Mt. Fuji,Mount Fuji
Registered as a World Heritage Site in 2013, this is the highest mountain in Japan.
Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan, and stands 3,776 meters high, as sung in the nursery rhyme, ”Fuji is the Number One Mountain in Japan.” The beautifully symmetric form of Mount Fuji is commonly known as the symbol of Japan, and in the past it was the theme of an ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock print) by artist Hokusai Katsushika. The image of Mount Fuji reflected beautifully in the lake is known as “sakasa-Fuji”(upside down Mount Fuji) and is currently printed on Japanese bills. In 2013, Mount Fuji was registered as a World Heritage Site, and it became a popular sightseeing spot not only for visitors from Japan, but also for those from all over the world. It takes around five to six hours from the fifth station of Mt Fuji, which is the starting point. As the altitude is high, the air gets thin from the eighth station, so you should take your time when climbing the mountain. There is an observation deck, a shrine and a shop, and if the sky is clear you will be able to see the vast view of Lake Yamanaka, Fujiyoshida City, and Lake Kawaguchi. You can take the Fuji Subaru Line (toll road) or take a direct bus from major cities in Kanto Area to the fifth station that is at 2,220 meters above sea level.