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Why Should I Visit Mount Fuji when Travelling in Japan?

visit Mount Fuji

As someone who spent time in Tokyo, I was constantly in awe of Mount Fuji’s imposing yet captivating presence, visible from so many parts of the sprawling metropolis on clear days. Whether I was gazing out train windows or strolling city streets, my eyes were often drawn to the picturesque snow-capped peak standing tall against the horizon.

During my stay, I made sure to visit this iconic mountain from several vantage points to fully appreciate its majesty. Let me take you on a tour of magnificent Mount Fuji and all it has to offer visitors.

Six Reasons to Visit Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is easily one of the most iconic sites in Japan, and not only a geographical point but a cultural symbol for the country. Although the unmistakable peak can be spotted from a variety of locations, each vantage point offers its own special view of the often snowy top.

The mountain peak, which is the tallest in Japan, is in fact a volcano which last erupted in 1707. Both tourists and locals flock here year-round to marvel at its distinctive cone shape, however, in the winter months the snowy peak contrasting with the surrounding landscape is especially breathtaking.

For travellers looking to climb the mountain, the summer months make it more accessible. Regardless of season, here are some top reasons to visit:

Appealing to More Than Just Climbers

While many visitors aim to climb to the summit, Mount Fuji can be enjoyed from the base or from various viewpoints around the region. Gazing up at the peak from the bullet train or photographing it from one of the Five Lakes offers a magnificent sight.

Even from bustling Tokyo, one can spot the mountain on clear days. Fuji makes for dramatic selfies sure to wow social media followers and believe it or not there’s WiFi available across Mount Fuji. Japan, eh?

Revered as One of Japan’s Three Holy Mountains

Along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku, Fuji is highly respected as one of the sacred Three Holy Mountains of Japan. These peaks have housed revered spirits since ancient times, connecting to Shinto and Buddhist traditions. The spiritual symbolism of their forms and nature enhances cultural understanding for visitors.

Iconic Subject in Japanese Artworks Through the Ages

Fuji’s recognizable shape has been depicted in artwork and literature for over 1,000 years, from ancient texts to modern exhibits. Most famously, Katsushika Hokusai featured the mountain in his internationally iconic woodblock print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa. Images like these have broadcast Fuji’s visual magnetism around the globe.

Hiking Hotspot Offering Stunning Summit Views

During July-September, droves ascent Fuji on hiking trails of varying difficulty. Braving the 8-12 hour roundtrip hike to reach the 12,388 ft summit is extremely rewarding yet challenging. Crowds are common but the spectacular landscape makes up for it. My first glimpse of sunrise casting pink hues over Fuji’s crater was a moment forever etched in memory.

Striking Beauty in Every Season

Many only envision Fuji as a snow-topped winter vision. But I loved observing its alterations across seasons – from lush green forests surrounding the base to a crisp white coat enveloping jagged peaks. Each facet has its magic.

Globally Designated UNESCO World Heritage Site

In 2013, Mount Fuji earned the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage designation, formalizing its significance as a natural wonder and important cultural site. This brought even greater global attention to Fuji as a travel hotspot.

When visiting Japan, incorporating Mount Fuji is a must to absorb the nation’s essence fully. Marvelling from Shibazakura Festival’s pink moss gardens, reflection-filled Lake Kawaguchiko and more allows you to see how Fuji has inspired art and culture for centuries.

I guarantee witnessing its grandeur will create lifelong memories.

Artistic interpretations can be seen in both the past and present. The emblematic peak has appeared in ancient texts and art pieces and continues to be portrayed in modern art exhibits and works. One of the most famous artworks The Great Wave at Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai has been noted for making this Japanese viewpoint recognizable across the world.

Andy Higgs
Andy Higgs

I know what it's like to go from being a crazy backpacker without a care in the world, via being a vaguely sensible parent to being an adventurer once more. In other words, evolving into a Grown-up Traveller.

Like everyone else, I love to travel, have visited a lot of countries and all that but my big thing is Africa.

I also own and run The Grown-up Travel Company as a travel designer creating personalised African itineraries for experienced adventurers

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