Mount Fuji is one of the most famous mountains in the world and also the highest in Japan with a height of 3,766 meters. It is also the world’s most climbed mountain and attracts over 300,000 visitors each year. It is located on Honshu Island, Japan, near the Pacific Coast where it is more commonly known as ‘Fujisan’.
It is also one of the three holy mountains of the Japan along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku. It is currently classified as an active volcano with a low risk of eruption. Mount Fuji last erupted in 1707. It is a perfectly symmetrical volcanic cone which is unusual for a mountain and especially for a volcano.
Quick Facts: –
- Mount Fuji is three separate volcanoes placed on the top of one another which are Komitake volcano, Kofuji volcano and Fuji volcano.
- The first known ascent of this mountain was in 663 by a monk. The first woman to ascend was Lady Fanny Parkes in 1867.
- The summit of this mountain has a tundra climate and is usually covered in snow.
- In winter the temperature can reach as low as -21°C, and in summer it reaches around 7°C.
- This mountain is surrounded by five lakes which are Kawaguchiko, Yamanakako, Saiko, Motosuko and Shojiko.
- The artist Katsushika Hokusaihas painted 36 views of Mt. Fuji.
- The mountain not only has its own shrines but there are over 13,000 shrines spread across Japan dedicated to Fujisan.
- It will take an average person somewhere between 4 to 8 hours to reach the summit of this mountain.
- This mountain has one of the shortest climbing seasons for any mountain in the world. It starts in July and ends in August.