Visit a serene shrine and one of Japan’s most stunningly natural seaside settings, both lying in the shadow of majestic Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain.
Settle in for a drive into the beautiful countryside that lies in the foothills of Mount Fuji. Japan’s national symbol and one of its most extraordinary settings, Mount Fuji has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a sacred place and source of artistic inspiration.
Prior to ascending Mount Fuji, climbers often pray at Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, which you’ll visit. The shrine has been considered a guardian deity that prevents natural disasters and ensures easy childbirth. More than 500 cherry trees grace the surrounding grounds. Inside, there is a pond fed by melting snow and ice from Mount Fuji. The pond has been designated a Special Natural Monument and attracts pilgrims that come to purify themselves in the clear water.
Mount Fuji reigns as the dominant feature throughout this area, as you will discover at the seaside pine grove Miho no Matsubara. With snow-capped Mount Fuji looming in the background, more than 50,000 pine trees in the foreground, it offers one of the most stunning views in Japan and has inspired artists for centuries.
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Note: There will be sand, concrete and gravel paths, as well as a significant number of steps to negotiate. Views of Mt. Fuji are weather dependent.