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5 Great Mountains Across Japan Named Fuji

Mt. Fuji is the greatest mountain in Japan. Its beauty and majestic appearance is not only loved domestically but is now loved worldwide that people even think of Mt. Fuji when thinking about Japan. However, perhaps due to the strong impression of Mt. Fuji, a few people know about other mountains with the name of Fuji that are dotted across Japan. The word Fuji is used to represent the greatest mountains.

There are hundreds of mountains that are called local Fuji but here, we would like to introduce 5 great mountains that are as great as Mt. Fuji.

 

1. Ezo Fuji (Mt. Yotei)

蝦夷富士(羊蹄山)

ezo-fuji
ja.wikipedia.org

Ezo Fuji (Mt. Yotei) is a 1,898-meter active volcano that is located in the south part of Hokkaido. It is known as a beautiful mountain representative of Hokkaido and is designated as one of the 100 great mountains in Japan.

It is called “Machineshiri” (“Mountain of Woman” in the language of Ainu, Hokkaido’s aborigines), and you can appreciate the feminine beauty of the mountain just like Mt. Fuji which is considered to be an incarnation of goddess called Konohana Sakuya Hime. Information: Map

 

2. Satsuma Fuji (Kaimondake Mountain)

薩摩富士(開聞岳)

satsuma-fuji
Satsuma Fuji (Kaimondake Mountain) is a 924-meter volcanic mountain located in Ibusuki city of Kagoshima that is well-known for its sand bath. (Satsuma is the old name of Kagoshima). It is also loved as a local symbol.

During the war, pilots flew out from Chiran airfield which is not far from the mountain and it is said that they thought about their families and the nation over the figure of the mountain. Information: Map

 

3. Hoki Fuji (Mt. Daisen)

伯耆富士(大山)

hoki-fuji
Hoki Fuji (Mt. Daisen) is a 1,729-meter volcanic mountain that is located in the west part of Tottori and is the largest mountain in Chugoku area. (Hoki is the old name of Tottori) Since old times, the mountain has been loved as a local symbol. It used to be worshipped by people and called Okamidake Mountain or Hinokamidake Mountain.

The mountain has been loved by people with its beauty that matches Mt. Fuji’s, and people even say “Mt. Fuji of the east and Mt. Daisen of the west”, acknowledging the allure of Mt. Daisen. Information: Map

 

4. Sanuki Fuji (Mt. Iinoyama)

讃岐富士(飯野山)

sanuki-fuji
ja.wikipedia.org

Sanuki Fuji (Mt. Iinoyama) is a 421-meter independent mountain that stands between Marugame city and Sakaide city of Kagawa. (Sanuki is the old name of Kagawa) The beautiful figure of the mountain has also been loved as the utamakura (a place famed in classical Japanese poetry) since long time ago, and many poets, from Saigyo Hoshi in the end of Heian era (794-1185) to the Showa emperor, have mentioned this mountain in their poetries.

Besides Sanuki Fuji, there is also a mountain range called Sanuki Nanafuji in Kagawa showing a Kagawa’s great passion towards Mt. Fuji. Information: Map

 

5. Shimotsuke Fuji (Mt. Nantaisan)

下野富士(男体山)

shimotsuke-fuji
Shimotsuke Fuji (Mt. Nantaisan) is a 2,486-meter mountain that is located in Niko city of Tochigi which is well-known for Nikko Toshogu Shrine. Just like Mt. Fuji, it was subjected to the mountain religion and the Nikko Futarasan Shrine at the top of the mountain is still a popular praying spot.

It is easy to access from the city so why not try climbing Shimotsuke Fuji after your visit to Nikko Toshogu Shrine? Information: Map

 

Lastly

tacoma-fuji
Mt. Rainier, flickr.com

The name of local Fuji represents people’s yearning for Mt. Fuji as well as their deep love for their local mountains in which people think that their mountains are as beautiful as Mt. Fuji. In recent years, people started to use the word Fuji for the overseas mountains that resemble Mt. Fuji such as Mt. Rainier in the U.S. and Mt. Mayon in the Philippines. Is there any beautiful mountain in your country that resemble Mt. Fuji? If so, please do let us know.

Related Articles: 7 Beautiful Faces of Mount Fuji

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Keisuke

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I am a Japanese male whose reasons to live are studying Japanese history and watching sports. I currently live outside of Japan, but would like to share the realizations I have had about Japan from spending my days living outside of the country.

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