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Lake of the Departed
A caldera lake at the top of Mt Hikami. This sacred area has a beautiful, white-sand beach, but is surrounded by fog year-round. Legend has it that hell exists inside the lake, and that it's revealed at sunset a few times a year.
An area covered in volcanic rock at the top of Mt. Hikami. The desolate area evokes the image of hell and is considered a location linking the world to the afterlife. It appears to have been a considered a sacred location in the Mt. Hikami religion, and there are piles of boxes that are believed to have been used for rituals. There is also a shrine for dolls that is even older than the Keidai Shrine.
A large shrine near the top of Mt. Hikami. This is believed to be the main site of the Hikami religion, but the details remain unknown. Back when the area was a tourist attraction, the entrance was open to tourists who came to see the many lanterns that were hung from the ceiling. Now that the cable cars have stopped running, the shrine is closed. People say that the mummy of the maiden who started the Hikami religion is in the building, and that the maiden has been seen floating into the lantern lights on particularly foggy days.
An old cemetery near the foot of the mountain. There are no names on any of the tombstones, and the cemetery appears to have been abandoned after a landslide. Since no bodies were found there, it seems it was built to honor those whose bodies were not left behind for some reason. Since it was built when the Mt. Hikami religion was being practiced, there are theories around maidens who lost their lives or rituals involving human sacrifice.
Shrine of the Ephemeral
The last station for the Mt. Hikami cable car. This is where people people would go to pay their respects at the Kakurenomiya or to visit the top of the mountain and the lake. The control room for the cable car is also located here.
Shrine of Dolls
An old shrine located in the middle of the Shirazuno Forest where countless dolls have been placed. This shrine was once renovated, but is once again deserted due to the lack of visitors. There have been numerous sightings of the spirits of children playing, voices coming out of dolls, and a small girl with white hair holding a doll.
A forest on a flatland located near the middle of Mt. Hikami. After Mt. Hikami became known for being haunted and for the large number of suicides, suicidal people continued to sneak into this fenced area. Many of these people went missing, and some say that they were brutally murdered by a criminal living inside the forest.
A relay point built for the Mt. Hikami cable car located in the outskirts of Shirazuno Forest. It is a simple building with no roof, and people coming to pay their respects to the shrine or to take a walk use this station to access the lake without climbing up stairs or steep hills. This is also the junction for bus stops and the Hikami tunnel.
Pool of Purification
Kannagi Falls is on the path to the shrines on Mt. Hikami. There are several waterfalls, and the basin of the Kanna fall and the Misogiga pool were special locations where shrine maidens used to purify themselves. Nowadays, people claim to have seen the corpses of maidens who were murdered here and the pool is known as the Maiden Pool in occult magazines.
A tunnel that was created as a link between lake at the top of the mountain to the path that tourists used to take when Mt. Hikami was being developed as a tourist site. Many people died when the tunnel inside the mountain got flooded during the construction period. The construction work was continued afterwards, but due to the repeated accidents and people going missing, the road is currently closed off.
This is the starting point for the Mt. Hikami cable car which was built for tourists and those paying respect to the shrines around Mt. Hikami. There is a parking lot near the station, and tourists who visit by car will get in the cable car here to head to the top of the mountain. There is a path that provides an easy access to the Mikomori Onsen / Ichiru Inn.
Mikomori Hot Springs
An old spring inn on Mt. Hikami. The wooden inn was buried during the large-scale landslide that affected the entire mountain. Since many people died and the owner of the inn took his own life after losing his family in the landslide, it is said that the inn is haunted.
Mikomori Pond and Bridge
A pond that collects the water that falls from Mt. Hikami. Back when this area was a tourist destination, many people used to walk along the Mikomori Bridge to the path leading to the shrine. It was once made of wood, but it was rebuilt in concrete.
Mt. Hikami cable car
This was built to provide easy access for tourists but is now a deserted railroad. The cable car is rumored to be haunted because it damaged the sacred mountain, cutting into the land. People claim they've seen a doll riding in an empty car and a ghostly crowd of people standing next to it. Some people even visit to attempt to take photos of ghosts.