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Fuji-san (富士山): Japan’s Highest Mountain

There are many beautiful places you could go for a visit or sightseeing all over Japan. Almost every prefecture has developed and maintained some historical, cultural or natural spots not only for tourists but also for the Japanese people to visit with. One of the places people usually love to do sightseeing is the very beautiful 富士山 (Fuji-san/Mt. Fuji). Mt. Fuji’s sightseeing is possible all throughout the year. What’s more amazing about it is that you can enjoy its different views that change every season and vary from places to places.

Mt. Fuji, The Tallest of Them All

Among the 108 active volcanoes in Japan, Mt. Fuji is the highest that stood 3,776 meters between the borders of Japan’s Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures. Its last recorded eruption was about 3 centuries ago, in year 1708 or so. Fujisan’s next eruption is said to have been overdue according to experts. Despite the fear of the destruction that this volcano may bring to the country, Japanese people still can’t help but fall in love with this stunning perfectly white-coned volcano (or at least when it’s not summer). Viewing Mt. Fuji is a bit tricky since you also need to consider the weather conditions of the place and the time of the day for you to be able to achieve a clear view of it.Take a look at the photo below to see how beautiful Mt. Fuji is.

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(Photo Credits Ryan Poplin)

Isn’t it lovely? Hey don’t take it too seriously, I was just kidding. Well actually, this is what you get when you climb up to the top of the mountain, many people do that, and it is allowed. So if you are adventurous and you have the guts, visit Japan and join those mountain climbers as they climb their way up to Japan’s highest mountain.

But, if you are the type who loves to take pictures and watch wonderful scenery, then you better stay not too close from the mountain, perhaps stay in one of the Fuji Five Lakes and get the chance to see a view like this one below:

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(Photo credits Guilhem Vellut)

Getting a good view of Mt. Fuji

This photo is taken from Lake Kawaguchiko (河口湖), one of the Fuji Five Lakes (富士五湖). “These lakes are located at the base of Mount Fuji in Yamanashi Prefecture. The formation of these five lakes was caused by the previous eruptions of Mt. Fuji in the ancient times. These lakes now become famous tourist attractions and fishing spots” [Wikipedia].

There are many ways to enjoy viewing Mt. Fuji and you don’t have to go too far to achieve that perfect view. Even in Tokyo, there are spots where you can view Mt. Fuji, on top of Tokyo Skytree for example. You can also get the chance to see it when you board on a bullet train (新幹線 / shinkansen) going to Tokyo. That is when you are lucky enough to choose the perfect seat and if the weather condition permits you to. If you really want to enjoy it for a little longer, you may try in a resort in Hakone and view it from the window while you are enjoying the hot spring during winter. Winter is the best season to view Mt. Fuji because the cone is completely white and the weather is not too humid. You can also try it during autumn, spring or summer and in different viewing places and see for yourself the difference.

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