Difficulty: 2/5


Hiking Distance: 6 km


Time: 4 hours


Elevation change: ➚560m   ➘580m


Prefecture: Hiroshima

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Mt. Misen


Elevation: 535m




6.5 km

Elevation Change

➚ 580m    ➘ 560m


4 Hours






Mt. Misen is the highest peak on the island of Miyajima, located next to Hiroshima. It's an amazing hike featuring large boulders, incredible views, and some of the Daisho-in temple buildings. One of them, the Reikado, is famous for housing the Spiritual Flame, said to have been lit by Kobo Daishi 1200 year ago. This flame was also used to light the Flame of Peace in Hiroshima’s Peace Park. There are numerous deer on the island and the peak features an observatory to get 360 degree views of the ocean and Hiroshima bay. The hike is relatively easy, but there's a ropeway if you're short on time or just want to skip some of the trail. There are 3 trail options for reaching the peak, one starting from the Momijidani Park, one from Daisho-in temple, and one from Omoto Shrine. I recommend the one starting from Daisho-in, it's a magnificent temple with a lot of cultural significance and history with the mountain. 


Car: If using a car you can drive straight onto the ferry, although the island is small so there's not much driving to do so it's more convenient to park before you get on the boat at the Miyajima Ferry terminal.

Kyoto/Osaka: For Kyoto and Osaka, the Shinkansen to Hiroshima station takes about 2 hours and the price is around ¥11,000. The ferry is located at Miyajimaguchi station only 20 minutes from Hiroshima.

Tokyo: From Tokyo station, the Shinkansen to Hiroshima takes a little over 4 hours and the price is around ¥19,000. The ferry is located at Miyajimaguchi station only 20 minutes from Hiroshima.

Overnight Bus: There's an overnight bus from Kyoto and Osaka, it takes about 8 hours and the price varies from ¥4000-5000. You can view the timetable and make reservations here.

Ferry: The Ferry departs every 15 minutes, starting at 6:25am, and costs only ¥180. You can view all the details and timetable on their website here.


Trail Description

The trail is well marked and well maintained, so you won't have any trouble with navigation and mobile phone reception isn't a problem. Once you get close to the top you'll want to check out both of the rocky peaks as the views are a little different and the boulders are fun to climb. Take note that the viewing platform closes at around 4pm, before the sunset, which is a little frustrating as you'll need it to see the Hiroshima side. Make sure you don't miss out on Reikado, the Hall of the Spiritual Flame.

Elevation Profile

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Weather  and  Seasons

Mt Misen can be easily hiked year round. Summer is lush and green and you can find some nice beaches for swimming. The Sakura will reach their peak around the end of March and the autumn leaves will be colourful towards the end of November.

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Difficulty: 2/5

Hiking Distance: 6.5 km 

Time: 4 hours

Elevation gain: 540m

Prefecture: Hiroshima

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