360 degrees view of Mt. Fuji

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Mount Fuji ( 富士山, a.k.a. Fuji-san.) is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776m (12,388ft). Along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku, it is one of Japan's "Three Holy Mountains" ( 三霊山 Sanreizan). An active volcano that last erupted in 1707-1708, Mount Fuji is just west of Tokyo, and can be seen on a clear day. Mount Fuji's exceptionally symmetrical cone is a well-known symbol of Japan and it is frequently depicted in art and photographs, as well as visited by sightseers and climbers.

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Detailed Travel Guide

Lake Motosu : North-west side of Mt. Fuji. The most famous view because it is printed on the back of Japanese 1000 yen bill.

Lake Sai : North Side of Mt. Fuji. This lake is the best spot to see Mt. Fuji and Fuji Forest. You can see the Lava Flow and the line of Lava where it stopped at the Lake.

Lake Shoji : North-west side of Mt. Fuji. Nice view with
Lake Shoji, Mt. Omuro, and Mt. Fuji.

Lake Kawaguchi : North side of Mt. Fuji. Because it is the largest lake of Fuji Five Lakes, you can find many spots with lake and Mt. Fuji.

Jukkoku Mt. Pass : South-east side of Mt. Fuji. It has great view with Mt. Ashitaka, Suruga Bay and Mt. Fuji.

Cape Ose: South side of Mt. Fuji. Great view with Suruga Bay and Mt. Fuji.

Lake Yamanaka : North-east side of Mt. Fuji. At Panorama view spots, you can enjoy great view of Mt. Fuji with Lake Yamanaka.

Fuji River : South-west side of Mt. Fuji. Nice view with Fuji city.

Gotenba : East side of Mt. Fuji. Great view because it is widely opened space so that you can see Mt. Fuji without any blocks.

Lake Tanuki : West side of Mt. Fuji. Nice spot to shoot morning Diamond Fuji.

Koyodai : North side of Mt. Fuji. Great spot to see the Lava Flow and Sea of the Forest with Mt. Fuji. You can easily imagine how Lava flows in last eruption.

Nagao Mt. Pass : South-east side of Mt. Fuji.Great view with all south area of Mt. Fuji.

Misaka Mt. Pass : North side of Mt. Fuji. Great view from mountain with Lake Kawaguchi and Mt. Fuji.

Mount Fuji is an attractive volcanic cone and a frequent subject of Japanese art. Among the most renowned works are Hokusai's 36 Views of Mount Fuji and his One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji. The mountain is mentioned in Japanese literature throughout the ages and is the subject of many poems.
It is thought that the first ascent was in 663 by an anonymous monk. The summit has been thought of as sacred since ancient times and was forbidden to women until the Meiji Era. Ancient samurai used the base of the mountain as a remote training area, near the present day town of Gotemba. The shogun Minamoto no Yoritomo held yabusame in the area in the early Kamakura period.
The first ascent by a foreigner was by Sir Rutherford Alcock in September 1860, from the foot of the mountain to the top in eight hours and three hours for the descent. Alcock's brief narrative in The Capital of the Tycoon was the first widely disseminated description of the mountain in the West. Lady Fanny Parkes, the wife of British ambassador Sir Harry Parkes, was the first non-Japanese woman to ascend Mount Fuji in 1867. Photographer Felix Beato climbed Mount Fuji in that same year.
Today, Mount Fuji is an international destination for tourism and mountain-climbing. In the early 20th century, populist educator Frederick Starr's Chautauqua lectures about his several ascents of Mount Fuji ―1913, 1919, and 1923―were widely known in America. A well-known Japanese saying suggests that anybody would be a fool not to climb Mt. Fuji once ―but a fool to do so twice. It remains a popular meme in Japanese culture, including making numerous movie appearances, inspiring the Infiniti logo, and even appearing in medicine with the Mount Fuji sign.