Pious mountains


Mt. Misen

Itsukushima has been an object of faith since ancient times.

Many people come from all over the country and abroad every year in Misen, which as towers behind to protect Itsukushima Shrine.

It became an object of mountain religion since the Heian period, and in 806 Kobo Daishi Kukai opened Misen, and it has been respected by the people as a mountain for religious climbing. As you walk through the Daisho-in course, you can see from the majestic views of the temples, shrines, and Daisho-in on the left and right of the stairs.

Near the summit, large strangely shaped rocks and shrines and temples are lined up, and from the observation deck renewed in 2013, you can see the spectacular view of Seto Inland Sea. It is the best to have a lunch box at the top of the superb view.

Recommended trecking route


Time required Approximately 3-4 hours (including break time)
Course outline Momijidani course (up) → Summit Misen → Daishoin course (down)

Right course … Momijidani course
Middle course ・・・Daishoin course
Left course・・・ Omoto course

Mt. Misen Map (Miyajima Tourist Association)


Point of route selection
The Momijidani course is the course that goes through Momijidani Park and up along the river slowly, and is the nearest trail entrance from the ferry landing. Momijidani, especially during the autumn foliage season, is breathtakingly beautiful with red and yellow maples and carpets of fallen leaves. It is recommended to start climbing while watching the maple in the morning light.

The Daishoin course has steep stairs and slopes, so it is wise to go down from the summit rather than climb the stairs at the beginning of the walk. The Daishoin course is also solem and full of highlights, so let’s go down the Daishoin course, not the round trip Momijidani course.


  • There are many climbers especially during the autumn foliage season, and the Momijidani course has many places that are difficult to pass by, so please care others and walk.
  • Because there are steep staircases and not light climbing, be sure to prepare equipment and sufficient water.
    ※If you are not confident in your physical strength, use the ropeway from Momijidani.
    ※There are no vending machines or shops on the mountaintop.
  • If you want to visit the shrines and temples along the Daishoin Course or Itsukushima Shrine, start climbing early considering the closing time.
    ※It is dangerous when it gets dark.

Must see!

Hiwatari Shinki, held every year on April 15th and November 1st at Daisho-in, burns the green leaves of firewood with the “relentless fire” that has burned since Kobo Daishi’s training on Misen. It is an event that crosses over it barefoot.
※Applicants can participate for free.

National Treasure Mt. Mitoku / Sanbutsu-ji Nageire-do

“Mt. Mitoku Sanbutsu-ji Nageire-do” is a mysterious and majestic view that can be seen as the mountain climbing faith. Scaffolds are built on the cliffs and the temple is built to stick to the gaps in the rocks.


  • There are several dangerous spots that climb up cliffs and rocks relying only on the chain, and it is a dangerous climb that may slide down during climbing. Let’s get enough equipment such as strength, mountaineering shoes and work gloves.
  • The weather and snow cover affects business time quite limited due to the difficulty of mountain trails. Check for the latest information before heading.

Climbing schedule
      • 8am to 3pm
        Registration at the reception


        First pay a mountain entrance fee, and enter the precincts with a wagesa (A kind of clothes that monks hang on their necks) around the neck after being checked clothing and equipment .

      • For about 2 hours


        Be sure to check out Monju-do and Jizo-do on the way!
        The spectacular view overlooking the forest and the distance from the edge without any handrail around the hall is thrilling.
        Finally visit the National Treasure Hall and go back.

      • Until 4:30pm
        Go down the mountain by the closing time


        The main hall is until 5:00 pm

     Mt. Mitoku / Sanbutsu-ji Nageire-do


     Admission fee

     Nageire-do worshipThe main hall
    Child (elementary / junior high school student)400200
    Group adults (more than 20 people)750350
    Group children (more than 20 people)350150

    currency: yen

    Tel +81 858-43-2666
    Reception time
    8:00 am ー 3:00 pm(Closing time 4:30 pm)
    Due to rain and snow conditions, entry is prohibited (usually due to snow cover from December to March)


    • Entering alone
    • Skirts, heels, sandals, crampons, ice axes, stocks, etc.
      ※Clothes / equipment not suitable for worship or damage to the approach or tree roots
    • Infants, people with poor physical condition, alcohol
    • Meals
    • Collecting animals and plants
    • Use of firearms
    • smoking

    Mt. Mitake

    If you drive a car deep in the mountains of Ome City, Tokyo, you will see a village where time has stopped. You can get up to the cable car Mitake-san Station by bus or cable car, or you can come by your own car and park at some parking space.

    Enter the alley lined with old houses and shukubo that seemed to be time-slip as soon as you started walking. Beyond that is Musashi Mitake Shrine (the summit) on the stairs. Please visit there for the superb view ahead of the stairs and the safety of the treking of Mt. Mitake, the mountain faith.

    Nagao-daira with good view, Nanayo Falls, mossy rock garden, Ayahiro Falls … It is a mountain that is relatively easy to walk and can be easily reached.

    Mt. Nokogiri Nichihon Temple

    Nichihon Temple was opened in 725 by and Bodhisattva Gyoki who received the words of Emperor Shomu and Empress Komyo. At the time of its opening, it boasted one of the largest scales in Japan with 7 temples and 12 courts 100 lodging.

    Hiking along the Kanto Fureai Road to the north entrance of the Nichihon Temple, enjoying nature and the spectacular view of the quarry. The rock wall, cut out in a square, is popular when it is associated with Laputa.

    Recommended hiking route (in case of car access)


    Ropeway Station → (via Kanto Fureai road) → North Administration Center → Jigoku-nozoki → Daibutsu → Hota Station → Hamakanaya Station → Ropeway Station
    ※By train
    Hamakanaya Station → North Administration center → Jigoku-nozoki → Daibutsu → Hota Station


    Jigoku-nozoki is lined up one by one for photography, and sometimes the procession is hundreds of people on weekends. Weekdays are definitely recommended for taking photos.

    The schedule of hiking Mt. Nokogiri (access by car)
        • In the morning
          Parking at Ropeway Station (free)


          Hiking started. Select “Kanto Fureai road” at the branch. Ideal for hiking while looking at nature and quarries.
          Magnificent view A must-see view space right below the scenic quarry.

        • After 2 hrs hike
          Pay the entrance fee at the North Administration Center and enter the precincts


          Hyakushaku Kannon → Superb view observatory → Superb view Jigoku-nozoki → West administration center (exit the precincts at once) → Superb view Nokogiriyama ropeway station → West administration center (re-entry: presentation of ticket required) → 1500 Rakan way → Huge statue of Buddha → Niomon → (approximately 15 min) → Hota Station
          ・・Go down the stairs on the vast slope of Nichihon Temple on the south side of Mt. Nokogiri.

        • Afeter few hours hike
          Travel by JR from Hota Station to Hamakanaya Station, where the Ropeway Station parking is located



          The train interval is about one per hour. Please schedule systematically.

          It is a short walk from Hamakanaya Station to Nokogiriyama Ropeway Station.

      For those who can’t walk long distances, there is Nokogiriyama ropeway to go up, and there is another way to drive up to the parking lot of the Daibutsu-guchi administration center.

      Nokogiriyama ropeway

      Nokogiriyama Tozan Expressway
      Toll 1,000 yen (Round trip including Parking fee)