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Mount Fuji which is located on Honshū, is considered as the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776.24 m. It is the 2nd-highest peak of an island (volcanic) in Asia, and 7th-highest peak of an island in the world. Mount Fuji is an active stratovolcano that was erupted the last time in 1707-1708.
This beautiful Mount lies about 100 kilometers south-west of Tokyo, that people may see it from there on each clear day. One of the features of the Mount Fuji is that it is exceptionally symmetrical cone, which is snow-capped for about 5 months a year. This phenomenon is considered the well-known symbol of Japan which has become one of the favorite views for many photographers.
Mount Fuji is one of Japan’s “Three Holy Mountains” along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku. It is also a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and one of Japan’s Historic Sites. It was added to the World Heritage List as a Cultural Site on June 22, 2013.
In accordance with UNESCO, Mount Fuji has “inspired artists and poets and been the object of pilgrimage for centuries”. UNESCO identifies 25 sites of cultural interest within the Mt. Fuji locality.
These 25 locations contain the mountain and the shrine, as well as the Taisekiji Head Temple founded in 1290.
The History of This Beautiful Mount!
The Mount has an ancient history- people saw the mountain in 1600 when Edo (now Tokyo) became the capital during traveling on the Tōkaidō road. The mountain has been symbolized the Japanese literature throughout the ages, and it is considered the inspired source for creating many poems.
It is thought that the first recorded ascent was in 663 by an anonymous monk. The summit has been thought of as sacred since ancient times and was forbidden to women until the Meiji Era in the late 1860s. Ancient samurai used the base of the mountain as a remote training area, near the present-day town of Gotemba.
Below you may enjoy its beauty!