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2015/11/08 - Miyajima Report
by raina

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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2015/12/04 - Kyoto Report
2015/12/03 - Tokyo Report
2015/12/01 - Kamakura Report
2015/11/27 - Tokyo Report
2015/11/27 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/27 - Nara Report
2015/11/26 - Osaka Report
2015/11/25 - Miyajima Report
2015/11/24 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/20 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/19 - Tokyo Report
2015/11/19 - Kankakei Report
2015/11/18 - Mount Mitake Report
2015/11/18 - Korankei Report
2015/11/17 - Fujigoko Report
2015/11/17 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/16 - Mount Takao Report
2015/11/13 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/12 - Tokyo Report
2015/11/11 - Hakone Report
2015/11/11 - Fukuroda Falls Report
2015/11/10 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/09 - Koyasan Report
2015/11/08 - Miyajima Report
2015/11/07 - Dazaifu Report
2015/11/06 - Fujigoko Report
2015/11/04 - Tokyo Report
2015/10/30 - Kyoto Report
2015/10/28 - Nikko Report
2015/10/26 - Bandai Report
2015/10/22 - Northern Alps Report
2015/10/21 - Northern Alps Report
2015/10/20 - Mount Fuji Report
2015/10/15 - Hachimantai Report
2015/10/15 - Nikko Report
2015/10/14 - Alpine Route Report
2015/10/14 - Towada Report
2015/10/13 - Hakkoda Report
2015/10/08 - Nasu Report
2015/10/06 - Nikko Report
2015/10/05 - Route 292 Report
2015/09/28 - Oze Report
2015/09/24 - Alpine Route Report
2015/09/17 - Daisetsuzan Report
2015/09/16 - Daisetsuzan Report

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