Mount Fuji (Fuji-san), the cone-shaped dormant volcano in Tokyo, is so named after the Buddhist fire Goddess Fuchi and is the home of the holy Shinto shrine of the Goddess Sengen-Sama at its pinnacle. Geographically, it is the highest mountain in the country at 12,388 feet and the most sacred among its ‘Three Holy Mountains’. Its dimensions are stunning with 25-30 miles of diameter, 78 miles of circumference, 1600 feet of the crater diameter, and 820 feet of the crater’s depth.
Clearly visible from Tokyo in the west and situated in the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, the mountain is enclosed by five lakes namely, Lake Kawaguchiko, Lake Yamanakako, Lake Saiko, Lake Motosuko, and Lake Shojiko. As compared to other holy mountains, a hike to Mount Fuji is not considered impious. In fact, thousands of pilgrims and visitors trek to [...]