10 Landmarks You'd Better Be in Shape to Visit


Mount Fuji

Beautiful and awe-inspiring Mount Fuji.
Beautiful and awe-inspiring Mount Fuji.

Hordes of people flock to Japan's highest mountain, Mount Fuji, for a shot at climbing to the top. On any given day during July and August, the official climbing season, you can join hundreds of like-minded adventurers hiking up to the peak at 12,388 feet (3,776 meters). You don't need special hiking skills but, as with Kilimanjaro, you do need to take precautions to avoid altitude sickness. A bus will take you to one of eight stations located at various points on the side of Mount Fuji. They're much like rest stops where food, water and even a place to sleep is available. It will take seven to eight hours to climb from the lowest station to the top. Some people time their hikes to catch the sunrise or sunset from the summit. Night hikes are also an option.