100th Issue Special: For the Love of Testing Your Spirit

From scaling mountain highs in Japan to cave swimming in Indonesia—the best kind of travel often begins outside the comfort zone.  
100th Issue Special: For the Love of Testing Your Spirit
Japan’s Mt. Fuji is an active volcano, and is considered one among the country’s three sacred mountains. Photo by: Nonchanon/shutterstock

77. No Vertical Limit in Japan

‘A wise man climbs Mt. Fuji once, only a fool climbs it twice’, goes an old saying. I have to say I disagree. An active volcano, and Japan’s tallest peak at 12,390 feet, Fuji has intrigued the world for centuries, drawing admirers of all cultures and ages. Climbing it, however, is not for the faint of heart. With gradual walks through forests near its base to a near-vertical climb close to the summit, the mountain throws a delicious challenge to ‘fools’ like me. Would I do it again? For that sunrise, yes!

­—Sambit Dattachaudhuri


This entry is a part of our 100th issue special: 100 reasons to love travel spread out across 14 varied categories. Read all 100 entries on our digital forum or new National Geographic Traveller India app here.

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