This was another distinctive and memorable place to visit, in southern Japan. The view of the Torii set against the wooden sloped of Mount Misan is one of the best-known Japanese scenes. The first walk was a stiff climb up steps to the top of Mount Misan, then along hiking trails over the other hills. The second took us around the little town with great views of the Torii, looking across the water towards Hiroshima.
- I will remember most the image of the famous Torii, from different directions.
- The best bit was walking back down the hill, with views of the Torii and the town below.
- The worst bit was the poor visibility for our hill climb.
- It was pretty funny when deer tried to eat our rucksacks.
- I didn’t expect to get quite such a sense of a semi-tropical island.
- We were expecting to meet some wild monkeys, but none appeared.
- One suggestion would be to get some training on a flight of stairs beforehand.
- The only scary bit was the attack of a giant wasp.
NB. The climb up the hill can be avoided by using a cable car.
Contributed by Andrew Llanwarne< Back to Japan page for links to other stories
|Location||An island near Hiroshima, southern Honshu|
|Date walked||July 2003|
|Walk type||Countryside and easy hill walks|
|Difficulty||Mount Misan required reasonable fitness and good footwear. Miyajima town was fine for anyone who enjoys an easy walk.|
|Distance||10 km / 6 miles|
|Height climbed||530m / 1700 ft (hill walk)|
|Time taken||4 hrs 15 mins|
|Walk source info||Previous visit (Catriona), and information in Lonely Planet guide|
|Getting there||Local train from Hiroshima, then a short walk to ferry terminal. Taken by car to ryokan.|
|Places to stay||We stayed at a ryokan in the park. There is a range of other places to stay - or visit as a day trip from Hiroshima.|
|Other features||The tame deer are a distinctive feature of the island.|