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御師住宅(旧外川家住宅) Oshi residence

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  • Around Fujigoko
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  • ClosedTuesday (Open if it is a public holiday, closed on Wednesday instead), Year-End and New Year Holidays

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Around Fujigoko
3-14-8, Kamiyoshida, Fujiyoshida-shi, Yamanashi, 403-0005, Japan
  • Other Historical Buildings
Opening Hours
9:30-17:00 (Last admission 16:30)
Tuesday (Open if it is a public holiday, closed on Wednesday instead), Year-End and New Year Holidays
Date of post:2015/07/14

A Restored Pilgrim’s Inn

  • Historical Building

People in the past prayed and worshiped Mt. Fuji as a holy mountain, as they had a faith that deities resided there.

Fujiyoshida was once crowded as an entrance town to welcome a lot of pilgrims who climbed to the summit of Mt. Fuji.
Oshi is a title of those who take care of the climbers to provide them a place to stay, meals and to help them prepare for their journey. Oshi also used to carry out prayers for people and played a missionary work to spread Mt. Fuji's faith.

The Togawa Oshi house and the Osano Oshi house are designated as a component of Mt Fuji's UNESCO World Heritage.

I visited the Togawa house, built in 1768 and the oldest among this kind of inns. This house was renewed and is now open to the public as a part of the Fujiyoshida Municipal Fujisan Museum now, after having finished its actual use in early 1960s. Just inside the entrance gate, there is a waterway, where pilgrims used to purify themselves. We are required to take off our shoes before entering the house. In this house, Gyoi, the religious white apparel worn during the journey to the mountain, old furniture, tableware, and other goods that were used by the pilgrims and Oshi are displayed. With these exhibits, you can imagine how people prepared elaborately to overcome their harsh journey. This site reminds us of the minds of the people in ancient times who aspired to climb Mt. Fuji in order to get closer to the deities and heaven.

Opening hours: 9:30-17:00
Closed: Tuesdays (unless it is a holiday, in which case the following day will be closed)
December 28- January 3
Price: ¥100 (JPY / Adult), ¥50 (JPY / Children)
General admission is 100 yen, students (until high school) is 50 yen.

Date of post:2015/07/14

Pilgrims’ gateway to Mt. Fuji

  • Historical Building

Oshi lodging house was where pilgrims stayed before and after they climbed Mt. Fuji. Pilgrimage to Mt. Fuji was popular in the 18th and 19th century. Unlike today, it was a very long journey for pilgrims mainly from Edo (ancient name of Tokyo) and its vicinity.

Oshi refers to those in between gods of the mountain and pilgrims. They are certified Shinto priests. They did rituals for pilgrims and also took care of pilgrims by accommodating them in their residence and making the necessary arrangements for the climb.

The former Togawa residence was one of these Oshi lodging houses and now it is open to tourists to see inside and learn about a history of pilgrimage. It is one of the 25 properties consisting of the Fujisan World Cultural Heritage site. There is a number of interesting displays relating to the culture of pilgrimage inside. Unfortunately, there is hardly any explanation in English but they provide English pamphlets for you to have basic information. The entrance is 100 yen and it is closed on Tuesday. It takes about 5 minutes on foot from Fujisan station on the Fujikyu railway.

The pilgrimage declined due to World WarⅡand the construction of toll roads to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji. However, there are pilgrims still today and two oshi lodging houses are in operation accommodating both pilgrims and tourists.

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