If you start your climb early in the morning, taking time to see every place on your way, then it should be lunchtime by the time you reach the third gō mark. With this in mind, teahouses were lined up in this rest area called Chūjiki Hall, which translates to “Lunch Hall”. The teahouses were located on the edge of the mountain. With tables and chairs overlooking the valley, customers can rest up while taking in the beautiful landscapes.

As the name suggests, the teahouses served up tea as the Fuji-kō followers would lay out their lunch boxes that the Oshi prepared for them. Lunch usually consisted of rice balls made with various boiled vegetables. The followers of Fuji-kō dressed in white and had to stay clean since they believed that they were heading to the afterlife. This went for the food they ate as well. Eating meat is impure and thus unclean, so the food that was prepared used only fish and vegetables.

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