Fuji Sengen-jinja

sights / Religious

Fuji Sengen-jinja information

Location
Fuji Five Lakes , Japan
Address
5558 Kami-Yoshida
Fuji-Yoshida
Telephone
+81 555 22 0221
More information
http://sengenjinja.jp/index.html
Opening hours
grounds 24hr; staffed 9am-5pm
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A necessary preliminary to the Mt Fuji ascent was a visit to this deeply wooded, atmospheric temple, built in 1615 but thought to have been the site of a shrine as early as 788. It's worth a visit for its 1000-year-old cedar; its main gate, which is rebuilt every 60 years (slightly larger each time); and its two 1-tonne mikoshi (portable shrines) used in the annual Yoshida no Himatsuri (Yoshida Fire Festival). From Fujisan Station it's a 15-minute walk, or take a bus to Sengen-jinja-mae (¥150, five minutes).