Japan Celebrates Its First-Ever Mountain Day

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If you're stuck in the office, daydreaming about escaping to the great outdoors—there’s a holiday for that! Every August 11th (starting today), Japan will now celebrate Mountain Day, a public holiday that gives people time off work to get out and go hiking in the country’s beautiful mountains. The country’s newest public holiday was championed by mountain and hiking groups looking to honor the landscape and culture. From iconic Mt. Fuji to the snowy peaks of Daisetsuzan National Park, Japanese citizens have no shortage of beautiful vistas to explore.

For more on Mountain Day, visit BBC News.

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