You probably already know the famous Mount Fuji which might be the most famous symbol of Japan around the world. But do you know all its secrets? Today let me introduce you to the most fascinating volcano of Japan the mount Fuji.
Japan’s Mt. Fuji is an active volcano about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo.
Commonly called “Fuji-san,” it’s the country’s tallest peak, at 3,776 meters.
A pilgrimage site for centuries, it’s considered one of Japan’s 3 sacred mountains, and summit hikes remain a popular activity.
Its iconic profile is the subject of numerous works of art, notably Edo Period prints by Hokusai and Hiroshige
Mount Fuji is an active volcano, which most recently erupted in 1707.
It stands on the border between Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures and can be seen from Tokyo and Yokohama on clear days.
If you want to enjoy Mount Fuji at a more leisurely pace and from a nice natural surrounding, you should head to the Fuji Five Lake (Fujigoko) region at the northern foot of the mountain, or to Hakone, a nearby hot spring resort. Mount Fuji is officially open for climbing during July and August via several routes.
This year unfortunately cause the coronavirus the mount Fuji is closed. They do not have any hiking trails available.
Climbing Mount Fuji is very popular not only among Japanese but also foreign tourists, who seem to make up more than a third of all hikers
Mount Fuji is divided into ten stations with the first station at the foot of the mountain and the tenth station being the summit. Paved roads go as far as the fifth station halfway up the mountain.
The ascent to the summit does not pose any major difficulties regarding climbing skills. Only at some points the terrain is rather steep and rocky.
The hike will take you between 6-8 hours whatever the way you choose. Generally you will have to sleep at the peak to go back when the sun goes up on the day after.
An overnight stay typically costs around 5000 yen per person without meals and around 7000 yen per person with two meals. Expect the huts to be extremely crowded during the peak.
During the climbing season, climbers of Mount Fuji are asked to contribute 1000 yen per person at collection stations at each trailhead. The money will be used to cover some of the expenditures arising from the huge number of climbers that visit the mountain each summer, especially regarding the protection of the environment and measures to guarantee the safety of climbers.
At the peak of Mount Fuji, you can find a real post office where you can send a postal card from it. A really unique souvenir, so don’t forget to send us a postal card when you will reach the top please.
Thank you for reading me and I really hope I will be able soon to write about my new adventure.