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新倉富士浅間神社 Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

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3353 Arakura, Fujiyoshida-shi, Yamanashi 403-0011, Japan
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Date of post:2016/03/08

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This is a very popular view point of Mt. Fuji, particularly with international tourists for its view of Mt. Fuji together with cherry blossoms and the five-story pagoda.

In mid-April, people flock to this place to take a picture of this perfect combination representing the image of Japan. The photos taken here have been used for a cover of some travelling guides or a front page of several travelling information websites about Japan.

Cherry blossoms here are the most common type called ‘Someiyoshino’.

The park is located at the halfway up the small mountain called Mt. Arakura. From the parking, first you pass a shrine and then you have to climb nearly 400 steps to have a splendid view of Mt. Fuji with the pagoda. The pagoda is known as ‘Chureito’ and it is dedicated to the war victims originally from this region. The shrine at the bottom enshrines the Goddess of Mt. Fuji called ‘Konohanasakuyahime’, which means a beautiful princess like cherry blossoms. According to the legend, she was indeed a very beautiful Goddess. If you like hiking, there is a circuit trail stretches from the view point, passing the top of Mt. Arakura and water falls back to the parking.

To get to Arakurayama Sengen Park by public transportation, take Fujikyu railway either from Otsuki station or Kawaguchiko station and get off at Shimoyoshida station. It is about 15 minutes’ walk to the parking area. The best time to visit the view point is morning hours. The pagoda will be backlighted in the afternoon.

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Date of post:2015/07/14

Symbolic Image of Japan, Mt. Fuji with Five-story Pagoda

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This park is located to the north of Mt. Fuji and provides beautiful combination between the mountain and a five-story pagoda. Here is a wonderful photo shooting point by the contrast of red of the pagoda with blue and white backdrop of sky and Mt. Fuji.

It was not the perfect day when I visited there, Mt. Fuji was a bit hazy faraway, but still gave me a splendid image.

This park was selected as the ninth best among the twenty-one locations in the world for photographers to visit once in lifetime. Kyoto is only other Japan’s spot for the selection.

The park is well known for the people in some foreign countries, such that the picture from here is used in school textbooks, but for the Japanese, it’s not so popular spot as of today. One reason could be the pagoda is not so historical for it was built after the Second World War as a memorial monument for the war dead. This is good for visitors, because most of the time, it is less crowded.

Pink cherry blossoms in spring, yellow and red leaves in autumn or white snow in winter makes the view more colorful and vivid.

At the entrance of this park, there is the historical Arakura Fuji Sengen Shrine founded in 705. I recommend you to drop by the shrine after visiting the park. If you are fortunate, you can have a special view of Mt. Fuji under the torii, symbolic gate for Shinto shrine.

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Date of post:2015/07/14

Fantastic view of Mt. Fuji and cherry blossom

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Arakura Sengen Park is one of my favorite viewing points of Mt. Fuji. It is most popular during cherry blossom season. There is a five-story pagoda here, so visitors can take pictures of Mt. Fuji, five-story pagoda and cherry blossom together, a typical image of Japan. Because of narrow streets to access here, tour buses rarely come. The place does not get crowded apart from the cherry blossom season.

The good news for individual tourists is that the place is accessible by train. It is about 15 minutes’ walk from Shimoyoshida station of Fujikyu railway to the base of the park. From here, you have to climb nearly 400steps to get a panoramic view of Mt. Fuji.

Inside the park, you will find Arakura Sengen Shrine. This is one of many Sengen Shrines existing in Japan, which enshrine the Goddess of Mt. Fuji. The five story pagoda, also known as Chureito, is dedicated to war victims who were brought up in this area.

There is a local Udon noodle shop near the park. The udon noodle in this area is known as Yoshida-no-udon or udon of Yoshida and characterized by its chewy texture, spicy condiment and low price. It is also interesting to stroll around Shimoyoshida station as the area still possesses an atmosphere of Japan 50 years ago.

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