Friday, October 16, 2009
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.