Mount Fuji from Arakurayama Sengen Park in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture, on March 15 with the snow-sprinkled pagoda in the foreground (Hiroshi Kawai)
Freak snowfall sets up splendid view at pagoda of Mount Fuji
The Asahi Shimbun March 16, 2016
“I’m so lucky to see snowy scenery like this on my trip,” said Shen Zhijie, 26, who was visiting from Shanghai with her boyfriend.
The cenotaph-pagoda in Arakurayama Sengen Park was crested with white as the area north of Mount Fuji had experienced a sudden snowfall of up to 20 centimeters the day before.
Expecting an influx of tourists wanting to catch the splendid view, seven shovel-wielding city employees started working at 8 a.m. to clear a path through the snow up the 400 steps to the pagoda.
“It’d be terrible if someone slipped and fell at a popular tourist spot like this,” said Yasushi Shimura of the Fujiyoshida city government’s road and park department. “When the cherry blossoms bloom in a month or so, this place will be bustling with even more people.”
Snowboard Japan photos from Tokyo Snow Club.com