Mt. Fuji is the pride of Japan and the spiritual embodiment of ‘home’ in the heart of the Japanese. It has been four-and-a-half years since Mt. Fuji was registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site. And, now, the long-awaited Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre, Shizuoka, has been constructed adjacent the torii gate of the Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha Shrine here in Fujinomiya City.
The design of the Centre incorporates Fuji cypress into the exterior wall, while an inverted, conical shape has been adopted which produces a mirror image of Mt. Fuji’s unique beauty in the nearby reflecting pool. The allure and mystery of Mt. Fuji is also conveyed inside through the many exhibits and displays.
The mission of the Centre is to facilitate a deeper examination of Mt. Fuji, to broadly communicate its beauty and traditions to people in Japan and overseas, and to help ensure that its elegant appearance and unparalleled cultural value are preserved for future generations.
The establishment of the Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre, Shizuoka, marks the beginning of exciting and meaningful initiatives that the public will love and appreciate.
Atsuko Toyama, Director, Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre, Shizuoka