Over 70 percent of Japan is covered with mountains which makes the country a favorite of hiking and climbing enthusiasts. Out of many mountains, Mount Fuji gets the honor of being the sacred symbol of Japan and has often been reproduced in Japanese art. It is a perfectly shaped volcano with a cone like shape which is very rare to find. Here are 10 unknown facts about Mount Fuji.
#1. Three volcanoes
It does look like one big mountain but it is actually made of three separate volcanoes. The bottom one is Komitake followed by Kofuji in between and finally Fuji at the top which is the youngest of the three.
#2. The name
In Japanese, Mount Fuji is known as Fuji-san but how it came to be is a matter of dispute. Some people say that the name came from Ainu language, used by aboriginal people and refers to “everlasting life.” Linguists believe that the name is derived from the Yamato language and means “Fuchi”, the Buddhist goddess of fire.
#3. Active volcano
Mount Fuji is an active volcano and it last erupted in 1707. it stands between the borders between Shizuoka and Yamanashi Prefectures and is visible from Tokyo and Yokohama on clear days.
#4. Sacred mountain
Mount Fuji is one the three sacred mountains of Japan along with Mount Haku and Mount Tate. It has been considered sacred by the followers of Shinto religion ever since 7th century. Many shrines can be found in this mountain.