Japan's Three Holy Mountains

Mt. Fuji is one of Japan's holy mountains.
Mt. Fuji is one of Japan's holy mountains.

The mountains Mt. Haku, Mt. Tateyama, and Mt. Fuji are Japan's three holy mountains. Each of the three mountains is believed to have a particular power. Mount Fuji has volcanic power, Mount Haku, the power of water and Mount Tateyama, the power of the spirits of the dead. The following description highlights the features and other details of the three mountains.

3. Mt. Haku

The location of this mountain is in the Gifu and Ishikawa Prefectures. It is 2702 meters high by it tallest peak, Gozengamine, and its routes from the base are longer than those of Mount Fuji which starts from its halfway point. Mount Haku has long attracted praying patrons to its peak. The supreme shrine for Kaga Province is found on Mounta Haku.

2. Mt. Tateyama

Mount Tateyama is among the tallest peaks of the Hida Mountains. It is located in the southeastern region of the Toyama Prefecture. The mountain has been a popular destination for pilgrims since at least the 1600s. However, the mountain is often covered in snow, and is therefore difficult to climb for most of the year.

1. Mt. Fuji

Mount Fuji is the Japan's most famous and highest mountain (3,776.24 meters high) that attracts a lot of tourists in summer. Mount Fuji has been considered sacred since the time of the Ainu, the indigenous people of Japan. Today, it is also sacred to Buddhists and Shintoists.


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