Mount Fuji is the highest volcano and mountain in Japan. The volcano is regarded as a sacred kami or spirit in the Shinto religion, specifically that of Princess Konohanasakuya-hime (aka Fuji-hime or Sengen), and climbing its slopes is considered an act of pilgrimage for followers of that faith. The mountain also has several important sacred shrines, caves, springs and a waterfall. Eight major shrines were built around the foot of the mountain and hundreds of smaller ones have since been added.
The Kawaguchi Asama Shrine was built in the 9th century CE in an effort to appease the anger of Fujisan after the eruptions of that century. In 1149 CE the Dainichiji temple was built near the peak by Matsudai Shonin where there is also a torii or sacred gate.