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Fuji Yama Japan

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The Armenians Ararat, the biblical mountain Sinai Jews, Tibetans and Buddhists from all over the world leans towards Mount Kailasa, the Arabs have their mythical Mount Qaf, the Geto-Dacians had Kogaionon our site, the ancient Greeks had Olympus. All great cultures and civilizations have their sacred mountains. The Japanese did not leave them any less important. For millennia, Mount Fuji Japanese presiding over the destiny of the people.


Highest mountain and the Land of the Rising Sun worship, or Fuji Yama Fuji San, as it is called, rises haughtily, silhouette sky with white to stick to a height of 3776 m.

Is included in the triad Japanese sacred mountain of Japan, with mountains Tate and Haku.
However, who finally conquered these places is Fuji human spirit. So much they loved that they called Fuji Yama – Mount unparalleled, unrivaled, forever anchored in the soul of every Japanese.

From geological point of view, is an active stratovulcan, which erupted for the last time in the years 1707-1708.
He had and still has a privileged position in Japanese fine arts, the main topic in immortal masterpieces: “The 36 views of Mount Fuji” and “The 100 views of Mount Fuji” created by the great Hokusai. Mentioned in hundreds of poems and stories of Japanese literature. His first ascent was committed in the year 663, when an anonymous monk received support and explicit prior approval of local deities and managed to climb to the top clad in eternal snow. Aura of sacredness of the mountain made it prohibited women close to him. It was not until shortly before the beginning of the Meiji era (since 1868), the ban was lifted any woman who drove around the mountain. Place load have a strong martial forests on the mountain are favorite places for generations of samurai training. The first real climb in terms of climbing, was undertaken in 1860 by Sir Rutherford Alcock. It has come full path to the top, 8 hours ascent and descent lasted only three hours.

Millennium ban on women ended in 1867, when Fanny Parkes, the wife of the British Ambassador in Japan, managed to climb Fuji.
The mountain is located in the southwest of the capital Tokyo, at a distance of about 100 kilometers.
Today, as a sad price paid pollution and aggressive economic development, Fuji is rarely seen in the capital Tokyo, the Japanese smog preventing visual access to the sacred mountain of ancestors.

Getting there

The mountain is accessible by all routes marked, except that the official climbing season extends only in July and august. Even in the summer months, when Tokyo’s 40 degrees plus, the mountain falls below freezing temperatures, so attention to clothes and took the backpack equipment.

From Tokyo, the easiest and affordable way to reach Fuji is one of the special buses. They start from Shinjuku and go to Kawaguchiko, the fifth station, the trip takes about 2 hours and costs 2,600 yen. And cheaper if you take the train out of Shinkuku Odaky to Gotemba. If money is not an issue for you, you can hire a private guide, but remember that you are in Japan, and the prices are higher than almost anywhere else on the planet.


Once (a) at the foot of majestic mountain, you have no choice. You must climb. This is a rise of over 3,000 feet high, but should not scare you. In contrast, the Japanese always say that climbing Fuji Yama is definitely a spiritual experience that marks any earthly. Artistically and spiritually inclined people, niponii know what I mean …

An old Japanese proverb says that a wise man climbs Fuji once in life, while a fool will climb several times and still nothing.
Return to Mountain: worth bearing in mind that active people, athletes or those enviable physical condition fail to climb the mountain in about two hours, but most people fail the same performance within 4-8 hours, depending on many factors including age, health and general fitness are the most important. For a normal ascent, guides recommend a solid pair of boots, equipment against occasional rain and anything worn on the head. In no event will venture shorts or skirts. Paths are lined with spiny bushes and shrubs, which in this case will leave unwanted memories, not to mention the bitter cold of the heights. The average Mount Fuji die each year from hypothermia, 4 people who ignored that advice.

Other useful tools that would not be desirable to miss are: flashlights in case of rising night; sunglasses, plastic bags to carry back your trash and especially 100 yen coins, very useful for access to toilets installed on the roadside. Do not forget to drink water because a Fuji climb on anyone who causes serious dehydration. Approximately 300,000 people climb the mountain each year, so if you train seriously and will not ignore the advice of guides, you could without problems.

What are you doing

There are four main routes leading starting at the fifth station stop, ie Kawaguchi, Subashiri, Gotemba and Fujinomiya.
At the foot of the mountain routes start Shojiko, Yoshida, Suyama, and Murayama.
The trail that starts at Lake Kawaguchi is the most popular because it is based on a large landscaped parking and numerous colony.
If your paragliding are among your passions, go Gotemba route. Between Hoei-zan peak Subashiri and all the necessary conditions to practice this thrilling extreme sport, accessible only to those intrepid.

If you want to camp in the mountains, the average price for a night in a cabin heated, plus food, is 5,250 yen. Once (a) peak, which is actually cone volcano, you’ll go through a traditional Japanese gate, Torii famous. The images are gorgeous and so!

But the mountain itself holds many other memorable places where you think imaginary mystic unexpectedly slipped Japanese high-tech world of modern Japan.

One such place, bypassed by industrialization aggressive Aokigahara forest is situated on the mountain, northwest.
The forest is ubiquitous in Japanese folk tales with demons, ghosts and goblins. Forest has a particularly grim reputation because of old, here was where poor families abandon their sick children and the elderly are on the brink of transition. Today, the forest holds another sad record: after the city of San Francisco is the second most famous for the large number of annual suicides. Since 1950, over 500 Japanese chose to end his final reckoning with life. Annual rangers discovered about 30 bodies of suicide, with a maximum of 80 victims in 2002. Lăsăsm If you touched on some reputation, who sneaks chills the most faint-hearted, the forest is one of the last refuges for rare species of plants and animals in Japan.
The whole forest was full of ghosts and restless souls, unnaturally cold nights – the worst thing – steep prices, Mt unparalleled experience worth living for anyone who has the privilege of visiting the Land of Rising Sun.

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