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The beauty of Mt. Fuji lies in its unique truncated cone shape. Ever wonder how it is like at the top of this truncated cone??

I have seen many photographs of beautiful scenic Mt Fuji, half covered with snow. But surprisingly I haven't seen any pictures of its top. Perhaps there aren't many trekearth members who reached to the top of this most sacred mountain in Japan.

This is the crater of the mountain. 300 years ago, the mountain exploded, blasting off its top. The huge crater at the top of it reminds us of the power of nature. The crater is around 800m in diameter and more than 100m in depth. It took us one hour to go around the crater.


I was actually disappointed when I came to learn after reaching the top of Mt. Fuji that the crater is still far and is not visible from that point. Many climbers who scale this beautiful mountain are contended to reach to this virtual top. For the highest point of this mountain, we have to walk around thirty minutes more from that point through narrow path around the crater. I was determined to see the crater no matter what. We dreaded the strong wind and dense fog to reach to the actual top of the mountain at 3776m height from sea level.

If anyone ever climb this mountain, I would strongly suggest to struggle for few more minutes to reach to the actual highest point of the mountain (3776m). From there we can not only have a magnificent scenery of the whole area, but can also see this huge crater. Going around the crater was the most interesting part of the whole climb. Obviously we cannot see lava now, but we can imagine the power and fury of this magnificent mountain when its exploded from the dark black volcanic rocks around its crater.

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