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An Introduction to Mt. Fuji

This video is “Mount Fuji | A Time-lapse Film 4K,” made by Daisuke Shimizu. It is a 4K time-lapse of Mt. Fuji.

Mt. Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan at 12,000 feet tall, spanning both Shizuoka and Yamanashi Prefectures.
Since long ago it has been an object of worship under the name “Reihou Fuji.”
In 2013 it was registered as a World Heritage Site, and it has become a famous mountain visited by more than 200,00 tourists, both Japanese and international, every year.
Mt. Fuji is still an active volcano, but the last time it erupted was about 300 years ago (1707 AD) during the Edo period.

This video introduces the beautiful scenery of Mt. Fuji through a 4K time-lapse.
The highlights are the flowing, starry sky, the cityscape spreading into the hills, and the reflection of Mt. Fuji on the surface of a nearby lake.
Enjoy the charm of the power spot, Mt. Fuji.

Mt. Fuji: A World Heritage Site

Image of Cherry blossoms at Arakurayama Sengen Park
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Mt. Fuji is a mountain that spans Shizuoka Prefecture (in Fujinomiya CIty, Susono City, Fuji City, Gotemba City, Koyama-town Sunto-gun) and Yamanashi Prefecuture (in Fujiyoshida City and Narusawa-mura Minamitsuru-gun).
It is a world-famous mountain that has been selected as one of Japan's "Three Great Mountains," "Japan's Top 100 Geological Sites," and as a World Heritage Site.

In the past, Mt. Fuji was feared for its large eruptions and lava spills, and it was considered a mysterious mountain and an object of worship.
It is said that when Mt. Fuji's eruptions subsided, trainees began to step into the mountain to gain the divine and spiritual power of Mt. Fuji.

Nowadays, the Fujinomiya peak side of Mt. Fuji is home to Sengen Taisha Okumiya who worships Asama no Ookami (浅間大神), also called Konohanasakuyabime, as the main deity.
Also, the summit of the Yoshida and Kawaguchi Lake (河口湖, Kawaguchiko) side is home to Kukushi Shrine.

The beautiful figure of Mt. Fuji, said to be the symbol of Japan, has been drawn in various art works, such as the famous “Gaifu Kaisei,” drawn by the Japanese ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai.

Mt. Fuji Is Also Popular Abroad!

Image of Mt. Fuji
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The mountain climbing season at Mt. Fuji differs by trail.
Please note that it is completely closed outside of these climbing seasons.

Yoshida trail (Yamanashi Prefecture side): July 1 - September 10
Subashiri trail (Shizuoka Prefecture side): July 10 - September 10
Gotemba trail (Shizuoka Prefecture side): July 10 - September 10
Fujinomiya trail (Shizuoka Prefecture side): July 10 - September 10
・ Ohachi-meguri Trail (The trail of the crater's rim): July 10 - September 10

The trailhead is near the fifth station, and you can take the Fuji-Subaru Line/Fujiyama Skyline to get to it. You can also get there by car or bus.
Parking is also available.
The time required for climbing differs by trail, but the Subashiri route takes about 5 hours and 40 minutes and descending takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes.

The weather on Mt. Fuji, which is 12,000 ft. above sea level, is extremely variable, and the summit of Mt. Fuji may reach subzero temperatures even during the summer.
Headlights are also required if you are climbing in the evening.

Mountain climbing on a one-day trip is also possible, but if climb to high in a short time, you run the risk of developing altitude sickness, so please be careful.
Fuji also has a number of huts, so we recommend that you take a break at them or stay overnight.
Please follow the rules and manners, bring sufficient equipment, and avoid taking any unnecessary risks.

The Peak of Mt. Fuji in 4k

This article's video introduces the beautiful figure of Mt. Fuji through a 4k time-lapse.
From 0:08 in the video, You can see Mt. Fuji in the darkness of the night as the morning sun gradually rises.
From 1:15, it is possible to see clouds over the snow capped Mt. Fuji, and from 1:33, there's the highlight of the movie, the mysterious and beautiful starry sky over Mt. Fuji.

The video shows Mt. Fuji seen from the beach, an upside-down Mt. Fuji floating on the surface of a lake, a night view at the foot of Mt. Fuji, and many more beautiful sceneries.

There might be aspects of Mt. Fuji that you have not seen before!

Things to Do Near the Sacred Mt. Fuji

Image of Mt. Fuji and autumn leaves seen from Lake Kawaguchi in autumn
Photo:Mt. Fuji and autumn leaves seen from Lake Kawaguchi

When you visit Mt. Fuji, be sure to check out the sightseeing spots around Mt. Fuji.
This article introduces some recommended sightseeing spots around Mt. Fuji, but there are still more.

The World Heritage Center, located in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture, is a hands-on exhibition and tourism facility where you can enjoy the charms of Mt. Fuji.
There's also Fujikyu Highland, a popular amusement park, and many hot springs, hotels, inns, and campgrounds, where you can relax after a long day of travel.

Also famous is "Oshino Hakkai," "Shiraito Falls, "Narusawa Ice Cave," and the "Fugaku Wind Cave" where you can feel the clear water of Mt. Fuji.
These are also popular as some of Japan's leading power spots.

In addition, there are many sightseeing spots around Mt. Fuji, such as "Yamanakako Hananotsu Park," "Mishima Skywalk," "Fuji Safari Park Clematis Hill," and "Children's Country."

Gourmet foods that we recommend trying are the local Yoshida Udon and Fujito.
The Fuji Sanroku Whiskey, made with delicious subterranean water from Fuji, is also popular.

Summary of Popular Sightseeing Spots at Mt. Fuji

This time we introduced the charm of Mt. Fuji, a world renown mountain and the symbol of Japan.

Be sure to check out the video to see the beautiful 4k footage of Mt. Fuji. It truly is amazing.
Mt. Fuji, the tallest mountain in Japan, can be seen from different places all over Japan.
Definitely keep your eyes peeled when visiting Japan.

【Official Website】Mt. Fuji Climbing Official Website
http://www.fujisan-climb.jp/en/index.html

Written By
Oct. 4, 2020
Japan
まえたけ(Maetake)
A writer who loves Japan
Fuji - Japan's Largest Tourist Attraction and the Pride of the Country. Its Mysterious Beauty Fascinates All Who See It
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