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Mount Fuji, one of the UNESCO World Heritages in Japan

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Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji, sacred place and source of artistic inspiratio
(Culture, registered in 2013)
Mout Fuji is the highest mountain (3776m, 12,389ft) and symbokic mountain in Japan, standing at the border of Shizuoka and Yamanashi Prefecture. Because it is an independent moutain, it is visible from all over including Tokyo, about 100km away. This beautiful stratovolcano is categorized as active volcano. Its last eruption was about 300 year ago.

The mountain has been a religious place and object of pilgrimage for centuries. Also Mount Fuji has inspired artists and poets including "Thirty-six views of Mout Fuji" by Hokusai Katsushika. So, it was selected as a cultural rather than a natural heritage site
South Wind, Clear Sky by Hokusai KatsushikaGreat Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai Katsushika
Thirty-six vies of Mount Fuji by Hokusai Katsushika

The World Heritage includes Five Lakes of Mount Fuji created by eruption of the mountain, several Shinto shrines including the one at the summit and nice view points such as Shiraito Falls and Mihonomatsubara pine tree grove.

There are 4 motorways to go up to 5th stations (1400 - 2400m) by car. So lots of tourists go up there not only the climbers. The climbing season is July and August and during there two months, more than 300,000 people climb to the top! The popular way to climb is to start from the 5th station, to rest for short sleep at the hut on 7th or 8th station and reach to the top at the sunrise time.
Sunrise from the summit
Beautiful sunrise from the summit

How to access from Tokyo (example)
Shinjuku-(highway bus)-5th station of Mt. Fuji (2.5 hours)
Shinjuku-(JR)-Otsuki-(Fujikyuko Line)-Kawaguchiko-(bus)
-5th stations of Mt. Fuji (3-4 hours)

Mount Fuji with snow
Mount Fuji with snow

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