Attraction Shimoyoshida Station Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan Published on: 09-04-2017
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Why Chureito Pagoda is special ?
The Chureito Pagoda (忠霊塔, Chūreitō) is a five storied pagoda on the mountainside overlooking Fujiyoshida City and Mount Fuji off in the distance. The pagoda is part of the Arakura Sengen Shrine and was built as a peace memorial in 1963 nearly 400 steps up the mountain from the shrine's main buildings.
What to explore at Chureito Pagoda?
The location offers spectacular views of Mount Fuji in combination with the pagoda, especially during the cherry blossom season in mid April when there are hundreds of trees in bloom and during the autumn color season which usually takes place in the first half of November. The spot is particularly popular among photographers as it allows for some wonderfully stereotypical shots of Japan.
How to get to Chureito Pagoda?
Arakura Sengen Shrine is a ten minute walk from Shimo-Yoshida Station along the Fujikyu Railway Line (35 minutes, 960 yen from Otsuki or 10 minutes, 300 yen from Kawaguchiko). The pagoda is an additional five minute walk up the hill.
- Great view of Mt. Fuji with red pagoda
- A not-missed place
- Stunning background of Mt. Fuji
- Romantic view over the temple
- Beautiful sakura to see
Shimoyoshida Station Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
Tips for you
From Kawaguchiko station, take a train to Shimoyoshida Station (about 15 mins). Then you can walk to the Arakura Sengen Shrine which take around 10-15 mins. The most painful part is you have to walk up the 400 steps to the pagoda. I recommend to go there early morning so you can see Mt. Fuji clearly. I saw many elderly locals walk/run up and down the hill for exercise!! I went there late May 2013, the weather is a bit cold in the morning. I got great shots of Mt. Fuji from this place as after 9AM it was covered with clouds. http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/ShowUserReviews-g1165976-d1368665-r203307916-Kawaguchi_Sengen_Shrine-Fujikawaguchiko_machi_Minamitsuru_gun_Yamanashi_Prefect.html#