Mount Misen is the highest point on the Itsukushima Island, also known as Miyajima Island, in the Seto Inland Sea. It is situated about 6 kilometres in the southwest of Hiroshima and part of the Setonaikai Nationalpark.
The island covers about 8 square kilometres and is a sacred site of both Shintoism and Buddhism. Long before Buddhism came to Japan in the 5th century AD, Shinto sages lived as hermits in the mountain’s forested hills. Mt. Misen offers gorgeous views of the island and Seto Inland Sea. Near the summit are a few small temples including the Gumonjido, a temple founded in the early 9th century AD by the great sage Kobo Daishi on his return from China.
(Please note, there is another peak known as Misen, situated within the Ishizuchi-san)
Japan 1950, Mount Misen & Itsukushima Shrine in the foreground.The Itsukushima Shrine is one of the Three Views of Japan. The other two are the sandbar of Amanohashidate in Kyoto Prefecture and the islands of Matsushima in Miyagi Prefecture.
Japan 1995, Itsukushima Shrine
Japan 2013, Itsukushima Shrine.
The stamp was issued in the sheet
"60th anniversary series of Local Goverment Act construction Hiroshima Prefecture".