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Yamanashi: Fujisan Yama-biraki

Ceremonies to open the official climbing season of Mt. Fuji - the highest mountain in Japan, 3,776 meters high above sea level. There are two major events such as Omichi-Biraki - a ceremony of going through Torii Gate by the priests praying for the safety of the climbers and Yama-biraki - a ceremony to mark the opening Mt. Fuji's climbing season, at each shrine.

Schedule & key events:
● June 30 at Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen-jinja Shrine
from 3 p.m.: Shinto rites
from 4 p.m.: Omichi-Biraki

● July 1 at Komitake-jinja Shrine on the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji Yoshida-guchi trail
from 6 a.m.: Mt. Fuji Yama-biraki

Location: Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen-jinja Shrine, Komitake-jinja Shrine, Fuji-Yoshida, Yamanashi

(1) Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen-jinja Shrine: Fuji-Kyuko Line to Fujisan-eki Station, and then walk 20 min. (2) Komitake-jinja Shrine: Fuji-Kyuko Line to Fujisan-eki Station or Kawaguchiko Station From there, take bus to Fuji-san Go-go-me (5th Station) Bus Stop (55 min.)

Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.