Mount Fuji [富士山(ふじさん)]

Mount Fuji[富士山(ふじさん)] is the highest mountain(3,776m) in Japan and is located on the border between Shizuoka & Yamanashi Pref. Mt. Fuji is a stratovolcano that has conical shape and is a individual mountain that doesn't have high mountain around it. So, its figure is very beautiful and it is loved by in & out of Japan.

Mt. Fuji from Asagiri Highland
Mt. Fuji from Asagiri Highland[朝霧高原(あさぎりこうげん)]



And Mt. Fuji is also known as a sacred mountain and it's an object of worship of Sengen Shrines[浅間神社(せんげんじんじゃ)] throughout Japan. The Divine of Sengen Shrines is Konohana-no-sakuya-hime[木花之佐久夜毘売(コノハナノサクヤヒメ)](a.k.a. Asama-no-ōkami[浅間大神(あさまのおおかみ)]) who is also the Divine of Mt. Fuji. There is a head shrine of Sengen Shrines, "Fujisan Hongū Sengen Shrine[富士山本宮浅間大社(ふじさんほんぐうせんげんたいしゃ)]" at the foot of Mt. Fuji. The origin of the shrine is as follows. Mt. Fuji erupted in the era of Emperor Kōrei[孝霊天皇(こうれいてんのう)](about BC290-BC215) and because of that, the country was devastated. In 3rd year of the era of Emperor Suinin[垂仁天皇(すいにんてんのう)](BC27), People enshrined the Divine of fire, Konohana-no-sakuya-hime at the foot of the mountain and the shrine begun.

There are two sub-shrines, "Okumiya[奥宮(おくみや)]" & "Kusushi Shrine[久須志神社(くすしじんじゃ)]" of Fujisan Hongū Sengen Shrine at the top of Mt. Fuji. The land above the 8th station of the mountain is private area of Fujisan Hongū Sengen Shrine and the prefectural boundary isn't drawn.

Mt. Fuji from airplaneMt. Fuji from airplane
Mt. Fuji from airplane



Mt. Fuji has various appearances by looking angles. In the south, Shizuoka side of the mountain, there are many spots of Mt. Fuji view across the Suruga Bay[駿河湾(するがわん)], for example, Koibito Cape[恋人岬(こいびとみさき)] at the west of Izu Peninsula[伊豆半島(いずはんとう)], Nihondaira[日本平(にほんだいら)](This is a famous viewing spot.) at Shizuoka City and Miho no Matsubara[三保の松原(みほのまつばら)](This is a beach with pine trees.).

Mt. Fuji from the west of Izu Peninsula
Mt. Fuji from the west of Izu Peninsula
Mt. Fuji & dried shrimps from the Bank of Fujikawa River
Mt. Fuji & dried shrimps from the Bank of Fujikawa River
Mt. Fuji from Satta Pass
Mt. Fuji from Satta Pass
Tea farm & Mt. Fuji
Mt. Fuji and tea farm


In the north, Yamanashi side of the mountain, highlands extend and you can enjoy the geological features created by the volcanic activity such as Fuji Five Lakes[富士五湖(ふじごこ)](those are Lake Yamanaka-ko, Lake Kawaguchi-ko, Lake Sai-ko, Lake Motosu-ko, Lake Shōji-ko) & Aokigahara Forest[青木ヶ原樹海(あおきがはらじゅかい)].

Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi-ko
Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi-ko



And if you want to see beautiful conical Mt. Fuji, I recommend seeing the mountain from the north or north-west of it. Because from its angle, you will not see Mt. Hōei[宝永山(ほうえいざん)] that is located on the south-west middle of the mountain. Mt. Hōei was created by eruption in 1707. By the way, Mt. Fuji has never erupted since that.

Mt. Fuji & cherry blossoms from Arakura-yama Sengen Park
Mt. Fuji, pagoda & cherry blossoms
from Arakura-yama Sengen Park
[新倉山浅間公園(あらくらやませんげんこうえん)]

Mt. Fuji from Hokuto City
Mt. Fuji from Hokuto City, Yamanashi
Mt. Fuji from Iyashi no Sato Sai-ko Nenba
Mt. Fuji from Iyashi no Sato Sai-ko Nenba



In the clear morning or evening with no wind, you can see "Sakasa-Fuji[逆さ富士(さかさふじ)]"(Mt. Fuji reflected in a lake) at Fuji Five Lakes & Lake Tanuki-ko[田貫湖(たぬきこ)]. And Mt. Fuji on which top sun shines on from behind is called "Diamond-Fuji[ダイヤモンド富士]" and it occurred twice a year. Especially, in Lake Tanuki-ko & Lake Yamanaka-ko[山中湖(やまなかこ)], you can see Sakasa-Fuji & Diamond-Fuji at the same time.


Tōkaidō Shinkansen & Mt. Fuji.jpg
Sakasa-Fuji and Tōkaidō Shinkansen
Mt. Fuji and Lake Sai-ko
Mt. Fuji and Lake Sai-ko
Mt. Fuji and Lake Tanuki-ko
Mt. Fuji and Lake Tanuki-ko



You can see Mt. Fuji around Tokyo from high places or perspective places in the morning or evening, especially on the clear winter day. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Building & Tokyo Tower is famous viewing spot of it.

Mt. Fuji from Wakasu
Mt. Fuji from Wakasu, Kōtō City, Tokyo
Mt. Fuji from the Bank of Edogawa River
Mt. Fuji from the Bank of Edogawa River, Matsudo City, Chiba



And there are spots that the subsoil water springs and water of each spots is also famous as well-conserved water. For example, Wakutama Pond[湧玉池(わくたまいけ)] in the Fujisan Hongū Sengen Shrine, Kakita-gawa Spring[柿田川湧水(かきたがわゆうすい)] at Mishima City, Shizuoka Pref. & Oshino Hakkai[忍野八海(おしのはっかい)](clear eight ponds dot) at Oshino Vill., Yamanashi Pref.

Mt. Fuji and Oshino Hakkai
Mt. Fuji and Oshino Hakkai


Mt. Fuji(as Fujisan, sacred ace and source of artistic inspiration) was registered as a cultural site of world heritage in 2013. It consists of 25 sites such as trails & shrines on the mountain, Fuji Five Lakes, Aokigahara Forest, Miho no Matsubara & Shiraito Waterfall[白糸の滝(しらいとのたき)] e.t.c.





There are same shaped mountains as Mt. Fuji throughout Japan. And they have unofficial names, "- Fuji"(local name is prefixed to Fuji). This is called "Gotōchi-Fuji[ご当地富士(ごとうちふじ)]" or "Kyōdo-Fuji[郷土富士(きょうどふじ)]". For example, Mt. Yōtei-zan[羊蹄山(ようていざん)] in Hokkaidō is called "Ezo-Fuji[蝦夷富士(えぞふじ)]" and Mt. Kaimon-dake[開聞岳(かいもんだけ)] in Kagoshima is called "Satsuma-Fuji[薩摩富士(さつまふじ)]".

Mt. Kaimon-dake from Bandokorobana
Mt. Kaimon-dake(Satsuma-Fuji)
from Bandokorobana[番所鼻(ばんどころばな)],Minamikyūshū City, Kagoshima









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