Mount Fuji

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Fujisan. Mount Fuji (usually known in the W. as Fujiyama from a confusion arising from the Chinese character which can be pronounced ‘yama’ or ‘san’), a cone-shaped dormant volcano, the highest mountain in Japan (3,776 metres), about 75 miles SW of Tokyo, greatly revered for its beauty and sacred character. Although adherents of all Japanese religions revere Mount Fuji, it was made particularly sacred by the Yamabushi, the mountain ascetics.

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Mount Fuji (fōō´jē), Fujiyama (fōō´jēyä´mä, fŏŏjē´yämä), or Fuji-san (fōō´jē-sän), volcanic peak, 12,389 ft (3,776 m) high, central Honshu, Japan, in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park (472 sq mi/1,222 sq km; est. 1936). The highest mountain in Japan, it is a sacred mountain and the traditional goal of pilgrimage. According to legend, an earthquake created Fuji in 286 BC The beauty of the snowcapped symmetrical cone, ringed by lakes and virgin forests, has inspired Japanese poets and painters throughout the centuries. Its last major eruption was in 1707.

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Fuji, Mount a dormant volcano in the Chubu region of Japan, with a symmetrical, conical, snow-capped peak. Regarded by the Japanese as sacred, it has been celebrated in art and literature for centuries.