|A small beautiful river near the ropeway station|
|Ropeway ...I'm afraid of heights.|
|Mt. Misen from the ropeway terminal station at 450m|
|Mt. Misen consists of rocks.|
|Narrow step among rocks|
|Reikado (spiritual fire) temple|
|Permanent fire and sacred hot water in the Reilkado temple|
|The top of Mt. Misen|
|The view of Seto Inland Sea from the top|
Even so, I was so satisfied with the sense of accomplishment after reaching the top. The view from the top was very nice. Calm Seto Inland Sea was also beautiful. In Mt. Misen, there are also several temples and a shrine. The most popular ones among them are Misen-hondo (弥山本堂)temple and Reika-do (霊火堂) temple just near the top.
The both of them were established at the beginning of 9th century by Kukai (空海), a great Buddhist monk, and it is believed the fire Kukai used has been continually there since 1200 years ago. If we drink sacred water boiled by the permanent fire, we will allegedly not be ill. Definitely I drunk. He can who believes he can!
After climbing Mt. Misen, we went down to the Miyajima town where many shops and restaurants are located. Many sold grilled oysters outside the front of shops (oyster is one of the specialty in Miyajima). It was good (with beer)!
|Shops and restaurants in Miyajima town|
|Many customers on the street|
|Storefront grilled oysters bar|
|Grilled oysters at JPY400|
Then, we went to "Kakiya (牡蠣屋)" whose meaning is "the oyster restaurant" to taste oyster dishes. Kakiya is a modern and stylish oyster restaurant with variety of oyster menus and alcohol that suits oysters well. Particularly, fried premier oysters were super(with dry white wine, Chablis)!! Tough it costed JPY1,500 for only three pieces, value for money. I haven't taken such a big but tasty fried oyster before.
The quality of taste and service are high. Inside was silent and we could be relaxed. Kakiya is recommendable if you like oysters. My rating is 3.7 out of 5. Gochiso-samadeshita! Kakiya (牡蠣屋) http://www.kaki-ya.jp/
|Exterior of Kakiya|
|Inside of Kakiya|
|Fried premier oysters|
|Oyster rice with miso soup|
After eating, we needed some dessert. Just next to Kakiya, I found a fried pastry shop named "Kouyo-do(紅葉堂)." They sold fried "Momiji-manjyu", a popular sweet making of flour, egg, honey (for outside) and bean jam or cream, etc. (inside). They fried one by one after customers ordered. So, we can eat just-made manjyu! Delicious! One piece is only JPY150. If you find it, please try it.
|Outside of Kouyo-do|
|Fried momiji manjyu|
|Sleepy gods' messenger....lovely:)|