Mt. Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan. 3776-meter-high mountain is in Shizuoka prefecture and you can see it on your right side when you take Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto. And we Japanese just love this mountain from the ancient times.
And this mountain is religously sacred. During Edo Era of 18th century, people in current Tokyo started to worship Mt. Fuji and they built miniature Mt. Fuji inside shrines in Tokyo. The miniature Mt. Fuji is called Fujizuka and sometimes they were made of molten rocks of real Mt. Fuji.
Fujizuka in Shitaya Sakamoto in Tokyo is one of those Fujizuka in Edo Era which was built in 1839. As I wrote in my yesterday’s post, every year on June 30th and July 1st, this miniature mountain becomes open to the public and you can climb the miniature Mt. Fuji.
This is how people climb the miniature Mt. Fuji.
The religious faith of Mt. Fuji was started by Kakugyo Hasegawa during the 16th century. This religion was succeeded by several generations during Edo Era. In 1733, Miroku Jikigyo, a person of religion, went into Mt. Fuji and started fast in order to save the public from the famine which led him to death 35 days later.
Fujizuka in Kaizo-ji Temple where I also visited is believed to have parts of bones of Miroku.
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Address: 25-10 Mukogaoka 2-chome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo