So beloved is Mount Fuji in the minds of the Japanese, it is given the respectful honorific suffix ‘san’, the same as used to address a Japanese elder. From train, tower or mountain path, you’ll instantly recognize the white-capped silhouette of the stately, sacred Fujisan, so ingrained is it in the global consciousness. The conical volcano has long been one of Japan’s foremost symbols, with copies of Hokusai’s famed woodblock ukiyo-e prints, 36 views of Mount Fuji, found on everything from T-shirts and bookmarks to curtains and carpets. The obsession with the mountain comes from its ‘perfect’ shape and tales in Japanese folklore that say a goddess deposited the elixir of life at the peak. Fujisan is seen as the source of immortality for the Japanese and, after a long climb to its summit and a view of the rising sun, pilgrims might not live forever but will without doubt feel brilliantly alive.