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Can you climb Mt. Fuji from Sengen Shrine in Fujinomiya?

by Brendan
(United States)

Do you know if you are able to start climbing from Sengen Shrine in Fujinomiya? I heard that it is only roads until the 5th station, then you can climb. Is this true?

Thanks for your help.

Brendan

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May 04, 2014
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"Most of the traditional path to the summit does not exist anymore."
by: Gary Wolff

Brendan, I'm not sure about that, but I found this on a webpage for the Sengen Shrine in Fujinomiya (富士山本宮浅間大社, Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha):

"While it is still possible to start the climb from Fujisan Sengen Shrine, most of the traditional path to the summit does not exist anymore. Instead, most climbers start their ascent from the Fujinomiya 5th Station halfway up the mountain, from where it takes 6-12 hours to make the round trip to the summit." (http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6367.html)

If you're looking for greenery, you might want to consider the original Yoshida climbing route used by pilgrims from over 500 years ago, which starts from the Fuji Sengen Shrine in Fujiyoshida (Kitaguchi Hongū Fuji Sengen Jinja, 北口本宮冨士浅間神社), at the northern base of Fuji-san: http://www.garyjwolff.com/climbing-mt-fuji.html#39

Best wishes...

Cheers,
Gary

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