Mount Fuji Title

( View from Lake Tanuki )
View From Lake Tanuki

Mt. Fuji, rising above the clouds, is symbol of Japan and has provided a spiritual basis for the Japanese since ancient times. This 12,380ft high, dormant volcano is world renowned for its symmetry and serenity. Located between Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures, Mt. Fuji is the main attraction of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Snow covered tranquility in winter, vital and energetic presence in summer-these seasonal changes glorify our national treasure. From near or far, from plane or train, one cannot behold the sight of Mt. Fuji wthout marveling at its beauty. Heavy volcanic activities, which started several hundred thousands of years ago and ended in 1707, sculptured the present gentle shape of this beautiful mountain. The history of climbers of Mt. Fuji is rather long, as records indicate. Early on, this sacred mountain was climbed by pious people who endured hardships for several days in their quests. In 1892, Walter Weston, the pioneer of mountain climbing in Japan, reached the top. Many climbers, regardless of age or gender, have since visited the summit in the climbing season of July and August. If you like mountain climbing and have not yet climbed Mt. Fuji, you should try it sometime. Spring brings cherry blossoms to the foot of Mt. Fuji in mid-April, followed by the blossoming of vermilion azaleas, which announce the coming of summer greenery. July 1st is the opening day for climbers because the perilous snow remains above the Fifth Level, 7868ft, until the end of June. The alpine roses and other alpine plants start to bloom in time to be enjoyed by the first climbers of the season. Summer on Mt. Fuji is rather short. Entry is closed and preparations for winter are made after the Fire Festival of Fujiyoshida in late August. The dramatic climate changes on Mt. Fuji are evident in the striking difference between the climate of the south slope and that of the north slope. The temperature differs by about 68F at the top and at the base, resulting in an annual average temperature of 20F. The atmospheric pressure at the summit is only 2/3 of that at the foot of the mountain. To get to Mt. Fuji, first take a train from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko, and then a bus from Kawaguchiko along the Fuji Subaru Line to the Fifth Level. Total travel time is about 3 hours and 30 minutes. Mt. Fuji is relatively easy to climb for most people, but due the high altitude, it is best to be well prepared. We suggest you wear comfortable shoes and bring extra layers of clothing for sudden climate changes. Also please take the time to rest at intervals as you climb.

View from VillagesLakes at TwilightHigh atop Mount Fuji

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