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Fuji set for heritage recognition

03 May 2013 09:51

Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan

Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan

Mount Fuji looks poised to become Japan's 13th cultural World Heritage site, with formal approval expected later this year. Standing 3,776 metres (12,388 foot) tall, the volcanic peak is a popular tourist attraction in the country.

The International Council on Monuments and Sites, a body affiliated with Unesco, reportedly recommended Mount Fuji as a World Heritage Site. It is rumoured recognition will be officially granted in June at a World Heritage Committee meeting in Cambodia.

Lakes, national parks, temples and shrines surround the natural landmark. Rising from the Pacific coast, it is regarded as a sacred part of Japan's cultural landscape.

About 300,000 people come from all over the world to follow religious pilgrims of centuries past in climbing the mountain every year. Anyone wishing to climb the famous peak should be sure to cover themselves with adequate travel insurance.