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富士山本宮浅間大社 Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine

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  • Around Gotemba and Fuji
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Around Gotemba and Fuji
1-1 Miyacho, Fujinomiya-shi, Shizuoka 418-0067, Japan
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Opening Hours
[November-February]6:00-19:00, [March, October]5:30-19:30, [April-September]5:00-20:00
Date of post:2016/03/08

Visit the place where the Goddess of Mt. Fuji, Cherry Princess, is enshrined

  • Cherry Blossom Viewing

Mt. Fuji has been a object of worship for a long time.
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha is the head shrine of over 1,300 Sengen shrines across Japan. The goddess of blooming blossom, Knohana-no-sakuyahime is enshrined here. According to the mythology, she is the daughter of the mountain God, Ohyamazumi-no-kami and the wife of the heavenly descended Ninigi-no-Mikoto. She gave birth to three sons and one of them is said to be the grandfather of Japan’s first emperor, Jinmu. She is also believed to be the goddess of Mt. Fuji.

About 500 cherry blossom trees are dedicated to the shrine. Since the goddess of blooming blossom is enshrined, cherry blossom trees are considered sacred here. During the blossom season, the place attracts a lot of visitors enjoying a magnificent view of cherry blossoms with beautiful shrine structures and Mt. Fuji. The blossom season will be from the end of March through the beginning of April. The cherry blossoms can be enjoyed both daytime and at night. The lanterns are set to light up the cherry blossom trees aligned along the promenade until 9:00pm.

"Sakura Matsuri" (the cherry festival) is held annually in this period and some traditional events can be enjoyed too.
If you are interested in Japanese traditional culture, it is a good opportunity to learn about it and discover!

Access to Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha: 10 minutes’ walk from JR Fujinomiya station

Date of post:2015/07/10

May the grace of Mt Fuji's goddess be with you!

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This Shinto shrine in Fujinomiya city, Shizuoka prefecture is the headquarter of the 1,300 sengen shrines all over Japan. The goddess, Konohana-no-sakuyahime, enshrined here has been worshiped as a goddess for fire prevention, safe delivery of babies, fishing and farming. In 2013 it was designated as one of the component parts of the Mt Fuji UNESCO World Heritage Site.

According to the shrine’s tradition, the 12th Emperor Keikoh (AD 110), set up Yamamiya Sengen-jinja shrine in order to pacify the rage of Mt. Fuji, a mountain-deity. This was because frequent eruptions were devastating this area. In 806 a new grand shrine was built in the present site, 6 km south of the original one. Since ancient times, it has been highly honored by the Imperial Court and sponsored by powerful shoguns such as Miyamoto no Yoritomo and Ieyasu TOKUGAWA. In the Edo period (1603-1868), the shrine became the center for Mt. Fuji worship. Many pilgrims visited the shrine in order to pray for a safe climb. When you go out of the small east gate, you will see Wakutama-ike, a spring-fed pond where the pilgrims purified themselves before climbing Mt. Fuji.

In the precincts, Honden and Haiden, the inner shrine and outer shrine are built in the characteristic sengen-zukuri style. The features of this architecture are wide eaves and roofs thatched with bark of white cedar. One more place I hope you will visit is Okumiya, the innermost shrine on the summit of Mt. Fuji which is the final goal of the pilgrimage. The area of Okumiya covers everything above the 8th station of Mt. Fuji. If you climb from the shrine at the base to the one on the summit and come back safely like people in the old days, you will surely receive the blessing of the goddess!

This shrine hold many festivals all year long:
・Setsubun festival Feb.3rd or 4th
  Beans are thrown away to the crowd to ward off evil spirits and pray for good fortunes.
・Yabusame festival March 4th,5th and 6th
  Ancient Horseback Archery is dedicated to the deity and local people parade along the main street on horses.
・The Annual Autumn Festival November 3rd, 4th and 5th
Expressing gratitude for the year’s harvest, local people parade playing Japanese traditional musical instruments on floats.

In front of the shrine you will find an open-air food court where you can enjoy local specialties such as Fujinomiya fried noodles which won the grand prize in the B Class Gourmet contest, and burger made from rainbow trout cultured in the spring groundwater from Mt. Fuji.

Access to Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha shrine
・5 minute walk from JR Fujinomiya station, Gotenba line
・Bus service from JR shinkansen Shinfuji station (50 min)

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