Chureito Pagoda

The iconic view on Mount Fuji

Chureito Pagoda is an essential building of Arakurayama Sengen shrine, located in Fujiyoshida City, in Yamanashi prefecture. The pagoda towers on the heights of the shrine’s park, facing the city, with an unobstructed view on Mount Fuji. One of Japan's most famous landscapes, it is further enhanced by blooming cherry trees in spring and red maple leaves in autumn.

Chureito Pagoda is actually quite recent, as it was built in 1963 as a peace memorial in Arakurayama Sengen park. Its architecture is not exceptional, and some might consider it a little bit too new and clean compared to its older and stylish counterparts throughout Japan. The view of the five-story pagoda with Mount Fuji in the background is nonetheless breathtaking and is certainly a must-see when visiting the country.

Strong legs are an asset to climb the several stone stairways leading to Chureito Pagoda, on the side of Mount Arakura. At the foot of the hill, the shrine’s entrance is materialized by a great torii gate facing the sacred mountain. In autumn, colors are wonderful as soon as the climb begins. A food truck sells snacks on the way, a little bit further after the beginning of the hike.

The pagoda is reached after a hundred of steps. Climb a little bit higher to access the famous Mount Fuji view, a perfect cone in the background, with the pagoda to the right on the foreground, and a branch of red maple leaves or blooming cherry tree. This iconic landscape can be shot with a camera, a smartphone, or simply enjoyed watching. You might want to avoid visiting Chureito Pagoda in the weekends of the seasonal peaks, in April for spring or early November for autumn, as the place is usually overcrowded.

Beside the pagoda, Arakurayama Sengen shrine doesn’t have much interest. It is however recommended to wander around: the little Shofuku-ji temple, located 5 minutes’ walk to the entrance of the park, is quite lovely and perfectly maintained.

Those who like walking can take the trail between Shimoyoshida station and Fujisan station, for about 20 minutes, with Fujisan in full sight during most of the stroll.

Chureito Pagoda is essentially a spot for shooting pictures, and its visit is quick and interesting mainly during seasonal changes. If you appreciate the postcard-like atmosphere, you can opt for a tour of the nearby Lake Kawaguchiko, if you know where to go to enjoy it to the fullest.

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Chureito Pagoda photo gallery

  • Arakurayama Sengen Shrine, Chureito Pagoda and Mount Fuji
  • Arakurayama Sengen Shrine, Shrine precincts
  • Arakurayama Sengen Shrine, Torii gate
  • Arakurayama Sengen Shrine, Torii gate 2
  • Arakurayama Sengen Shrine, Torii gate 3
  • Arakurayama Sengen Shrine, Worshipping Pavilion
  • Arakurayama Sengen Shrine, Shrine precincts in autumn
  • Arakurayama Sengen Shrine, Chureito Pagoda
  • Arakurayama Sengen Shrine, View on Mount Fuji from Chureito Pagoda
  • Arakurayama Sengen Shrine, View on Mount Fuji with Chureito Pagoda on the right
  • Arakurayama Sengen Shrine, View on Mount Fuji and the tip of Chureito Pagoda on the right
  • Arakurayama Sengen Shrine, View on Mount Fuji with Chureito Pagoda on the left
  • Arakurayama Sengen Shrine, Chureito Pagoda 2
  • Arakurayama Sengen Shrine, View on Mount Fuji in autumn
  • Fujiyoshida, Entrance to Shofuku-ji Temple, near Arakurayama Sengen Shrine and Chureito Pagoda
  • Fujiyoshida, Shofuku-ji Temple, near Arakurayama Sengen Shrine and Chureito Pagoda
  • Fujiyoshida, Shofuku-ji Temple, near Arakurayama Sengen Shrine and Chureito Pagoda 2
  • Fujiyoshida, Shofuku-ji Temple, near Arakurayama Sengen Shrine and Chureito Pagoda 3

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How to get to Chureito Pagoda

From Tokyo, Shinjuku Station:

By bus -- ~1h30 with Fujigoko Line, from Chuo Highway Bus Terminal West Exit, stop at Chuodo Shimoyoshida or Chuo EXPWY Shimoyoshida (~¥1,750 / ~US$ 16.30 English online booking here and here), then ~10 minutes' walk along the road

From Kawaguchiko:

By train -- ~15 minutes on Fujikyu Line, bound to Otsuki, stop at Shimoyoshida (~¥310 / ~US$ 2.90), then ~10 minutes' walk to the address: 3353-1 Arakura, Fujiyoshida-shi, Yamanashi Prefecture

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Admission

Free

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Opening hours

Free access

How long / when to visit

About one hour

Best seasons in spring, for cherry trees blooming or in autumn

In Japanese

新倉山浅間公園 (Arakurayama Sengen)

忠霊塔 (Chureito)

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14 / 19°C
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18 / 22°C

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