Miyajima hiking

Whenever I think of hiking, I think of rough natural paths winding up a hill or small mountain. But in Japan it’s different. In Japan, hiking means climbing big endless stairs. Every single time I followed a hiking trail in Japan, I’ve encountered them. Stairs after stairs after stairs. And I’m not sure, but isn’t climbing stairs even more tiresome than hiking? Or am I totally wrong about hiking and does it equal climbing stairs in the rest of the world as well?

Anyway, after visiting the shrine I followed one of the signs that led to another hiking trail. I’m not sure what it was called, but when facing the shrine it was to the left. I made my way through the flocks of high schoolers and was free at last. I read the sign at the start of the path, which told me to wear appropriate clothing and footwear, and I thought “Flip flops are appropriate footwear to hike, right?” I’d hiked and walked quite long distances on these flip flops already, so I assured myself it would be fine.

Off I went, encountering the first set out of several endless staircases.

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About half an hour later, I found this sign, warning me for snakes on the mountain. Venomous snakes! For a second I was considering going back because I had no means of calling an ambulance, but immediately assured myself it would all be fine. From that point, I was a lot more cautious of course, looking at my feet every step I took, making sure no snake was in sight. Oh and apparently I was hiking Mt. Misen, now we now. πŸ˜€

Miyajima, Japan

I can already tell you, I’m still alive so I didn’t come across any of the venomous creatures. πŸ˜‰ On to more stairs now!

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Now, you might be wondering “Yooya, did you seriously just take pictures of the stairs of Mt. Misen?!” Don’t worry, I just wanted to show you the never ending staircases. My next post will show you the great views I could admire from Mt. Misen! πŸ˜‰


5 thoughts on “Miyajima hiking

  1. I did see a snake while at Mt.Misen! I was wearing sandals with straps, but luckily I saw it just before stepping on it and backed away quickly until it was in the bushes… I also saw a very big red, yellow and blue crab and plenty spiders, but I guess I always meet the wildlife on my trips *sighs*

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    • Wow really? So scary! Luckily you noticed just in time! That crab sounds so scary yet amazing as well hehe
      Yeah spiders were everywhere and they’re so much bigger than the ones we have in Belgium. 😦
      Aw but at least it makes your trips more interesting with these encounters, right? πŸ˜‰


    • Until the day before going to Miyajima I did take notes every day, but I add a lot of details I remember when writing. πŸ˜‰ These Miyajima posts were all written off the top of my head though! πŸ˜€


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