About Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji, or Fuji-san, the highest mountain in Japan, straddling the boundary between the Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures. West of Tokyo, it can be seen from that city on a very clear day. The Pacific Ocean can be seen from the mountain. The mountain is located in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

Surrounding the mountain are five lakes: Kawaguchiko, Yamanakako, Saiko, Motosuko, and Shojiko. The lakes provide excellent views of the mountain. A volcano that last erupted in 1707 (the Edo period), Fuji also fuels hot springs such as the famous springs of Hakone. The mountain is at low risk of erupting.

Fuji-san is a frequent subject for Japanese art. Ukiyo-e painter Hokusai’s masterpiece is known as 36 views of Mt. Fuji. It is also featured in literature.