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Touring places with mystical energy at the foot of Mt. Fuji

Healing 04 Mar, 2015

Mt. Fuji is one of the main places in Japan said to hold mystical energy. Known asReiho Fuji (SacredFuji), the mountain has long been believed to possess great vital force and emit mystical energy. Here we will take a look at three of theseplaces around Mt. Fuji.
 
OshinoHakkai
 
The local spring water is fed by the melted snow and other water that fell on Mt. Fuji and have flowed through lava beds and other formations underground for a long period time. Designated by the national government as one of the “100 Exquisite and Well-Conserved Waters”, it is well known among Japanese for its good tasting water.
 
OshinoHakkai consists of eight ponds of spring water coming from the subsoil water flowing from Japan’s tallest mountain. In the past, going on a pilgrimage ofsacred places around the mountain, called Fujiko, was popular among Japanese people. Pilgrims would practiceascetic training with water by visiting the eight Ryuos (Dragon Kings), which were believed to be the guardiandeities for ascetic training in the area. Along with its mysticscenery, it is one of the leading spots believed to possessmystical energy.
 
The eight spring ponds that make upOshinoHakkai are Deguchi-ike, Okama-ike,Sokonashi-ike, Choshi-ike, Waku-ike, Nigori-ike, Kagami-ike and Shobu-ike. Themajority of these ponds are characterized by theirclean and serene water surfaces worthy of the name of Fuji’s famed water. The view of Mt. Fuji from here is referred to asOshino Fuji. It is so gorgeous that it was selected as one of the 100 top new views of Mt. Fuji. However, the mystical power imparted by these waters varies from pond to pond. How about makinga prayer for the favor you seek?
 
- Deguchi-ike Pond
This pond is saidto be filled with sacred clean water that washes away the dirt and grime of the secular world. In the past, people believed that ascetics could safely ascend the sacred mountain after purifying themselves with the water in the pond and taking some of it with them.
 
- Okama-ike Pond
This pond appears in an old folktale in which a big frog living in the pond dragged a girl into the water. It is also said that things which are lost float to the surface of the pond.
 
- Sokonashi-ike Pond
Be careful not to drop anything into the pond by mistake. It will be caught up in a vortex and never be found again.
 
- Choshi-ike Pond
This pond has a tragic story about a bride who felt so embarrassed after breaking wind in her wedding ceremony that she threw herself into the water. People say that the face of a beautiful woman cansometimes be seen atthe bottom of the pond. In addition to this tale, the pond is also said to help people find their soulmate.
 
- Waku-ike Pond
This pond is said to have been given to peopleby the female deity Konohanasakuya-hime when Mt. Fuji eruptedin the past.
 
- Nigori-ike Pond
The waters of this pond were supposedly once clear, but are said to have become turbid after the pond’s ownerrefused a person with no home who came to the pond seeking water.
 
- The name of this pond alludes to the fact that Mt. Fuji is reflected clearly on the surface of the pond,even though its watersare muddy.
 
- Shobu-ike Pond
There is a legend about this pond in which a person suffering from lung disease was cured after he wrapped his body in the irises that grew in the pond.
 
FugakuFuketsuCave
 
The FugakuFuketsu Cave is one of the largest lava caves in the AokigaharaJukaiForest to the northwest of Mt. Fuji. It has been designated as a national natural monument. It is said that people in the past travelled through the cave to pray for recovery from illnessand rebirth. 
 
This cave runs 201 meters long and has a ceiling that is approximately eight meters high. The average temperature inside the cave is 3 degrees Celsius, even in summer. Whenyou step into the cave, you will feel an incredible coolness and be enveloped by the cave’s mystic atmosphere. The basalt walls absorb sound, meaning that no echoescan be heard in the cave. This unique feature creates a sense of separation from the real world. The cave is said to have been used for storing silkworm eggs up until the early days of the Showa period (1926-1989).
 
Participants in a fifteen-minute tour will see natural ice columns that never melt. These columnsresemble works of art, lava shelves, ropy lava, and other unusual views produced by lava. There is also a moss called Keisanka, commonly known as Hikarigoke (which literally means “shining moss”), thatreflects irradiated light in an emerald color.
 
TenjoyamaYuhodoTrail
 
Mt. Tenjoyama stands at the height of 1104 meters to the east of Lake Kawaguchi. It is known for being the setting of Kachikachiyama, a talefound in acollection of short stories calledOtogizoshiwritten by Osamu Dazai, one of the prominent Japanese novelists in the Meiji period (1868-1912).
 
The KachikachiyamaRopewayruns between Kohan Station at the foot of the mountain and Fujimidai Station in the observation square. However, there is also a trail that takes about 40 minutes to walk down. This is a great path for hardy walkers looking for some exercise.
 
The observation platform provides great views of Mt. Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi, and the city at the foot of the mountain. These beautiful views have earned this place the distinction of being one the 100 best spots for viewing Mt. Fuji in the Kanto region. You will also find the Tenjo-no-Kane (literally means “Bell at Mt. Tenjoyama” or “Celestial Bell”) in a heart-shaped frame shaped set to face Mt. Fuji. This is another place with mystical energy. Couples who ring the bell are said to find true love, while people who are sick are supposedly cured of their disease.
 
Nearby is a shrine called Usagi (rabbit) Jinja. This shrineis where people pray for safety and pleasant journey of those who climb Mt. Mitsutoge, another mountain in Yamanashi Prefecture and one of Japan’s 100 famed mountains. The mountain can be reached from the shrine, where an object of worship shaped like a rabbit is enshrined. There are two statues of rabbits on both sides of the shrine. People are said to receive wisdom when they caress the head of Yumemi Usagi (Dreaming Rabbit), which has its head down. TheFujimi Usagi (Fuji Viewing Rabbit) stands upright onits hind legs. Caressing one of these legs is said to ensure health.

Sights & Attractions

Fuji Subaru Line,5th Station–Yoshida entrance

Fuji Subaru Line,
5th Station –Yoshida entrance

The 5th Station of Mt. Fuji is located on the side of Mt. Fuji. It is accessible by buses coming from various stations located at the foot of the mountain.

Fuji-Q Highland

Fuji-Q Highland

This is Japan's uniquely Japanese amusement park. There are loads of rides and attractions for all ages at Fuji-Q Highland, including Guinness World Record holding roller coasters.

Lake Yamanaka

Lake Yamanaka

Since olden times, Lake Yamanaka has been the place to escape Japan’s summer heat. There are many hotels and summer villas lining the waters of the lake and the natural beauty of the surrounding area will amaze you.

Lake Kawaguchi

Lake Kawaguchi

Located on the northern side of Mt. Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi is a popular destination for tourists seeking views of Mt. Fuji. There are also museums, shops and hot springs to visit and many fun activities, such as fishing and marine sports. 

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