Just 30 minutes from Hiroshima by train, there is a famous island. It’s name is Miyajima-宮島。 It is a popular day trip destination from Hiroshima.
Though a small island, there is still lots to see and do.
We started the day on Miyajima with a ride on the rope-way to the top of Mt. Misen-the highest mountain on the island. Mt. Misen is part of Seto Inland Sea National Park.
After waiting in-line for about an hour, we were on our way up the mountain. The view was amazing. Fortunately for us, it was a gorgeous day. The sea reflected the stunning blue of the sky.
At the top of the rope-way, we still had about a half-hour hike to get to the top of the mountain. We took a little break when we reached the temples. A word to the wise-make sure to bring your own water on this hike. They sell water a the top, but be willing to pay extra for it.
|The building on the right houses the Eternal Fire, which has been burning for 1160 years. That's a long time. The Peace Flame (number 18 on the map shown on the link) in Hiroshima's Peace Park was lit from this Eternal Flame.|
|Bad fortunes received in the temple are folded up and left behind. If you receive a good fortune, you take it with you.|
After just a little more hiking, we finally reached the top. We soaked in the view and had a snack of ice cream (that was for sale at the top) before beginning our long hike descending the mountain.
|View from the top of the mountain. The panoramic photo on top of this blog is also taken from this place.|
Next stop, a temple and a shrine.