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Fujiyama (Fuji) (photo)

Fujiyama (Fuji)

Fujiyama (Fuji) is an active stratovolcano on the Japanese island of Honshu, 90 kilometers southwest of Tokyo.

A stratovolcano or layered volcano is a type of volcano that has a conical shape and is composed of many solidified layers of lava, tephra and volcanic ash. It is characterized by a tall, steep shape and periodic explosive eruptions.

The ejected lava is viscous and thick, so that it hardens before it can spread far.

The height of the volcano is 3776 m (Kengamine Peak, the highest point in Japan). At present, the volcano is considered to be weakly active, the last eruption was in 1707-1708.

Mount Fuji is a popular climbing destination in Japan and beyond. It is divided into 10 levels, from the 5th level to the top there are 4 routes: Kawaguchiko, Subashiri, Gotemba and Fujinomiya. There are also routes from the foot of the mountain: Shojiko, Yoshida, Suyama and Murayama.

Fuji is visited by approximately 200,000 people every year, 30% of whom are foreigners.

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