The famous mountain also known as Fujisan, Mount Fuji is the majestic icon of Japan and the country’s tallest peak at 3776 meters high. Each year between July and September, approximately 300,000 people make the pilgrimage to the summit, one of Japan’s 3 sacred mountains. An active volcano (which has been dormant since its last eruption in 1707) that has been celebrated throughout centuries, Mount Fuji has long been captured in artworks and historical literature as a unique symbol adored by Japanese people. Beautiful in every season, the iconic white-capped peak and perfect symmetry of Mount Fuji can be appreciated from views as far as Tokyo. Bathed in natural beauty, Fujisan is surrounded by national parks and bountiful landscapes with amazing produce and local food. Hiking the Yoshida Trail from the 5th Station (halfway out of 10) is the most common route to the top, with express buses from major cities dropping off here for its shopping and food options. With huts, mini shrines, and rest stops en route, most people make it to the peak to watch Fuji’s epic sunrise. Surprisingly, the summit is well-equipped with vending machines and stalls selling ramen and curry to refuel hikers freezing in the high-altitude conditions. Majestic and sacred, climbing Mount Fuji is a once in a lifetime experience.
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