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Arakura Sengen

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Goshuin: Arakura Sengen

Arakura Sengen shrine

Arakura Fuji Sengen is a Shinto shrine located in the city of Fujiyoshida, at the foot of Mount Fuji.

The Chureito Pagoda, also known as the Fujiyoshida Cenotaph Monument, is a five-storied pagoda located in the city of Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture. It is part of the Arakura Sengen Shrine and was built as a peace memorial in 1963. The pagoda, with its 400 steps leading up to the top, offers an unparalleled view of Mount Fuji, especially during the cherry blossom season, making it a favorite spot for photographers and nature enthusiasts alike.

Chureito Pagoda was built in 1963 as a memorial to honor the fallen soldiers of Fujiyoshida during World War II. It was erected as a part of the Arakurayama Sengen Shrine complex, which dates back to the 9th century.

The pagoda follows the traditional architectural style of Japan’s Edo period (1603-1868) and resembles the iconic five-story pagoda of Kyoto’s To-ji Temple. It stands at a height of approximately 13.5 meters (44 feet).

Its five stories represent the five elements of earth, water, fire, wind, and sky, according to Buddhist philosophy. The pagoda’s red color, a common feature in Japanese shrines, adds to its visual appeal and stands out beautifully against the lush greenery and the snow-capped Mount Fuji.


Arakura Sengen is about a 20-minute walk from Shimoyoshida station.


Goshuin is 500 ¥

(This is one of our favourite goshuin! Beautiful stamp of the pagoda, Mount Fuji and the cherry trees).

Opening Hours

The shrine is open every day from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, with the last admission at 3:30 pm.

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