The Beauty of Japan
A Journey under the Enchantment of Mt. Fuji

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  • Ayako Tajiri
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  • Nearly symmetrical ridgelines gracefully rise from Mt. Fuji’s massive base. The mountain’s gorgeous conical shape has captured the hearts of Japanese onlookers for centuries, engendering an awe of nature. Mt. Fuji was designated a World Heritage Site in 2013 under the title “Mount Fuji: Object of Worship, Wellspring of Art.” This was a recognition of its outsized influence on the heart of Japanese culture, as it has been the subject of many works of art—not the least of which was Katsushika Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji—and a spiritual icon for faiths that revere mountains.
  • No other tall mountains populate its vicinity, leaving views unobstructed from every angle, making for numerous locations to take in its beauty. One of those vantage points is Mishima Skywalk suspension bridge, Japan’s longest at 400 meters. During a season with good visibility, visitors can experience the striking figure of Mt. Fuji from close proximity. The popular panorama includes Japan’s highest mountain, longest suspension bridge, and sweeping views of one more spectacle in a class of its own: Suruga Bay, the deepest bay in the country. Cross over the bridge to enjoy an outdoor park designed to have a minimal impact on the environment while offering quiet woods to stroll in and adventurous activities for visitors.
  • The surroundings of Mt. Fuji include popular sightseeing areas such as Izu and Hakone. Those who make the trip are sure to experience a sense of calm from the feeling that time passes at a slower pace. Make your next outing one that soothes your soul with fine food, art, and the many diverse, beautiful faces of Mt. Fuji.

Mishima Skywalk

  • Address: 313 Sasahara-shinden, Mishima-shi, Shizuoka-ken
    tel: 055-972-0084
    Access: Board the Tokai Bus from bus boarding area #5, South Gate, JR Mishima Station; disembark at Mishima Skywalk
    Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Open every day