Kawaguchiko Asama Shrine is a designated Mt. Fuji World Cultural Heritage Site Asset, located in Kawaguchiko. In the year 864, Mount Fuji had a large-scale volcanic eruption causing extensive damage to the small town of Fuji Kawaguchiko. The shrine was constructed around that time and dedicated to the Goddess of Mount Fuji, Asamano-Okami, to protect the town from any further volcanic eruptions. Annual festivals are held at the shrine on April 25 and July 28. The shrine has a grove with giant trees and also a flower garden with a water body.
Even though it is not the best cherry blossom viewing spot in Kawaguchiko, a trip to the shrine is totally worth it. I stopped here with my tour guide while checking out the best spots for 'sakura' or cherry blossom viewing with Mount Fuji in the background. I was staying at Hotel Mystays Fuji Onsen Resort, a five minute drive from Kawaguchiko Station.
The shrine is located at 1 Kawaguchi, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minami-tsuru-gun. Restrooms are available and there is a free car park.