Mount Fuji

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Mount Fuji (富士山 Fuji-san?, IPA: [ɸɯꜜdʑisaɴ]  ( listen)) is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776.24 m (12,389 ft).[1] An active stratovolcano[3] that last erupted in 1707–08, Mount Fuji is just west of Tokyo, and can be seen from there on a clear day. Mount Fuji's exceptionally symmetrical cone is a well-known symbol of Japan and it is frequently depicted in art and photographs, as well as visited by sightseers and climbers. It is one of Japan's "Three Holy Mountains" (三霊山 Sanreizan?) along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku.

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In English, the mountain is known as Mount Fuji. Some sources refer to it as "Fujiyama" and "Fuji-san". "Fujiyama" is an incorrect reading of the characters used to spell the mountain itself. Japanese speakers refer to the mountain as "Fuji-san". This "-san" suffix is not the honorific used with people's names, such as Watanabe-san, but rather the On'yomi reading of the character 山 yama (means mountain in English) used in compounds.

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