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Arakurayama Sengen Park: Hot Spot for Great Photos of Mt. Fuji

This photograph has been making the rounds lately, but do you have any ideas as to where in Japan it was taken? Visited by flocks of tourists hoping to snap a picture from the same angle, the location in question is Arakurayama Sengen Park. Thanks to word of mouth, this area has been on everyone’s mind as the hot new destination.

 

Gorgeous Views from Arakurayama Sengen Park

More than anywhere else in the country, here you’ll be able to craft an essentially Japanese picture by capturing in one shot these three sights: Mount Fuji, a World Heritage Site; the five-tiered pagoda (Chureito), reminiscent of Kyoto; and sakura cherry trees, symbol of Japan. 

 

Getting to Arakurayama Sengen Park

First, catch a train on the Fujikyoku line to Shimoyoshida Station in Fujiyoshida, located at the foot of Mt. Fuji in Yamanashi Prefecture.  After that, head out to Arakura Fuji Sengen Shrine, walking for about 20 minutes.

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The photographer’s-dream scenic point we’ve been talking about is toward the fifth five-tiered pagoda (Chureito).

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You’ll step through the largest torii (shrine gate) at Arakura Fuji Sengen Shrine to enter. If you keep going straight ahead, you’ll arrive at the main hall, so instead aim for the staircase to your right. Further in, there is a route that doesn’t use the staircase, but since you’ve come all this way, try the stairs.

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They challenge you to a climb of 397 steps. Come the early spring, this staircase is transformed into a trail of blooming cherry blossoms.

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If you turn around en-route, you’ll understand just how close you are to this scenic view. Walk just a little more…

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…and you’ve arrived to the pagoda, Chureito. You’ll be too busy having your breath taken away to be breathless! Also, by shooting from the scenic point here at Arakurayama Sengen Park, you’ll be able to capture a picture from an angle like the one below.

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Savor the feeling once felt by the feudal lords of old as you look down upon the castle town below. Of course, we recommend heading here during the cherry blossom season, but the view here at night is definitely worth the trip, too. Owing to an increase in visitors, they’re currently working on a viewing platform to be finished December 24, 2015 (though you can still enter the rest of the area), so it’ll become an even lovelier spot in the future. Information: Map

Related:
Japan’s Longest Mishima Skywalk: New Way to See Mt. Fuji
Weekend Mountaineer in Mount Fuji: Aiming for the Summit for a View of the Sunrise
Top 5 Onsen Ryokans for Viewing Mt. Fuji

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