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The Three Japanese Holy Mountains and How to Get There

Japan, an archipelago in East Asia, is dotted with volcanoes and is part of the so-called Pacific Chain of Fire”. The country is frequented by volcanic eruptions and earthquakes and tsunamis brought about by these tremors. Japan is a mountainous country and several of these land formations are sacred to the Japanese.

Japan, an archipelago in East Asia, is dotted with volcanoes and is part of the so-called Pacific Chain of Fire”. The country is frequented by volcanic eruptions and earthquakes and tsunamis brought about by these tremors. Japan is a mountainous country and several of these land formations are sacred to the Japanese.

The 3 most sacred mountains to the Japanese are Mount Tate, Mount Haku and Mount Fuji. These three “Holy Mountains” are actually volcanoes.

Mount Tate

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The Japanese holy mountain Mount Tate is an active volcano located in Toyama Prefecture. Its last eruption was in 1858 and it is situated 3,015 meters above sea level. The best time to climb this sacred mountain is from the month of April to November. This geological formation is one of the of the 100 Most Famous Japanese mountains.

How to get there?

  • From the town of Tateyama, which is located at the base of the mountain, it is accessible by train from Toyama, the capital of the prefecture.
  • There are public transportations that will take climbers and tourists at the Murodo Plateau Station
  • At the station, there is an onsen bath (hot spring) which is popularly known for its use of sulfur spring water for the bath.
  • From Murodo Plateau Station, visitors can reach the summit on foot.
  • At the peak, visitors can receive a blessing and warm sake from a priest at the Oyama Shrine.
  • There is also a rest area where climbers can purchase souvenir items, foods and drinks.

Mount Haku

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The Japanese holy mountain Mount Haku is a volcano located on the borders of 3 prefectures namely; Gifu, Fukui and Ishikawa. Its last known eruption was in 1659 and has not exploded again since then. The name of the mountain means “white mountain”. This sacred mountain has an elevation of 2,702.2 meters and is also known as Mount Hakusan. This volcano is one of the of the 100 Most Famous Japanese mountains.

How to get there?

  • There are some hiking trails to ascend Mount Haku but the 3 most used trails are the Hirase Trail, the Kanko Trail and the Sabo Trail.
  • Hirase Trail starts from the Oshirakawa Dam in Gifu while Sabo and Kanko Trails begin in Hakusan City in Ishikawa.
  • Considered as dormant, Mount Haku is popular for its many hot springs or onsen.

Mount Fuji

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Mount Fuji is probably the most popular mountain in Japan. This Japanese iconic landmark is the highest peak in the land of the rising sun with an elevation of 3,776 meters. This active volcano last erupted in 1778. This Japanese holy mountain is located 100 km southwest of the nation’s capital – Tokyo. It is also one of the 100 Most Famous Japanese Mountains.

How to get there?

  • July to August is perfect time to ascend this popular sacred mountain which is visited by hundreds of thousands climbers each year.
  • The nearest airport to this famous symmetrical cone is Mount Fuji Shizuoka Airport. The airport has international service schedules.
  • The two most popular routes are the Kawaguchiko route and the Fujinomiya route. The former is the most popular route because of its large parking area.
  • Paragliding is also a popular activity in the area.

See also

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BEAUTIFUL photos and wonderful article, as always! +1ed since I am out of votes for today. Hope you have a great weekend! : )

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