Friday, 10 May 2013

Access to the Mountain of God, Part 2

Shishidani Line (aerial tramway) of Miyajima Ropeway
After getting off the gondola lift at Kayadani Station on the Momijidani Line, we transferred to the Shishiiwa Line.

The Shishiiwa Line is the upper section of Miyajima Ropeway. Connecting Kayadani and Shishiiwa stations, the total line length is 0.5km. This route is operated as an aerial tramway. A gondola holds up to 30 passengers and is operated every 15 minutes. It takes about 4 minutes from Kayadani to Shishiiwa Station. The height difference between the highest and lowest points of the route is only 62m; however, the gondola passes through a deep valley and reaches the other side of the mountain.

While we were on the aerial tramway, we passed an oncoming gondola at the midpoint of the line. When I held up my camera, two girls at the front of the other gondola waved and responded with a peace sign to me (see the top photo). Holidaymakers were relaxed like those you would encounter anywhere in the world.

We got off the gondola at Shishiiwa Station. The view from here was magnificent enough; but, we decided to climb up the mountain to the 535m peak to further enjoy more of Mount Misen's picturesque scenery. It took half an hour. Here we were afforded a 360-degree panoramic view of the island and the Seto Inland Sea, which defied description (see the following picture).

Mount Misen was absolutely the mountain of God.

Superb view of the Seto Inland Sea from Mount Misen