- Shizuoka, Japan
- N 35° 21.637 E 138° 43.640
Faith may move mountains, but the chance for an epic find can move a geocacher to the peak of an active volcano. This is definitely true for this week’s Geocache of the Week hidden in Japan—Mount Fuji 【富士山】, GC3PTTR.
At 12,389 ft (3,776 m), Japan’s highest mountain dominates the natural scenery of the main island of Honshū. It is one of the country’s most famous landmarks and was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2013. This almost perfectly symmetrical stratovolcano is still active but has not erupted since 1708. More often than not, this cultural icon hides above a low-hanging blanket of clouds. However, on a clear day you can see Mount Fuji from Tokyo and Yokohama, or you can board the Shinkansen, in English known as “bullet train,” and marvel at this majestic snow-capped mountain while traveling from Tokyo towards Nagoya, Osaka or Kyoto.
Adventurous geocachers from around the world prefer to get up close and personal with Fuji-san because at its peak, hidden in an obsolete weather station, you can find an extraordinary geocache. It is no surprise that the D/T rating for the cache Mount Fuji 【富士山】, GC3PTTR, is a challenging 3.5/5, and it should also be noted that Mount Fuji is only officially open for climbing during the warmer months of July and August. While little climbing expertise or equipment is needed during these months, the hike up to the top still is a physical and mental challenge. For an even more spectacular experience, many brave climbers begin their ascent at night in order to reach the summit when the sun rises, called 御来光 (goraikō), “arrival of light”.
The reward for this strenuous climb is definitely worth the tired legs: just imagine standing at the peak of this active stratovolcano, breathing in the crisp air, surrounded by the glow of the morning sun while signing the logbook of one of Japan’s most epic geocaches. If you want to learn more about various geological aspects of Mount Fuji and put an additional smiley on your geocaching map, an EarthCache dedicated to this geological landmark is waiting for you as well (GC2D413).
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