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1788 Mount Fuji, Kawaguchiko Fifth Station - Yamanashi Prefecture

Statue to Japanese Scouting at the Kawaguchiko fifth station.


Mount Fuji


Mount Fuji (富士山 Fuji-san) is the highest mountain in Japan located on Honshu Island at 3,776.24 m (12,389 ft). An active stratovolcano that last erupted in 1707–08, Mount Fuji lies about 100 kilometres (62 mi) south-west of Tokyo, and can be seen from there on a clear day. Mount Fuji's exceptionally symmetrical cone, which is snow-capped several months a year, is a well-known symbol of Japan and it is frequently depicted in art and photographs, as well as visited by sightseers and climbers. It is one of Japan's "Three Holy Mountains" (三霊山 Sanreizan) along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku.


Approximately 300,000 people climbed Mount Fuji in 2009. Buses to the fifth station start running on 1 July. Most Japanese climb the mountain at night in order to be in a position at or near the summit when the sun rises. The morning sunshine is called 御来光 "Goraikō" which means "honourable arrival of light".

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Taken on September 25, 2011