Mount Fuji Fuji-san
Mount Fuji is the highest peak in the Fuji volcanic chain in central Japan and Japan's highest and most beautiful mountain. Its regular form has been celebrated since early times in poetry and painting, for example in the verses of Yamabe Akahito (8th C) and the series of woodcuts, "Views of Fuji" by Hokusai (1760-1849). The very symbol and emblem of Japan, it can be seen on clear days from as far away as Tokyo.
The summit region of Fuji consists of the crater, known as the Naiin ("shrine") with a diameter of 550yds/ 500m.The crater rim is formed by eight peaks - Kengamine, Hakusan (or Shaka), Kusushi, Dainichi (or Asahi), Izu, Joju (or Seishigadake), Komagatake and Mishimadake. From Kengamine there are two variants of the route round the crater (ohachi-meguri). Easier than the steep direct route along the crest is the shorter (2mi/ 3.5km) path round the inner rim of the crater. To the north of Komagatake at the end of the Fujinomiya route, stands the Sengen Shrine, and a short distance east on the outer flank of the crater is the Gimmeisui Spring ("silver-shimmering water"). Near the shrine can be found a post office, and there is also a telephone service. A few hundred yards west is the weather station, where meteorologist Nonaka Itaru, recorded his first observations in 1895. At the foot of the Hakusan peak, on the north side of the crater, rises the Kimmeisui Spring ("golden-shimmering water"). From the summit there are the extensive views, taking in almost the whole of mainland Japan.
A footpath, Ochudo-meguri, encircles the mountain at about the level of the 5th and 6th stations on the access routes (about 8,200ft/ 2500m). The complete circuit (12 1/2mi/ 20km) takes 8-10 hours, starting from any convenient point. The most difficult stretches are Hoeizan, on the east side, and the Osawa Gorge (the largest gorge of Mount Fuji) on the west side. The path is known as the "boundary between heaven and earth".
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