On the top of most visitors to Japan ‘to do list’ is Mt Fuji.
This majestic mountain provides the backdrop to many of the experiences waiting for you when you Explore Shizuoka.
Climbing to the top, hiking around the base, admiring it from a far or trying sake or whisky made with pure Mt Fuji filtered water – there are many ways to enjoy this Japanese iconic mountain in Shizuoka.
It is hard to describe how Mt Fuji makes one feel. Don’t despair though, as pilgrims to the mountain have been at a loss for centuries as to how to describe the beauty of Mt Fuji, known as Fuji-san to the Japanese.
People in Shizuoka Prefecture, at the foot of Mount Fuji, held a ceremony on July 10 to mark the start of the mountain's climbing season. Participants purified themselves with water, and set light to cedar sticks. The ceremony is designed to pray for the safety of the climbers. pic.twitter.com/PKyhIeOXW1— NHK WORLD News (@NHKWORLD_News) July 19, 2019
Let’s start with some interesting facts:
* Highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 m (12,389ft)
* One of Japan’s ‘Three Holy Mountains’ along with Mt Tate and Mt Haku
* UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, designated in June 22, 2013
* Classified as active but with a low risk of eruption. The last recorded eruption was the Hōei eruption which started on December 16, 1707
* Public climbing season begins July 1st and ends beginning of September
* UNESCO recognizes 25 sites of cultural heritage around Mt Fuji, including significant shrines such as Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha, and the astounding lakes around the mountain like Lake Kawaguchiko
* Featured in Japanese art and media for over 1,000 years, from woodblock prints such as the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, poetry, song, theatre, film, manga, anime, and even Japanese pottery, to bank notes and postal stamps.
The mountain itself offers many activities and adventures for all ages and levels of fitness – and even if you are unable to make it right to the summit of the mountain, you can still enjoy its surroundings.
Even if the weather is not co-operating, a visit to the remarkable Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre will help you to understand why it has been loved for so many centuries.
Take a quick drive up to one of the 5th stations, hike around the crater of Mt Hoei or trek through the lush undergrowth forest.
These activities are all easily accessible and enjoyable for people of all ages and levels of fitness.
Mt Fuji has a snowcap all year round – even in Japan’s surprisingly humid Summer months the peak remains peppered with snow.
Summiters are often welcomed with bitterly cold winds even in the height of climbing season.
For a lot of people though the main objective is to get to the top.
Mt Fuji is probably one of the most accessible, and perhaps, most climbed mountains in the World.
Climbing Mt Fuji does pose some challenges, and climbers need to be well prepared and climb with caution.
During climbing season it is a fairly straight forward hike to the top and well worth the effort for the sunrise view.