Mount Fuji

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Mount Fuji

Sure, Mount Fuji is the name of three different hibachi restaurants in the New Jersey suburbs, but it's more importantly a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the highest mountain in Japan, standing at an intimidating 12,388 feet high. The iconic natural landmark is also revered as a sacred place of worship and an inspiration for both Eastern and Western art. Today, travelers visit the mountain from all over to partake in the official climbing season that begins in early July and ends mid-September. For more information on trails and mountain facilities, click here. And the next time you want to say that you had a long day, say that you climbed a mountain, and use this little pictogram.

Did you know that "emoji" comes from Japanese meaning "picture character"? In fact, those little smiley faces and tiny bowls of food we've come to rely on when we're texting all our friends actually originated in Japan in the 90's; some of the emoticons actually have corresponding, real life locations in Asia. 

Now that 'smiley-face', 'high-five' and 'meh-face' are taking their own wild "app-venture" in the new blockbuster, The Emoji Movie, it's high time we hit the road and find the actual Japanese landmarks represented by some of our favorite pictograms. Click through and travel across Japan with a few of our favorite tiny icons.

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