Most of Japan is mountainous, in fact, the majority of Japan's landmass is made up of mountains. Japan's mountains, together with the adjoining highlands, form beautiful landscapes coloured with diverse expressions of shape, texture and colour, which change naturally with each of the four seasons. Many of them, including Mt. Fuji, are objects of worship which have been venerated over the centuries.

Both designated as World Heritage Sites, Shirakami-Sanchi in northern Japan is famous for its primeval beech forests, while Yakushima in southern Japan is well-known for its primeval subtropical forests and gigantic ancient cedar trees. Mt. Bandai, surrounded by a national park pockmarked with lakes and ponds created by volcanic lava flows, and Dewan Sanzan, with the oldest history of mountain worship in Japan, are four and six hours journey north of Tokyo, respectively.

Three hours' journey west of Tokyo brings you to the Japan Alps, where you can enjoy Kamikochi's motor vehicle-free pristine wilderness, and Senjojiki Curl in the Kiso Mountains, scooped out by the melting of a glacier. Closer to Tokyo, petite Mt. Takao is a very manageable day-trip hike for most mobile people, while an ascent of Mt. Fuji is more of a challenge, and not for the faint-hearted (nor the ill-prepared!). However, if you're just planning to ogle Japan's most famous landmark, then its 3,776m height is unlikely to faze you.

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