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Arakurayama Sengen Shrine
Arakurayama Sengen Shrine
Arakurayama Sengen Shrine
Arakurayama Sengen Shrine
Arakurayama Sengen Shrine
fujiyoshida onshi park
Kitaguchi-Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine
Kitaguchi-Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine
Yoshida's Fire Festival



Arakurayama Sengen Park(新倉山浅間公園)

Arakurayama Sengen Park is siting on half way up Mt. Arakura in Fujiyoshida city of Yamanashi Prefecture, and it gives you a perfect panoramic view of Mt. Fuji and the city of Fujiyoshida. There is a shrine called "Arakura Fuji Sengen Shrine" in the park and the famous five storied pagoda is a part of the shrine.  The pagoda was built in 1963 as a memorial to peace. To reach it, you must climb 398 steps and it is very breath losing job. But the elevated position gives you the spectacular views. The best season to visit there is in Spring when you can see a lot of cherry trees blooming. The view of Mt. Fuji together with cherry blossoms and the Pagoda is so popular and the place is filled with many photographers in the season.

2018 Mt. Fuji & Cherry Blossoms At Arakurayama Sengen Park

Kitaguchi-Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine(北口本宮富士浅間神社)

Kitaguchi-Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine is located at the end of Fujiyoshida city center in south-west direction. It has a history of 1900 years. When Yamato Takeru-no-mikoto, the ancient Japanese emperor, went on an expedition east, he worshipped the divine spirit of Mt. Fuji from this location, declaring, ""Worship the mountain spirit of Mt. Fuji from the north!"" Then, a small shrine for Mt. Fuji was constructed here. 
The goddess of Mt. Fuji, Konohana-sakuya-hime-no-mikoto, Hikoho-no-ninigi-no-mikoto, and Ooyamazumi-no-kami are worshipped here. 
This shrine garnered religious attention as a site for worshipping Mt. Fuji from afar for quite some time. In the Edo Period, as the Fuji-ko (Mt. Fuji religion) spread, people would begin their mountain pilgrimage here, so it flourished as the starting point of the Mt. Fuji climbing road, called Yoshida Ascending Route. The shrine grounds, built in the beginning of the 17th century with Fuji-ko’s contributions, are magnificent, and you can feel that the shrine is the center of the Mt. Fuji religion.The shrine is a Mt. Fuji World Cultural Heritage Site Asset. The main shrine, east shrine, and west shrine are national culturally important assets.

2017 Kitaguchi Hong Fuji Sengen Shrine

Fire Festival At Fujiyoshida(富士吉田の火祭り)

Yoshida's Fire Festival is a festival held in the Kamiyoshida district of Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture, which is one of Japan's three peculiar festivals. This is an annual festival held by both Shrines, Kitaguchi-Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine and Suwa Shrine, which takes place over two days, "Fire Festival" on August 26th and "Susuki Festival" on August 27th. As the name of the fire festival, in the roadside of Honmachi street about 1 km from Kana Torii in the Kamiyoshida district to Kitaguchi-Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine, 70 to 80 huge torches of about 3 m in height are burned and many torches piled up in squarer made by each house are also burned. When these torches get burned in the evening, torches at the mountain lodge along the Yoshida Ascending Route of Mt. Fuji  also get burned one after another at the same timing. The town at the foothills of the Mt. Fuji and the mountain itself are unified together and  spread the fire festival and the town of Kamiyoshida turns into a sea of ​​fire and be crowded by many people  till late night.

2017 Fire Festival At Fujiyoshida
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