The Chureito Pagoda is part of the Arakura Sengen Shrine. It was built as a peace memorial in 1963 and is located about 400 steps away from the main shrine. The pagoda is situated on a mountainside that overlooks Fujiyoshida City with Mount Fuji in the background. In the spring you can see hundreds of cherry blossoms around the pagoda, which makes for a great photo. It is the same for the autumn season when the trees change to fall colors. On clear days you will be able to see Mount Fuji in the distance. Many people who have climbed up those steps have taken a great picture with the Chureito Pagoda and Mount Fuji. It is recommended that to go to the pagoda early in the morning to see the peak of Mount Fuji before the clouds begin to cover the summit.