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Things to see in Fujiyoshida
This iconic five-storied pagoda has been the subject of countless photographs throughout the years and understandably so. The image of this crimson structure floating atop a sea of cherry blossoms with Mt. Fuji as its majestic backdrop is quintessentially Japanese and has accordinly been used as a symnbolic image of Japan in everything from blogs to major advertisement campaigns both domestic and international. The unknown story of this pagoda, however, is that it is also a meaningful monument of peace.
The Fujiyoshida Cenotaph Monument, also known as the Chureito Pagoda, was built by the mayor of Fujiyoshida and the Fujiyoshida Cenotaph Monument Construction Committee on August 12th, 1958 as a memorial for the roughly 960 citizens from Fujiyoshida who died in all of the wars which occurred after 1868 (the First Sino-Japanese War, the Russo-Japanese War, World War I, and World War II). Funds for its construction were obtained by the sale of the plot to the Onshirin Regional Public Association and by private donations from citizens.
The pagoda remains a meaningful monument for the city and has become an increasingly popular destination for tourists in the Fuji Five Lakes Area to capture this iconic image of Mt. Fuji
CHUREITO PAGODA | 忠霊塔
3353-1 Arakura, Fujiyoshida-shi, Yamanashi-ken 403-0011, Japan
KITAGUCHI HONGU FUJI SENGEN SHRINE
An ancient Shinto shrine resting beneath large pines in the Suwa Forest, (Kitaguchi Hongu) Fuji Sengen Shrine served as a focal point of Mt. Fuji worship during the Edo Period. The main shrine, two subordinate shrines, and the massive cedars standing high above the complex were inscribed alongside Mt. Fuji as component UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites in June of 2013. This historic setting marks the beginning of the Yoshida Trail, where pilgrims would pray before their religious pilgrammage up to Mt. Fuji's summit.
Mt Fuji's main deity, Konohanasakuyanohime, is thought to be enshrined here alongside her husband and father. The shrine is host to many events throughout the year, serving as the area's main place of worship. Its biggest event is the Yoshida Fire Festival, but is also used for New Year's Hatsumode events, 7-5-3 Ceremonies, a large Children's Day Event, many weddings, an annual torchlight Noh performance, the opening ceremony to kick off the Mt. Fuji Climbing Season, and others.
The large wooden torii gate of Sengen Shrine is over 18 meters in height. It is one of the largest wooden gates in Japan and according to tradition is rebuilt slightly larger every six decades. Near the top of the torii is a sign board which reads "Sangoko Daiichizan," meaning the highest mountain among the three countries [China, India, and Japan].
The Goshinboku, or Sacred Trees, are a particulary fascinating element of the shrine compound. Three of the original sacred trees remain, and measure diameter. These trees are said to be over 1000 years old.
KITAGUCHI HONGU FUJI SENGEN SHRINE | 北口本宮冨士浅間神社
5558 Kamiyoshida, Fujiyoshida-shi, Yamanashi-ken 403-0005, Japan
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Fujiyoshida Office of International Affairs
Address：1842 Shimoyoshida Fujiyoshida-shi Ymanashi