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Mount Fuji

A view of Mt. Fuji from the

The foothills of Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji is one of the icons of Japan, its most distinguishing physical landmark. The highest mountain in Japan with a peak of 3776 meters (12,290 feet), it is the dream of Japanese climbers to scale the summit. However, the climbing season is limited, from July to August. Although the climbing season is only two months, more than 300,000 climbers tackle Mt. Fuji every summer. Mt. Fuji is more than just a mountain of snow--it is an active volcano. Visiting Japan during the winter months meant views of Mt. Fuji would be from a distance, since even the lower access roads would not be open for several months. The photo to the left shows the summit of Mt. Fuji from the highway to Tokyo, while the photo to the right is a view of the mountain from a nearby park. The hotel where we stayed was sandwiched between Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi, a body of water lined with hot spring resorts. The photos below show two of the popular vessels plying Lake Ashi. To the bottom left is a three-decker cruise ship. Those with a yen (and the yen) for something more antiquated can tour the lake on a traditional Japanese ship, which Traditional Japanese Sailing Shipoffers great views of Mt. Fuji. (photo to the lower right)

Cruiser on Lake Ashi



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