The two mountains inside Setonaikai National Park
Accessible within 1 hour from Mihara Station by bus and on foot, Mt. Fudekageyama is located within Setonaikai National Park, and it is said that the beauty of the large and small islands as seen from the mountain top is something that is singular for the Seto Inland Sea. The park area at the peak is also renowned as a site for cherry blossoms, and many people come visit for the hiking from summer to fall and for the fantastic ocean fog in winter. Walking the 3km up from the 311m-high Mt. Fudekageyama will take you to the 445m Mr. Ryuou. You will definitely want to take in the superb view from there.
The view spot for the beauty of the many islands of the Seto Inland Sea, the ocean fog and the night view
The variety of large and small islands is one of the special characteristics of the Seto Inland Sea. The ability to view the beauty of these many islands from the peaks of the two mountains can also be extended to the Shikoku Mountains in the distance on a clear day, and 7 of the 10 bridges on the Shimanami Sea Route. There is also the phenomenon of the ocean fog rolling in offshore into Mihara. The fog which gently comes in off the sea is a frequent occurrence on the Seto Inland Sea, and the sight of the islands floating within the fog and the red morning sky is wondrous. It is also popular as a night view spot and on the nights of the summer Yassa Fireworks Festival, you can enjoy the night view and the fireworks at the same time.
A famous place where 2000 cherry trees bloom
There is a park area which starts from the parking lot just below the top of Mt. Fudekageyama and makes a 400m circuit, and in the spring, it boasts the sight of 2000 blossoming cherry trees. The cherry trees lining the park land at the top of Mt. Ryuou are also lovely, and the view of the Seto Inland Sea beyond the cherries is well worth catching. Within the grounds of Ara Shrine about 1.5km from Mt. Ryuou, there are gigantic Edohigan cherry trees which are supposed to be hundreds of years old so you should see them if you have the time. It is also recommended to make use of a tourist taxi which will go around the two mountains from JR Mihara Station.