Mount Fuji (富士山 Fuji-san, 3776 meters) is Japan’s highest mountain and the focal point of the sprawling Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Visible from Tokyo on a clear day, the mountain is located to the west of Tokyo on the main island Honshu, straddling the border between Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures.

The thing to do on Mt. Fuji is, of course, to climb it. As the Japanese say, a wise man climbs Fuji once, and a fool twice, but the true wisdom of this phrase is usually only learned the hard way. Athletes have completed the climb in under two hours and there’s even a yearly race to the top, but for most people it takes 4 to 8 hours at walking speed (depending on your pace), and the descent another 2 to 4. An overnight climb in order to reach the top for the sunrise (go-raiko) is the most traditional thing, but you will probably be shuffling along in a slow-moving line for the latter stages of the ascent. Consider starting out in the late morning to reach the summit for the equally majestic sunset, with a tiny fraction of the crowds to accompany you. Afterward, you can try to sleep in a mountain hut and catch the sunrise if you like; two for the effort of one. …WikiTravel


10 Feb

YouTube has temporarily suspended all ads from video star Logan Paul’s channels after what it calls a pattern of behavior unsuitable for advertisers. (Japan Today)

13 Jan

YouTube says it was upset by the video posted by a US vlogger that showed the body of an apparent suicide victim in Japan. (NHK)

5 Jan

YouTube star Logan Paul has stepped away from posting videos following an outcry when he uploaded images of what appeared to be the body of someone who killed themselves in a Japanese forest. (Japan Today)

3 Jan

American blogger Logan Paul apologized Tuesday after getting slammed for a video he shared on YouTube that appeared to show a body hanging in a Japanese forest known as a suicide spot. (Japan Today)

29 Dec

Workers at the Tokyo Sky Tree landmark tower have cleaned an observation deck in preparation for the New Year. (NHK)

23 Dec

People in a town in Yamanashi Prefecture, central Japan, that got up early enough on Friday were treated to the sight of the sun rising over the peak of Mount Fuji. (NHK)

27 Nov

About 10,000 runners competed in long-distance races at the foot of Japan’s highest peak, Mount Fuji, on Sunday. (NHK)

8 Nov

The men’s road cycling race at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is expected to cover a 270-km route starting in the Tokyo suburbs of Chofu, going past Lake Yamanaka and the foot of Mounbt Fuji, and finishing at Fuji Speedway in Shizuoka Prefecture, a source said Tuesday. (Japan Times)

24 Oct

Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest peak, has been capped with snow for the first time this season. (NHK)

27 Sep

The government said Tuesday it will start a new warning system from November to alert residents who could be affected by a magnitude 9-class temblor in the Nankai Trough. (Japan Times)

11 Aug

With its densely packed cities and fast-paced professional world, some in Japan may have trouble finding time to appreciate the country’s boundless natural beauty. So in 2014, a new holiday was invented to remind them to pause and take a look around: Mountain Day. (Time)

1 Jul

The climbing season started on the Yamanashi Prefecture side of Mount Fuji early on Saturday. (NHK)

21 Apr

A toll road on Mount Fuji reopened on Thursday after closing for the winter, allowing cars and sightseeing buses to reach the halfway point of Japan’s highest peak. (NHK)

8 Apr

As soon as the express train leaves for Yamanashi prefecture, west of Tokyo, you leave behind the suburbs and encounter forests where they say animals still roam in search of fruit. (

26 Mar

Those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of Japan’s big cities will find what they are looking for in a hot-spring paradise hidden deep in a forest. (Japan Times)

28 Nov

The number of foreigners visiting Mikawa-Anjo Station, the next stop after Nagoya Station on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line, is increasing, particularly visitors from Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. (Japan Times)

21 Nov

An 18-year-old male university student hiking up Mount Fuji died in a fall near the 3,776-meter summit while a member of his group remains missing, Shizuoka Prefectural Police said on Sunday, reports NHK. (

27 Oct

Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest peak, has been capped with snow for the first time this season. (NHK)

18 Aug

A hotel for Muslim travelers has opened near Lake Kawaguchi, a tourist spot at the foot of Mount Fuji. (Jiji Press)

1 Jul

The climbing season for Mount Fuji opened Friday on the Yamanashi Prefecture side. The mountain is Japan’s highest, and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. (NHK)

13 Jun

Cyclists from around the world have competed in the Mount Fuji Hill Climb, considered Japan’s toughest climbing race. (NHK)

6 Jun

Visitors to Korakuen Garden in Okayama, one of the nation’s top three Japanese gardens, exceeded 800,000 for the first time in 15 years, thanks to a surge in tourism and events to lure young people. (Japan Times)

18 May

Japan’s Foreign Ministry plans to adopt a new design for its passport visa pages based on a series of centuries-old woodblock prints of Mount Fuji. (NHK)

13 May

The 2018 edition of the Giro d’Italia cycle race could kick off in Japan, it has been suggested, with four stages held in the Shizuoka Prefecture to the east of Tokyo. (

3 May

The information center at the 5th station of Japan’s iconic Mount Fuji has opened, kicking off the 2016 tourist season. The center offers information in 7 languages. (NHK)