Mt. Fuji's Nature

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    Mt. Fuji's nature including animals, plants, climate and geological features.
1Mt. Fuji's climate
2Mt. Fuji's geography and geological features
2Mysterious groundwater and springss

Let's go see some animals


    Hondorisu Nihonkamosika
    37 living species are recorded, including the rare Japanese serow. Asiatic black bears are also seen on occasion. Japanese squirrels and foxes can be viewed from the mountain base to Shin-gogoume.


    KurotugumiApproximately one fourth of all birds known to live in Japan have been sighted. Among them, it is said that approximately 100 species normally breed at the base of Mt. Fuji, and excluding the Raichou (Rock Ptarmigan), almost all the types of birds that live in the Chubu region are represented.
    During the breeding season, the distribution of birds is as shown in the right chart, which also includes water birds..

    *Living and breeding extent is not limited as shown.

    Hosigarasu Sankoutyou

Wild bird distribution on Mt. Fuji
and the area at the foot of the mountain

Wild bird distribution on Mt. Fuji and the area at the foot of the mountain

Amphibians and Reptiles

    Because there is little surface water on Mt. Fuji and few bodies of water such as lakes or marshes in Shizuoka, only 7 species of amphibians (including Moriaogaeru(Forest green treefrogs)) and 5 species of reptiles are recorded.


    The deciduous broad-leaf forest belt (from altitude 700 to 1,600 meters) contains the largest number of insects including forest butterflies such as Fujimidorishijimi (Fujisan Green Hairstreak) Mesuakamidorishijimi (Smaragdinus Hairstreak) Himekimadarahikage (Small Labyrinth) , and Koezozemi (Tibicen bihamatus) can be heard in the summer. In the vast grass fields of Asagiri Highland and the practice sites of Higashifuji and Kitafuji live remarkable grassland butterflies such as Himeshirochou (Eastern Wood White), Himeshijimi (Silver-studded Blue), Gomashijimi (Teleius Large Blue) and Uraginhyoumon (High Brown Fritillary). In addition, dragonflies including Aoitotonbo (Lestes sponsa) and Ruriboshiyanma (Aeschna juncea) can be seen in Odanuki Marsh and Lake Tanuki.

Freshwater Fish

    Ayu (sweetfish) seen in the Kakita River come from the Kano River. Although ayu usually die after laying their eggs, because the water temperature is fairly constant, they remain in the warm spring water past the New Year.

    {Source: The Nature and Blessings of Mt. Fuji (Shizuoka Prefecture)}