Japan's Mount Fuji wins Unesco world heritage status
- 22 June 2013
- From the section Asia
Japan's cone-shaped, snow-topped volcano, Mount Fuji, has been granted World Heritage status, at a Unesco meeting in Cambodia.
The United Nations body selected the mountain as a "cultural" rather than a "natural" heritage site.
Unesco said Mount Fuji had "inspired artists and poets and been the object of pilgrimage for centuries".
Mt Fuji, south-west of Tokyo, is Japan's highest mountain at 3,776m (12,460 ft).
The volcano, which last erupted just over 300 years ago, is visible from the Japanese capital on a clear day.
It is featured prominently in historic Japanese art work, including wood blocks prints.
It is also one of the traditional "Three Holy Mountains" - along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku, both in central Japan.
Unesco listed Italy's Mount Etna as a world heritage site on Friday, saying the 3,300m (10,900 ft) active volcano had "notoriety, scientific importance, and cultural and educational value of global significance".