A commonly used symbol for Japan, Mount Fuji, at the height of 3,776.24, is the tallest mountain of Japan. It stands tall in the Honshu Island which is 100 kilometres in the south western direction of Tokyo and on the borders of Yamannashi and Shizuoka. Mount Fuji is an active volcano which last erupted in the year 1708. The mountain can be clearly seen from both Tokyo and Osaka on a clear day.
Mount Fuji appears all the more exceptional because of its perfect conical symmetry and has a mythical importance for the people of Japan rather than being just a natural formation. It is frequently used in the work of artists and photographers as well and normally the Japanese consider it to be sacred. It is therefore, amongst the three sacred mountains of Japan alongside Mount Tate and Mount Haku.
The reference of Mount Fuji can be found in many Japanese works like poems, books and paintings, the primary one amongst them being 36 Views of Mount Fuji by Hokusai. It is said that the early samurais used the base of the mountain as their training arena. The first foreign to take up the climbing expedition on Mount Fuji was Sir Rutherford Alcock in 1868. As per the report of sources in 2013, the magma pressure beneath Mount Fuji is gradually on a rise and this may increase the chances of a possible eruption of the volcano by the early 2015 or even before that.
Although the top of Mount Fuji is covered with snow for most of times through the year but, it gets officially open for climbers in the months of July to August. Taking up climbing expeditions outside the set months is known to very dangerous because of the unpredictable weather and extremely strong winds. If you are not a climbing enthusiast then you can get the best views of Mount Fuji by opting for a train trip from Tokyo to Osaka. The mountain is usually visible after the Shin-Fuji station.
However, weather plays an important role to get a clear sight of Mount Fuji. It usually seen that the visibility is better during the colder times of the year. The best times of the day when the mountain is clearly visible is either in the early mornings or the evenings. Yet another option of enjoying Mount Fuji is by making a trip to the Fuji Five Lake which is situated at the foot of the mountain. There is also a hot spring resort nearby in Hakone which also serves the purpose alongside being a leisurely destination. The last option of having a view of the Mount Fuji in a less nature oriented fashion is by visiting the city named Fujiyoshida which has an amusement park named Fuji-Q Highland.
The approach to Mount Fuji is open from all so travelling can be done from Tokyo via Shinjuku from where there is a trail or even a train to Gotemba. An airport has also been opened near Shinjuku called the Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport.