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Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrMount Fuji is the most famous mountain in all of Japan. Referred to as Fuji-San, this mountain is also the tallest mountain in Japan at 12,388 feet (12,389 feet). It is considered to be a symbol of Japan and has inspired artists and poets for centuries. Fuji-San is one of Japan's “Three Holy Mountains” along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku . On a clear day, the mountain can be seen from Tokyo. One popular method of viewing the mountain is by travelling on one of the trains either entering or leaving Tokyo City. It is considered to be the single most popular tourist site in Japan, for both Japanese and foreign visitors.
Things to DoThe single most popular thing to do at Mount Fuji is to climb to the summit. There are hundreds of thousands of visitors each year who reach the summit during the short, official, climbing season. Official climbing season is from July to August, when the snow stops and the high winds are no longer a risk. Even during the summer months, the mountain top can reach temperatures of below freezing point at night. It is not recommended to climb the mountain during the off-climbing season due to the extreme high winds and very low temperatures. Those who insist on climbing during the off-season should be well versed in alpine climbing techniques and have the appropriate alpine climbing equipment to do so.
There are also extremely limited resources on the mountain as the hotels and shops at the higher stations are only open during the official climbing season. Japan is known as the "land of the rising sun" and because of this, the most popular time to climb Mount Fuji is to time your approach to the summit with the sunrise, called “goraiko”. To do this, you must begin climbing at night. Another option is to leave later in the morning and arrive at the summit for the sunset, then pay for a room overnight near the summit and see the sunrise in the morning.
During the off-season, from October to April, there are two ski resorts on Mount Fuji - Snow Town Yeti and Fujiten. Snow Town Yeti is a small ski resort located on the south side of the mountain. It has two ski lifts and four runs as well as a terrain park and snow play area for beginners and children. Fujiten is also small with two main courses, a smaller family course, and advanced courses and terrain parks with advanced jumps, rails, and boxes. Fujiten is located on the north side of the mountain.
Fuji Five Lakes is the region on the north side of Mount Fuji and is an excellent place to visit to see a close view of the mountain without climbing it. It is mostly known as a lake resort area with many hot springs. There are also museums, an amusement park, and camping.
TransportationThe easiest way to get to Mount Fuji is by bus. One popular bus service is the Keio Express bus which leaves from Shinjuku in Tokyo and arrives at Kawaguchiko 5th Station, the most common 5th station, and accesses the most popular route up the mountain. There are a number of guided tour packages that can be purchased as well. The JR Chuo train line brings visitors to the two main staging points at the base of the mountain.
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Author: travellingfool. Last updated: Mar 24, 2016