Mount Fuji is not the only the highest mountain in Japan. We used to believe that gods live there and pilgrims took a long way to get there to worship the gods.
It’s still one of the symbols in Japan, appearing in famous paintings, poems and story tales. Mount Fuji can be seen even from 100 kilo meters away Tokyo, and we feel safe when we understand it protects us. Also, Fuji is a sleeping volcano, we fear that when we anger the gods, it might erupt again.
Mount Fuji in the summer. Only for a few months during the summer time, it unveils its top without snow.
Mount Fuji’s 5th station. The highest place where we can get by car. From here, climb up by walk and spend a night on top of the mountain to see the sunrise.
Some people still believe that gods are still here. In gift shops, you can find a lot of guardian gods.
To get a better view of Mount Fuji, try to take a rope way nearby mountains. Usually it starts at a lake side and take you to a top of the hill.
These figures are based on a Japanese folktale, “Kachikachi-yama” (Kachikachi Mountain). The rabbit is trying to fire the tanuki, racook dog’s wood blocks. Since this evil tanuki killed a good old couple.
Mount Fuji is also famous with its hot springs. When you stay at the foot of the mountain, enjoy Japanese traditional spa!