Sunday, February 12, 2017

Yamanashi Day Trip (Part 1) Kitaguchi Hongu Sengen Jinja and Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja / 山梨日帰り旅行 (パート1)北口本宮 浅間神社と新倉富士浅間神社

On a weekend back in September, my wife and I along with our usual travel partners Yukio and Reiko went on a day trip to Yamanashi Prefecture. Our main goal was to check out a shrine that was used as a model for a "Frog Shrine" in a drama that my wife and I had watched. Also, as we were going to be in Yamanashi Prefecture, we were looking forward to eating houtou for lunch.


But first we stopped by the Michi no Eki Fujiyoshida (roadside station, similar to a service area) and I saw the Mount Fuji Radar Dome. However we did not go visit the place.


A man was walking his pet turtles at the michi no eki.


Our next stop was Kitaguchi Hongu Sengen Jinja. It is also the location of the Yoshidaguchi climbing trail of Mount Fuji.


Me, my wife and Reiko at the entrance of Sengen Jinja.


Sengen Jinja entrance / 浅間神社の参道

This is still a gate before the main shrine.


Hand purifying basin / 手水舎

Hondo / 本堂

Mikoshi (portable shrine) / 神輿

Kitaguchi Hongu Sengen Jinja seal / 北口本宮浅間神社御朱印

The next shrine we went to, we had to climb up quite a few stairs.


This is Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja. This is the main shrine but the buildings and area used in the television drama is located further up the mountain.


Hand purifying basin / 手水舎

On a clear day you can see Mount Fuji.


Prayer boards / 絵馬

You can see masks of demons on top of this shrine.


More stairs.


Looking back after climbing the stairs.


I believe that is the town of Fujiyoshida.


Yukio taking a break by the five-storied pagoda.


And now for the long walk back to the car.


Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja Seal / 新倉富士浅間神社の御朱印

It was time to go in search of lunch. We had already decided that we would have houtou which is a regional Yamanashi dish made by stewing flat udon noodles and vegetables in miso soup. We have already decided on which houtou shop to go to as well. A place called Houtou Fudo.


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