Status: A part of both UNESCO World Cultural Heritage: Mount Fuji and Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. National MonumentWhen you request for visiting Shiraito Waterfall one of the major scenic sights in Japan, Japanese tour operators may make faces just as if you asked the wrong question. Because of 2011 Earthquake and a number of effort to eliminate...more
Status: A part of World Cultural Heritage: Mount Fuji, A part of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National ParkOtodome Waterfall is the first great sight to see when you visit Shiraito Waterfall. It is only a few minutes away from Shiraito Waterfall. The waterfall is 5 meters in width and 25 meters in height. The name comes from the legend of Soga Brothers the...more
Fujinomiya trail is the second most popular trails to the summit of Mount Fuji. It is the only trail from the south side of the Mount Fuji but today only the shortest trail from Fifth station(Gogome) remains because you can get to the fifth station by using private cars. Old trails leading up to fifth station is exclusive to experienced hikers...more
Hoei Crater Walk is an hour and a half walk to view the Hoei craters, the site Mount Fuji's last eruption in 1707. The hike is often picked during October for the great autumn leaves but it is occasionally picked for warm-up hike before the body adapts to the altitude. First go up to sixth station about 2,500 meters in altitude and go sideways and...more
Status: UNESCO World Cultural Heritage: A part of Mount Fuji, Object of Worship, Wellspring of Art Most of Shinto shrines in Japan are built with Prayer(Worship) Hall and Main Hall as you may see in Izumo Grand Shrine in Shimane. Yamamiya Sengen Shrine on the south side of Mount Fuji about 390 meters above sea level retains the ancient Shinto style...more
Status: UNESCO World Cultural Heritage: A component site of Mount Fuji: Hitoana Fuji-ko IsekiHitoana is a lava tube located at the west flank of Mount Fuji about 700 meters above sea level. It was in this cave that Kakugyo, the founder of Fuji Pilgrimmage movement, Fuji-ko, trained inside the cave and achieved Nirvana(passed away). Since then the...more
Mount Amagatake located between Fujinomiya and Yamanashi Prefecture is 1772 meters in elevation. The mountain is noted for the great view of Mount Fuji. There are two major routes to this mountain peak. From Fujinomiya it is often visited after climbing Mount Kenashi but limited to Fumoto area campers or climbers using private cars because it takes...more
The museum made up of exhibits of strangely-shaped stones(kiseki) is located about 3 kilometer northwest of Murayama Sengen Shrine. Since Murayama Sengen Shrine became a part of World Cultural Heritage as a component site of Mount Fuji: Object of Worship, Wellspring of Art, the number of visitors to this unique museum also soared. The exhibits of...more
Mount Kenashi, 1,964m(6,444ft) in elevation, is the second highest mountain peak in Fujinomiya city noted for the great view of Mount Fuji. It takes about 4 hours to the top from the start of the climb called FUMOTO but it is not easy to reach by using public transportation. It is one of the 200 best mountains in Japan.more
Alternate Names: Murayama Sengen JinjaStatus: UNESCO World Heritage Candidate site Located at the south flank of Mount Fuji, about 500 meters above sea level, the shrine recognized as one of the Fujiko Pilgrimmage sites, also shows the historical fact that Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples often coexisted as the shugendo (fusion of Buddhism and...more
Alternate Names: Fujinomiya Sengen Taisha ShrineStatus: UNESCO World Heitage CandidateToday most of Mount Fuji climbers start their hike from Gogome(Fifth Station) of each of the Mount Fuji Trail. More than 100 years ago, however, Climbing Mount Fuji is purely for pilgrimmage. These pilgrims started from the Tokaido Highway to the mountaintop 3,776...more
The treasure house at Taisekiji Temple is only open to believers. I am not a member of the religion, but I was able to enter. One of the main focuses of the exhibit is that of propagation, so there are a lot of pictures of people from other countries who they have converted to Nichiren Buddhism. They also have small displays for each country with...more
Taisekiji Temple is the head temple of Nichiren Shoshu, a sect of Buddhism. It was founded in 1290 by Nikko, a disciple of Nichiren. The complex features many buildings, a small garden, and beautiful cherry blossoms in the spring.Some of the temple buildings are only open to believers. They also have accommodations only for believers. Do NOT...more
The temple is located on the lower slopes of Mt Fuji in the city of FUJINOMIYA....It was founded in 1290 by a Monk called NIKKO who was one of Nichiren's Immediate disciples...It stared with one small temple building built by NIKKO but thru out the years more and more building where added by NIKKO'S disciples....HISTORY OF TAISEKIJINICHIREN...more
The HOSHO GARDEN I beleive is the best japanese style garden, it has MT fuji has it back drop..what more can we ask for..:).....This garden was completed in 1990 so its fairly new, but around the graden are important building.... RENZO-BO was originally built in 1290 but had a few makeover over the years....the last was 1981 for the 700th...more
In the main square at Taiseki-ji you will find the AKAZU-NO-MON , unopened gate ,is sometimes known as the EMPEROR'S MESSENGER GATE.....It is seal shut until the time of KOSEN RUFU....(click).....The Japanese phrase kosen-rufu it is often used synonymously with world peace, and has been informally defined as "world peace through individual...more
The MIEIDO or IMAGE HALL was originally built in 1522 and reconstructed in 1632....its the MOST decoratively stunning temple in TAISEKI-JI.......Enshrined in the hall is the GOHONZON which is the ......"ultimate object of veneration in Nichiren Shoshu.".......It also has a life size image of NICHIREN DAISHONIN carved in 1338.....If you wish to know...more
You can reach the KYAKUDEN or RECEPTION HALL, from the DEVIL'S gate .....This is a very impresive building with a capacity for 5000 priest....It was built in 1465 but the current one was reconstructed in 1998.....Everyday at 2:30am, there is a service call USHITORA GONGYO (click) or HOUR OF THE OX TO THE HOUR OF THE TIGER....under the traditional...more
As founder of TAISEKI-JI, NIKKO SHONIN build the MUTSU-BO hall in 1290 making it the 1st and oldest buildinig today on the grounds of TAISEKIJI....Mutsubo is located in the main square, next to the KYAKUDEN(reception hall)....Its known as the 6 chambered temple becuase it has the BUDDHA ROOM(gohonzon room), NIKKO'S SHONIN ROOM, an office, ASSEMBLY...more
When you reach to the DEVIL GATE you can either turn left and go thru it and get to the KYAKUDEN in the main square , passing thru the DEVIL.gate.:) symbolises leaving ones devils behind and attaining Buddhahood.......I had to pass a few times to make sure all my devils were really gone..;))If you choose to go wright, you will see the beautiful...more
The main pathway of Taiseki-ji is lined with 12 lodging little temples on both side..These little Inn date back to the late 13th century..The path was widened in 1961 when look closely you can still see the original cobble stones in the center...The original path was from the KUROMON gate until the MIEIDO, but this one start from the SANMON...more
The size of this gate is impressive and with Mt fuji in the background just get your cam ready...:)....The SANMON is made of wood and red lacquer......Its the most outstanding gate on the TOKAIDO ROAD......The construction stared in 1712 by NICHIYU SHONIN and was completed in 1717...In 1966 was designated anIMPORTANT TANGIBLE CULTURAL ASSET by the...more
This simple gate is called KUROMON or black gate....It was originally built in 1522, then again in 1638....It was used as the traditional entrance to TAISEKI-JI until 1972......If you choose to go thru this gate, the 1st building you will see on your left ...Is the brand new KOFU-BO build in 1994 for the 60,000 believers that come here every...more
Around Mount Fuji areas there are dozens of festivals, ceremonies and rituals on July 1 the opening day of Mount Fuji Climbing. At Murayama Sengen Shrine in Fujinomiya there is an unique ritual based on Shugendo rituals for practitioners of Buddhism-Shintoism fusion. Until the end of Edo Period(1603-1868), Murayama Sengen Shrine is a part of Kohoji a Taidai-school Buddhsim temple which practiced Shugendo. Kohoji and Shogoin temple in Kyoto has been closely tied. It is thanks to this longtime relationship with Shogoin that current opening day rituals can be held in traditional manner. During Edo Period when the pilgrim movement Fuji-ko became a huge boom some fuji-ko pilgrims also stayed at Murayama area to climb Mount Fuji.
1 Water Ablution
It is the ritual to purify the body and soul by cleaning the body with water. Shogoin practitioners and Junior high school students in Murayama perform the ceremony.
2 Praying to Sengen Shrine
Visitors gather around Sengen Shrine Buildings to pray for the safety of the climbers.
3 Praying to Dainichido
Dainichido is the only remaining building of Kohoji temple. Visitors pray to vairocana the main obeject of worship for esoteric buddhists for the safety of Mount Fuji climbing.
4 Shogoin Practitioners Join the Ritual
Before the Homa ritual starts Shogoin practitioners are stopped by the guards. They are challenged by Kohoji practitioners if they are real Shugendo believers. The debate between two Shugendo groups is called Yamabushi mondo. Visitors are then given guide to what Shugendo is all about by listening to the dialogues.
5 Saitogoma Ritual (Homa Ritual held in the mountains)
Then the last of the set of rituals is Homa ritual. Practioners call it Saitogoma the Homa rituals usually held at the mountains. Archers shoot five arrows to each directions and it is believed that those who catch the arrows are blessed. After the sword performance is the axe ritual the performer swings the axes near the homa altar. The performance denotes the elimination of evil spirits by the axe. Then the altar filled with cypress shoots is lighted with torch and Homa ritual starts. During the ritual a lot of prayers are given including the safety of Mount Fuji climbers, world peace, health and prosperty and so on.
After the huge earthquake in 2011 and preparation of World Cultural Heritage, Shiraito Waterfall area has been undergoing minor change. The most noted inconveniency is that you can not go down near the watarfall basin as you did before 2011. The construction work has still been going on so that you can go down to the basin area safely. According to the information board the construction will finish around December 2013.
Unique Suggestions: Wait until December 2013 or anytime construction works are complete.
If considering visiting Taiseki-Ji remember that this is NOT open to the general public but only to genuine Nichioren Shoshu Buddhists whose lay members are known as the "Hokkeko". Security is ultra-modern and very efficient so you will not get in unless you are a genuine Hokkeko pilgrim. Members of the Sokka Gakai are especially strongly denied any form of access and warned to stay away. The Gakkai were formerly members of Nichiren Shoshu but were excomunicated en masse by the High Priest a decade ago after slanderously misusing the teachings for personal gain and materialistic objectives over many decades to such a degree that they are now considered the main enemies of the true teachings. If you come across them, have nothing to do with them, especially socially, as they have become a malign organisation and number many unstable folk amongst their ranks.
So if you are not Hokkeko go to Mount Fuji which can be climbed in about 12 hours. You will find a hotel and a Post Office at the summit and "not many people know that!"
There is an information office in Mount Fuji Fujinomiya Trail Fifth Station. The office has pamphlet on Fujinomiya Trail in English, Korean, Chinese and Japanese. The office was set up so that climbers to Mount Fuji can have enough guidance for safe climb. The staff are made up of expert park rangers and Fujinomiya volunteer tour guides.more
ClothesThe temperature difference between the plains below and the peak is approx. 20 degrees. You experience mid summer (the world down there) and mid winter (at the peak). You need trousers, long sleeved shirts and sweaters. You should wear a hat to avoid direct sunlight. It is also better to wear gloves (cotton work gloves) to prevent injuries...more
From Tomei Highway, get off at Fuji IC, go up Rt. 139 (Fuji Toll Highway) for about 10 km, pass the exit for "Fuji 5 gome" which means the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji (the launch point for climbing), for a further 5 km or so. Exit Kamiide IC and there'll be a sign leading you to ***oito Falls nearby.Unfortunately, there is no convenient public...more