The true value of Miyajima as one of the three most scenic views of Japan rests with the view from the mountaintop. The Miyajima Ropeway (宮島ロープウエ) refers to Japanese aerial lift lines. The route which opened in 1959, consists of two consecutive lines which climb Mount Misen.
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The ropeway station is a ten minute walk inland from Itsukushima Shrine or a 20 minute walk from the Miyajima ferry pier. The ride up the mountain takes about 20 minutes and requires a transfer of ropeways along the way.
At 500 meters above sea level, Mount Misen (弥山) is the highest peak on Miyajima. On clear days, it affords spectacular views of the Seto Inland Sea and as far as Hiroshima City.
It wasn’t so clear the day we were there with a lot of haze in the sky. Still the view was spectacular.