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Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji, which the Europeans mistakenly like to call Fuji in Japan is a respectful name Fuji-San.

The mountain is a sacred place for many Japanese, at the top is a Shinto Shrine, that owns a pretty big part of Fuji - territory level 3350 meters to the top of the mountain. For comparison, the state controls only here a meteorological station also located on the top, but Hiking trails. The government tried to seize his right of possession for 17 years, but to no avail.

Also do not forget that Fuji - this active stratovolcano, though not particularly active at present: he erupted in 1707-1708 last year and it was the most intense eruption. Overall, 781 of the year Fuji erupted 12 times. The height of the volcano is 3776 meters and the highest point of Japan. In clear weather the volcano can be seen from a distance of 90 kilometers. Approximately at this distance is relative to the Fuji of Tokyo.

According to seismologists, the volcanic activity in this place started many hundreds of thousands of years ago. The eruptions first appeared the volcano Komitake, but before him there was turbulent. Subsequent eruptions formed the "old Fuji", which is the Foundation of the "young of mount Fuji", which appeared more than 10 thousand years ago. In Japanese mythology about the formation of mount Fuji there is another opinion: that the mountain emerged from the ground, thrown from the place where in 286 BC, there is the big in Japan-freshwater lake Biwa. Fuji has always been considered the dwelling place of the gods, the gates to the underworld, and also one of the earth's axis.

Pilgrims and tourists still tend to rise to the top of mount Fuji. This possibility exists only in the summer when at the top there is no snow. In the Edo era device such ascents took about 800 organizations throughout Japan. If in the middle ages the mountain had to conquer on foot, today part of the path can be done by bus - to the level of 2300 meters, and then still have to walk.

In July and August on the slopes of Fuji are rescue centers, mountain huts amagoya where you can buy food and spend the night. On the North side up to the fifth level (2300 metres) restaurants and Parking.

The area surrounding the mountain is part of the National Park Fuji-Hakone-Izu. Here is the resort "Five Fuji lakes".