Arakurayama Sengen Park 新倉山浅間公園
A vividly hued park with an unbeatable view of Mt. Fuji
Arakura Fuji Sengen-jinja Shrine and its pagoda sit proudly in beautiful Arakurayama Sengen Park. The pagoda is perfectly positioned for spectacular views of distant Mt. Fuji and if you visit during the cherry blossom season you can fit three Japanese icons all into one shot.
- The cherry blossoms, which hit full bloom in mid-April
- November, when the leaves turn and complement the pagoda's red
How to Get There
Get off at Shimoyoshida Station on the Fujikyuko Line.
There are several routes you can take if traveling from the Tokyo area, but all require a few changes. Perhaps the simplest way is to head for Takao Station in the far west of Tokyo and take the 40-minute Chuo Line train to Otsuki. From there, ride the Fujikyuko Line. You can reach Arakura Sengen Shrine in 10 minutes on foot. The pagoda is a further five-minute climb up the hill.
A recent memorial to peace
The pagoda was added to Arakura Fuji Sengen-jinja Shrine in 1963 as a memorial to peace. To reach it, you must climb 398 steps, but the elevated position gives you great views of the surrounding area. On a clear day, Mt. Fuji looms large on the horizon.
If you're looking for a bit of a challenge, try to match the area school students who reportedly run up these steps in two minutes.