Once you are finished at the Shrine and Torii head inland about ten minutes to the cable cars. Purchase a ticket in advance, or upon arrival, to take the approximately 20-minute ride over the virgin medieval forest to the summit.
There are several gondola changes along the way. Once you reach the top station at Shishi-iwa Observatory, take a 30-minute walk up to the summit. Be forewarned that the trail is somewhat steep. About five minutes’ walk from the top you will find Misen Hondo (Misen Main Hall) and Reikado (Hall of the Spiritual Flame), which protects a flame that was lit by Kobo Daishi (the founder of the Shingon sect and one of Japan’s holiest religious persons.
If you decide to walk the whole stretch, ensure that you have enough time to get back down. Walking from the bottom to the top takes about three to four hours.
At 1,640 feet above sea level, Mount Misen is the highest peak on the island. On clear days you can spot Hiroshima City and the Seto Inland Sea. You will also find several Buddhist structures near the peak.
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