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Mount Fuji, Top-Rated Japan Outdoors Tourist Attractions & Top Sights

Mount Fuji, Japan

Iconic peak with Fujisan Hongu Sengen

Mount Fuji is a Top-Rated Japan Outdoors, Tourist Attractions & Top Sights

Mount Fuji, or Fugaku, located on the island of Honshu, is the highest mountain in Japan, at 3,776.24 meters. It is the second-highest volcano on an island in Asia and the seventh-highest peak on an island in the world. Mount Fuji is a dormant stratovolcano that last erupted from 1707 to 1708. The mountain is located about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo and is visible from there on a clear day. Mount Fuji's exceptionally symmetrical cone, which is covered in snow for about five months of the year, is commonly used as a cultural icon of Japan and is often depicted in art and photography, as well as visited by tourists and climbers. Mount Fuji is one of the "Three Sacred Mountains" of Japan, along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku. It is a special place of natural beauty and one of the historical places in Japan. It was added to the World Heritage List as a cultural site on June 22, 2013. According to UNESCO, Mount Fuji has "inspired artists and poets and been an object of pilgrimage for centuries". UNESCO recognizes 25 sites of cultural interest within the Mount Fuji area. These 25 locations include mountains and Shinto shrines, Fujisan Hongu Senzen Taisha.

Mount Fuji, Top-Rated Japan Outdoors Tourist Attractions & Top Sights

Climbing Route of  Mount Fuji

An estimated 300,000 people climbed Mount Fuji in 2009. The most popular time for people to climb Mount Fuji is July to August, when the huts and other facilities are operating and the weather is warmest. Buses to trail heads commonly used by hikers begin running on July 1. Climbing is highly discouraged from October to May after many high-profile deaths and severe cold weather. Most Japanese climb mountains at night to be at or near the summit at sunrise.

There are four main routes to the summit, with numbered stations along each route. They are (clockwise, starting from the north): Kawaguchiko, Subashiri, Gotemba and Fujinomiya routes. Riders usually start from the fifth station, as these are accessible by car or bus. The summit is the tenth station on each trail. Stations on different routes are at different elevations; The fifth highest station is at Fujinomiya, followed by Yoshida, Subashiri and Gotemba. There are four additional routes from the foot of the mountain: the Shojiko, Yoshida, Suyama, and Murayama routes.

Although it has only the second-highest fifth station, the Yoshida route is the most popular route because of its large parking area and many large mountain huts where a climber can rest or stay. During the summer season, most Mt.Fuji climbing tour buses come there. The next-most popular is the Fujinomiya route, which has the fifth highest station, followed by Subashiri and Gotemba. Boarding from the new fifth station can take anywhere from five to seven hours and disembarkation can take anywhere from three to four hours.

Although most climbers do not climb the Subashiri and Gotemba routes, many descend this route due to its ash-covered path. From seventh station to near fifth station, one can walk down these ash-covered paths in about 30 minutes. Apart from these routes there are tractor routes along the climbing route. These tractor routes are used to bring food and other materials to the mountain huts. Since tractors usually take up most of the width of these paths and they push large rocks off the side of the path, tractor paths are off-limits to climbers that are not combined with climbing or descending paths. Nevertheless, one can sometimes be seen riding a mountain bike along the tractor path from the mountain. This is particularly dangerous, as it becomes difficult to control the speed and some rocks may roll along the path, which may injure other people.


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Mount Fuji, Top-Rated Japan Outdoors Tourist Attractions & Top Sights
Mount Fuji, Top-Rated Japan Outdoors Tourist Attractions & Top Sights
Mount Fuji, Top-Rated Japan Outdoors Tourist Attractions & Top Sights
Mount Fuji, Top-Rated Japan Outdoors Tourist Attractions & Top Sights
Mount Fuji, Top-Rated Japan Outdoors Tourist Attractions & Top Sights

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