Japan Diaries Day 20 – Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine


On Christmas Eve it was Day 2 of our Fuji-kawaguchiko trip and my fiance and I had already watched the sunrise over Mt. Fuji and visited Arakurayama Sengen Park. Now it was time to visit the Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine 富士吉田浅間神社 before returning to Tokyo!



On the second and last day of our Yamanashi Prefecture 山梨県 trip, my fiance and I woke up early to view the sunrise over Mt. Fuji and visited Arakurayama Sengen Shrine and Park. Our next stop was a very famous shrine that I hadn’t visited for years.

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine/北口本宮冨士浅間神社

The Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine 北口本宮冨士浅間神社, known as the Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine for short, is located in Fuji-kawaguchiko 富士河口湖町, near the base of Mt. Fuji 富士山. This was the traditional starting point for pilgrimages up the mountain from the north side. Today, however, most people take a bus to the Fuji 5th Station, further up the mountain, to start their climb. Directly across the mountain on the other slope is the Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha 富士山本宮浅間大社 in Fujinomiya 富士宮市 in Shizuoka Prefecture 静岡県.

This shrine is a Japanese power spot (well, all of Mt. Fuji is technically a power spot), and so as you can imagine you can sense the energy here. I’m not one for hocus-pocus type of beliefs, but if you visit this shrine it is hard to deny that there is something there in the dense forested sanctuary. A power spot is a place that has spiritual energy (usually associated with Shintoism), and where you can receive an energy recharge that heals or refreshes. These are places where you just feel good when you enter. Continue reading