Mt.Fuji,5 story pagoda and cherry blossoms or Autumn leaves

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10 Apr. 2017

I went to Arakurayama Sengen park at 10 April 2017 when the cherry blossoms were fully bloomed.
It is one of the most famous place in Japan by the scenery of Mt.Fuji,cherry blossoms and 5 story pagoda.
They are fully bloomed between the beginning and mid of April every year.
This place is located in Fujiyoshida city of Yamanashi prefecture.

Cherry blossoms at Shohukuji temple Chureito pagoda at near Arakurayama Sengen Park
Cherry blossoms at Shohukuji temple Chureito pagoda at near Arakurayama Sengen Park
Shohukuji temple Chureito pagoda at near Arakurayama Sengen Park
I arrived there at 8:00 but the parking lot of the park was already full.
But in the cherry blossom season, they have many temporary parking lots.
Parking lot in Shohukuji temple was one of them.
Some security guards led me here.
It took about 5 minutes from here to the entrance of Arakurayama Sengen park by walk.
The fee was 1000 yen per day.
Cherry blossoms of this place was also beautiful!

Arakura Sengen shrine
There was Arakurayama Sengen shrine near the Torii gate.
It was built in 705.

Path of 398 Steps at Arakurayama Sengen Park
Atago shrine and Chureito pagoda Arakurayama Sengen Park
Shigogama shrine and Chureito pagoda Arakurayama Sengen Park
Observation deck is located on the top of this path of 398 steps.
There are Atago shrine and Shiogama shrine on the middle of the road.

Cherry blossoms,Mt.Fuji at Arakurayama Sengen Park
Mt.Fuji at Arakurayama Sengen Park
On top of the steps, I could see gorgeous view of Mt.Fuji and cherry blossoms!!

Cherry blossoms at Arakurayama Sengen Park
Torii gate of Arakurayama Sengen Park
Cherry‐tree‐lined path lead to the Torii gate, the entrance of Arakurayama Sengen park.
The view of Mount Fuji was so beautiful!

Chureito pagoda and cherry blossoms at Arakurayama Sengen Park
Chureito pagoda and cherry blossoms at Arakurayama Sengen Park

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Then I turned around, there was the Chureito Pagoda.
It was built in 1963 as a peace memorial.
The scenery with cherry blossoms were so beautiful that I took many pictures.
In the back of this 5 story pagoda, there is observation deck.

Cherry blossoms,Mt.Fuji and Chureito pagoda Arakurayama Sengen Park

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Gorgeous landscape from the observation deck.
Breathtaking view!
I’ve always wanted to see and take pictures of it!

Observation deck of Arakurayama Sengen Park
Chureito pagoda at observation deck of Arakurayama Sengen Park
It was very crowded with people.

Cherry blossom,Mt.Fuji and Chureito pagoda Arakurayama Sengen Park
The front row was the most popular.
But I could take this place than I thought.
The use of tripods aren’t allowed between 5:00 ~ 17:00 at the observation deck.
(Cherry blossoms season only.And you can use it at other places.)
So they didn’t take long time to take photo in one spot.

Public lavatory at Arakurayama Sengen Park
Mt.Fuji at Arakurayama Sengen Park
I could also take a beautiful picture of cherry blossoms with Mt.Fuji at the side of Public lavatory.
There were a lot of photo spots here and there!!

Cherry blossoms,Mt.Fuji and Chureito pagoda Arakurayama Sengen Park
2.5 hours went by so fast.
I want to find another good photo spot next time I come here.


9 Nov. 2017

Autumn leaves and Torii gate in Arakurayama Sengen Park
I went to Arakurayama Sengen Park to see how beautiful the autumn leaves were.
Trees around Torii gate beautifully turned to red!

Autumn leaves , Mt.Fuji and torii gate in Arakurayama Sengen Park
After going through the gate, I took a picture of Autumn foliage,Mt.Fuji and Torii gate.

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I took a picture at the yellow circle with 2 times zoom by iPhone7 Plus.
This is very popular photo spot.

Autumn leaves in Arakurayama Sengen Park

Fall leaves on the side of stairs were beautiful,too.

Autumn leaves in Arakurayama Sengen Park
After going up the steps, there were Atago shrine with autumn leaves.

Autumn leaves in Arakurayama Sengen Park
Then I went up the long stairs(398 steps)  on and on.

Autumn leaves in Arakurayama Sengen Park
Then I reached at observation deck where you can take a beautiful picture of Mount Fuji and Chureito Pagoda.
There were a few autumn leaves around there.
So I put my iPhone in front of my foot and took a picture with 2 times zoom to make it beautiful as possible as I could.

I could some beautiful scenery today, but I felt that best time to come here is April when the cherry blossoms are fully bloomed.


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【Date of visit】
8:00 ~ 10:30 of 20 April 2017.

【Opening hour】
Open at all times.
Open all year round.

【Admission Fee】
free

【Access】
・By train
Shinjuku station in Tokyo → 1.5 hour by Chuo line → Otsuki station → 40 minutes by Fuji Kyuko line → Shimo-Yoshida Station → 10 minutes walk

・By Bus
1 hour and 40 minutes from Shinjuku Bus Terminal → 10 minutes walk from Chuo-do Shimo Yoshida bus stop.

・By Car
15 minutes from Kawaguchiko IC, Chuo Expressway.
There is a parking lot for 120cars.
(Usually the fee is free, but in the cherry blossom season it costs 1000 yen per 1 day.)
When the cherry blossoms are best time to see,they have many temporary parking lots.

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