The best tourism spot where you can see Mt. Fuji is here! I went to Chureito Pagoda.
Have you ever wondered what Chureito Pagoda in Arakurayama Sengen Park is? It has become being known by tourists visiting Japan since several years ago. It has a good reputation as a sightseeing spot where the magnificent figure of Mt. Fuji and the Japanese five-storied pagoda can be seen together. It was my first visit this time. If you visit Mt. Fuji, you might think that you would like to go to a place where Mt. Fuji can be seen together with Japanese traditional buildings. You might want to take photos of it too. Chureito Pagoda is the place where makes this wish come true. I finally got a chance to visit there, so I'd like to share my experience with you.
I changed to Fujikyu Railway at Otsuki Station and arrived at Shimoyoshida Station in 45 minutes. It takes about one and half hour from Shinjuku to Otsuki Station, so it was about 2 and half hours in total. It was closer than I expected.
After passing through the ticket gate, there is a waiting room with high ceiling. It was spacious and new, and lots lights coming in. A motif of Mt Fuji used everywhere. The shape of chair, the pictures of the wall are all Mt. Fuji. After passing through the ticket gate, there is a waiting room with high ceiling. It was spacious and new, and lots lights coming in. A motif of Mt Fuji used everywhere. The shape of chair, the pictures of the wall are all Mt. Fuji.
A logo mark of Mt. Fuji at the station exit.
It is said that Mt. Fuji looks even more beautiful in the morning, so I left home as early as possible. 10 am in the morning right now, the snow melted considerably, but the air is cold and pretty chilly.
Walking to Chureito Pagoda starts at the station
Soon after coming out from the station, there is a sightseeing guide to Chureito Pagoda. It says that it is about 20 minutes on foot to get there. I could manage walking though I don't usually exercise. When I arrived at the station, there were Korean and Western people who already visited there. They looked happy by showed pictures which they took at the site each other.
There are signboards all along the way. I didn’t get lost at all. Let's go to the best spot facing Mt. Fuji right now!
A challenge to 398 stone steps aiming for the best view of Mt. Fuji
Let's go up the stairs right now. When I look up, there are the stone steps until far away. Let's put in a spirit in order to see Mt. Fuji from the best spot.
Everyone is climbing slowly while chatting. There are many people walking with their dogs. Are they coming here every day? The temperature is low, but my body is getting warmer as I climb the stone steps.
There is also an upslope next to the stone steps. This upslope continues to the pagoda, and there is a wheelchair user too. I saw two fathers who took their babies. They are lucky being here since babyhood.
398 steps in total, I am near to reaching the top. It is 100 meters in height, but it seems much higher. My feet are shaking, so let's take a rest. When looking back with holding a handrail, a magnificent Mt. Fuji spreading out. Garden lanterns of the shrines at the both sides of Mt. Fuji look nice and give as an accent. My expectation expands. I am nearly arriving the pagoda!
The view of Mt. Fuji from Chureito Pagoda is.....
The tower on the left side is “Chureito Pagoda.” I forgot to take photos of the pagoda alone as I made it there. Brilliant red and white colors on the green roof makes me feel a connection with the shrine.
This is the view I wanted! I have heard that Mt. Fuji looks beautiful in the morning on a sunny day in winter. I was worried about the snow forecast on this day, but it wasn’t necessary. The air was clear, and I was able to take photos of Mt. Fuji lined with Chureito Pagoda as I wished. It is said that the pagoda was originally built 60 years ago to dedicate people who died in the war. I think that a location having magnificent views had been chosen to build the site. And it became a popular sightseeing spot to view Mt. Fuji after all. If you come to Japan, I highly recommend you to come and look this view in person than the photos!
By the way, I found and bought a cute item at Shimoyoshida Station. Do you use a masking tape? I often use it when I write schedules on my calendar as it can be peeled off later. There were three kinds of masking tapes, and I chose the one with Chureito Pagoda and Mt. Fuji.
“Chureito Pagoda (Arakurayama Sengen Park)”
●3353-1 Arakura, Fujiyoshida -shi, Yamanashi Prefecture
●By Train: 20-mimute walk from Fujikyu Railway Shimoyoshida Station
By car: 10 minutes from Kawaguchiko Chuo-do Interchange
※ Parking lot (Arakurayama Sengen Shrine) is available
*The above information was last updated February 10 2018. For further information, please contact the facilities directly.
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