Mt. Fuji Facts
- 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).