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Mt. Fuji from Lake Yamanaka
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Mt. Fuji
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Lake Yamanaka
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Mt. Fuji as seen from the shinkansen bullet train.
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Smokestacks mar the view of Fuji.
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Mt. Fuji from the air.
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Yoshida-guchi trail entrance sign.
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Yoshida-guchi trail entrance, we started from the 5th station.
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After climbing for about 40 min., we reached the 6th station here. We're already above the clouds.
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Bags of drink cans.
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Rocky trail looking up on Mt. Fuji.
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Looking down at the trail.
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Hut roofs are weighed down with rocks so it doesn't blow away with the wind.
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Rock and more rock on Mt. Fuji.
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A good part of the trail had us going on all fours.
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Mt. Fuji torii
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Our mountain hut on the 8th station, called Toyokan. 東洋館
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Shadow of Mt. Fuji
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We spent the night in the mountain hut with a small dinner.
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Branding my walking stick.
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Our bunk bed.
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Watching the sunrise from outside our hut.
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Reaching the summit.
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At the summit of Mt. Fuji. It was so windy and rainy that we couldn't walk around the rim. Could hardly see anything.
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Going down was tiring too. But better than going up.
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After climbing it, my image of this mountain will never be the same.
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For a full-length account of my climb, see this article.
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Hiroshige's woodblock print of Fujisawa-juku (7th post town on the Tokaido) from his "Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Road" series.
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Hiroshige's woodblock print of an Enoshima cave and Mt. Fuji from his "Famous Views of the 60 Provinces" series.
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Fuji-san Hongu Sengen Taisha is the Shinto shrine that basically owns Mt. Fuji, especially the summit area of the mountain. JR Fujinomiya Station is the closest train station to the shrine, but from Tokyo, it's most convenient to take a bus from Tokyo Station to Fujinomiya Station, taking about 2.5 hours for a little over ¥2,000.
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Mt. Fuji peeking through buildings in front of JR Fujinomiya Station. The shrine is a short walk from JR Fujinomiya Station.
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The shrine's first torii has a nice view of Mt. Fuji. Visited the shrine on New Year's Day 2017. Mt. Fuji (Japan's highest and most revered mountain) has a Shinto shrine on the summit, and it belongs to Fuji-san Hongu Sengen Taisha in Fujinomiya.
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They were constructing a new international facility next to the first torii.
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Poem about Mt. Fuji
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Poem about Mt. Fuji
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The main road near the shrine was jammed with cars and people on New Year's Day.
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"Fujinomiya" means "Shrine of Mt. Fuji," so the city was named after this shrine.
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Second torii also has a fine view of Mt. Fuji.
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Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine's second torii has a fine view of Mt. Fuji.
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Mt. Fuji and torii pillar.
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Path to the shrine crowded with people on New Year's Day 2017.
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Map of shrine grounds.
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View from the main Romon Gate.
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鉾立石
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鉾立石
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Romon Gate 楼門
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Year of the Rooster, 2017
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Long line to purify yourself at the water fountain.
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How to purify yourself at the shrine's water fountain. Pour the water into your hand, and sip it from your hand.
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People are pure enough now to visit the shrine.
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Worshippers lined up in front of the main shrine. Didn't take long to get here.
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People pray for Good health, good job, prosperity, good school, good marriage partner (even though fewer people are getting married in Japan), etc.
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The shrine is dedicated to a goddess being a guardian deity for fire prevention, safe childbirth, ocean voyages, fishing, farming, and weaving.
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Offertory box in front of the main shrine. That's money on the floor.
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The high structure is the main shrine (Honden) standing 13 meters high. Built in 1604 by Tokugawa Ieyasu. In the distinctive sengen-zukuri style.
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Clump of volcanic rock from an eruption by Mt. Fuji.
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Rock from the South Pole brought back by Japan's exploratory ship named "Fuji."
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Eastern torii of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine has a great view of Mt. Fuji.
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Eastern torii of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine has a great view of Mt. Fuji.
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Eastern torii of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine has a great view of Mt. Fuji.
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Eastern torii of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine.
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You can also enter the shrine through this eastern torii.
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eastern torii.
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Next to the eastern torii is Wakutama-ike Pond created by a natural spring (湧玉池).
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About Wakutama-ike Pond (湧玉池).
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Wakutama-ike Pond (湧玉池)
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Bridges over Wakutama-ike Pond (湧玉池)
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Bridge over Wakutama-ike Pond
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Bridge over Wakutama-ike Pond
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Wakutama-ike Pond
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Crystal clear water of Wakutama-ike Pond
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Itsukushima Shrine on Wakutama-ike Pond.
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Shrine amulets on sale.
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Shrine maidens selling amulets.
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Shrine maidens selling amulets.
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Ema tablet with Mt. Fuji and a rooster. ¥1000
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Ema tablet with Mt. Fuji ¥500
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Barrels of sake
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Omikuji fortunes
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Omikuji
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If you want to hold a private prayer service inside the shrine, apply here.
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Place to discard last year's New Year's decorations.
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Shrine has this lawn where you can sit, relax, and gaze at Mt. Fuji.
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The shrine has a varied and scenic landscape with a river, lawn, and natural spring pond.
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At Sengen Taisha Shrine in Fujinomiya.
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Koban police box near the entrance of the shrine.
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Traffic cones with a Mt. Fuji design.
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Mt. Fuji turning red at sunset.
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Shiraito Falls is one of Japan 100 Famous Waterfalls. It's a short bus ride from JR Fujinomiya Station with bus stops and a view of Mt. Fuji.
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Buses from JR Fujinomiya Station for Shiraito Falls leave once or twice an hour.
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Nice views of Mt. Fuji along the way.
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Mt. Fuji from the bus on the way to Shiraito Falls.
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Shiraito Falls is a short walk from the Shiraito Falls bus stop.
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Mt. Fuji at the entrance of Shiraito Falls.
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Some tourist shops at Shiraito Falls.
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Map of Shiraito Falls area.
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First you see Otodome Falls, big and impressive.
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Otodome Falls in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka
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Shiraito Falls
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Shiraito Falls has some steps to go down, then a bridge over the river.
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Shiraito Falls
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Shiraito Falls in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka
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Shiraito Falls in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka.
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Shiraito Falls in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka.
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Shiraito Falls in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka. "Shiraito" means "white threads" in Japanese. It refers to the numerous slivers of water falling. This is one of Japan's most famous waterfalls also part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
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The water flows from Mt. Fuji's runoff between layers of rock. So the water is flowing through the rock layers. Interesting phenomenon.
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Inside the tourist info center at Shiraito Falls.
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Bus schedule back to Fujinomiya Station from Shiraito Falls.
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Mt. Fuji license plate.
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Red Mt. Fuji at sunset in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka.
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Mt. Fuji in the early evening.
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JR Fujinomiya Station with Mt. Fuji in the early evening.
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Path leading to the entrance of Takehana Betsuin temple.
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Takehana Betsuin temple belongs to the Jodo Shinshu Sect's Otani School (Higashi Hongwanji).
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Takehana Betsuin temple's wisteria is over 300 years old.
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Inside Takehana Betsuin. Very impressive for a rural area.
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Cemetery next to the main hall.
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View from the Hondo main hall.
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Sandwiched between the foot of Mt. Mikami and Kibogaoka Bunka Park, Omi-Fuji Karyoku Koen Park (also called Omi-Fuji Green Acres) is about flowers and greenery, including cherry blossoms. 植物園
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In spring, the cherries bloom in the botanical gardens. Lodging facilities, walking trails, playgrounds, and workshops are also provided. Water fountain. 近江富士花緑公園
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Water fountain
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Cherry trees bloom in early April in Omi-Fuji Karyoku Koen Park (also called Omi-Fuji Green Acres), Yasu. MAP
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Garden of various cherry trees.
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Cherry blossoms
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I visited this park after coming down from Mt. Mikami which was full of green and brown. So seeing bright colors in this park was a great sight.
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Weeping cherry tree in Omi-Fuji Karyoku Koen Park (also called Omi-Fuji Green Acres) in Yasu.
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Weeping cherry tree
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Mt. Mikami
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Bridge over the highway
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Camping lodge
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BBQ
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Furusato Yakata for nature workshops
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Grassy lawn
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Mt. Mikami and slide
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This park and surrounding area has a number of different things to see and do. Walk further more and you will reach Kibogaoka Park.
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