Friday, October 16, 2009

The Heights of Eternal Hope for the Future


Miraishin no Oka is a 5,000 sq. m. sculpture park on the hilltop overlooking Kosan-Ji on Ikujima, a small island in the Inland Sea off Hiroshima.


The brainchild of Environmental sculptor Kazuto Kuetani, all the sculptures and the marble that coveres the hillside was shipped from the Carrera quarry in Italy, where he has worked for the past 18 years.


The only way to visit the hill is through Kosan-Ji, which charges 1,200 yen entrance, but what you get for that price is quite astounding.


On a sunny day the hilltop is blinding. There is also an Italian restaurant in the park.


The island can be reached easily from Ehime Prefecture in Shikoku or Ohnomichi Town in Hiroshima.


1 comment:

  1. I have utterly enjoyed exploring your wonderful photographs and stories here. I have written a blog post on our GetHiroshima blog about this. I hope it will encourage more people to appreciate the interesting, beautiful and fascinating places around us. Hope to also be able to meet you in person someday.
    Thanks for the journey.