by Haraoti

Facts about Mount Fuji.?

Mount Fuji (富士山) is the highest point in Japan, and a volcanic mountain. It is located about 100km south west of Tokyo, on the borders of the Yamanshi and Shizuoka prefectures in the Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. Mount Fuji got its height from previous volcanic eruptions and currently stands at just over 3700 meters. The volcano has remained dormant for over four hundred years with its last eruption in 1708 and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. In 2010, there was an estimated count of 322,000 visitors to Mount Fuji and 320,900 that also climbed the mountain.?by takeoMount Fuji’s climbing season is from July 1st until August 31st, due to climate at the top of the mountain the temperature is too cold at other times of the year. The temperature at the top of the mountain peaks at around 10’C in the middle of summer, which is still rather chilli.

Mount Fuji is an internationally famous Japanese landmark, it is well known for being visible through the Tokyo skyline even though its located a vast distance away, and is also well known as the mountain that has a white tip most of the year, due to snow from the freezing weather at the peak. Mount Fuji has a symmetrical cone, which means it has the same view from all sides, making it a focal point for visitors and is frequently depicted in Japanese artworks.

Names of Mount Fuji

The origin of the name ‘Fuji’ is often speculated and there are theories it comes from a variety of different root languages. The Kanji characters used for Fuji are 富 and 士。富 means ‘abundant’ and 士 means ‘samurai’ or ‘gentleman.’ How these characters relate to Mount Fuji are unclear and it is believed the characters were chosen for the pronunciation of ?the symbols rather then the meaning behind them.

There are some variations to the name Mount Fuji, including: Fuji-san a japanese version of Mount Fuji, Fujiyama or Fuji no yama (‘mountain of Fuji’), Fuji no Takane (‘the high peak of Fuji’) and Fuyo ho (‘Lotus Peak’). The names Fuji-san and Mount Fuji are the most popular.

How to get to there

If you are interested in visiting Mount Fuji, the easiest way to get there is on the train and a connecting bus. There are three stations nearby, Fujiyoshida, Gotemba and Fujinomiya. Going on public transport is more fun and allows you to take in the scenery on your trip, but if you are more interested in driving there yourself, the Chuo expressway is the most direct route. Be warned there are tolls and traffic, so it is possible to be cheaper and more fun on the train anyway.

Seasons of Mount Fuji.

Mount Fuji is known for changing in the different seasons, along with the rest of Japan. In Autmn and Winter, the leaves change colour and fall from the trees and it is also reasonably cold and most of the peak is covered in snow, in these two seasons people generally visit Mount Fuji to enjoy the aesthetical qualities of the mountain. In the spring, is when the famous Japanese Cherry blossoms (Sakura) bloom for a few weeks. There are many Sakura trees at the base of the mountain and it is possible to have picnics and enjoy the scent and freshness of the exquisite trees that bloom for such a short time. Summer is climbing season, between July and August thousands of visitors flock to Mount Fuji to climb to the peak and see the view. Climbing is closed off in all other months. Climbing to the peak is very rewarding experience and most people should aim to do it at least once, (they say most people aren’t crazy enough to attempt it twice). ?It is a large mountain so if you intend on climbing it, you should make sure you are well prepared.

What to do around Mount Fuji

You are able to do other things nearby as well, including trail rides that go partway up the mountain, for a fee. There are Fuji Five Lakes surrounding the base of the mountain, and the nearby town Hakone offers a number of hot springs created by the previous volcanic explosions, that are available to relax in and are usually attached to a Ryokan if you are interested in spending the night near Mount Fuji.

Whatever you decide to do, Mount Fuji is a must in your travelling plans.

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