Japan (3,776 m) – Tallest Mountain in Japan
Mount Fuji is the iconic symbol of the nation of Japan, and one of the most photographed mountains in the world. Located just outside of Tokyo, this inactive volcano is nearly perfect in its symmetry, and phenomenally scenic. The exact meaning of its name is uncertain, though some believe it equates to “without equal”.
Fuji is considered one of the three sacred mountains of Japan, and because of this it is revered in the Shinto religion. According to tradition, the mountain was first climbed by a monk in the 7th century, and thousands come from around the world every year to follow in his footsteps. Not surprisingly, Fuji and its environs are surrounded by shrines and tourism facilities.
The perpetually snow-capped Mount Fuji is one of the most popular natural tourist sites in Japan. One of the biggest drawbacks is that it is often wreathed in fog and clouds, especially in inclement weather. In addition, some geologists believe that the volcano may be due for another eruption in the near future, so travelers beware.