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Mountain day is Japan's newest holiday, intended for citizens to get familiar with mountains and appreciate the blessings from mountains. Mountain Day is celebrated August 11th and was established after the Japanese Alpine Club and other groups lobbied for the bill. They proposed that Japan was greatly influenced by mountains, from Shinto culture to the fact that 70% of Japan's land mass is comprised of mountains. There are many popular activities such as hiking and skiing done on many of Japan's mountains, which is why these groups believed we should celebrate mountains and peaks.
Celebrated on August 11th, some believe that to be the perfect date because the kanji for eight (八) in Japanese looks like a mountain. Currently, there are no special ways to celebrate Mountain Day given the relatively new status it has as a national holiday. With that in mind, Japan Deluxe Tours has a few recommendations as to how to enjoy the holiday:
Japan's tallest mountain and its symbolic heart
Experience Buddhist training and lodging at Mt. Koya san for a great spiritual experience
Sacred Mountain to meet the
Commemoration of ancestors; when the spirits of the deceased return
Tallest mountain in the Chugoku region formed from volcanic activity
Culture Day is a holiday to promote Japan's culture, art, and academic endeavors.
800,000 shibazakura or pink moss cover the fields in shades of pink
One of 3 best night views of Japan