What to Expect
Mt. Fuji worship - Its origin dates back to the ancient times when Mt. Fuji erupted furiously. People at that time did believe that fierce eruptions were caused by the anger of the deity of Mt. Fuji. Since then, Mt. Fuji has been worshipped as a sacred mountain.
This tour features three key places deeply linked to Mt. Fuji worship.
1) Funatsu Lava Tree Molds – This spot used to be a sacred place for Mt. Fuji pilgrims. The lava tunnels resemble the interior of a human body. The deepest part, especially, looks like a “Mother womb”. Mt. Fuji Pilgrims, having entered there, wished for a symbolic rebirth.
You enter the lava tree molds and stroll through the woods nearby. The forest is quite distinctive in that it has grown on the lava-covered ground. It would be a great opportunity for you to be exposed to beautiful nature created by Mt. Fuji.
2) Former House of the Togawa Family (Museum featuring Mt. Fuji worship) – This lodging has a history of 250 years and used to offer accommodations to Mt. Fuji pilgrims. The owner, who also worked as a Shinto priest, preached the teachings of Mt. Fuji worship to pilgrims who came there.
3) Kitaguhi Hongu Fuji Sengen-jinja Shrine – This shrine was regarded as one of the most important bases of Mt. Fuji worship. Pilgrims visited it to purify themselves and pray for their safe pilgrimage to Mt. Fuji.
① Meet at Mt. Fuji station and take a taxi for Funatsu Lava Tree Molds
＊Taxi fare is included in the tour charge. (Approximately 20-minute ride)
② Visit “Funatsu Lava Tree Molds” (The entrance fee is included in the tour charge.)
＊Enter Funatsu Lava Tree Molds which are a complex of lava caves.
You might experience a symbolic rebirth there as Mt. Fuji Pilgrims did in those days.
＊Enjoy strolling in the nearby forest for half an hour.
③ Wander around the Oshi district after going back to Mt. Fuji station by taxi
＊There used to be 86 lodgings for Mt. Fuji Pilgrims. The Oshi district with the remains of old lodgings would remind you of the time when it was home to Mt. Fuji worship.
④ Visit “Former House of the Togawa Family” (The entrance fee is included in the tour charge.)
⑤ Have lunch (Yosida Udon noodles)
＊Yosida Udon noodles are famous for their firm and chewy texture. They are worth trying!
⑥ Visit “Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen-jinja Shrine”
⑦ Walk back to Mt. Fuji station
＊You walk between Mt. Fuji Station and Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen-jinja Shrine. Former House of the Togawa Family and the Japanese restaurant are located on the way.