Posted by: Darrell | October 12, 2008

Miyajima

The Stairway to Heaven (Steps Leading to Nothing but Sky)

The Stairway to Heaven (Steps Leading to Nothing but Sky)

The end result of a long process has never felt quite as good as when you climb that last step and then world just opens up around you. In that moment, nothing else really matters; not how you got there nor where you are going. All you can see is clear skies lighting up the blue sea, framed by the back drop of the mountains with the bay seemingly stand still and everything in your mind just melts away as you take in the breathtaking views and savour the reward of a long and perilous journey.

That is how I would describe the stairway to heaven; the Omoto pass to Mt. Misen. That was the epic journey that ended all journeys. Of course, we did a lot more than just climb a mountain, but none of it was quite as epic as this.

Great Shot at the Top of the Mountain

Great Shot at the Top of the Mountain

Miyajima is a small island about 30mins by train and 10mins by ferry from Hiroshima. Photographically known from the Floating Tori, the island is actually home to a lot more than just a photograph. With an abundance of deers, it can seem like Nara. However, it is anything BUT Nara. We started the journey walking along the beach and taking in the picturesque bay area. Being tourism dominated economy, almost all the stores were dedicated to gifts and food. The grilled, fresh oysters were indeed fabulous and the momiji were sumptuous.  After our fill, we decide on a climb that was described in WikiTravel as strenuous, but not overly difficult.

A View of the Bay Area

A View of the Bay Area

On the contrary, the climb was indeed quite treacherous and took about 3.5 to 4 hours to climb up the Omoto path and down between the peaks and up again towards the top of Mt. Misen. However, don’t let that dissuade you from pursuing it, as the moment I described at the beginning of my post doesn’t quite do the experience justice.  The rest of the day, wasn’t quite as breathtaking, however, I did manage to snap that perfect shot of the Tori (the headline picture in my blog) against the backdrop of the setting sun. I also got quite a few other nice shots, so please enjoy.

 

The Floating Tori at Sunset (Different from the Headline Picture)

The Floating Tori at Sunset (Different from the Headline Picture)

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Responses

  1. I want to go too…
    FUCK i want to travel the world, i want to see Japan too… damn that’s so beautiful

    you’re a lucky guy man

  2. Perilous? Dude, I’d say that’s a bit of an exaggeration… but then again, I guess there’s nothing wrong with the use of a little poetic license!
    btw momiji = maple or autumn leaf so you probably want to say we ate momiji manjuu

  3. Awesome pics man! Looks like a great trip!


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