Looking for Monkeys at the Arakura Sengen Shrine | Mt Fuji

Whilst in Mt Fuji, we visited The Chureito Pagoda (忠霊塔, Chūreitō), which is a five storied pagoda on the mountainside overlooking Fujiyoshida City and Mount Fuji. 

It is a part of the Arakura Sengen Shrine that was built as a peace memorial in 1963. There are nearly 400 steps up the mountain from the shrine’s main buildings.

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Topping up my water bottle from the dragon fountain that provides cleansing water before visiting the shrine.

IMG_0889Mount Fuji is Japan’s tallest mountain and most iconic landmark. It is 3776 metres above sea level and it was an amazing thing to see on such a cold, yet beautiful day.

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There are cedar trees that were planted around 800 years ago standing solemnly between both sides of the stone pavement. We were there during winter (for the snow) so no blossoms for us.

There were signs to ‘Beware of Monkeys’, so naturally, I started making monkey sounds to call them to us, you can watch below!

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