Japan’s Unique and Beautiful Mount-Fuji

by Andreanna Wright, age 12

On the main Japanese island of Honshu, about 60 miles southeast of the capital Tokyo, lies Mount Fuji. Rising to 12,388 feet, Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan.

This snow-covered, coned-shaped mountain sits on top of two older volcanoes called Kofuji and Kamitake. Kofuji was active about 50,000 to 9,000 years ago and is now well below the ashes and lava of Mount Fuji. Kofuji itself currently covers the older volcano, Kamitake. The oldest lava on Mount Fuji dates back to 8,000 years, making it a very young volcano.

Its refined shape, with snow-covered top, makes the mountain look beautiful. On a fine day, Mount Fuji is a spectacular sight from sunrise to sunset, showing a beautiful array of colors.

Followers of the Shinto religion, who worship nature, appreciate Mount Fuji’s spiritual and moving experience in the springtime.

With its calming, peaceful features year-round, Mount Fuji is an attraction to both the native Japanese and tourists.

[Source: 100 Great Wonders of the World]