Mount Misen is the highest peak on Miyajima, a small semi-tropical island located a short ferry ride from Hiroshima. The island is sparsely populated, and deer roam freely through the forests and streets at lower altitudes. The particular latitude of the island gives it a unique biome in which coniferous trees coexist with lush jungle plants and wildlife, including monkeys and poisonous snakes.
The path to the top of Mount Misen is dotted with small shrines and temples, which bear offerings from pilgrims and passersby.
In addition to the steep, winding hiking path, the peak can be reached via a cable tramway. The climate at the top of the mountain is more arid than at the bottom, and hosts lizards, crows, and colonies of wasps. The peak offers 360-degree views of the surrounding bay and islands, as well as the mainland.