Fujisan Hongu Sengentaisha Shrine & View of Mt Fuji
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In 2013, Mt Fuji was designated a "sacred place and source of artistic inspiration" and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the tallest mountain in Japan at 12,388 feet, and dominates the landscape of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.
A one-hour coach ride brings you to Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, located in the southwestern foothills of Mt Fuji. Constructed in the early 1600s, the shrine, the inner and outer shrines, and the tower gate remain. In springtime, the grounds are awash with color from the blossoms of 500 cherry trees.
Continue to Miho-no-Matsubara -- a picturesque pine grove along the eastern coast of the Miho Peninsula, designated a spot of scenic beauty. From here, the majestic views of Mt Fuji (weather permitting) are postcard-perfect.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. Views of Mt Fuji are weather dependent. Bring local currency, as many vendors do not accept credit cards or US dollars.