Mt. Misen on a Beautiful Day

Seeing Miyajima with fresh eyes - 8

By Larry Knipfing    - 2 min read

Miyajima's Mt. Misen is a holy mountain. It was visited in 806 by legendary Buddhist priest, Kukai.

I visited in late November, when the autumn foliage was at its peak. It was beautiful, and the hike to the top (I cheated a bit - I took the ropeway halfway up) was full of color. The scenery at the top was spectacular with views of the Inland Sea, and on the other side, Miyajima Island, the bay, and the land and buildings across the bay.

If you want to hike all the way up, it will take about 90-100 minutes from Momijidani Park. There are two other paths, one from Omoto Park and the other from Daisho-in Temple, that take about the same amount of time. The ropeway is a 20-minute ride, with an additional 60-minute hike, but during the busy season the wait to get on the ropeway might be almost an hour in itself!

Miyajima Island Series

1. A Few Days at Miyajima

2. Miyajima's Impressive Rakan Statues 3. Miyajima's Very Cute Jizo Statues

4. Mysterious Miyajima at Night 5. Otherwordly Miyajima at Night

6. Itsukushima Shrine at Low Tide 7. Itsukushima Shrine at High Tide

8. Mt. Misen 9. Momijidani Park


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Larry Knipfing

Larry Knipfing @larry.knipfing

Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30+ years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! (Visit my online gallery) My other love is fiction writing and I have published quite a few books that take place in Japan. Fun stuff! You can find them at my Amazon Author's Page. In addition to my writing, I have mainly been working in the field of corporate training, and at the same time have done a lot of photography. *Kamakura, and now Yokohama (both in Kanagawa Prefecture) have been my home for almost twenty years and are perfect places for me: Hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories. The rest of Kanagawa is equally amazing and includes the great Hakone onsen and spa area.  *Tochigi Prefecture, with World Heritage site Nikko, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not far from Tokyo.  *Fukui Prefecture, located in central Japan on the coast of the Japan Sea, is brimming with classic Japanese culture and great natural beauty everywhere you look. I really look forward to sharing ALL of Japan's beauty and magic with all of you. Website: Contact me: