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Japan's Mt Fuji granted World Heritage status: UNESCO

This picture taken on June 16, 2013 shows Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 metres (12,460 feet) in Fujikawaguchiko. UNESCO confirms that Mount Fuji -- known for its perfectly cone-shaped volcano -- has been granted World Heritage status.

This picture taken on June 16, 2013 shows Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 metres (12,460 feet) in Fujikawaguchiko. UNESCO confirms that Mount Fuji -- known for its perfectly cone-shaped volcano -- has been granted World Heritage status.  (AFP/File)

Japan's Mount Fuji, known for its perfectly cone-shaped volcano, was on Saturday granted World Heritage status, UNESCO said.

Fujisan, the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 metres (12,460 feet), is one of the country's most recognisable sights. The iconic snow-capped peak "has inspired artists and poets and been the object of pilgrimage for centuries," UNESCO said.

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