Symbol of Japan

Mount Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan, standing at 3,776 meters (12,380 feet). It is an active volcano, with the Eurasian, North American and the Filipino plate converging in the region beneath Mount Fuji.


Every summer, thousands of pilgrims and tourists climb to the summit, many of them hiking throughout the night to witness the sunrise from the summit.


History of Mt. Fuji

Mount Fuji is a volcano, which geologists estimate was created 600,000 years ago during the Pleistocene era. It last erupted in 1707 and is now dormant. According to Buddhist tradition, Fuji rose from the earth in 286 BC after an earthquake that also created Lake Biwa (the largest lake in Japan).


Mount Fuji has been regarded as sacred mountain for virtually as long as humans have lived nearby.


About Mt. Fuji

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Mt. Fuji is located in the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, straddling two Prefectures (Shizuoka & Yamamashi) and is only 100 kilometers(62miles) from Tokyo, Japan's capital and largest city. Fuji-san's dimensions are impressive: 12,388 feet high; 78 miles in circumference and 25-30 miles in diameter around the base; topped with crater spanning 1600 feet in diameter.


A beautifully proportioned volcanic cone, Mt. Fuji is beloved for its symmetrical beauty as well as its holiness. It is a very popular subject in Japanese art and landscape photography.


Unlike some sacred mountains, it is not considered sacrilegious to climb Mt. Fuji - in fact, to ascend to the summit is an important pilgrimage. The mountain is home to many Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples and torii gates.


For pictures of the different faces of Mt. Fuji, see my Photo Gallery