Fujiyama

Mount Fuji
Fujiyama is o­ne of the world's most famous mountains, and its distinctive snow-capped look has been the subject of artists' paintings for centuries. Also known to some as Mount Fuji, it is the highest mountain in Japan. Fujiyama is also a dormant volcano, and those who reach the summit can see the circular crater at the top. Although it looks like o­ne volcano, Fujiyama actually consists of several cones from three different volcanoes. Fujiyama rises 3776 meters above sea level, easy enough to climb for most people, but hikers should beware of altitude sickness.

If you're interested in scaling Fujiyama, plan for a July or August trip. The weather will be favorable and there'll be less snow. The popular trek will be full of tourists and other travelers, but the wait will be worth it when you reach the top. Paved roads end at o­ne of several 5th stations, and from that point, climbers must travel o­n foot.

Mount Fuji
Many climbers plan to reach the top of Fujiyama at sunrise to see the breathtaking view. To do this, they travel part of the journey to a climbing hut at the 7th or 8th station the first day, then sleep a few hours and resume their climb to the summit.

Scaling Fujiyama can be done with very basic equipment, and o­ne need not be an expert climber to reach the top. Good sturdy shoes, clothing to protect from heat, cold, and wind, plus a flashlight and food are important. And climbers should bring a camera to capture unrivaled views at the top of Fujiyama.