You may find it weird if I say there are several Mt. Fuji in Tokyo. But there are. I heard that there were over 100 Mt. Fuji in Tokyo. As I wrote a little in my previous posting about Mt. Fuji, there was a custom to worship Mt. Fuji. During Edo era since 17th Century, people started making groups called Fuji-ko where representatives were sent to climb Mt. Fuji. But not everybody could climb Mt. Fuji at that time when travels cost a lot. So people created miniature Mt. Fuji called Fuji-zuka and climbed that small mountains instead of the real Mt. Fuji. This practice became so popular that many Mt. Fuji were created in Tokyo.
Shinagawa Jinja Shrine
Shinagawa Jinja Shrine has one of the largest Mt. Fuji in Tokyo. This shrine is said to be established in 1187. The Torii Gate of this shrine is very unique because dragons were carved on the pillars. The left pillar has a dragon climbing up and the right one has a dragon coming down.
Many Mt. Fuji in Tokyo hold the ceremony of mountain opening on 30th June and 1st July. And sometimes, you cannot climb those miniature mountains except for the opening day. But the 10-meter high Mt. Fuji in Shinagawa Jinja Shrine is open throughout the year.
The Mountain Trail of Shinagawa Jinja Shrine
The size of miniature Mt. Fuji differs from place to place. But they always have “a mountain trail” up to the top. Along the mountain trail, there are even signposts from Station No. 1 to Station No. 9. (Note: Station No.10 is the top of the mountain so there is no signpost for No.10.) Mt. Fuji in Shinagawa Jinja Shrine also follow these rules.
From the top of this miniature Mt. Fuji, you can have a nice view of Tokyo.
In front of a small shrine inside the property of Shinagawa Jinja, ten to twenty Torii Gates extend. They look like the Torii Gates of Fushimi Inari Jinja Shrine in Kyoto.
More Info on Shinagawa Jinja Shrine
Address: 7-15 Kita Shinagawa 3-chome, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Access: 20 min walk from Shinagawa Station of JR Lines.
Walking or Biking: There is Nikon Museum and Hara Museum near by so you can enjoy walking and biking to/from Shinagawa Jinja Shrine.