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Regardless of the season, nothing beats this view of Mount Fuji in the distance. Image: PIXTA/ K@zuTa

For a famous view of Mount Fuji, take a hike up Yamanashi Prefecture’s Arakurayama Sengen Park

By Elizabeth Sok

With one of the most iconic views of Mount Fuji, Arakurayama Sengen Park shouldn’t be missed on trips to Yamanashi Prefecture. For a dash of nature and shrines amidst an incredible backdrop, head to Arakurayama Sengen Park.

Arakurayama Sengen Park was opened in 1959 and covers over four hectares. Located at the base of Mount Arakurayama, this park is famous for its fantastic views of nearby Mount Fuji. At the entrance to the park, you’ll see a large red torii (gate) welcoming you. Next, there are two main paths to take. The longer one winds up the mountain to Chureito Pagoda and the Observation Deck. Taking this way will also bring you past Arakura Fuji Sengen Shrine.

Arakura Fuji Sengen Shrine

These days, many people visit the site to wish for easy childbirth and childrearing. Image: PIXTA/ Sippo

Arakura Fuji Sengen Shrine was originally constructed in 705. In the centuries that followed, several powerful leaders have visited or sent emissaries to the shrine. After Mount Fuji erupted in the early 800s, the emperor sent an envoy to pray at the shrine hoping to stop further eruptions. These days, many people visit the site to wish for easy childbirth and childrearing.

Chureito Pagoda and the Observation Deck

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I can vouch for this. The photo opportunities are superb on a clear day. The flight of just under 400 stairs is slightly terrifying, especially coming down, when there is snow on them. The trip to get there on (when I went) a small, wooden local train of some vintage rattling through mountains, valleys and woods, was an absolute delight. The locals are friendly and helpful. It was out of season and there were hardly any tourists. The foreign tourists were all packed in the Mount Fuji Express.

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Careful, don't let too many gaijin know about it... they might put up a plywood wall.

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