Mount Fuji

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Definition

Mt. Fuji (Fujisan) is the tallest mountain in Japan and, with its classically symmetrical snow-capped cone, has long been the symbol of that country. The volcano is regarded as a sacred kami or spirit in the Shinto religion, specifically that of Princess Konohanasakuya-hime (aka Fuji-hime or Sengen), and climbing its slopes is considered an act of pilgrimage for followers of that faith. The mountain also has several important sacred shrines, caves, springs and a waterfall. As of 2013 CE Mt. Fuji is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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  • 806
    The Shinto shrine of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha is built on Mount Fuji.
  • 1149
    The Dainichiji temple is built near the peak of Mount Fuji by Matsudai Shonin.
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