Megijima is seen in the background
Megijima is the scene of a Japanese folk tale about a boy named Momotaro. He, along with a dog, monkey and pheasant, rid the island of the Oni which lived in a cave. Many people believe this to be the site of that story and refer to the island as Onigashima. Oni literally translates into demon, but I have seen translations of the story that call them ogres.
After about 45 minutes or so, we reached the top and got an up close look at the statue.
The next thing we wanted to do was reach the peak you see here. This is where there is the Oni cave and an observation deck.
Another 45 minutes or so later, and we reached the Oni cave.
We continued on to the observation deck. From here, with the help of a 250 mm telephoto lens, we could see the full statue of Nichiren.
We also got a nice view of Takamatsu...
We then headed down the mountain. It took about 1 1/2 hours up, and about 7 minutes to get down, and two pairs of brake pads.
We made the loop around the island and back to the port. It was time to say goodbye to this sleepy fishing village, and head off to our next adventure... Ogijima...