Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan and along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku is one of Japan's "Three Holy Mountains".
Often cited as the most climbed mountain in the world. An estimated 200,000 people climb Mount Fuji every year, 30 percent of whom are foreigners.
An active stratovolcano that last erupted in 1707-08.
Mount Fuji is just west of Tokyo and can be seen from there on a clear day.
Mount Fuji's exceptionally symmetrical cone is a well-known symbol of Japan and frequent subject of Japanese art.
The most popular time of the year for people to hike up Mount Fuji is from July 1 to August 27 while huts and other facilities are operating.
4 major routes from the fifth station to the summit with an additional 4 routes from the foot of the mountain.
The Kawaguchiko route is the most popular route because of its large parking area and many large mountain huts where a climber can rest or stay.
The next most popular route is the Fujinomiya route which has the highest fifth station, followed by Subashiri and Gotemba. Even though most climbers do not climb the Subashiri and Gotemba routes, many descend these because of their ash-covered paths. From the seventh station to near the fifth station, one could run down these ash-covered paths in approximately 30 minutes.
The four routes from the foot of the mountain offer historical sites. The Murayama is the oldest Mount Fuji route and the Yoshida route still has many old shrines, teahouses, and huts along its path. These routes are gaining popularity recently and are being restored, but climbing from the foot of the mountain is still relatively uncommon.
Always remember the Japanese proverb: "He who climbs Mount Fuji is a wise man, he who climbs twice is a fool".
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