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Mt. Fuji Facts

Yu Yamauchi taking a photo of the dawn at Mt. Fuji.

Yu Yamauchi taking a photo of the dawn at Mt. Fuji. (View larger version)

Photograph by National Geographic Channels/Singha Quansuwan

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  • Mt. Fuji is the single most popular tourist destination in Japan; about 30% of its climbers are foreigners.

  • Mt. Fuji is the holiest mountain out of Japan's "Three Holy mountains," which includes Mt. Tate and Mt. Haku.

  • Even though Mt. Fuji is currently classified as an active volcano with a low risk of eruption, a possible eruption could severely affect the capital city of Japan, Tokyo, which is only 100 kilometers away.

  • Mt. Fuji is the world’s most climbed mountain and attracts over 300,000 people each year during its climbing months of July and August.

  • Long revered as a sacred destination, Mt. Fuji has been known for its religious pilgrimages where sins and impurities are left behind, as pilgrims experience the cleansing powers as they ascend the mountain.

  • It is believed that the first person to ever climb Mt. Fuji was an anonymous monk in 663, whereas women were forbidden to climb until the Meiji Era (1868-1912).

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