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Mount Fuji

Listed under Sacred Spaces in Fuji, Japan.

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  • Photo of Mount Fuji
  • Photo of Mount Fuji
  • Photo of Mount Fuji
  • Photo of Mount Fuji
  • Photo of Mount Fuji
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Fuji San is frequently, but mistakenly, spoken of as the most sacred mountain in Japan.

While there is no such thing as a most sacred mountain in Japan, Fuji has become famous as a national symbol because it is the highest peak in the country (12,388 feet), it is one of the most symmetrical volcano cones in the world, and it is visible from the city of Tokyo, only 60 miles away. Younger than many Japanese mountains, Fuji began to rise only 25,000 years ago and had probably assumed its general form by 8000 BC. Occasionally smoking since its last major eruption in 1707, the mountain has an ancient body of myths regarding its divine origins, resident deities, and spiritual powers. The beautiful peak has been venerated as the home of a fire god, later the dwelling of a Shinto goddess of flowing trees, and since Buddhist times, as the abode of Dainichi Nyorai, the Buddha of All-Illuminating Wisdom. While scholars debate the origin of the mountain's name, one of the most commonly used means ‘Everlasting Life.’ According to early myths the mountain was first climbed by the wizard-sage En no Gyoja around 700 AD, but it is more likely that the first ascents began in the 12th or 13th centuries. Today, more than 400,000 people climb the mountain annually. The mountain is called Fuji San, the ‘san’ being an indication of deep respect.

Photo: Fuji San with Tokyo

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Written by  Martin Gray.

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“Fuji Volcano”

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Written by  Hamish Holl.

“Mt. Fuji”

One of the world’s most beautiful and celebrated mountains, Mt. Fuji last erupted in 1707 and is the very symbol of Japan. Tens of thousands of hikers ascend this sacred mountain every summer, often forming long lines. At the summit one is rewarded with… Read more...

Written by  Mike Lyvers.

“Looking at Mount Fuji 'can cure depression'”

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“Climbing Mount Fuji: land of the rising sun”

By Julian Ryall for the Times Online First published March 2, 2007 The technique that Sohachi Hatakehori advocates sounds remarkably simple: Take short steps - no more than the length of a foot - keep up a steady pace, breathe regularly and deeply and … Read more...

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what is its condition?

what is its condition?

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Very good! Do you mean is it protected?

how did mount fuji get that name

i am doing a report on mount fuji but i cant find the history of mount fujis name or how it got its name help me

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Hi Julissa - there are a couple of stories about how Mt. Fuji was named, some of them suggest it's comes from the word 'immortal', some say it's name means 'without equal' and some say it's name is from the kanji meaning 'neverending'.

I would love to go here and climb it!

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Well worth it Al. Though apparently it's getting really busy in season. And out of season it's pretty cold. Timing and planning is the key. Even going past on the Bullet Train it's impressive.

Did you climb it? How long did it take?

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