History of Mt. Fuji
Mt. Fuji is a magnificent site that stands over 3,500 meters tall and looms over the Shizuoka and Yamanashi region, where it is visible to fisherman out at sea and residents of distant Tokyo.
It has inspired many artists and religious persons for thousands of years. Spiritual traditions in the area continue to this day, with practitioners of Buddhism and Shintoism gathering at the notable temples and shrines that dot the foot of the mountains. Nearby villages, such as Oshino, have been preserved as they were centuries ago, offering a view reminiscent of classical Japanese woodblock prints.
25 attractions on all sides of the mountain
The UNESCO-designated cultural property consists of 25 separate areas which include Fuji Five Lakes, Sengen Jinja Shrine, Oshino Hakkai Springs, and Mihonomatsubara Pine Tree Grove. Each of these destinations offers breathtaking views of the mountain’s snow-capped peak. The property also includes special pilgrim routes to the mountain, which have been long used by monks in search of spiritual fulfillment.
A muse for artists and an icon for Japan
Mt. Fuji is the famous symbol of Japan, both locally and abroad. Its status was attributed to the ukiyo-e woodblock prints of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). Their works transformed the mountain into a universally iconic image known throughout the world.
Best time to visit Mt. Fuji
The climbing season for Mt. Fuji is from early July to early September. Visitors are prohibited from climbing on other periods and the snow season.
- Visitors are not allowed to go up the mountain without full preparation and adequate knowledge. In times where weather conditions are not good, all mountain trails are closed.
- There should be a climbing plan before embarking on a hike. Tourists need to accomplish a climbing plan enlisting all details about the hike, as well as personal details.
- During the off-season, most of the huts and public toilets are closed, so climbers are required to bring their portable toilets and dispose of it as they descend.
- Other guidelines and leaflets are available on the official website.
How To Go
From Tokyo, Mt. Fuji and the surrounding area can be accessed via bus o r the Tokaido Shinkansen Line. Buses departing from Tokyo Station take approximately 2 hours, while the train takes approximately 2.5 hours.
Take note that the various UNESCO-designated sites are scattered throughout the region and will require additional travel.
Kitayama, Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture 418-0112, Japan