Mount Fuji

Mt. Fuji is called Fuji-san in Japanese, written as 富士山, with 'san' = mountain. It is the most important peak symbolically in Japan.

Mount Fuji (Fuji-san) is the highest mountain in Japan, rising to 12,388 feet.

It last erupted in 1707 and is now dormant. The eruption started on 16th December 1707 from a new vent on the SE flank of the volcano erupting a sub-plinian column of ash and pumice, turning into basaltic lava fountaining after 6 hours into the eruption. On the first day of the eruption, 72 houses and 3 Buddhist temples were destroyed in Subassiri town 10 km from the volcano.

1. It's very visible from many parts of the most populous areas of Japan.

2. Thousands of people climb Fuji-san on special days, like New Year's Day, to pay homage and pray for good fortune.

3. On the flip side, it's also a rather popular suicide location.

4. Most hikers will wait till it is almost to dark, so they experience the great sunset behind Mount Fuji.

located on Honshu Island, is the highest mountain in Japan.

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