Japan's Mt Fuji granted World Heritage status: UNESCO

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.