Fujiyama, Japan

Mt Fuji was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013. It is estimated that over 300,000 people visit this world wonder each year.

See an illustration depicting the mountains and rivers of the world (1854, I believe, so possibly not quite accurate today).

Watch drone footage of Mt Fuji (6:50; he’s quite chatty)

Sailing along the coast of Japan, we look up from the waves toward the clouds, and see something floating far above the mist-hidden earth and soaring like music up into the sky…a snowy vision of peace and purity dreaming in the sunshine. People aboard ships crossing the Pacific from America can see the snowy volcano long before they can see the shore of Japan. Could there be a more wonderful welcome to any country? Among the Japanese there is a fanciful legend which tells that Fuji is the Goddess of Beauty—names Fujisan—in mountain form. This goddess quarrelled with the other gods at a time when they all lived on earth. Wishing to be alone, and at peace, Fujisan changed herself in a single night into a perfect volcano more than 12,000 feet high. The other gods were very jealous, but the people of Japan began to worship the mountain—and they have worshipped it ever since. (CC BY 2.0 ©2007 skyseeker)


Just before dawn, on the summit of Fuji, the priests blow horns and beat drums, to rouse the pilgrims sleeping there and tell them that the sun is about to rise out fo the Pacific. Soon from the ocean there springs a streak of fire—and the glowing sun comes riding forth. Often at dawn a sea of clouds enfolds the lower slopes of the peak. To one standing on the summit, Fuji then becomes an island in an ocean of mist. Silent and awed, with bare heads bowed, the pilgrims face this sublimely beautiful picture of sunrise, and worship the Creator who has touched with such glory the heaven and the earth. (CC BY 2.0 ©2015 A0chan)


Mt Fuji from the Izu Peninsula. (CC BY 2.0 ©2015 Kirt Cathey)