All Japanese Shrines

Japanese Shrines are sacred buildings of the Shinto religion, an indigenous religion to Japan. The primary objective of a Shinto Shrine is to store and protect sacred objects, kami. These objects are said to be enshrined. Most Shinto Shrines feature a honden, the primary building where the sacred objects, kami are stored. An exception to this is where the sacred object is a mountain or similarly large object. Some shrines contain halls for worship, known as haiden.

  • Fuji Sengen Shrine

    Fuji Sengen Shrine, formerly known as Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja, is a Shinto Shrine dedicated to Mt Fuji, and historically the starting point for pilgrims climbing Mt Fuji. The main structure of Fuji Sengen Shrine was originally built in 788 and underwent reconstruction in the 17th century. The Fuji Read more [...]

  • Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine

    Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine was bulit in 865 to enshrine the Konohana Sakuyahime goddess. Today the shrine is famous for the Chingono mai (the children dance) during the Magomi matsuri festival (April 25th). Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine is near Kawaguchiko.

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    Arakura Sengen Shrine

    Arakura Sengen Shrine includes the iconic Chureito Pagoda, which features in so many photographs with cherry blossom and Mt Fuji in the background. The Chureito Pagoda is a five story pagoda with bright crimson features that look outstanding against the white of the cherry blossom and the white of the Read more [...]