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Chureito - The Five-story Pagoda at Arakurayama Sengen Park in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi

This video, titled "The Cherry Blossoms of Chureito Pagoda - Yamanashi - Chureito - 4K Ultra HD" (The Cherry Blossoms of Chureito Pagoda - Yamanashi - 忠霊塔 - 4K Ultra HD), was released by "Tokyo Street View --Japan The Beautiful."

Mt. Fuji, cherry blossoms, and shrines and temples are just some of the things that come to mind when one imagines Japan. This video, shot in 4K Ultra HD, is brimming with the beauty of Japan!
The atmosphere and beauty will have you feeling like you're visiting Arakurayama Sengen Park's Chureito Pagoda to go see Mt. Fuji and the surrounding cherry blossoms yourself!

Not only is it beautiful, but the Yoshino cherries and Chureito Pagoda also have a melancholy history, and we'll explain that as well...
The video starts with a breathtaking view of Chureito, the five-storied pagoda with a beautiful vermilion coating, but what lies here is a cenotaph that honors and enshrines the remains of those who perished in previous wars.
There are approximately 650 yoshino cherries planted around Chureito Pagoda in Arakurayama Sengen Park.
The cherry blossom is a beautiful flower that symbolizes not only Japan, but also war.
In other words, the Chureito Pagoda and the yoshino cherries are meant to be memorials and flowers for the spirits of the dead.

The official name of Chureito Pagoda is "Fujiyoshida Cenotaph Monument," which means that it is not a general shrine or temple, but a memorial Pagoda owned by the city. (Chureito Pagoda is, however, erected on the premises of Arakura Fuji Sengen Shrine)

A Sightseeing Spot Representing Yamanashi Prefecture

Image of Arakurayama Sengen Park
Photo:Arakurayama Sengen Park

Chureito in Arakurayama Sengen Park, located in Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture, is a tourist destination that represents Yamanashi Prefecture and is visited by many tourists every year.
Just by watching the video, it isn't hard to understand why.
It's a culmination of the beautiful scenery that symbolizes Japan, condensed into one location.
Also, when climbing the 398 steps leading to the observation deck of Arakurayama Sengen Park, you'll find "the place where Mt. Fuji looks most beautiful."
Selected as one of the "One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji" and featured on the cover of the 4th edition of "Michelin Green Guide Japan," it is one of the most famous places to see beautiful scenery, both in Japan and overseas.
It has become explosively popular in the last few years, especially with visitors from Thailand.
It has been worshiped as a sacred place, and many Thai people have come to Japan to see this scenery with their own eyes.

On the grounds of Arakurayama Sengen Park and on the grounds of Arakura Fuji Sengen Shrine, there are promenades surrounded by tree, including cherry blossoms, pine trees, cypresses, and zelkovas, as well as hiking trails with small pavilions.
Many tourists come to enjoy the autumn leaves here in the fall.

During the cherry blossom festival, events are held on stages, there are booths featuring delicious local cuisine, and the Arakurayama Sengen Park area is shrouded in a gorgeous atmosphere.
In order to enjoy the night views of the cherry blossoms and Chureito Pagoda, live cameras are installed in the area so guests visiting via the internet can enjoy them as well.
Also, winter is expected to be quite crowded with worshippers coming to celebrate hatsuhinode, the first sunrise of the year, so it's best to check visiting information online before heading out to the shrine.

Summary of Arakurayama Sengen Park

Image of Arakurayama Sengen Park
Photo:Arakurayama Sengen Park

Shimizu Port in Shizuoka Prefecture is also famous for its view of Mt. Fuji, but the best place to enjoy the traditional Japanese beauty of cherry blossoms and a vermillion-colored pagoda along with Mt. Fuji is, without a doubt, Arakurayama Sengen Park and Chureito Pagoda.
Information on transportation access to Arakurayama Sengen Park and free parking (up to 96 standard vehicles) can be found on the official Fujiyoshida City Tourism Guide website.

The road to the free parking lot may be closed, especially during winter, so be sure to check the information on the website before visiting.

【Official Website】Arakurayama Sengen Park・Chureito Pagoda – Fujiyoshida City Tourism Guide

【TripAdvisor】Chureito Pagoda

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Last Updated : Mar. 4, 2023
児玉 勇(Yu Kodama)
A writer who loves Japan and yakitori
A Spectacular View of Japan That Amazes People Around the World! Mt. Fuji, Cherry Blossoms, and the Five-Story Pagoda at Arakurayama Sengen Park, Yamanashi!
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