Mt Fuji Guide - including Mt Fuji Map, Pictures, Mt Fuji Climbing and Mt Fuji Tours.

Mt Fuji is the highest mountain at 3776 meter and is the most significant mountain in Japan. Last erupted in 1707, it is an active volcano. The perfectly symmetrical cone covered by snow is the beauty of this mountain which is a frequent subject of Japanese art. Among them, Katsushika Hokusai's '36 Views of Mt Fuji' and 'One Hundred Views of Mt Fuji' are the most famous ones. Mt Fuji has been appeared in Japanese literature throughout the ages. The summit has been thought to be a sacred place since ancient times.

Mt Fuji (富士山 Fuji-san, 3776 meters) is Japan's highest Mountain. Visible from Tokyo on a clear day, the Mountain is located to the west of Tokyo on the main island Honshu.

Understanding Mt Fuji

A perfectly symmetrical volcanic cone, the Mountain is a near-mythical national symbol immortalized in countless works of art, including Hokusai's 36 Views of Mt Fuji. For merely seeing Mt Fuji, it's better to maintain some distance. The most popular place for sightseeing tours of Mt Fuji and surroundings is Hakone. Many of the best photographs are taken from Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park near or including one of the five lakes that surround Mt Fuji.

Mt Fuji from Fujiyoshida
Mt Fuji from Fujiyoshida

When to go - Mt Fuji Climbing

The official climbing season for Mt Fuji lasts for only two months, from July to August. Even during these months, when Tokyo often swelters in 40-degree heat, temperatures at the top can be below freezing at night and climbers must dress adequately.

Climbing Mt Fuji outside the official season is not only technically illegal without police permission but extremely dangerous without alpine climbing experience and equipment. Nearly all facilities are closed in the off season. The weather, unpredictable any time of year, is downright vicious in the winter and there are cases of people being literally blown off the Mountain by high winds.

(Article based on Wikitravel article by Based on work by Mary Gardiner and Paul N. Richter, Wikitravel user(s) Cjensen and Anonymous user(s) of Wikitravel.  Article used under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 1.0.)



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