5 Amazing facts to know about Mt. Fuji

One popularly recognized symbol in Japan is Mount Fuji. There are several interesting facts, few of which are not even known to many locals.
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Facts about Mt. Fuji

  • Four mountains make up Mt Fuji: Four mountains has created this active volcano, namely, Ko-Fuji (Old Fuji), Shin-Fuji (New Fuji), Komitake and Sen-komitake. The latter is the oldest having formed thousands of years ago.
  • Owner of Mt. Fuji: It is said to exist on a private property, which means, it has a rightful owner. From 3,360m height and upwards is considered to be a private property belonging to a Shinto shrine, Fujisan Hongu Sengentaisha. Originally, the land was owned by Edo Shogunate’s founder Tokugawa Ieyasu. The area to the top from 8th station was gifted to the shrine in 1779 by Tokugawa clan. In 1871, the land became national property. However, it has been returned back to Fujisan Hongu sengentaisha. The main shrine (Hongu) is located at the mountain’s foot, while at the peak is located the rear shrine (Okumiya).
  • Is it possible to predict whether merely by noticing the clouds present above the mountain: Clouds of different shapes may appear over the mountain, which again depends upon prevailing weather conditions. There is a popular saying since ancient times that ‘If a conical shaped that (kasa) covers the mountain, then there can be expected rain.’ ‘1 kasa refers to rain, 2 Kasa stands for rain accompanied by wind’. It is possible to use these indicators to make accurate weather predictions. Few popular instances associated with cloud formations are ‘tsurushi-gumo’ and ‘kasa-gumo’.
  • The number of days the peak is snow-free: The fact is that the peak is snow-free most of the year, especially during summer. It is during September end and early October that snow starts to accumulate, with the peak time for snowfall being March to May. Usually, there are approximately 90 days during which mountain peak is snow-free.
    At 3,776 meters mount Fuji’s Japan’s highest mountain and the Japanese have felt a deep affinity with it since
    ancient times its shape is the result of repeated volcanic eruptions which began around 100,000 years ago. Mount Fuji is a symbol of Japan is well known worldwide. The appearance of the mountain varies constantly according to the changing seasons and even the passage of time during the course of a day the reasons for this are related to mount Fuji’s location and its conical shape sweeping upward unbroken from the coastal plain.

    Moisture-laden winds blowing off the ocean hit the side of the mountain and the forced upwards creating many
    different shapes of clouds for example clouds like this it looked like a giant bamboo hat alone as casa gama literally bamboo hat clouds and this phenomenon which can be seen when the sun comes up from behind
    the summit of the mountain is called a diamond. Against the sunlight, the silhouette of the mountain stands out very clearly.
    The appearance of mount fuji keeps changing yet it remains awesome and beautiful at all times. Mt Fuji has
    been an object of worship for centuries countless numbers of people have dreamed of climbing it at least once in their lifetime. In the early 19th century some people unable to make the pilgrimage to the mountain would sometimes create a miniature version of Mount Fuji called Fuji Zuka literally Mound Fuji in an area close to where they lived these mounds served as substitutes for the real thing. Mount Fuji has also been the subject of many paintings and tie-ins Katsushika Hokusai who lived during the late Edo period created a series of woodblock prints depicting scenes including the mountain in a wide range of compositions.

    It’s called 36 views of Mount Fuji. This is one of Hoxie’s masterpieces red fuji it’s thought that the artists
    managed to capture a very brief moment when mount fuji bathed in the early morning sun glows red. This is another well-known print in the series Hawks. I created a great sense of depth by contrasting the large barrel frame with a tiny peak of Mount Fuji that can be seen through it. From time immemorial Mount Fuji has been
    etched into Japanese hearts as an everlasting presence. The beautiful mountain is really like a mother to the
    Japanese. I think the the most important thing is it’s beautiful conical shape which rarely fails to impress people seeing it for the first time and it’s great that you can enjoy the seasonal differences in its


    I agree I think it’s really a natural artwork, it really is. What I think is wonderful about Mount Fuji is that its appearance changes depending on the place from where you see it right. Do you have any particular favourite Mount Fuji viewing the spot well one of my favourite views is from the western coast of the Miura Peninsula where I lived for a while Mount Fuji is around 80 kilometres away from there. So I was amazed one clear

    winter’s night to see the snow-covered mountain gleaming in the moonlight.

    Do you have any favourite spots well I have many favourites one of them is the bank of the Adora River in Chiba Mata. What impresses me is that even today we can see Mount Fuji across the metropolis despite all the high-rise buildings which mean people in the old days could see it from virtually anywhere in the city. I suppose Mount Fuji was probably far closer to them than it is to Tokyo.

    White’s today that’s true for foreigners too in the days before planes, ships arriving into Yokohama
    were usually scheduled to arrive in Tsuruga Bay in the early morning so that if they were lucky the passengers first view of Japan would be Mount Fuji. There are 6 Fuji lakes and a phantom lake: There are actually five lakes at Mt. Fuji’s base and its collective name is Fuji Goko. They are Lake Kawaguchi, Lake Yamanaka, Lake Sai, Lake Motosu and Lake Shoji. They formed as lava dammed the rivers that surrounded the mountain. There is created a temporary 6th lake known as ‘Akaike’ during heavy rain on Lake Shoji’s southeast. It is popularly called ‘phantom lake’, since it appears only once in several years.

The above are the amazing facts about Mt Fuji.
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