Mount Fuji from Shimizu Port in Shizuoka, Japan

Mount Fuji is one of Japan’s iconic landmarks, portrayed in endless paintings and photographs. The country’s tallest mountain has an elevation of 12,389 feet. Fujisan’s summit can be seen in Tokyo on a clear day from an elevated observation deck. But at Shimizu Port it is half the distance away – less than 25 miles. The peak is snow-capped for about five months and typically shrouded in clouds. The stratovolcano last erupted in 1707/1708. This does not mean it is dormant. Volcanologists calculate the current magna pressure exceeds the Hōei eruption over three hundred years ago.

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