Mount Fuji

The iconic volcano

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Mount Fuji is a Japanese mountain in the shape of a volcanic cone located on the main island of Honshu, sitting between Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures, a hundred kilometers away from Tokyo in the South-West direction. Culminating peak of Japan with 3,776 meters high, Fuji-san is also one of the most important symbols of the archipelago.

Located not far away from Tokyo, it is a very appreciated destination of the travelers in Japan, whether to do the incredible ascent (as an accessible pilgrimage, even for the not so experienced hikers), or simply to enjoy its surrounding landscapes. 
Indeed, mount Fuji is surrounded by several big lakes whose most famous are probably Kawaguchi and Ashi, which promise gorgeous hikes, traditional hotels often accompanied by natural hotspring spas.

Even if the volcano remains active, its last eruption goes back to 1707. Some are still doubting for a possible wake up since the terrifying earthquake of March 11th, 2011.

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How to get to Mount Fuji

From Tokyo, about 2h25 of bus to reach the 5th station and start the ascent.

The different lakes (Kawaguchiko, Ashinoko / Hakone…) are accessible by train or bus with shorter rides.

How long / when to visit

The official season of ascent runs only around July and August.

Visiting the lakes can be done at any moment during the year.

Mount Fuji can be seen from the Shinkansen bullet train between Tokyo and Kyoto (right side from Tokyo, and left side from Kyoto)

In Japanese

富士山 ("Fuji-san")

Other name(s)

In Japanese, we do not say "Fuji-yama", it is a reading mistake of kanji characters.


Official page from JNTO (in English)

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