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河口浅間神社 Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine

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  • Around Fujigoko
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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 the 25 parts of the UNESCO World Heritage Mt Fuji, a sacred place and a 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 the ancient times. In 864, the mountain erupted so horribly that it changed the terrain around it. In those days, people believed that deities resided on Mt. Fuji and that the eruption was because of them. So, this shrine was founded to ease the anger of the deities and a 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 this shrine in May. Cedar trees, planted around 800 years ago, are standing solemnly between both sides of the stone pavement. After making a wish that the mountain wouldn't get angry, 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 a 30m perimeter trunk. It stands gravely in the forest, and I hope you can see it during your visit.

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

Date of post:2015/07/14

Be healed by Mother Nature

  • Nature Walks

Kawaguchi Asama shrine is located on the 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 around. The shrine was built in the wish to appease the anger of the Goddess of Mt. Fuji as people believed that volcanic eruptions and other natural disasters were triggered by the fury of the gods.

The 7 huge Japanese cedar trees alone are worth a visit to this shrine. They are believed to be about 1200 years old. The biggest one is 47m tall and 30m in its root circumference. The shrine boasts other big trees of 800 years old.

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 waterfall is not large but its beauty is beyond description. It freezes in winter. In modern centuries, some of those who made pilgrimages to Mt. Fuji also visited here and did purification rituals. Both Kawaguchi Asama shrine and Maternal White falls are considered to be filled with good spiritual energy. The places are calm and peaceful surrounded by Mother Nature.

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