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Mt. Fuji: World Heritage

Cover JANUARY 2023


  • Mt. Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan, with an elevation of 3,776 meters. It is located on the island of Honshu about 100 km southwest of central Tokyo, and is visible from far and wide. The mountain, with its symmetrical cone that is covered with snow for almost half the year, has been loved and worshipped by Japanese people since ancient times. In June 2013, Mt. Fuji was inscribed on the World Heritage List under the title, “Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration.” In this month’s issue of Highlighting Japan, we investigate the mountain’s allure and introduce some of the artists whose work it has inspired.


  • An interview with Inaba Nobuko, a member of the Fujisan World Cultural Heritage Academic Committee

  • The scenery of Miho no Matsubara in Shizuoka Prefecture, incorporating pine forest, the ocean and Mt. Fuji, has inspired many works of art.

  • The five lakes in the northern foothills of Mt. Fuji attract visitors all year round.

  • The eight ponds that make up Oshino Hakkai owe their beauty to water that travels underground from Mt Fuji.

  • Introducing Arakurayama Sengen Park in Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture

  • Artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) was fond of Mt. Fuji and frequently used it as a motif in his work.

  • Okada Koyo (1895-1972) dedicated his life to photographing Mt. Fuji.

  • Photographer TAKASHI has won worldwide acclaim for his work capturing the “mystery” of Mt. Fuji.



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