Chureito Pagoda in spring

The Chureito Pagoda (쓃, Chūreitō) is a five storied pagoda on the mountainside overlooking Fujiyoshida City and Mount Fuji off in the distance. The pagoda is part of the Arakura Sengen Shrine and was built as a peace memorial in 1963 nearly 400 steps up the mountain from the shrine's main buildings.

The location offers spectacular views of Mount Fuji in combination with the pagoda, especially during the cherry blossom season in mid April when there are hundreds of trees in bloom and during the autumn color season which usually takes place in the first half of November. The spot is particularly popular among photographers as it allows for some wonderfully stereotypical shots of Japan.

Entrance to Arakura Sengen Shrine in autumn

Access

By train

Arakura Sengen Shrine is a ten minute walk from Shimo-Yoshida Station along the Fujikyu Railway Line (35 minutes, 960 yen from Otsuki or 10 minutes, 300 yen from Kawaguchiko). The pagoda is an additional five minute walk up the hill.

By bus

The Mount Fuji World Heirtage Loop bus serves the Chureito Iriguchi bus stop which is a short walk from Arakura Sengen Shrine. From Kawaguchiko Station, the bus ride takes about 15 minutes, while the ride back to Kawaguchiko Station takes about 45 minutes. Buses operate every 90 minutes.

How to get to and around the Fuji Five Lakes

Hotels around Fuji Five Lakes

Recommended Hotels
Highland Resort Hotel and Spa
Official hotel of the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park at the base of Mount Fuji.
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K's House Mount Fuji
Affordable backpackers hostel on the southern side of Lake Kawaguchiko.
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Kawaguchiko Station Inn
Conveniently located, inexpensive hotel across the street from Kawaguchiko Station.
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Kozantei Ubuya
Luxury ryokan along the northern shore of Lake Kawaguchiko.
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Kukuna
Stylish luxury ryokan on the northern shore of Lake Kawaguchiko.
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Page last updated: March 30, 2018