and Tengu flanking the stairs
Rickshaw in front of a ginko tree

It took me less than two hours to reach the peak, and I was passed by an old man halfway up (I'm sure that he was half man half mountain goat). There were mostly evergreen trees and not many maple trees along the route, with trees popping up when I least expected it, surprising me with color. The maples at the lower half of the mountain were pretty green but once past the halfway mark up the mountain, the colors improved and were more intense. Unfortunately, the maple leaves were starting to fall the closer I got to the top. I visited both the Komagabayashi peak and Mount Misen peak. The observatory at Mount Misen was definitely the more popular and crowded of the two peaks. The views from both peaks however, were absolutely stunning, providing a bird's eye view of the Seto Inland Sea.

Colors along the Daisho-in course
More colors mixed with green
From the top of Komagabayashi Peak; the guy in the picture was taking a selfie
View from the observatory at Mount Misen
Looking down from the observatory, lots of visitors made the hike up
Reikado Hall
Colors along the way

From the peak, I took the ropeway from the top (Shishiiwa Station) to the bottom of the Miyajima Ropeway (Momijidani Station) and made my way down through Momijidani Park. The maple tree valley was at its peak, making the walk back towards Itsukushima Shrine very enjoyable. There were also lots of visitors who loved the scenery as much as I did at the park, stopping to take pictures, picnicking at the few tables at the park.

The funicular to the top
Ropeway passing over the mountain, pockets of colors
Descending from the ropeway towards Momijidani Park
Colors at the park
Lovely colors on the leaves
Deeper into the park, more maple trees
Many visitors today
Bobble head deer
Chestnut flavored momiji manju
The giant torii at low tide

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List of Posts:
2014/12/05 - Tokyo Report
2014/12/04 - Kanazawa Report
2014/12/03 - Kyoto Report
2014/12/02 - Kamakura Report
2014/11/28 - Kyoto Report
2014/11/27 - Tokyo Report
2014/11/26 - Nara Report
2014/11/25 - Kyoto Report
2014/11/21 - Osaka Report
2014/11/20 - Kyoto Report
2014/11/19 - Korankei Report
2014/11/18 - Miyajima Report
2014/11/18 - Tokyo Report
2014/11/17 - Kyoto Report
2014/11/14 - Kyoto Report
2014/11/14 - Himeji Report
2014/11/13 - Fuji Report
2014/11/13 - Tokyo Report
2014/11/12 - Eiheiji Report
2014/11/11 - Kyoto Report
2014/11/07 - Tokyo Report
2014/11/07 - Kyoto Report
2014/11/06 - Yamadera Report
2014/11/04 - Fuji Report
2014/11/04 - Hakone Report
2014/10/31 - Karuizawa Report
2014/10/29 - Shima Onsen Report
2014/10/24 - Fuji Report
2014/10/21 - Bandai Report
2014/10/21 - Nikko Report
2014/10/20 - Towada Report
2014/10/16 - Tateyama Report
2014/10/15 - Kurikoma Report
2014/10/08 - Nasu Report
2014/10/07 - Nikko Report
2014/10/01 - Oze Report
2014/09/29 - Tateyama Report
2014/09/26 - Nikko Report
2014/09/19 - Tokachidake Report
2014/09/18 - Kurodake Report
2014/09/17 - Asahidake Report