Mount Fuji, Japan
Mount Fuji is in Japan and it is an active volcano about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo. It is located in Fuji- Hakone- Izu National Park and also, known as “Fuji-San”. Mount Fuji is the tallest peak in the country and the height is 3776 meters. The total area of the mount is 20,702ha and the rock is 100,000 years old. It is straddling the boundary of Shizuoka and Yamanashi Prefectures. There are four small cities around Mount Fuji namely, Gotemba to the east, Fujiyoshida to the north, Fujinomiya to the southwest, and Fuji to the south. Also, there are five lakes around the mountain such as Lake Kawaguchi, Lake Yamanaka, Lake Sai, Lake Motosu, and Lake Shoji. These lakes are providing views of Mount Fuji. The mountain is visible more distantly from Yokohama, Tokyo, and sometimes as far as Chiba, Saitama, Tochigi, Ibaraki cities, and Lake Hamana when the sky is clear.
The owner of Mount Fuji is Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha. In earlier days, the mountain considered a pilgrimage site by both Shinto and Buddhist people and it was considered one of Japan’s 3 sacred mountains. The other two mountains are Mount Tate and Mount Haku. UNESCO has listed Mount Fuji as a World Heritage Site on 22nd June 2013. Still there the popular activity is the summit hike on the mountain. There are two prefectures namely Shizuko and Yamanashi in Fuji.
Fuji Mount is so popular in the world because, it is the country’s sacred symbol, temples and the shrines are located around and on the volcano. But climbing Fuji Mount is very dangerous, and some climbers attempt to climb Fuji during the off-season. The unfortunate story is a number of climbers every year including Americans are killed while attempting to climb Fuji. The mountain is so popular with hikers because climbing Fuji Mount was seen as an act of purification for both Shinto and Buddhist pilgrims. The hikers represented a journey from the world of the living to the world of the dead and back again.
The cost to climb Fuji Mount during weekdays is 33,500 yen and it will increase by additional 20,000 yen when climbing on weekends and holidays. But climbing the mountain in the off-season is a great option to avoid crowds. The best time to climb Fuji is from early July to mid-September as it is the official climbing season and free of snow. Since Fuji is the highest peak of Japan, it is snowing on it and the first snowfall of the year happened on 28th September 2020. After that till the end of December in the same year, it received some snow. Overall climbing Fuji Mount is worth visiting.
The Gallery of Fuji includes the way how the mountain is visible from some other places such as, from the background of Taisekiji Temple, from Lake Motosu, from Toyko skyline in Shinjuku, from Fuji-Q-Highland theme park, from Jurigi Plateau in Susono Shizuoka, etc.
The climate in Fuji Mount
According to the Koppen Climate Classification, Fuji Mount has a tundra climate. At on the highest point of the mountain, the temperature is very low and the cone is covered by snow for several months of the year. On the summit of Fuji, the average temperature is below freezing for almost all months, in summer it has a temperature of approximately -7C. The rainy month is in June and the most rainfalls during 31 days centered around June 29. It has rainfalls throughout the year. The lowest temperature of history was recorded as minus -38C in February 1981 and the highest temperature of 17.8C was recorded in August 19422. Therefore, the best time to visit Fuji Mount is between October and February with December and January because the highest in terms of visibility.
Aokigahara forest, Fuji
The Aokigahara forest is located at the northwest base of Fuji Mount. The Legends and the folk tales are explaining about that the forest had ghosts, demons, Yurei, and Yokai haunting the forest, The Aokigahara forest was one of many places poor families abandoned the very young and the very old. The third most popular suicide location in the world is Aokigahara forest after the locations of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and China’s Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge. Since 1950, there are more than 500 people have died in the forest due to suicides. According to the local office, there are approximately 30 suicides have been counted yearly.
Culture in Fuji
The popular culture in Mount Fuji is Shinto mythology, which means one of the two gods was born are from “something like a reed that arose from the soil” when the earth was chaotic. And Fuji has been depicted in various art media such as paintings, woodblock prints, poetry. Music, theater, film, pottery, and even Kawaii subculture symbols of the country. In old days the mountain was worshiped from afar. In 1980, there was an explosive eruption, and before that Mount St. Helens was known as “The Fuji of America” for it’s a striking resemblance to Fuji Mount. And also, Mount Taranaki and Mount Egmont in New Zealand are said to bear a resemblance to Fuji Mount So that reason has been used as a stand-in for the mountain in films and television.