The town on Miyajima is bordered by the island’s mountains and around midday I did a little bit of hiking on some of the nearby trails. I first climbed a hill that had a small shrine near the summit and from there I could see much of the northern part of the town. Low clouds enveloped the mountaintops as the rain continued to come down. A new building was being constructed just below me and in the distance I could see a crane working on another building. There’s not much more room available for expansion on the island, so if the town continues growing then developers are either going to have to renovate existing buildings or start building up the slopes of the mountains.
I then followed the Uguisu Walking Path that winds through the forest just above the town. At one point I detoured onto a dirt path that branched off from the road and found an overlook spot from where I could see Senjokaku Hall and the floating torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine. It was actually a pretty nice spot, and I would come back to it the next day before leaving Miyajima. Once I had taken a few photos I then worked my way back down into the town to continue my sightseeing.