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Discover Mt. Fuji & Gourmet Foods! 富士吉田FUJIYOSHIDA

Spring: Arakurayama Sengen Park (Chureito Pagoda) Summer: Nashigahara Autumn: Arakurayama Sengen Park (Chureito Pagoda) Winter: Nohson Park Night View: Around FUJIMIKOUTOKU PARK

Fujiyoshida City is located at the foot on the north side of Mt. Fuji in Yamanashi Prefecture. The beautifully towering Mt. Fuji can be seen on a grand scale wherever you are in the city. There are many fascinating tourist attractions in Fujiyoshida City where people look at Mt. Fuji, live together with Mt. Fuji and are protected by Mt. Fuji.
In addition, there are foods we are sure you will enjoy in Fujiyoshida City. These include the local cuisine “Yoshida udon” that has been loved by locals since olden times. There are many specialty restaurants in the city. These restaurants are all pursuing their own unique taste.

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Mt. Fuji is this close! Chosen by local residents… Ten Mt. Fuji Attractions

  • Arakurayama Sengen Park
  • Mt. Fuji Radar Dome
  • Fuji-Q Highland
  • Fujisan Museum
  • Shiraito-no-Taki Waterfall
  • Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji  Sengen Jinjya Shrine
  • Mt. Shakushi
  • Yoshidaguchi Climbing Trail
  • The town of Oshi houses
  • Shimoyoshida

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  • Arakurayama Sengen Park (Chureito Pagoda)

    This is one of the "100 Best Views of Mt. Fuji in Kanto." This is a park with a great view of Mt. Fuji and an abundance of views overlooking Fujiyoshida City. Approximately 650 Somei-yoshino cherry trees have been planted here. The view of Mt. Fuji, the chureito (a monument to the faithful who have died in battle) and the cherry trees truly let you experience an original landscape of Japan.
    4/9 (Sat) - 4/17 (Sun) The Cherry Blossom Festival!
    These 9 days are your chance this year to encounter truly amazing, Japanese scenery.

    Address:
    3353-1 Arakura, Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture
    Access:
    Fujikyuko Shimoyoshida Station → 20 minutes on foot
    Time Required for a Taxi from Mt.Fuji Station / Cost:
    10 minutes / About 1,200 yen
  • Mt. Fuji Radar Dome

    This is a radar that was active for weather observations during a 35-year period on the summit of Mt. Fuji. It has now completed this role and has currently been reborn as a hands-on experience learning facility. It is possible to learn about the history and mechanisms of the Mt. Fuji laser with the cold experience corner and models/dioramas in the dome.

    Address:
    1936-1 Araya, Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture
    Access:
    Fujikyuko Mt.Fuji Station → Take a Fujiyoshida, Oshino Hakkai or Lake Yamanaka Tour Bus and get off at "Fujisan Radar Dome-mae" → Short walk
    Time Required for a Taxi from Mt.Fuji Station / Cost:
    15 minutes / About 1,500 yen
    Fee:
    Adult: 610 yen (480 yen for groups)
    Elementary to high school students: 410 yen (320 yen for groups)
    Opening Hours:
    09:00 to 17:00(Admission until 16:30)
    Regular Closing Day:
    Tuesdays (The next day if this is a public holiday; no days off in July and August)
  • Fuji-Q Highland

    This is one of Japan's leading amusement parks with a great many attractions, including the "Takabisha" that lets you experience the unknown fear of a maximum drop angle of 121 degrees. This spot can be enjoyed by people of all ages because there are also many family-friendly facilities such as La Ville de Gaspard et Lisa and Thomas Land.

    Address:
    5-6-1 Shin-Nishihara, Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture
    Access:
    Fujikyuko Fujikyu Highland Station → Short walk
    Time Required for a Taxi from Mt.Fuji Station / Cost:
    10 minutes / About 800 yen
    Fee:
    Admission: 1,400 yen (Free pass: 5,200 yen)
    Opening Hours:
    09:00 to 17:00(Shortened hours in winter; contact required)
    Regular Closing Day:
    Irregular; contact required
  • Fujisan Museum

    "Why are people fascinated by Mt. Fuji?" "Why did Mt. Fuji become a mountain of faith?" Everyone can learn with ease and fun about Mt. Fuji - loved by all now as it has always been - through exhibitions that make full use of the latest technology.

    Address:
    2288-1 Kamiyoshida, Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture
    Access:
    Fujikyuko Mt.Fuji Station → Take a Fujikyu Bus heading in the Lake Yamanaka direction for 15 minutes and get off at "Sun Park Fuji-mae" → Short walk
    Time Required for a Taxi from Mt.Fuji Station / Cost:
    15 minutes / About 1,500 yen
    Fee:
    Adult: 400 yen (320 yen for groups)
    Elementary to high school students: 200 yen (160 yen for groups)
    [Shared admission ticket with the Old Togawa Family Residence]
    Opening Hours:
    09:00 to 17:00(Admission until 16:30)
    Regular Closing Day:
    Tuesdays (except public holidays) and the day after public holidays (except Sundays and public holidays)
  • Shiraito-no-Taki Waterfall

    Shiraito-no-Taki Waterfall has a drop of approximately 150m. It is named "Shiraito-no-Taki Waterfall" (literally "waterfall of white thread") because the waterfall flowing down the rock face glitters and looks like a shining white silk thread. On the nearby hiking trail, the cherry blossoms beautifully come out in spring while mountain wildflowers bloom until autumn.

    Address:
    Kamikurechi, Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture
    Access:
    Fujikyuko Mt.Fuji Station → Take a Fujikyu Bus Fujiyoshida Town Sneaker "Kamikurechi-Myoken Loop Route: Clockwise" bus for 15 minutes and get off at "Shiraito-cho" → 1 hour and 30 minutes on foot
    Time Required for a Taxi from Mt.Fuji Station / Cost:
    25 minutes / About 3,000 yen
  • Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinjya Shrine

    This spot has been enshrined in the vast Suwa Forest set against the backdrop of the towering Mt. Fuji. This is a shrine that has been valued as a pilgrimage site for people believing in Mt. Fuji since the olden days. The highlight of this shrine is the approaching road that is surrounded by cedar and cypress trees that are hundreds of years old. The grounds of the shrine are also shrouded in a mysterious atmosphere. The "Yoshidaguchi Mountain Trail" extends from the back of the grounds of this shrine up to the summit of Mt. Fuji.

    Address:
    5558 Kamiyoshida, Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture
    Access:
    Fujikyuko Mt.Fuji Station →Take a Fujikyu Bus heading in the Oshino Hakkai/Lake Yamanaka direction for 5 minutes and get off at "Sengen Jinjya Mae" → Short walk
    Time Required for a Taxi from Mt.Fuji Station / Cost:
    5 minutes / About 800 yen
  • Mt. Shakushi

    This is a mountain popular as a spot that lets you look out over a landscape from the summit to the vast expanding foot of Mt. Fuji without any obstructions in the surroundings. The 1,598m elevation summit has a 360 degree panorama to let you look out over mountains (e.g. the Southern Alps) up to Sagami Bay beyond Lake Yamanaka in addition to Mt. Fuji.

    Address:
    Oasumi, Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture
    Access:
    Fujikyuko Mt.Fuji Station →Take a Fujikyu Bus Fujiyoshida Town Sneaker "Kamikurechi-Myoken Loop Route: Clockwise" bus for 35 minutes and get off at "Shiraito-cho" → 3 hours and 30 minutes on foot
    Time Required for a Taxi from Mt.Fuji Station / Cost:
    25 minutes / About 3,000 yen
  • Yoshidaguchi Climbing Trail

    This is an ancient climbing trail that extends up to the summit of Mt. Fuji with its starting point being the "Climbing Gate" in the grounds of Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinjya Shrine. This is the main road for “Fujisan Shinko (faith in Mt. Fuji)” with tea houses and shrines lining its side where believers of Mt. Fuji in white clothing once lined up. This trail is dotted with precious historic sites - as though buried in the lushly green of the forest on Mt. Fuji - up until the Fifth Station. This is a climbing trail that lets you experience the history of faith and the abundance of nature carved into Mt. Fuji on each and every step of your journey.

    Address:
    Kamiyoshida, Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture
    Access:
    Fujikyuko Mt.Fuji Station →Take a Fujikyu Bus heading in the Oshino Hakkai/Lake Yamanaka direction for 5 minutes and get off at "Sengen Jinjya Mae" → Short walk
    Time Required for a Taxi from Mt.Fuji Station / Cost:
    25 minutes / About 3,000 yen
    Regular Closing Day:
    *In winter, climbing is permitted only after submitting a Climbing Plan.
  • The town of Oshi houses

    The priest's quarters of "The town of Oshi houses" for “Fujisan Shinko (faith in Mt. Fuji)” that was once extremely prosperous in the Edo Period (1603 to 1868) was formed as a gateway to the north of Mt. Fuji in Kamiyoshida District in Fujiyoshida City. The "oshi" (low-ranking priests) were people who took care of the lodging, guidance and prayers of people climbing to pay their respects to Mt. Fuji. There were 86 oshi homes in the town's heyday. It is possible to tour the structure of these homes distinctive of that time to learn about life then in the existing "Old Togawa Family Residence."

    Address:
    Kamiyoshida, Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture
    Access:
    Fujikyuko Mt.Fuji Station → 5 minutes on foot
    Time Required for a Taxi from Mt.Fuji Station / Cost:
    5 minutes / About 800 yen
    Fee:
    *Old Togawa Family Residence
    Adult: 100 yen (80 yen for groups)
    Elementary to high school students: 50 yen (40 yen for groups)
  • Shimoyoshida

    Shimoyoshida District is where a folksy spirit and nostalgic atmosphere remain. This district led the textiles industry in Fujiyoshida after the war and was once bustling with people carrying out business as a business district. It is now still a town where you can experience shops with a nostalgic air and unique stores.

    Address:
    Shimoyoshida, Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture
    Access:
    Fujikyuko Gekkoji Station → 6 minutes on foot

Recommended Tourist Routes:  Explore Mt. Fuji Attractions

Route 1Mt. Fuji Attractions Exploration Course

Mt.Fuji Station on Fujikyuko Line 3 minutes on foot Kanadorii 5 minutes on foot The Togawa Oshi House, a pilgrim’ s Inn 15 minutes on foot Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinjya Shrine 5 minutes by bus Mt. Fuji Radar Dome 5 minutes on foot Fujisan Museum 10 minutes by bus Mt.Fuji Station on Fujikyuko Line

Route 2Superb Views of Mt. Fuji Photography & Nostalgic Townscape Exploration Course

Mt.Fuji Station on Fujikyuko Line 5 minutes by train Shimoyoshida Station on Fujikyuko Line 10 minutes on foot Arakurayama Sengen Park (Chureito Pagoda) 15 minutes on foot Omuro Senge Jinjya Shrine 3 minutes on foot Spring in Nishi Town 3 minutes on foot Kinuya Town 1 minute on foot Gekkoji Daimon Avenue 3 minutes on foot Gekkoji Pond 3 minutes on foot Million Avenue 5 minutes on foot Gekkoji Station on Fujikyuko Line

Route 3Half Day Mt. Fuji Climbing Course: From the Base to the 5th Station

Mt.Fuji Station on Fujikyuko Line 5 minutes by bus Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinjya Shrine (Trail Gate) 1 hour and 20 minutes on foot Nakanochaya 1 hour and 30 minutes on foot Umagaeshi 2 hours on foot Yoshidaguchi Trail 5th Station 50 minutes on foot Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station 1 hour by bus Mt.Fuji Station on Fujikyuko Line

History and Culture of Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji holds a massive sea of trees and five lakes at its foot. It is possible to view this beautiful figure from both land and the sea. “Fujisan Shinko (faith in Mt. Fuji)” came to energetically worship this Mt. Fuji as a mountain where the gods dwelled from ancient times.

In the distant past, the people of that time frequently saw the appearance of angry gods in the violently erupting Mt. Fuji. It is said that deification of Okami Asama began with Asama Shrine in order to quell the eruptions of this bad-tempered Mt. Fuji.

There was a major eruption of Mt. Fuji in 864. The lava that gushed out from the base of the mountain in the north-west flowed into the lakes, killing all the fish in them, and even destroyed the homes of the people. There was significant damage. Prayers to Asama Shrine to quell the eruptions of Mt. Fuji spread across the whole country. The eruptions of Mt. Fuji finally ceased in 1083.

After this, the custom of worshipping Mt. Fuji from its foot transformed into worship manifested by climbing Mt. Fuji, as influenced by Mountain Buddhism. The idea that the summit was a world where the Buddha lived was added to the faith in Asama. This led to the formation of a faith in Mt. Fuji which brought Buddha and the gods together. Thus, many people came to aim for the summit with belief in Mt. Fuji.

Tourist Attraction Where You Can Feel the History of Mt. Fuji

Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinjya Shrine

This is a shrine with a history of 1,900 years that is located at the starting point of the Mt.Fuji Yoshidaguchi Climbing Trail. This shrine is central to “Fujisan Shinko (faith in Mt. Fuji)” and is one of the properties that make up the Mt. Fuji World Cultural Site. There is a solemn atmosphere in the grounds of the shrine. The grounds include stone lanterns covered in moss lining the road approaching old cryptomeria on the right and left, a large torii gate with a height of 18m, an antique-looking kagura hall and dignified main shrine (important cultural property). The torii gate standing at the back to the right of Nishinomiya is the entrance to the Mt.Fuji Yoshidaguchi Climbing Trail.

Address:
5558 Kamiyoshida, Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture
Access:
Fujikyuko Mt.Fuji Station →Take a Fujikyu Bus heading in the Oshino Hakkai/Lake Yamanaka direction for 5 minutes and get off at "Sengen Jinjya Mae" → Short walk
Admission:
Free to visit
Time:
The shinsatsu juyosho (amulet sales counter) is open from 8:30 to 17:00

Food Culture of Fujiyoshida

Local Cuisine: Yoshida-no-Udon

“Yoshida-no-Udon” is the food that you must not miss out on if you come to Fujiyoshida. This dish is characterized by placing boiled cabbage and salty-sweet stewed horsemeat onto the udon noodles with a broth that combines miso and soy sauce. The deciding factor in the deliciousness of this dish is the firm but springy noodles beaten in tasty water from the northern foot of Mt. Fuji with a red pepper-based condiment called “suridane.”

Textile manufacturing – the main industry in Fujiyoshida – gave rise to the birth of Yoshida-no-Udon. It is said that this simple udon dish came to be made by men so that women working on textile machines in the home did not have to deal with the hassle of making meals and so that the hands of women handling textiles did not get too rough. People temporarily freeing up the living rooms in their homes and starting udon restaurants there appeared as an opportunity to provide meals to workers involved in textiles centered on Shimoyoshida District. Even today, there are many unique restaurants that serve udon by freeing up the living rooms in their private homes only during the day.

Moreover, “yumori udon” – made with noodles and the broth in which those noodles were boiled – was served to those coming to visit Mt. Fuji in Kamiyoshida District, which had become a hub for Fujisan Shinko (faith in Mt. Fuji).” It is said that people ate white noodles floating in clear broth in order to cleanse their bodies. Therefore, we can also say that this yumori udon is a part of the udon food culture in Fujiyoshida.

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