Mount Tsubakuro near Azumino, Nagano, Japan
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The mountains are calling. It’s Mountain Day in Japan
It’s Mountain Day in Japan, nearly three quarters of which is made up of mountains. Sitting in the Pacific Ring of Fire volcanic zone, its four major islands - Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku - all have ranges running through them.
The 9,065ft (2,763m) Mt Tsubakuro featured on our homepage today is a popular hiking destination, with well-maintained trails, rest areas and lodges. Beautiful scenery abounds here on the island of Honshu, less than a three-hour drive from Tokyo.
At 12,389ft (3,776m), snow-capped Mount Fuji is Japan's tallest mountain and one of the most-pictured peaks in the world. The country’s rugged terrain draws in the tourists, with opportunities for skiing, climbing and Japan’s many hot springs.