Mount Fuji, the highest and perhaps most famous peak in Japan, beckons you to come and visit! At almost 12,400 feet, Mt. Fuji is the subject of poems, photos and works of art. Its image is known and beloved worldwide. Located right between Shizuoka and Yamanashi Prefectures, it is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.
Extremely popular as a tourist and mountain-climbing destination with both international and domestic visitors, Mt. Fuji sees most hiking activity from July 1st through late August. Even during the mid-summer months the blowing wind can make the temperature at the peak drop near freezing, and you will note quite a difference in temperature from where you begin your climb and the summit. Whenever you hike, it is strongly advised to note current weather and temperature conditions before you begin, and to plan your trip well in advance! Appropriate clothing and equipment are mandatory, as is being prepared for sudden changes in weather conditions.
The mountain is steep, but there are a number of hiking courses for people of all different skill levels. Huts are situated along the different routes where hikers may rest.
There are plenty of sightseeing spots around Mt. Fuji to be enjoyed as well. These include Hakone, with its Hakone Open-Air Museum, the Hakone Ekiden, (long-distance relay race), held annually on Jan. 2nd and 3rd, and also the Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu, which is a parade representing a procession of feudal lords and their retainers during the Edo Period. Owakudani is another beautiful and entertaining location - it is an active volcano zone, and you can buy eggs that have been cooked in the naturally hot water of the area. Another great place is Lake Ashi, a stunning body of water with spectacular views of Mt. Fuji and fun boat sightseeing tours. Every July 31st the summer festival Kosui Matsuri takes place with breathtaking fireworks displays. There is also the annual Mt. Fuji Marathon, which began in November 2012 and had 23,000 participants - many more are expected this year!
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Mt. Fuji Marathon