city, Shizuoka ken (prefecture), Honshu, Japan, at the western foot of Mount Fuji. It developed around the Sengen (Asama) Shrine, the main shrine for the worship of Mount Fuji since the 9th century. During the early part of the Tokugawa period (1603-1867), the ruler Tokugawa Ieyasu built an inner shrine, hall of worship, and tower gate, which were partly reconstructed in 1925.

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