At 500 meters above sea level, Mount Misen (弥山) is the highest peak on Miyajima. On clear days, it affords spectacular views of the Seto Inland Sea and as far as Hiroshima City. There are also a number of Buddhist structures near the peak. A ropeway leads up the mountain from town, but it is also possible to climb up on foot.

There are three hiking trails leading up Misen: the Momijidani Course, Daisho-in Course and Omoto Course. Of the three, the Daisho-in Course offers the nicest views and is not as steep as the other two. The Momijidani Course, while the shortest, is also the steepest, leading mostly through the forest. Using any course, it takes 1.5 to 2 hours to reach the summit.

Even when taking the ropeway, reaching Misen's various attractions still requires a considerable amount of walking, as the mountain's peak is still another 100 meters higher and about a kilometer away from the upper ropeway station around the Shishi-iwa Observatory.

Deer can sometimes be seen along the mountain's paths. Much rarer these days are wild monkeys, as most monkeys were moved off the island to a monkey park in Inuyama in recent years. The monkey population had grown too large and caused various problems.

It is said that Buddhism was first practiced on Mount Misen by Kobo Daishi, the founder of the Shingon sect and one of Japan's holiest religious persons. Near Misen's summit stand several temple structures which belong to Daisho-in Temple at the base of the mountain.

Of particular interest are the Misen Hondo (Misen Main Hall) and the Reikado (Hall of the Spiritual Flame). The latter protects a flame, which Kobo Daishi is said to have lit when he began worshiping on the mountain. It has been burning ever since, and was also used to light the Flame of Peace in Hiroshima's Peace Park.

Getting there and around

The ropeway station is a ten minute walk inland from Itsukushima Shrine or a 20 minute walk from the Miyajima ferry pier. The ride up the mountain takes about 20 minutes and requires a transfer of ropeways along the way.

From the ropeway's upper station at Shishi-iwa Observatory, it is still about a 30 minute walk up to the summit along a rather steep hiking trail. The Misen Hondo and Reikado buildings are located along the trail, about five minutes before the summit.

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Hotels around Miyajima

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    • Miyajima Guest House Mikuniya
      Located on Miyajima (Itsukushima), Miyajima Guest House Mikuniya offers a Japanese-style accommodation and a small garden. Free Wi-Fi is available. Miyajima Ferry Terminal is a 20-minute walk away. Guests can choose to stay in a private Japanese-style room or a dormitory room shared with other guests. Private rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon mattress whereas dormitory room provides wooden beds. Bathrooms, shower rooms and toilets are shared with other guests. The common lounge features tourist guide books, a TV and a desktop computer. Lockers and the common kitchen are also available to guests for free. Mikuniya Miyajima Guest House is a 6-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine and Daisho-in Temple. Guests can also walk to Marine Plaza Miyajima within a 10-minute walk. A simple Western-style breakfast consisting of bread, cereal, coffee and other menu items are available with extra fees. Lunches and Dinners are not served, but guests are welcome to bring their own food and use the kitchen to prepare meals.
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    • Iwaso
      Located in the World Heritage Miyajima Island, Iwaso features Japanese-style accommodations with beautiful surrounding views. Guests can relax in the indoor and outdoor hot-spring baths and request for massages. A free shuttle is available from Miyajima Ferry Terminal, which is also a 5-minute walk away. The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Rooms in the Annex include a private bathroom with a bath and toilet, while rooms in the historical Main Building and Cottage Annex have shared bathrooms and toilets. Guests can purchase local gifts at the souvenir shop and enjoy singing at the karaoke room. Photocopying and luggage storage services are available at the 24-hour front desk. A computer with internet is provided in the lobby for an extra charge. A traditional multi-course dinner featuring seafood and local ingredients and a Japanese breakfast are served at the restaurant. Iwaso Inn is a 5-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine and Momijidani Park. Miyajima Aquarium is a 10-minute walk away.
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    • Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto
      A 3-minute stroll from Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto boasts an outdoor hot spring bath, 3 restaurants and karaoke. It offers luxurious Japanese-style and Western rooms, massages and a free shuttle from Miyajima Pier. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. Spacious rooms feature either traditional futon bedding on a tatami (woven mat) floor, or carpeting and twin beds. All feature a minimalist interior in neutral colours, with a Japanese-style as well as a Western seating area and an LCD TV. Guests can unwind in a soothing natural hot spring, which is separate for men and women. Arimoto Grand Hotel houses a souvenir shop, drinks vending machines and limited free parking. Authentic Japanese cuisine featuring fresh seafood is served at restaurant Shioji in a stylish contemporary setting, and in more traditional surroundings at Kappo Karaku. The Miyajima Arimoto also offers a coffee lounge, a bar and a Japanese noodle restaurant. Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto is less than a 5-minute walk from the beautiful Pagoda Goju-no-To and historical Senjokaku Hall. The Miyajima Ferry Terminal is a 10-minute walk away.
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    • Miyajima Seaside Hotel
      Only a 5-minute drive from Miyajima Ferry Port with its free shuttle, beautiful ocean views can be enjoyed from Miyajima Seaside Hotel. The hotel features a public bath, a karaoke room and free WiFi at the lobby. Japanese-style rooms feature a tatami (woven mat) floor and shoji sliding paper screens. Some rooms offer tranquil views of the Seto Inland Sea. They are fitted with an LCD TV, a mini-fridge and traditional futon beds. An en suite bathroom and yukata robes are provided. Guests can savour Japanese dishes for breakfast and a traditional Japanese set menu for dinner. Miyajima Hotel houses a soothing hot public bath, a souvenir shop and free-use laundry facilities. Drinks vending machines are on-site, and free parking is available. Seaside Hotel Miyajima is a 5-minute drive from the Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, a Unesco World Heritage Site. It's a 5-minute drive from Senjokaku Hall, and an 8-minute drive from Daisho-in Temple. Miyajima Ropeway lift is a 5-minute shuttle and a 20-minute walk away.
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    • Kikunoya
      Just a 7-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kikunoya has free on-site parking upon prior reservation. Combining modern design with a homely decor, Kikunoya Hotel offers both Western and Japanese-style rooms. Entertainment options include cable channels and a DVD player. Certain rooms include an en suite bathroom. Toiletries and slippers are provided for in the private and shared bathroom. A Japanese breakfast set is available for an extra fee. Dinner is available at Kikunoya. The hotel is a 15-minute walk from the Miyajima Sanbashi Ferry stop, and a free shuttle is available. JR Hiroshima Train Station is 28 km away.
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    • Sakuraya
      Renewed in 2013, Sakuraya offers affordable Japanese-style rooms with mountain or sea views. Free Wi-Fi is available at the public areas. Miyajima Ferry Terminal is a 3-minute walk away. The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Each comes with a flat-screen TV and an electric kettle with green tea bags. All rooms have a private toilet, and some have shared bathroom facilities. The shared bath is available between 15:00-23:00 daily. Luggage storage is offered at the front desk and drink vending machines are on site. Guests can enjoy fresh oysters at the property. Sakuraya Inn is a 10-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine and Momijidani Park. Miyajima Ropeway is a 15-minute walk away. No meals are served.
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    • Aki Grand Hotel & Spa
      Located along Hiroshima's shoreline opposite Miyajima Island, known for World Heritage Site, Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Aki Grand Hotel offers western and Japanese style rooms, free parking and 4 dining options. Hiroshima Station is a 30-minute train ride away. Aki Grand Hotel provides a free shuttle service to Miyajima Station, which is a 5-minute drive away. Free on-site private parking area is available for guests. Free WiFi is available in all rooms. Aki Grand Hotel rooms are air-conditioned and come with a TV and private bathroom with amenities. Japanese style rooms are fitted with tatami mats. During the summer, guests can enjoy the outdoor swimming pool and Beer Terrace on the Seaside Deck. Aki Grand also has a public hot spring bath and sauna. Guests can reserve a private open-air hot spring bath with Itsukushima Shrine views. Activities at the hotel include a night cruising tour of the World Heritage Sites. Italian and Japanese food using local ingredients are offered at Aki Grand Hotel's 3 restaurants. The on-site lounge bar offers a cosy atmosphere for a refreshing drink. Hiroshima Airport is a 90-minute train and bus ride away from the hotel.
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    • Miyajima Morinoyado
      Reopened in April 2014 after renovations, Miyajima Morinoyado offers comfortable guest rooms and a spacious public bath. It is a 2-minute walk to Miyajima Aquarium and a 10-minute to Itsukushima Shrine. All rooms are air conditioned and fitted with facilities like a flat-screen TV and a personal safe. Some rooms come with a private bathroom. Morinoyado Miyajima provides luggage storage services and drinks vending machines on site. Local goods are available at the gift shop. The property is a 20-minute walk from Miyajima Ferry Terminal. Miyajima Park is a 20-minute walk away. Guests can enjoy Japanese meals at the on-site Omoto restaurant. Guests without a meal-inclusive rate need to make a reservation in advance to eat dinner at the restaurant.
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    • Miyajima Coral Hotel
      Just a 5-minute walk from Miyajima Guchi Station, Miyajima Coral Hotel offers air-conditioned rooms and self-service laundry facilities. The hotel features 2 dining options and free WiFi is available throughout the property. Rooms at the Coral Miyajima Hotel have simple, yet comfortable furnishings. They are fitted with a TV, a refrigerator and a private bathroom with a shower, bathtub and toiletries. Facilities at Hotel Miyajima Coral include drink vending machines and free parking. Restaurant Ishoku Sabo Wataya serves dishes with handmade noodles, while tea lounge Chaya-Wataya offers a range of local dishes. The hotel lies next to the ferry port for Miyajima Island, a 10-minute ferry ride away. From Miyajima Guchi Station it takes 15 minutes by train to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
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    • LiVEMAX RESORT Akino Miyajima
      Located 2.6 km from Tsutsumigaura Beach, LiVEMAX RESORT Akino Miyajima offers 3-star accommodation in Miyajima and features a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a shared lounge and a restaurant. This 3-star ryokan offers room service, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi. The great Torii is 400 metres away and Momijidani Park is less than 1 km from the ryokan. Each room is fitted with air conditioning, and certain rooms at the ryokan have a balcony. Guests at LiVEMAX RESORT Akino Miyajima can enjoy a buffet breakfast. The accommodation offers 3-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. You can play table tennis at this 3-star ryokan, and bike hire is available. Popular points of interest near LiVEMAX RESORT Akino Miyajima include Five Storey Pagoda, Itsukushima Shrine and Daisho-in Temple. The nearest airport is Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, 29 km from the ryokan.
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