Mount Misen hike to Mt Misen summit. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

The Mount Misen hike can be a perfect part of your one day in Miyajima when you do a day trip from Hiroshima.

Miyajima is known officially as one of the top 3 locations in Japan with the best views.

 

Mt Misen hike - trail summit with scenic views. One day trip from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

 

And a hike up Mt Misen will afford you amazing views at the summit that will likely make you believe that it’s well worth the hike!

 

Mt Misen hike - trail summit with scenic views. One day trip from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

 

Well, you can actually get the same views without walking as much. There’s a ropeway you can take, but why take the ropeway when you can hike?! 😉 (So actually I took the ropeway to get down.)

 

Mt Misen hike - Miyajima ropeway to shishiiwa station and observatory with scenic views. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

 

You won’t be hiking as long if you take the ropeway compared to a hiking trail all the way up, but you still need to do a short hike to reach the summit from the ropeway station at the top.

 

 

Mt Misen hike as a part of your one day Miyajima itinerary

I went to Miyajima as a day trip from Hiroshima. In Hiroshima, I stayed at a top Japan hostel chain for backpackers.

This was what my one day in Miyajima looked like:

  • Hiroshima to Miyajima by train and ferry
  • See Miyajima shrine at low tide
  • Visit Daisho-in Temple
  • Hike to Mt Misen summit
  • Eat at a restaurant on Mt Misen
  • Mt Misen ropeway back down
  • See Miyajima shrine at high tide

You might consider checking the Miyajima tide times before you go. If you won’t be in Miyajima for the whole day, you might want to time it out to be on the island at a certain time.

 

Mt Misen hike - When are Miyajima tide times? high tide and low tide. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Backpacking Japan

 

 

Mount Misen hiking options

Mt Misen hike - trail summit with scenic views. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

 

There are basically 4 main options to get those spectacular views from the summit of Mount Misen.

Once again, even the “easiest” option with the ropeway includes a little bit of hiking.

 

Mt Misen hike - Miyajima ropeway to shishiiwa station and observatory with scenic views. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

 

Take the ropeway up and down

  • Take the Miyajima ropeway up
  • Hike 30 minutes to the Mt Misen summit
  • Hike 20-30 minutes back to the ropeway station
  • Take the Miyajima ropeway down

 

Take the ropeway up, hike down a trail

  • Take the Miyajima ropeway up
  • Hike 30 minutes to the Mt Misen summit
  • Hike 1 – 1.5 hours on a trail back down to sea level

 

Hike up a trail, take the ropeway down

  • Hike 1.5 – 2 hours up to the Mt Misen summit
  • Hike 20-30 minutes to the ropeway station
  • Take the Miyajima ropeway down

 

Hike up a trail, then hike back down

  • Hike 1.5 – 2 hours up to the Mt Misen summit
  • Hike 1 – 1.5 hours back down

 

No matter which trail you choose, it’s about a 25-30 minute walk if you go direct from where the Miyajima ferry drops you off to the start of any of the trails.

Each of the trails are named based on the attraction that they are near.

So you can choose a trail based on which attraction you may want to see!

  • Daisho-in Temple
  • Momijidani Park
  • Omoto Shrine

 

 

So…

How long will it take to reach the Mount Misen summit when you hike each of these trails?

Mt Misen hike - trail summit with scenic views. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

 

According to Miyajima tourism department

 

Daisho-in trail

  • 3 km / 1.9 miles
  • Around 1.5 – 2 hours to climb
  • Stone steps on the trail
  • Around 1 hour to descend

 

Momijidani trail

  • 2.5 km / 1.6 miles
  • Around 1.5 hours to climb
  • Hike through a forest and along a river
  • Around 1 hour to descend

 

Omoto trail

  • 3.2 km / 2 miles
  • Around 2 hours to climb
  • Hike hills and stone steps
  • Around 1.5 hours to descend

 

And…

If you want to make it a full hiking day, you can hike all 3 trails!

  • Hike up the Omoto trail (2 hours)
  • Hike down the Daisho-in trail (1 hour)
  • Hike up the Momijidani trail (1.5 hours)
  • Rest at the Mount Misen observatory
  • Hike to Shishiiwa ropeway station (30 minutes)
  • Eat at the ropeway station restaurant
  • Take the ropeway down!

…or something like that. 😉

 

Grab a tourist map when you arrive at the Miyajima ferry station, and it’ll make the planning part seem much easier!

 

Mt Misen hike - Miyajima walking map. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

 

Or, you’ll find a map when you’re at the start of these trails too.

 

Mt Misen hike - Miyajima trail map. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

 

 

 

Now…

Here’s a bit of what you’ll see with a Mount Misen hike!

And specifically, by doing the Daishon-in trail to the Mt Misen summit.

 

Ferry to Miyajima

Mt Misen hike - Miyajima ferry from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

 

 

Walk towards the start of the trail

Walking from the Miyajima ferry station, you’ll probably pass by some deer…

 

Mt Misen hike - Miyajima ferry station to floating torii to Daishon-in temple. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Backpacking Japan

 

Depending on the time of day you visit, you’ll pass by the floating torii…

 

Mt Misen hike - Miyajima high tide with floating torii gate shrine. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - Miyajima high tide with floating torii gate shrine. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Backpacking Japan

 

Or you’ll pass by the non-floating torii…

 

Mt Misen hike - Miyajima low tide with non-floating torii gate shrine. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - Miyajima low tide with non-floating torii gate shrine. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Backpacking Japan

 

For more famous torii gates, see the Fushimi Inari shrine hike through 1,000 torii gates in Kyoto!

 

You might pass by some more deer…

 

Mt Misen hike - Floating torii to Daishon-in temple with Miyajima deer. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - Floating torii to Daishon-in temple with Miyajima deer. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Backpacking Japan

 

You’ll go down a small street…

 

Mt Misen hike - Floating torii to Daishon-in temple on Miyajima streets. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike on Daishon-in course hiking trail. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

 

 

And then…

Visit Daisho-in Temple grounds

Mt Misen hike - Views from Daishon-in Temple near Mt Misen trail start. One day trip from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

 

Once you’re near the start of the trail, you can immediately start the trail.

 

Mt Misen hike near Daishon-in Temple. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

 

But…

This is also where the Daisho-in Temple is located, so consider a quick visit around the temple grounds first!

And it can be tempting to skip the temple when you see all the stairs that it requires!

 

Mt Misen hike - Stairs to Daishon-in Temple near Mt Misen trail start. One day trip from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - Stairs to Daishon-in Temple near Mt Misen trail start. One day trip from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - Daishon-in Temple near Mt Misen trail start. One day trip from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

 

But if you like seeing little statues, then you’ll likely find it to be worth it! (But if you do skip the temple visit, you can see a few little statues on the trail to the Mt Misen summit too.)

 

Mt Misen hike - Visit to Daishon-in Temple. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - Visit to Daishon-in Temple. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - Visit to Daishon-in Temple. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

 

 

Start the hike up to Mount Misen summit!

Be prepared for lots of stairs!

Also be prepared with plenty of water and snacks.

 

Mt Misen hike start Daishon-in hiking trail to Mt Misen summit. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike start Daishon-in hiking trail to Mt Misen summit. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike start Daishon-in hiking trail to Mt Misen summit. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike start Daishon-in hiking trail to Mt Misen summit. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike start Daishon-in hiking trail to Mt Misen summit. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike start Daishon-in hiking trail to Mt Misen summit. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike start Daishon-in hiking trail to Mt Misen summit. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike start Daishon-in hiking trail to Mt Misen summit. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike start Daishon-in hiking trail to Mt Misen summit. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike start Daishon-in hiking trail to Mt Misen summit. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike start Daishon-in hiking trail to Mt Misen summit. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike start Daishon-in hiking trail to Mt Misen summit. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike start Daishon-in hiking trail to Mt Misen summit. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike start Daishon-in hiking trail to Mt Misen summit. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike start Daishon-in hiking trail to Mt Misen summit. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike start Daishon-in hiking trail to Mt Misen summit. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike start Daishon-in hiking trail to Mt Misen summit. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - to trail summit with scenic views. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - to trail summit with scenic views. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - to trail summit with scenic views. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - to trail summit with little statues. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - to trail summit with little statues. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - to trail summit with temple, shrine. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - to trail summit with little statues. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - to trail summit with temple, shrine. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - to trail summit with little statues. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - to trail summit with temple, shrine. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - to trail summit with scenic views. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - to trail summit with scenic views. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

 

 

Around the Mount Misen trail summit!

Mt Misen hike - trail summit with scenic views. One day trip from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - trail summit with scenic views. One day trip from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - trail summit with scenic views. One day trip from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - trail summit with scenic views. One day trip from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - trail summit with scenic views. One day trip from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - trail summit with scenic views. One day trip from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - trail summit with scenic views. One day trip from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - trail summit with scenic views. One day trip from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - trail summit with scenic views. One day trip from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - trail summit with scenic views. One day trip from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - trail summit with scenic views. One day trip from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

 

 

So you’ve made it to the trail summit!

Mt Misen hike - trail summit with scenic views. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

 

Now what?!

 

 

Rest up at the Mt Misen observatory!

Mt Misen hike - Mt Misen observatory from hiking trail. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - Mt Misen observatory from hiking trail or ropeway. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - Mt Misen observatory from hiking trail or ropeway. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - Mt Misen observatory from hiking trail or ropeway. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

 

 

Refuel with food at Shishiiwa ropeway station restaurant!

Mt Misen hike - Miyajima ropeway station restaurant with udon - shishiiwa station. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

Mt Misen hike - Miyajima ropeway station restaurant - shishiiwa station. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

 

 

And then…

Make your way back down!

Go back down by ropeway, or go back down by taking another hiking trail!

 

Mt Misen hike - trail summit with scenic views. One day trip to Miyajima from Hiroshima. Best hiking trails in Japan. Backpacking Japan

 

HAPPY MOUNT MISEN HIKE IN MIYAJIMA!

 

 



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