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Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 metres and its almost perfect volcanic cone makes it one of the most recognised and photographed peaks in the world. The mountain is divided into ten stations and a climb to the top usually begins at Station 5 at approximately 2,400 metres. The trek to the summit takes about 6 hours but can be broken up to ensure you reach there for a spectacular sunrise. The summit is actually a circular crater rim and has a shrine, weather station, post office, and 24hr noodle bar! Mount Fuji is only open for climbing in July and August.

Mount Yarigatake

Mount Yarigatake is Japan's fifth highest mountain at 3,180 metres and was dubbed the Japanese Matterhorn by English climber Walter Weston who first summited the peak in 1891. From a base at Kamikochi (1500m) in the Chubu Sangaku National Park, the climb is initially through alpine meadows and forests before a steeper climb over boulders and rocks to the summit. On a clear day, there are spectacular views of the nearby mountains.

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Hiking in Japan

Jul 2009 (2nd ed.)
452 pages

Author(s): Richard Ryall, Craig McLachlan, David Joll



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