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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. 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.


  1. The Eternal Fire which has been burning for over 1,200 years.
  2. Holy Plum Tree
    The Plum tree took root where Kobo-Daishi placed his tin stick.
  3. The Great Mandara Rock with Buddhist Scriptures written by Kobo-Daishi.
  4. Ryu-to-no-sugi (Dragon Fire Cedar). The Cedar from where many lights or fire-balls can be seen in early February evenings.
  5. Kanman-iwa (ebb and flow rock).
  6. The Dewy Cherry Tree which even on clear days.
  7. 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), Gumonjido Hall

Misen Daishoin Temple Hondo  Gumonji-dojo

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.

Reikado Hall

Kiezu-no Reikado

The sacred fire has been burning for over 1,200 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.

Dainichido Hall


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 Hall


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.