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Mt. Fuji Centre in Fujinomiya

A beautiful information centre about Mt. Fuji


The Mount Fuji trails officially open from July 1st (Yoshida Trail) and July 10th (others) and remain open until September 10th. Check the latest climbing status.

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Mt. Fuji is not only the highest, but it is also the most sacred mountain in Japan. In June 2013 Mt. Fuji was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Site. The full name of the place is ‘Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre, Shizuoka’ and there is another one with the same name in Yamanashi, on the other side of the mountain.

Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre, Shizuoka
Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre, Shizuoka

Not everyone dares to climb Mt. Fuji and climbing is possible only during two months in summer, though many people come to see Mt. Fuji all year round. Even then watching the mountain is not always possible because of the clouds as it happened on the day of our visit. Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre gives great opportunity to learn about the mountain, to see its images and the views that can be seen along the way while climbing it.

Walking along the ramp to the top
Walking along the ramp to the top

Inside the cone-shaped central part of the building a spiral ramp steadily leads to the top. Along the way is a screen with video footage of what can be seen during an ascent - first the coniferous forest, then the stony surface of the mountain while further along comes clouds flying by quite quickly and finally a sunrise. It goes without saying ascent by footage much easier than a real climb!

The views one can see while ascending the mountain
The views one can see while ascending the mountain

All provided information is very understandable and is suited for children of all ages. The exhibition at the top displays a photo image of the Mt. Fuji's crater (it is volcano...) on the floor and all sorts of information on nearby wall screens. A special glass terrace is available for viewing Mt. Fuji even if it is hidden behind the clouds. There is a photo taken from that very spot though during my visit, alas, only the photo was visible.

The vantage point
The vantage point

On the ground floor there is a nice gift shop and a café. With glass walls they have good views, including one of Mt. Fuji when the weather is clear. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting this beautiful centre and highly recommend it!

Getting there

Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre is an 8-10 minute walk from JR Fujinomiya Station.

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Elizabeth S 2 years ago
The design is gorgeous and clever. I can imagine this is consolation when the weather is poor.
Kim 4 years ago
I'd love to visit here someday! Really cool architecture!

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