Day 15

Today we woke up in our Ryokan and, after breakfast, walked to the ropeway (gondola) that takes you up Mount Misen.

The ride up consisted of two different ropeways and was very scenic.

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After getting to the top of the last ropeway, there was a 2 kilometer hike to the absolute summit of Mount Misen. It was extremely steep near the end and slippery because it was raining. I ran most of the way and it was definitely a good workout. The view from the top was breathtaking. The mountain was not crowded at all, and just sitting at the top alone in the rain taking in nature was one of my favorite experiences of the trip. A perfect place to ponder life’s hardest questions.

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I really enjoyed this mountain, simply because of the peace and quiet and the view. It was the best combination imaginable. I would live here.

The hard part was hiking down the entire mountain (or rather, sprinting the whole way as I did). We didn’t take any ropeways on the way down so we had a lot of ground to cover. I went ahead on a full-on run/parkouring down slippery stairs (I’m lucky to not have fallen) and the run down was even better. Once again, alone, running next to waterfalls and a nice view.

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When I reached the bottom, my legs felt like jello and didn’t work properly. Luckily, there was a nice temple awaiting me.

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After some more walking, I was back in town and managed to catch a glimpse of the world’s largest wooden spoon. Not sure why this is a thing, but it is. It weighs 2 tons.

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After eating lunch on Miyajima, we took the Shinkansen back to Mukogawa (home).

The combination of Hiroshima and then Miyajima were by far my two favorite days of my trip. Both were breathtaking in their own ways.

-Loren