Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji, Honshu, Japan

Fuji San as it is affectionately called by Japanese is one of the most recognizable symbols of Japan. And every summer you can hike your way to the top of the 3776 metre mountain, just to say you did it. This is a memorable experience, but make sure you are prepared, as it does require a reasonable level of fitness. Although while I was hiking up the mountain I was passed by an energetic grandma that was not a day if she wasn’t 80! It is not that you need any special hiking or mountaineering skills, it is more that the air gets very thin and the hike is quite strenuous. You generally start your climb at the 5th station as the evening is kicking in so that you arrive at the top in time to see the sun rising in the land of the rising sun. The hiking time is usually around 7 hours, but you can stop off for a rest at the various huts on the way up around the 7th and 8th stations. When you get to the top and take in the sunrise, you can then hike around the crater at the top, which takes about an hour and then begin your descent. If you are planning to visit Japan in summer, then this is a highly recommended thing to do.

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