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Fujisan—Sacred Place & Source of Artistic Inspiration (UNESCO) Iconic and inspirational—Japan's most famous mountain

Standing over 3,500-meters tall, Mt. Fuji looms over Shizuoka and Yamanashi, where it is visible to fisherman out at sea and residents of distant Tokyo

This magnificent site has inspired artists and ascetics for thousands of years. Spiritual traditions in the area continue to this day, with practitioners of Buddhism and Shinto congregating at the notable temples and shrines that dot the foot of the mountains. Nearby villages, such as Oshino, have been preserved as they were centuries ago, offering a view reminiscent of classical Japanese woodblock prints. Regardless of whether you intend to hike the mountain, the surrounding destinations will inspire and delight you.

Highlights

  • Viewing Fuji's Five Lakes, located at the northern base of the mountain
  • Exploring the Miho-no-Matsubara Pine Tree Grove, a coastal forest home to 54,000 trees
  • Going back in time at Oshino Hakkai—a set of eight ancient ponds serenely situated in a well-preserved village

25 attractions on all sides of the mountain

The UNESCO-designated Cultural Property comprises 25 separate areas, including Fuji Five Lakes , Sengen-jinja Shrine, Oshino Hakkai , and Miho-no-Matsubara Pine Tree Grove . Each of these destinations offers breathtaking views of the snow-capped peak. The property also includes special pilgrim routes up the mountain, which have long been used by monks in search of spiritual fulfillment.

A muse for artists and an icon for Japan

Mt. Fuji is the ubiquitous symbol of Japan, both domestically and abroad. Much of its status can be attributed to the ukiyo-e woodblock prints of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). Their works transformed the mountain into a universally iconic image known throughout the world.

How to Get There

From Tokyo, access Mt. Fuji and the surrounding area by bus or via the Tokaido Shinkansen. Buses departing from Tokyo Station take approximately two hours, while the regular train takes approximately two hours and 30 minutes. Note that the various UNESCO-designated sites are scattered throughout the region, and will require additional travel.

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