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Kitaguchihongu Fuji Sengenjinja Shrine

"Tastes of JAPAN by ANA" is a regional vitalization project that collaborates with the different prefectures in Japan to present the Land of the Rising Sun in all of its diverse glory.

Kitaguchihongu Fuji Sengenjinja Shrine, located at the entrance of the World Cultural Heritage Mount Fuji

Japan’s highest and most beautiful mountain, Mount Fuji has been considered from ancient times a sacred mountain and a dwelling place for deities and portrayed in many artworks such as ukiyo-e woodblock paintings. Kitaguchihongu Fuji Sengenjinja Shrine, which is at the starting point of the trail of Mount Fuji, is a constituent of the World Cultural Heritage site. The shrine is also known as a place of worship for Mount Fuji Fujiko worshippers and includes many important cultural properties such as the worship hall and main shrine on the premises. At its entrance, Japan’s largest wooden torii gate welcomes visitors.

The entrance of the climbing trail of Mount Fuji

Kitaguchihongu Fuji Sengenjinja Shrine is the starting point of the climbing trail of Mount Fuji. On June 30, the day before the start of the mountain’s climbing season, a ritual is held in the shrine precinct. In this ceremony called “omichibiraki,” or the opening of the way, the sacred rope that is stretched on the torii gate at the entrance of the mountain trail is cut to signal the arrival of the summer climbing season. The cutting of the rope is quite an exciting scene, and Mount Fuji Fujiko worshippers gather for the event as well. The strong relationship between Mount Fuji and Kitaguchihongu Fuji Sengenjinja Shrine is evident in this annual ritual.

Yoshida Fire Festival

The Yoshida Fire Festival is held annually on August 26 and 27 to close off Mount Fuji until the next year. The festival ceremony starts in the afternoon of the 26th at Kitaguchihongu Fuji Sengenjinja Shrine, and at night, large torches are lit all around the town. The festival is designated as the country’s Important Intangible Folk Culture Asset and considered one of the top three unusual festivals of Japan. With the end of the festival on the 27th, the short summer of Mount Fuji also ends, and fall arrives at the foot of the sacred mountain.

Location

Name Kitaguchihongu Fuji Sengenjinja Shrine
Web Sites https://sengenjinja.jp/english/
Address 5558 Kamiyoshida, Fujiyoshida-shi, Yamanashi
Access Approximately 20 minutes' walk from Mount Fuji Station on the Fujikyu Railway
From Mount Fuji Station, take the bus to Sengenjinja bus stop
Approximately 10 minutes' drive from Kawaguchiko IC on the Chuo Expressway
Approximately 10 minutes' drive from Fujiyoshida IC on the Higashifuji-goko Road
Business Hours Shrine grounds: Open all year round
Inquiries TEL: 0555-22-0221

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