The Chureito pagoda was once the book cover of one of the editions of the Lonely Planet travel guide. So I thought it would be nice to visit this place. However, I stayed in the town of Fuji south of the mountain of the same name and had to go north, the region of the 5 lakes. It took 2 hours by train and bus, but it was worth it. I can recommend it to everyone to stay at least one night in this region.
On my way to Arakura Sengen Schrine
It is possible to climb Mount Fuji from the north. There is also a possibility to go to an amusement park called Fuji-Q Highland. Otherwise you can relax at one of the 5 lakes. After my walk around the lake Kawaguchiko I went to Arakura Sengen Schrijn. Arakura is the name of the mountain it faces and it includes a large blossom park. Especially in spring this makes for nice pictures.
Just like Fujisan Sengen Schrijn this temple was built (in 705 AD) in honour of the Konohanasakuya-hime, goddess of Mount Fuji. Although the temple is not very special in my opinion, the Chureito Pagoda is. To get there we go up 400 steps.
Origin of the Chureito pagoda
The Chureito pagoda was built in 1963. In 1958 a committee suggested to place a memorial on this beautiful spot in memory of all 960 victims from Fuji-Yoshida who died during the various wars after 1868. The pagoda consists of 5 floors and is almost 12 meters high. During the climb up you have to watch out for bears and snakes, but also don’t forget the monkeys. Luckily I only met people.
A beautiful view of Mount Fuji…
And then I go looking for that one view that a lot of people have put on the sensitive record. It is now 16 hours and very cloudy. In total I wait 1.5 hours, especially to enjoy the view. But I also hope that the clouds around the top of Mount Fuji disappear.
But unfortunately, the opposite turns out to be true… it starts to rain now. I take some pictures of the surroundings and the city of Fuji-Yoshida and decide to return to the station. But a beautiful view, even without Fuji it is certain!
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How do I get there?
The easiest way to get to the Chureito pagoda is by train. From Shimo-Yoshida station of the Fujikyu Railway Line it is a 10 minute walk to the entrance of Arakura Sengen Schrijn. From Kawaguchiko bus station it is a 15-minute drive to the entrance of the Schrijn. Admission to the temple is free.
Would you like to read more about Mount Fuji?
- Mount Fuji: Top 5 attractions, accommodation and transportation
- Fujisan Sengen Shrine | Beginning of the pilgrimage to Mount Fuji
And did you think this was the most beautiful view of Mount Fuji or did you also have a very cloudy day? Feel free to leave a message below.