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河口浅間神社 Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine

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1 Kawaguchi, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi 401-0304, Japan
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Date of post:2015/07/14

Shrine to Remember the History of Mt. Fuji and Human beings

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This shrine is one component of 25 parts of the UNESCO's World Heritage Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration.

Mt. Fuji shows us its majestic and beautiful form, but at the same time, this active volcano has erupted repeatedly. So, the Japanese have feared and revered it from ancient time. In 864, the mountain erupted so horribly as to change the terrain around it. In those days, people believed that the deities resided on Mt. Fuji and the eruption was because of them. So, this shrine was founded to ease the anger of the deities and special dance has been performed regularly until today by girls of age from 7 to 12 to show gratitude for stopping the eruption.

I visited there in May. In a breeze in spring, I walked through the approach to the shrine. Cedar trees, planted around 800 years ago, are standing solemnly between the both sides of the stone pavement. After making a wish that the mountain won’t be angry so soon, I strolled around the shrine. In the precinct of this shrine, there are seven huge Japanese cedar trees. All of them are more than 1,000 years old and their heights exceed 40m. The thickest one has its trunk of 30m perimeter. It stands gravely in the forest, and I hope you never miss it when you visit the shrine.

It is a good place to imagine the history between human beings and Mt. Fuji while enjoying forest bathing.

Date of post:2015/07/14

Be healed by Mother Nature

  • Nature Walks

Kawaguchi Asama Shrine is located north side of Lake Kawaguchi and is accessible by Mt. Fuji World Heritage Loop Bus. The shrine was built in the 9th century by the emperor’s order. In 864, Mt. Fuji erupted and caused serious damages to people’s life. The shrine was built in wish to appease angers of the Goddess of Mt. Fuji as people believed that volcanic eruptions and other natural disasters were triggered by furies of Gods.

The main feature of this shrine is the 7 huge Japanese cedar trees which are believed to be about 1200years old. The biggest one is 47m tall and 30m in its root circumference. The shrine boasts other big trees of 800years old.

Haha no Shirataki or Maternal White Falls is a waterfall located about half an hour walk from Kawaguchi Asama Shrine. On clear days, you have a wonderful view of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi on the way. The falls is not large but its beauty is beyond description. It freezes in winter. In near modern centuries, some of those who made pilgrimage to Mt. Fuji also visited here and did purification rituals. Both Kawaguchi Asama Shrine and Haha no Shirataki are considered to be filled with good spiritual energy. The places are calm and peaceful surrounded by Mother Nature.

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