The biggest attraction after the Floating Torii in Miyajima. Although the fog is common, in a bright day, from the top of Mount Misen one of the best views of Japan can be enjoyed. I’ve been there twice, a bright day and a foggy day.
The lower station (Momijidani) is a 10 minute walk southeast of Itsukushima Shrine or 20 minutes from the ferry terminal. Price 1000 ¥ one way, ¥ 1800 round trip. It takes about 15 minutes. It has an intermediate station (Kayadani). The upper station (Shishi-iwa) is not at the top, you’ll need at least 20 more minutes on foot.
There are three:
- Momijidani. It starts at the lower cable car station. I’ve walked it downway, it took me about 40 minutes.
- Omoto. It begins at Omoto temple, further west of the aquarium. I’ve never hiked it. It is by far the longest, it takes about 2 hours to climb.
- Daisho-in. Begins at Daisho-in temple. I have hiked it up and down. It takes about 90 minutes to climb (although I’d swear it took me far less). In my opinion it is much nicer than Momijidani, but there are also more people, most going down. At one-third from the bottom there is a flame that it is said it was lit 1200 years ago by the founder of the temple.