Mt. Misen is situated in the center of Miyajima Island. The mountain was opened as an ascetic holy mountain site by Kukai, posthumously called Kobo daishi, in the autumn of 806 when he underwent ascetic practice. On the mountain are various spiritual sites which remind us of the holy deeds performed by Kobo Daishi. The panoramic view from the top of the mountain is magnificent.
THE SEVEN WONDERS OF MISEN
- The Eternal Fire which has been burning for over 1,160 years.
- The Plum tree of Tin Stick, which is said to have taken root where Kobo-Daishi had left it.(Never blooms when evil signs are seen in the Temple)
- The Great Mandara Rock with Buddhist Scriptures written by Kobo-Daishi.
- Ryu-to-no-sugi (Dragon Fire Cedar). The Cedar from where many lights or fire-balls can be seen best, in early February evenings.
- Kanman-iwa (ebb and flow rock).
- The Dewy Cherry Tree which was damp even on clear days.
- Hyoshigi-no oto,which is said to be the sound of wood blocks clapped at night by the Tengu, a long nosed goblin.
Misen Daishoin Temple Hondo (Main Hall),
Main Buddha, Kokuzo-Bosatsu (Akasagarbha) with Fudo, Aizen-myo-o and Kobo Daishi are dedicated here. Famous feudal lords such as Tairo-no Kiyomori, Ashikaga Yoshinao, Ouch Yoshitaka and Fukushima Masanori were greatly devoted. It is an institute for the secret training of Buddhism. This is one of the three famous Dojos: Dairyudake of Awa and Muroto-saki in Tosa. The present building was rebuilt in 1955.
Kiezu-no Reikado (Eternal Fire Hall)
The sacred fire has been burning for over 1,160 years. The big tea cult on this fire is believed to be effective to cure all illness. The fire was used to light the Flame of Peace in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
Dainichi-Nyorai (Mahavairo Canasatathagata; Sun God ) and Fudo-Myo-o (Acala : God of Fire) are dedicated. The latter is known as one of Kobo-Daishi’s works.
Sankido (Sanki Daigongen Temple)
Sanki Daigongen are three fierce guardian gods of Mt. Misen. The main god is called Tsuichokijin. Tengus, long-nosed goblins, are their servants. Many people visit here to pray for the happiness of their family and the success of their business. The first Prime Minister of Japan, Hirobumi Ito is said to have been an earnest devotee. He contributed a large amount to construct the climbing path.