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Mitaki Temple

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Mitaki Temple

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411 Mitakiyama, Nishi-ku, Hiroshima 733-0805 Hiroshima Prefecture
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Hiroshima: Local Favorites Private Night Food Tour

【OUTLINE】<br>The local guide will take you to three unknown but good restaurants in Hiroshima. The tour would take approximately 3 hours.<br><br>【HILIGHTS】 <br>・The places are not commonly known to the tourists but are famous among locals <br>・Enjoy regional delicacies in Hiroshima, including okonomiyaki, oysters, and local sake <br>・Visit three taverns ("izakaya") in 3 hours <br>・Learn the food culture rooted in Hiroshima and the history of the town <br>・A friendly local guide will enliven your meal
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BZimm08 wrote a review Aug 2020
Iwakuni, Japan1,546 contributions569 helpful votes
A friend of mine mentioned the Mitaki Temple near Hiroshima. I decided to walk here from downtown, only about 4 km or 2 miles. The temple area is pretty easy to find, there is a parking area here as well. I've been in Japan a year now and this might be one of the prettiest temples I've seen. The whole complex is just breathtaking. The Pagoda is pretty, but keep walking the trail and you will see shrines, statues, monuments, and other structures. The most impressive part was how the temples and nature co-exist. They built a lot of the structures in the side of the hills and this time of year (summer) it is wonderful. I can't wait to come back here in the fall to see it again.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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James H wrote a review Jan 2020
Brisbane, Australia13 contributions4 helpful votes
A great collection of shrines in a peaceful mountain location. We walked up from Mitaki station and it didn't take too long, but if you aren't one for enjoying a walk up a steep hill, take the tourist bus.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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dasz99 wrote a review Dec 2019
Guildford, United Kingdom48 contributions17 helpful votes
We had a choice of Miyajima or Mitaki and went for Mitaki. I suspect the two are opposites and we made the right call. We took the train and the short walk up the hill - 10-20 minutes. The temple is set into the hillside with gardens, waterfalls and statues - and no tourist developments, shops or semi tame deer! In the autumn it was stunning. The walk up the hill behind the temple was a lovely antidote to the hectic city. You need decent footwear and it could be a challenge in wet or very hot weather, but the path through the forest is reasonably obvious. You are rewarded with a great view at the top. It’s possible to do a full circuit back to the temple but locals suggested the decent was steep and it was better to return the way we came. Allow 40-60 minutes for the ascent.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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hfot2 🌸🍁🌸 wrote a review Aug 2019
Vermont6,222 contributions1,164 helpful votes
Add time to your Hiroshima visit for at least a half-day at this enchanting temple. It is definitely worth a visit in any season, but it is especially beautiful in autumn when the leaves have turned. It was crowded on a gloriously sunny day in autumn, but that was to be expected at this season. The grounds are large enough though that we didn’t feel a crush of crowds but some of the stairs were quite full of people. The temple grounds climb up the hill of Mount Mitaki. Three waterfalls, after which the temple is named, highlight the meandering paths. Jizo statues, covered in damp moss, and dressed in red hats and bibs, line walkways and steps. Numerous other Buddhist statues can be found on seemingly every bit of available space. Where there aren’t statues, there are stone lanterns. The walk through the atmospheric forest does involve steps which can be slippery and uneven. The higher you go, the more difficult the steps. The most interesting for us was the walk through the trees coming upon statues, and ponds, and small shrines. The trees were not spectacularly in color and that was a disappointment. The requisite and famous red and white pagoda, several temple buildings, a bell tower, a tea house, and more did make for an interesting visit though, with many photo ops. Mitaki-dera is a 2 stop train ride from Hiroshima on the JR Kabe line and a long 15 or 20 minute walk uphill from the Mitaki JR station, OR a bus ride from Hiroshima station to the Mitaki Kanon bus stop which gets you much closer to the entrance to the temple. This was our first trip to Japan without the need for a JR Pass, so we took the bus. We probably would have done so anyway given the fact that the walk to the temple was much shorter. On the bus we saw how much uphill driving there was from the Mitaki station to the Mitaki Kanon bus stop and we were quite pleased that we chose the bus. If you plan on going by bus, do get a schedule from the bus station in Hiroshima and do check the return route time. We verified with the driver the location of the bus stop for our trip back to Hiroshima and planned our visit to get back to the bus stop before bus arrived. Tips for Visitors: Wear good walking shoes to provide traction on the moss covered potentially slippery stone steps. Where the sign, Japanese only, says it is not recommended to go further, believe it - there is not much beyond just a dam that presumably serves as protection against flooding. There are only a few toilets strategically placed, one at the lower level and one midway up the the walk to the summit - use them when you see them. Food is available at the lower level - bring a snack with you and bottled water. You can spend the whole morning here if you get an early start, then return to the station, get lunch (or eat at the gift shop cum restaurant at the base of Mitaki) and go to Fudoin.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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Owen L wrote a review Jul 2019
Shanghai, China225 contributions39 helpful votes
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After three stops on Kabe line from Shin Hiroshima by crossing the river to Mitaki station, it is a short walk up hill to the first series of temples. It was 11:30 and the guy at shuinshan koshion temple. It was just setting up tables. There is a rubber track that leads up past the first cemetery to Mitakidera Tahoto, a three story red pagoda. It was moved to encourage the people after the war. It starts out with stone steps and eventually leads up to Mitakidera Hondo. From there it turns into a dirt trail that keeps on going up to the summit of Mitakiyama. If you don’t have any running shoes or trail shoes, it might be a hard slog as it gets muddy and uneven at places. But you will find mushrooms, insects, birds, bamboo groves, and good views of the city below if you get to the 350 meter summit. You can turn around or loop down west to a adventure obstacle park for kids. You’d have to walk down through another cemetery before looping back to Shuinshan. If you only want to see the Buddhist temples, turn back downhill at Mitakidera Hindo. It isn’t an easy hike in the hot sun but there is plenty of shade. I only saw one hiker with poles the entire way on a Wednesday. It is a beautiful forest and a good time for enjoying nature.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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