A course to learn all about Mt. Fuji as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Explore the sacred history of Mt. Fuji and the religious followers of the sect of Shintoism who continue to worship Mt. Fuji as a god.
【DAY 1】Oshi House of Former Togawa Family
"Oshi" refers to priests who guide and assist Mt. Fuji worshippers as they prepare to climb the mountain, by offering their own house as an accommodation, praying for the safety of climbers, and spreading Mt. Fuji worship. In the peak period of Mt. Fuji worship during the Edo era, there were 86 such Oshi's houses built in the Kamiyoshida area.
The main structure of the former Togawa family Oshi house, which was designated one of the Mt. Fuji World Heritage Site Assets, was constructed in 1768, with the rear salon added in the end of the Edo era.
Inside the house is a shrine dedicated to Mt. Fuji deity. There are also precious archives displayed for visitors to learn about Mt. Fuji worship and Oshi.
Approx. 6 min by car
【DAY 1】Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine
This shrine is said to have had its start in 100 A.D., when a small shrine was built to celebrate the visit of prince Yamato Takeru-no Mikoto to this hill when he was on his way to Kai Province from Hakone. Later in 788, an altar was built to enshrine Sengen God at the present site to halt the frequent eruptions of Mt. Fuji.
While Mt. Fuji had been worshipped since ancient times and regarded as sacred, with the rise of mountain worship, people eventually began climbing mountain for ascetic training and this shrine became a basis of Mt. Fuji worship. In the Edo era, "Fuji-ko" worship gained explosive popularity and this area flourished as its sacred spot. The site was designated as one of Mt. Fuji World Heritage Site Assets in 2013.
Approx. 8 min by car
【DAY 1】Harvest Terrace (Fujiyama Beer)
Fujiyama Beer known for its beer made using German brewing technology and the finest European hops, was renovated and opened as a new restaurant.
Enjoy a versatile menu and a nice selection of beers.
Approx. 2 min by car
【DAY 1】Fujisan Museum
The museum exhibits materials related to Mt. Fuji and Fujiyoshida City, Mt. Fuji worship, World Heritage Site Assets, and the history, folklore, and local industries of the city.
Approx. 3 min by car
【DAY 1】Roadside Station Fujiyoshida
A roadside station is a government designated rest area found along roads and highways across Japan. In addition to providing a place to rest, they are intended to promote local tourism and trade. Shops sell local produce, snacks, souvenirs, and other goods. All roadside stations provide 24-hour access to parking, public toilets, and information facilities?
In front of the Roadside Station is a spacious deck for events, where local residents often sell flowers and vegetables, nursery plants, and crafts, etc. Also flea markets and street performances are held periodically.
【Tourist Information Corner】
Fujiyoshida sightseeing information is in this corner, providing a full range of brochures of the Fuji Five Lakes area. The window is always staffed with personnel for your detailed questions. Also, you can purchase "Roadside Station Ticket", road maps, etc., check the latest traffic and weather information with live-cam on a large display at the corner.
This shop deals with products from the Fuji Five Lakes area in the greatest variety. The bountiful products are seasonable, and the price is reasonable. Yamanashi's standard souvenir "Shingen-mochi", the Roadside Station's original sweets, local wines and sakes, udon noodles, sundries and crafts such as inden, etc. are sold here.
【Mt. Fuji Spring Water】
Mt. Fuji spring water pumped from 100 meters below ground can be taken away for free. The water is smooth and mild, abundant in minerals. The plastic containers and pet bottles for water are sold at the Roadside Station's Bussan-kan.
※The water has the least necessary chlorination, but is not treated for preservation, so use it soon after you take it.
Approx. 6 min by car
Approx. 5 min by car
Oshi House（Stay one night at one of Zuzuya, Daikokuya, Hitsuki Guesthouse & Cafe）
Approx. 11 min by car
Mt. Fuji has been the subject of many artists' works since ancient times. The lone, towering mountain with a striking yet graceful silhouette has inspired masterpieces throughout the ages. Fujiyama Museum exhibits a collection of pieces by both modern and contemporary artists that capture Mt. Fuji from various angles.
Approx. 12 min by car
【DAY2】Noson(farming village) Koen Park
This is a good spot to take photographs of Mt. Fuji throughout the seasons. Many shots taken from here have won awards at local photo competitions.
Approx. 4 min by car
【DAY 2】Lunch at Shirasu Udon
A long time favorite for locals and famous enough to attract visitors from afar, this newly renovated shop is known for their characteristically thick and chewy noodles. Their specialty is a hot bowl of their udon noodles in a deep soy-sauce and miso broth topped with cabbage and broiled horse meat. Their house blend of spices called "suridane" is a perfect addition to each dish and can be bought separately.