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Climb Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776.24 m (12,389 ft).
An active stratovolcano that last erupted in 1707–08, Mount Fuji lies about 100 kilometres (60 mi) southwest of Tokyo, and can be seen from there on a clear day. Mount Fuji's exceptionally symmetrical cone, which is snow-capped several months a year, is a well-known symbol of Japan and it is frequently depicted in art and photographs, as well as visited by sightseers and climbers.
Mount Fuji is one of Japan's "Three Holy Mountains" along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku. It is also a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and one of Japan's Historic Sites.
It was added to the World Heritage List as a Cultural Site on June 22, 2013.
Despite its steep slopes, Mt. Fuji can be climbed up quite easily even by beginners, for it has signboards and mountain huts. Having said so, however, you will of course be confronted by the harsh conditions of nature, so you should try to become acquainted with the features of Mt. Fuji well in advance, and make thorough plans before climbing up the mountain.
Mt. Fuji is only open to hikers from 1 July to early September.
As the altitude is high, it often happens that the weather conditions are very much different between the point where you set off and the summit. Especially in the afternoon, the weather becomes quite unstable with quite a high possibility of thunder, and you are advised to draw up your plans so that you will be making your way down before the thunder starts.
The most popular plan is to take a break at the hut halfway up the mountain and to set off again during the night so that the summit can be reached in time for the sunrise. However, remember, that climbing up Mt. Fuji during the night can be dangerous.