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The Mount Fuji at Shinagawa Shrine – Fujizuka

Posted in Japanese Traditions, Places by tokyobling on June 11, 2015

If you have visited a few shrines in Tokyo you are likely to have come across the concept of the Fujizuka (富士塚), which literally translates to “Mount Fuji Mound”. These mounts that are made to resemble the famous Mount Fuji are anything from a couple of meters to the biggest one at 15 meters, here in Shinagawa Shrine. The common theme is that they all contain more or less original lava stones from the real mount fuji, usually these genuine rocks are in very visible locations, more or less covering the mound. The first Fukizuka was constructed in 1780 at Takada in modern day Nishi Waseda (later relocated), and this Fujizuka in Shinagawa Shrine was built very late, which perhaps explains its size. In the old days all of these were built in locations where you could actually see the real Mount Fuji from the top, but due to the construction of tall buildings this has been lost. I think it is possible to see the mountain from this very tall Fujizuka though, but despite dozens of visits I have never managed even a glimpse.

If you visit the Shinagawa Shrine and the small and quite terrifying footpath to the top is open I recommend a climb, the views are quite good, and you can almost see down to the old Tokaido road, the main highway of old Japan. Another thing you will see a lot of are trains, as they pass right on top of the little Shimbamba Station, and if you have a keen eye you might spot the dozens of jets coming in for landing or taking off from Haneda Airport to the south west of the shrine!











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  1. sweffling said, on June 11, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Goodness, what a climb! Scary.


    • tokyobling said, on June 12, 2015 at 2:01 am

      Good catch! It looks worse in reality, in the photos it doesn’t look too bad due to the wide angle lens I used on my camera. In real life however… (^-^;)


  2. Mikku said, on June 12, 2015 at 3:23 am

    Another place to add to the long list of places you’ve found that I want to visit!!


    • tokyobling said, on June 12, 2015 at 7:24 am

      Believe me, I have a long list as well! (^-^;) The more you look the more you find!


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