Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine is the oldest shrine around Mt Fuji. Takeda Shingen is worshiped in this shrine. Every April, the Spring festival called ‘Hana Matsuri’ (Flower Festival) is held at Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine, which features many stalls and attractions in the shrine on that day, providing a truly read more
Japanese Shrines Mount Fuji
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.
Shinto Shrines are sometimes located near Japanese Temples, which share some common history.
There are estimated to be 100,000 Shinto Shrines throughout Japan, however some of these are small or miniature shrines, hokora, which are located along pathways or roads. There are some very old Japanese Shrines which were established over 1,200 years ago. Today some of these very old wooden shrines still survive, however many have been destroyed by lightning, fire, earthquakes, storms or war and have been rebuilt over the years. Many of these rebuilt shrine buildings are hundreds of years old.
Gold Bishamonten Shrine on the edge of Lake Kawaguchiko and next to the Kawaguchiko Museum of Art, is one of the Shichifukujin (Seven Lucky Gods) enshrined in Kawaguchiko area in recent times.
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 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.
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