Mount Fuji – The Sacred Mountain of Japan
Mount Fuji is located in central Japan, to the west of Tokyo. From there you can see the sun rising over this symbol of the country.
With its 3,776 meters of height is the highest peak of all Japan and the World Heritage Site since 2014. This mountain is volcanic active, but with little risk of eruption. The last eruption dates back to 1707.
Mount Fuji Tokyo Wallpaper: image source japan guide
5 Facts about Mount Fuji
1. If we ask any Japanese, who does Mount Fuji belong to, he will look at you with a puzzled face and then answer: “To all the Japanese”! But the truth is that legally the highest part of the mountain (from 3360 meters to the top) is still recorded as the property of the Tokugawa Shogun Leyasu. All this has to do with the gods of nature. Natural areas are registered as private property, in order to protect them as sacred zones.
2. Until the year 1832, women were prohibited to climb Mount Fuji, because it has been considered a sacred place of the cult of gods of nature since antiquity. That same year a woman decided to break the rules and climb the mountain dressed in men’s attire. Today it is one of the favorite places to be visited by tourists (both sexes). The Mount has witnessed numerous artistic representations. And has become a star of numerous films and novels.
3. Aokigahara is a thick, dark forest that surrounds Mount Fuji. It is notorious for being the place where many people go to, when they decide to take the last trip of their life. In 2002, 78 bodies were found in this forest, beating the previous record of 73 in 1998. No one knows how many bodies remain undiscovered.
4. Are you getting married soon and searching for some special place? Now you can get married in the Shinto temple located at the top of Mount Fuji! All you need to do is to make an initial deposit and wait for your turn.
5. With a tradition that is over 400 years old, «Festival of the fire» is celebrated at the end of August in the route Yoshida. In addition to the natural beauty and spiritual symbolism of the volcano, the preservation of this traditional cultural celebration is another of the reasons, why it is recognized as a Natural and Cultural Heritage.
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Tips to Climb the Mount Fuji
• It is not true that you can go up only in July and August. What happens is that these are the official months to perform the climb. At this time the transport connection is better and different places to stay are open. It may be best to climb in September or June. There are fewer people during this time of the year. The most important thing is to check the weather conditions.
• It is better to spend the night in a shelter located at the eighth station, since climbing Mount Fuji and going back on the same day is crazy.
• Do not forget to bring water with you. From the 5th station to the first shelter of the 7th station (it takes about two and a half hours) you will not find water.
• Take some nuts and energetic or cereal bars. Even if you do not feel hungry, eat every hour to have enough energy to reach the top.
• From the seventh station you can already feel how it is getting colder. And when you get to the eighth station and it starts getting dark, the temperature change is brutal. A long sleeve shirt, a jersey, fat socks, a hat, gloves and something for the neck is what you need in order not to get cold.
• Do not forget about sunglasses and some sun protection for your face.
• Visit the Information Office, located on the fifth station, and take a map of the route.
Mount Fuji view
How to Get There
There is a direct bus from Tokyo, which will get you to the fifth station in 2.15 hours for 2,600 Yen ($23).
You have to go to Shinjuku station to catch the bus to Kawaguchiko (5th station). Buses leave from the Highway Bus Terminal, at the West Exit of Shinjuku Station, across the Yodobashi Camera.
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