Miyajima and Hiroshima did not disappoint. They were amazing and my head is still spinning from the Hiroshima Peace Museum so while I digest the heart of the trip, I will give you my hike up Mount Misen on Miyajima Island.
My husband and I started Discovery Sundays after we moved from New Jersey to Colorado 9 years ago. We picked a new hike every Sunday to explore and posted the photos on Facebook. I think as a part of my post-repatriation blog, I’ll start this back up again.
Name: Mount Misen, Momijidani Course
Elevation: 1700 vertical feet
Distance: 2.3km hike; 90 minutes up, 1 hour down
Why didn’t you take the ropeway? It was down for maintenance
Why did you go at all? Promise of MONKEYS at the top; I haven’t done any training for the half marathon 1 APRIL.
What they should have said: You will be climbing 170 flights of stairs.
The hike: Spectacular climb along side a river. Mossy rocks, fern, deer, and the sound of water rushing. Once the canopy opened up, I was rewarded with magnificent views of the archipelago. NO MONKEYS. The least crowded place I’ve been in Japan (testament to the hike difficulty).
As I was descending, I was reminiscing about my Fuji summit in 2001. The hike up was great, but about 10 minutes into my trip down, I rolled my ankle in the loose lava rocks. Not a minute later, I totally wiped out on ice and landed on my back.
At the shrine just below the peak, there were all these little statues in nooks.