Yamanashi Fujisan World Heritage Center
Mount Fuji became an official World Heritage site in June 2013, in recognition of its remarkable universal value as an object of belief and inspiration to the arts. The Fujisan World Heritage Center’s mission is to bring information to the world on the wonders of this holy and magnificent mountain that stirs the hearts of so many people. The center also functions as a base for the preservation of Mount Fuji for the future, and for local promotion centered on sightseeing. The center is located in Yamanashi prefecture, very near Mount Fuji, and is surrounded by nature. The center hopes that visitors can experience Mount Fuji as a place of belief and arts inspired by rich nature.
Mount Fuji’s status comes from its glorious nature and its relation to people. Visitors can experience the wonders of Mount Fuji through 25 assets that include panels and visuals in an easily comprehensible format. Visitors can enjoy the exhibit area to learn more about Mount Fuji’s nature, or the Mount Fuji Guidance Theater. The viewing area on the second floor is highly popular as a place to photograph Mount Fuji. There are also a gift shop and cafe.
The FUGAKU is a large scale replica of Mount Fuji. Here, viewers can see Fujisan from all directions, 360 degrees. Using the lighting, presented here is the figure of Mt. Fuji that shows the various views depending on the time of the day or changing seasons. The center has a large wall that explains the history of Mount Fuji since the beginning and also the spiritual importance of the mountain to the Japanese people. Here you can learn about Mt. Fuji’s history from around 10,000 years ago through to the present. When visiting Yamanashi, you should definitely schedule a visit to this center.