Mount Fujiyama, or simply Fuji, is as vivid a symbol of Japan as the sakura blossoming in pink. For the Japanese, Fujiyama is sacred, and numerous Buddhists and Shintoists from all over the country make pilgrimages to this place. In addition, Fujiyama is one of the most common themes in Japanese art, whether it be paintings or versification.
Fujiyama is an active volcano. True, the last time it erupted was more than three hundred years ago. Now at the top of Fujiyama there is a Shinto shrine, a post office and a meteorological station.
The highest point in all of Japan is Mount Fuji. Height - 3776 meters above sea level.
Modern Fujiyama began to form about ten thousand years ago, when the volcano began to grow.
During the last eruption, ash thrown into the air covered the streets of the city of Edo, located 90 kilometers from the volcano. At present, Tokyo is located in the place of Edo.
For ten months of the year, the summit of Fujiyama is covered with snow.
The most visited area of the mountain, and at the same time the most popular resort in all of Japan - the Five Lakes of Fuji, located at the foot.
Despite the popularity of Fujiyama in Japanese art, there is no painting that depicts the eruption of this volcano.
Hundreds of Japanese companies include the name of the sacred mountain in their name.
About two hundred thousand people visit Fujiyama annually, and two-thirds of them are Japanese themselves.
The routes leading to the top of Mount Fuji are the only public toilets for a fee in Japan. All others are free.
Fujiyama is a private property. Back in 1609, the then reigning shogun handed the mountain over to the Great Temple of Hong Sengen, and in 1974 the Japanese Supreme Court re-recognized the authenticity of this document.
The lowest temperature ever recorded in Fujiyama is minus 38 degrees Celsius.
Some Japanese Buddhists believe that Fujiyama is a gateway to another world.