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


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)

17 Mar

FUJIYOSHIDA, Yamanashi Prefecture–Clear skies hot on the heels of a freak snowfall had camera buffs and sightseers flocking to a park here March 15 to grab a magnificent shot of a pagoda with Mount Fuji in the background. (Asahi)

17 Feb

Plans are under way to set up more free Wi-fi hotspots on and near Japan’s highest peak of Mount Fuji. The service is expected to make it easier for the growing number of foreign hikers to access information on safety. (NHK)

6 Feb

The “Diamond Fuji” phenomenon of the sun setting over Japan’s emblematic mountain drew a large crowd to Meijijingu Gaien on Feb. 4. (Asahi)

15 Jan

On Mount Fuji, the white is not in sight–and for locals that just ain’t right. (Asahi)

10 Jan

The number of visitors to Japan in 2016 will surge 19.0 pct from the previous year to hit another record high of 23.5 million, topping the government’s target of 20 million, according to a recent estimate by major travel agency JTB Corp. (Jiji Press)

4 Jan

Early risers gathered on Sunday in Yamanashi Prefecture to see the sun appear from behind Mount Fuji. (NHK)

12 Dec

MISHIMA, Shizuoka Prefecture–The nation’s longest cable-suspended pedestrian bridge is set to open to the public here on Dec. 14, offering breathtaking views of Mount Fuji, Suruga Bay and the peaks of the Izu Peninsula. (Asahi)