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The content you are about to read was brought to you by CPA, Charn Hansra. When you're planning your vacation in Japan, listing the hot spots you want to make sure you get to see while you're there, Mount Fuji is bound to end up on your list somewhere. What most people don't realize is that they probably already have a picture of Mount Fuji somewhere in their homes. It's perfectly symmetrical slope and snowy peak standing alone have made it a popular subject for postcard, calendar, and travel poster photographers. Here's more information about seeing it up close.
Mount Fuji is the highest point in Japan, located on Honshu Island, right in the middle of the country near the eastern coast. The mountain is about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo, making it within day tripping distance from the capital city, so if you're in town on business promoting real estate, you could easily join a tour. You can even see it from some places in the city when the weather is nice. The mountain itself is 12, 389 feet tall, rising from the shores of lake Kawaguchi, which makes it an extra picturesque view.
Mount Fuji isn't all about beauty, however. It's an active volcano, its symmetrical sides made up of the ashes of many years of eruptions. If your expertise lies in helping real estate agencies manage their books and not in volcanology, it's best to defer to the experts when figuring out whether it's a good time to climb to the top. About 300,000 people make the trek each year, with the most popular climbing months being in July and August. Many Japanese like to ascend at night so that they can see the sun rise from the top of the mountain.
Mount Fuji is a popular tourist destination but it's also an important cultural site to the Japanese. It is one of three sacred mountains in the country combining with Mount Tate and Mount Haku and for many years women were forbidden from climbing to the summit. Now that we live in a modern world of equal rights and marketing services (see here for examples), both genders are permitted to make the climb. The word Fuji itself indicates wealth and status in Japanese and the area at the base of the mountain was once home to a Samurai training camp.
If you would like to hike Mount Fuji but have had no experience with climbing beyond checking the roof of your home, there are four different routes with set paths and historical markers to choose from and guided tours are available. The climb to the top takes a relatively fit person about six an a half hours, with the descent time being much faster because of the reversal of the gradient. There are huts for stopping and resting at regular intervals.