The asset is the head shrine of 1,300 Sengen Shrines around Japan
'Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha' is one of those assets of the World Cultural Heritage Site, 'Fujisan, Sacred place and source of artistic inspiration'. The asset is the head shrine of 1,300 Sengen Shrines around Japan, and located in Suruganokuni (i.e., an ancient petty country from 7th to 19th centuries).
It is located in the city centre, about 10 minutes of walking away from JR Fujinomiya station. And in the head shrine you can catch a beautiful scenery of Fujisan(Mt.Fuji) on the right, for which, the shrine has been a beloved place of relief for citizens.
The head shrine roots back to 27 B.C., over 2,000 years ago, as a ritual site built in the foothills of Fujisan to bury angriness of one of those divine spirits, 'Sengen Taishin' , which was believed to erupt Fujisan over and over again. (Appendix: In 806, the shrine was moved to its present address.) After hundreds of years, The Shogun, Ieyasu Tokugawa, who won Battle of Sekigahara, built and maintained other buildings as appreciation to the divine spirit.
The head shrine, front shrine, tower-gate in existence were built in the era and the head shrine which was built to worship the main deity, 'Konoha-no-Sakuyabime', has been registered to be in the list of National important cultural properties.
On the summit of Fujisan, there remains a rear shrine (called 'Okumiya', usually located behind the head shrine but dedicated to the same deity), above the fifth station of Fujisan, there remain several rear shrines making the area to be precincts of Shinto.
The shrines have so many people and travelers to come sightseeing that they are popular over the year, since every spring there are beautifully bloomed, whopping 500 cherry blossoms in the head shrine, in May, Yabusame-festival (Appendix: Yabusame can be defined as a Horseback archery in English) is held, and in November, Autumn festival is held, in which 20 running Japanese festival cars compete in a race.
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine
Open：6:00～19:00（Nov ~ Feb）5:30～19:30（Mar & Oct）5:00～20:00（Apr ~ Sep）
Close：Open all around the year
※ English Only Guide （Reservation required）