Mount Fuji







Mount Fuji, located on Honshū, is the highest volcano in Japan at 3776,24 m (12,389 ft), 2nd-highest peak of an island (volcanic) in Asia, and 7th-highest peak of an island in the world. It is a dormant stratovolcano that last erupted in 1707–1708. Mount Fuji lies about 100 kilometers (60 mi) south-west of Tokyo, and can be seen from there on a clear day.

Mount Fuji’s exceptionally symmetrical cone, which is snow-capped for about 5 months a year, is commonly used as a symbol of Japan and it is frequently depicted in art and photographs, as well as visited by sightseers and climbers. It is thought that the first recorded ascent was in 663 by an anonymous monk. The first ascent by a foreigner was by Sir Rutherford Alcock in September 1868.