Mt. Fuji's Nature

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1Mt. Fuji's climate
2Mt. Fuji's geography and geological features
2Mysterious groundwater and springss

A symphony of plants

Vertical distribution of plants according to altitude

    Urajiromomi forestAn exceptional distribution of plants is formed on Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan, from the alpine belt over 2,500 meters to the hillside belt below 700 meters. The temperature decreases by 0.6oC with each 100 meter increase in elevation. Nearly half of the plants that live in Shizuoka Prefecture higher than ferns are represented, including various rare and valuable species.
    Vertical distribution on the Shizuoka prefecture side (south-facing)
    Adapted from "Mt. Fuji Plant Hike" by Mitsuru Shimizu (Amane Publishing)

    MamezakuraA single ecosystem is formed of living things, water, and soil through the interrelation of the small animals that live in the grass fields, forests, and near water and the birds and animals that prey on them. If one element is missing, the system collapses.
    Unfortunately, Mt. Fuji's natural world is disappearing each year as uncaring people drive four-wheel drive vehicles and motorcycles in areas they are not supposed to be used in, destroying vegetation and rare flowering plants.

    YamabousiTo nurture the magnificent nature and protect the wonderful scenery that Mt. Fuji gives us, each of us must think seriously and take action.

        Plants covering the volcanic plateau
        Plants covering the volcanic plateau

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