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Kitaguchi Hongu Fujisengen Shrine
Kitaguchi Hongu Fujisengen Shrine, which is located at the entrance of the northern trail going up Mt. Fuji, is said to have a history of 1,900 years and is a registered world heritage site as part of Mt. Fuji. Within its premises, there are cedar trees as old as a thousand years, an 18-meter-tall giant tori and the main hall, which is registered as an important cultural heritage. "Goddess of beauty - Konohanano Sakuyahime" (princess of blossoming tree flower) is worshiped here and therefore, the spot is known as a power spot for ladies praying for romantic fulfillment.
- 5558 Kamiyoshida, Fujiyoshida-shi, Yamanashi
- Contact No.
- 20-min walk from Fujisan Station on Fuji Express Take Fujikyu Bus towards Yamanaka-ko for 5 min and get off at "Sengen Jinja"
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Open all year round
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 30 minutes
- Admission fee
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At 18 meters, it is said to be the largest wooden tori in Japan. Since the late Edo period, this tori has received a major renovation every 60 years, with the last one being in 2014. The vivid red shines bright from the refreshed paint.
Impressive Main Hall
The impressive main hall was built in 1615. It is registered as an important cultural heritage as a great architectural structure of over 400 years ago. Many temple visitors have come to see this main hall since the Edo period to the present day.
Over 1,000-year-old Sacred Tree
There were originally four sacred trees here, of which only three remain. The Fujitaro cedar tree on the left facing the main hall is the no.1 sacred tree and is said to be around 1,000 years old. The perimeter of its trunk is 8.2 meters, around its roots 21.0 meters and its height is 30 meters. Its powerful existence is quite something.
Yoshida Fire Festival
The Yoshida Fire Festival is held every year on August 26 and 27 at Kitaguchi Hongu Fujisengen Shrine and its auxiliary shrine Suwa Shrine. This festival is also nicknamed Chinkasai (fire-extinguishing) and is selected as one of "Japan's top three strange festivals." Torches are lit up on the night of August 26 and create a fascinating view of the rising fire.