On the trails, there are stone works here and there called chouseki (trail-side stone) which are milestones. Some old chouseki has a guardian deity of children (called Jizo) curved on the body.
There is Miyama Shrine near the summit of Mt. Misen which was built as the back shrine of Itsukushima Shrine around 1200 years ago. The summit of Mt. Misen has been worshiped as the god's territory.
Along the trails covered with primeval forests, there are a variety of Miyajima's unique plants, naturally-formed huge rocks, strange-shaped rocks, and historical landmarks. They have been attracting the visitors.
There are many places of scenic beauty which you may want to take pictures of, and especially, the Seto Inland Sea is picturesque if you look it over from the top of the mountain. Mt. Misen covered with snow and the Seto Inland Sea below the mountain give you another particularly beautiful scenery in winter.
<<Feel the history and nature of Miyajima while climbing Mt. Misen in the Ohmoto course>>
Let's climb the mountain all together step by step feeling that we are going into the god's territory as we walk on the entrance path towards Miyama Shrine. The interval of trail-side stones shows 109 meters. So, as you climb the mountain, you will realize that you are getting closer to the holy place.
<<Ever-Burning Holy Fire Hall (Kiezu no Reika Dou)>>
In the Holy Fire Hall near the summit, a fire has been burning day and night for 1200 years. It is called a ever-burning fire as the original fire has never been put out. This fire is one of the original fires for the Peace Flame in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
They say the hot water, boiled in the big tea-kettle with a fire in this Ever-Burning Holy Fire Hall, is holy water and is good for all kinds of diseases. One cup of hot water will heal your tired body.
We will give a simple briefing. Please listen to it.
2. Start climbing the mountain
We will pass by the stone Buddha statues, the Fuji Rock, the Kazefuki Rock, the Daishi Hall, Iwaya Daishi, the Deva Gate, and the observation deck to head for the summit. We can feel and touch the nature and culture of Miyajima in so may ways.
We will arrive at the summit around 13:00 and then have lunch. Lunch must taste good as surrounded by beautiful scenery!
We will take a look around Misen Shrine, Misen Main Hall, and the Holy Fire Hall where a ever-burning fire is burning. Then, we will head for Shishiiwa Station where the ropeway service is available.
Arriving at Shishiiwa Station, take a ropeway around 14:15 and get off at Momijidani Station.
6. The end
Upon arrival at Momijidani Station and taking a group picture, the tour ends at the station.