Nihondaira Outlook & Kunozan Toshogu Shrine
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Begin this spiritual day with a coach ride to Nihondaira Park Outlook -- a Prefecture Natural Park and the perfect spot to take in views of Suruga Bay and magnificent Mt Fuji (weather permitting). Board the scenic ropeway (cable car) for a stunning ride to the top of the mountain.
Visit the Toshogu Shrine, dedicated to Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616). This man was a very famous leader who brought peace to Japan after a long period of civil war. His extensive shrine complex features bright red buildings ornately decorated and constructed in the Shinto shrine style. A designated Cultural Landmark, its grounds include a massive front gate, a drum tower, copper lanterns and a main building with three magnificently decorated halls. Within a secluded, wooded area, you'll find the tomb of Ieyasu.
The ropeway returns you to the coach for the drive back to port.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring local currency, as many vendors do not accept credit cards or US dollars. Participants must negotiate 120 steep steps at the shrine. The small museum near the tomb of Ieyasu is not included in the tour. Views of Mt Fuji are weather permitting.