Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is Japan's highest mountain, lies on the border of Shizuoka and Yamanashi Prefecture, west of Tokyo. Mount Fuji is located near the Pacific coast of central Honshu. Fuji is surrounded by three cities of Gotemba (east), Fuji-Yoshida (North) and Fujinomiya (southwest). 3776 m high mountain is also surrounded by five lakes namely Kawaguchi, Yamanaka, Sai, Motosu and Shoji.

Mount Fuji is a symbol of Japan's famous and often depicted in artwork and photographs, as well as visited by mountaineers and tourists.

Mount Fuji is estimated to form about 10,000 years ago. A volcano is still active despite having a low possibility of eruption, Fuji last erupted in 1707. There are five lakes around Fuji, namely Lake Kawaguchi, Lake Yamanaka, Lake Sai, Lake Shoji and Lake Motosu.

Mountain peaks covered with ice is very sacred to Buddhist and Shinto, and is also believed to be the palace of the Goddess of Fire in the Shinto religion and Danichi Nyorai, the Sun God in Buddhism.

Approximately 200,000 people climb Mount Fuji every year, 30% of them foreigners. Deadlines are the most popular for climbers is from 1 July to 27 August. The climb can take from 3 to 7 hours while the decline of the mountain at around 2 to 5 hours.

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