## A shrine built to placate an angry mountain god
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha is located close to Mt. Omuro. The grand shrine's origins stretch back to the time of the nation's 11th emperor, Suijin, who enshrined the god Asama-no-ohkami at the mountain's foot to seek spiritual protection from volcanic eruptions, which were frequent enough that people believed Mt. Fuji, considered the embodiment of a god, was angry with them.
The shrine is accessible by train or sightseeing bus.
You can walk to the shrine in about 15 minutes from Fujinomiya Station on JR Central's Minobu Line. In addition, “Miya” sightseeing buses run between Fujinomiya Station and the shrine once every one to two hours.
Earthquakes devastated much of the shrine over the years. The structures that remain were built in the 1600s by shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, and the Tokugawa clan kept up its patronage of Fujisan Hongu for several generations afterward. The shrine has been a symbol of the region and the head shrine of more than 1300 Sengen shrines in Japan for over 11 centuries.
Mt. Fuji was the focus of worship for centuries, and that reverence remains strong. Fujisan Hongu once served as a departure point for people making the pilgrimage up Mt. Fuji.
Fujisan Hongu hosts more than 150 festivals each year, so your chances of coming across one during your visit are high. Particularly popular festivals include Setsubun in February, a yabusame mounted horseback archery festival in early May, a ceremony to open the climbing season in July, and a massive three-day celebration in November. This beloved local tradition offers finery, floats, music, and dancing.