"Touring Fujinomiya" Fujinomiya by taigaa001
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There are four main trails to the summit of Mount Fuji. The most popular among them is Yoshida trail from Yananashi, about 180,000 climbers, and the second most popular trail is Fujinomiya trail about 79,000 climbers, the rest of the trails are far less climbers such as Subashiri(48,000) and Gotemba(less than 10,000) in 2010 season. Fujinomiya trail starts from fifth station(gogome) about 2,400 meters above sea level. One great thing about Fujinomiya trail is you can have a warm up hike to view Hoei craters. As you can see there is limited vegetation at 2,500 m or above area.
July 1 is the opening day of the Mount Fuji climbing. There are ceremonies and rituals to pray for the safety of climbers, prosperity and world peace. The photo is the ritual of opening day held at Murayama Sengen Shrine in Fujinomiya. It is the place the esoteric Buddhism tradition is still kept. Today, the ceremony has been supported by Shogoin Temple in Kyoto, one of the major Shugendo schools in Japan. Local junior high school students join the water ablution ceremony the ritual to purify the body and soul before climbing Mount Fuji. In Muraya area this has been a sort of coming-of-the-age ritual for the young boys.
Opening Day Rituals at Murayama Sengen Shrine will be introduced in details in either Local Customs or Travelogues.
Shiraito Waterfalls has been undergoing construction works so that visitors can safely tour around and get better landscape fit as World Heritage site now waiting approval. Until the construction works get finished the area is closed.
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It's been about thirty years since I climbed Mt. Fuji from Fujinomiya Trail, fifth station, about 2,400 meters in elevation. Modern climbers may hardly believe that before the turnpike leading to such high elevation was developed, the pilgrimage climbers started the long climb from Fujinomiya Sengen Shrine in Fujinomiya. Some modern climbers who prefer shorter trail visit the shrine before climbing praying for the safe climb. Sengen Taisha Shrine in Fujinomiya is the headquarters of all of Sengen Shrines deifying Mt. Fuji as the object of worship. Now the shrine is a part of the properties for World Heritage waiting for approval this summer as Mount Fuji as the source of faith, art and culture.
Fujinomiya is also home to the headquarters of some sects of Nichiren Buddhism such as Kitayama Honmonji Temple and Daisekiji Temple.
Status: A part of both UNESCO World Cultural Heritage: Mount Fuji and Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. National... more travel advice
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