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Fuji san - the sacred mountain of Japan

Mount Fuji, Japan, Base view village house

The most recognized symbol of Japan, Mount Fuji is the most visited tourist attraction in this country. It is estimated that each year the volcano is visited by about half a million tourists who want to surprise them or pass through the snowy peaks.

Japanese call it Fuji-san, as a sign of affection ("san" is a title of respect), but Mount Fuji is not just a marvel of nature, but also a sacred place that residents' land of the Rising Sun "considers to be endowed with spirit and that poets and artists have always looked for inspiration.

Located on the border between Yamanashi and Shizuoka provinces, Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan, with a height of 3776 meters. A volcano (has not erupted since 1708) with an almost perfect cone, Mount Fuji can be seen on clear days from Tokyo and Yokohama. To admire in its entire splendor, however, you should visit Japan in winter because in summer the mountain is often covered by clouds.

If you are visiting Japan, but have not even planned a trip to the hill, you have still a chance to "catch" a perfect picture of Fuji-san. The easiest way to see Mount Fuji is if you take the train along the Tokaido Line between Tokyo and Osaka. You can buy a ticket from Tokyo to Nagoya direction, Kyoto, Osaka, and after a journey of about 40-45 minutes you get to Shin-Fuji station where you can enjoy the perfect view of the sacred mountain of Japan.

But if you want to see the mountain in nature and can even climb to the top, then you should know that growing season lasts from 1 July to 31 August. The rest of the year, the chalets on Mount Fuji are closed.
At the foot of the hill on the northern side, you get in the five lakes Fuji (Fujigoko), a picturesque area located Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. Here are lodges, hotels and even a golf course and an amusement park. On weekends, the area is crowded because many people in Tokyo come to relax in the beautiful forests around lakes.

If you are passionate climber and you want to conquer the highest peak of Japan, it would be good to know that because of the growing season quite low that time (July 1 to August 31), the routes are very crowded. In summer the weather is stable and chalets located on the trails are open. If you do not want to rush you with thousands of enthusiasts to the top, you are an experienced climber and have appropriate equipment; you can adventure on Mount Fuji and the season. Remember, however, that temperatures are very low near the top even in summer and strong winds will create serious problems.

It is recommended for a tour to the summit of Mount Fuji to seek the services of specialized travel agencies that organize trips with guides. The price usually come tour transportation, guide, accommodation on the mountain, meals and a visit to a hot spring at the end of the trip.