Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Is Mt. Fuji (富士山,
Fuji-san) the highest mountain in Japan?
(富士山, Fuji-san) the highest mountain in Japan?
many people climb Mt. Fuji
The main Yoshida trail, which serves
metropolitan area, is the only one of the four Mt. Fuji (富士山) trails
originating in Yamanashi Prefecture. Counting the other 3 trails from
Shizuoka Prefecture as well as all the off-season climbing which occurs
during the other 10 months of the year, one could argue even with a
conservative guesstimate that at least a half-million (500,000)
climbers trek up the slopes of Mt. Fuji every year. Wow. And this
doesn't even include the hundreds of thousands of tourists who visit
the 5th stations every year by car or bus and who don't even climb Mt.
Fuji. No wonder Mt. Fuji is known as the most visited mountain in the
is Mt. Fuji's official
climbing season? (updated
Jan. 13, 2015)
The following Mt. Fuji winter climb warning is
from the Fujiyoshida City's official website:
I might add that Japanese climbers die from
hypothermia ALL the time,
even in July & August, so attempting Mt. Fuji in winter is a
death wish, in my humble opinion. If climbing Mt. Fuji during winter,
the Yamanashi Police Dept. requires this Mt.
Fuji Climbing Plan form be filled
out & emailed or faxed prior to your journey.
A very excellent & informative piece was written recently by mountain climbing extraordinaire Mr. Chris White identifying the hazards and risks of a winter ascent of Mt. Fuji titled "I want to climb Fuji in winter." (added Aug. 11, 2014)
Also, you may wish to read the Mt. Fuji winter climbing warning issued by the Fujiyoshida Police at http://www.pref.yamanashi.jp/police/fujiyoshida-ps/tiiki/documents/e-tyuui.pdf.
The video below encapsulates in a short minute and a
half just one of several reasons I've never climbed mountains in
winter. Uh, no thanks.
Scary POV footage of ice climbing fall
(If the player above is not visible, you can view video @ YouTube here.)
Not to belabor the point, but here are 2 more pertinent news stories related to off-season Mt. Fuji climbing, the first (with video) about some Sasebo sailors who rescued a 60-year-old Japanese man who fell off the summit of Mt. Fuji in Dec. 2011:
Finally, after 2015 kicked off disastrously with a rash of winter mountain climbing accidents in Japan, resulting in several deaths & missing climbers and nearly 30 more folks having to be rescued, Wes Lang, founder of the popular Hiking in Japan website, felt motivated to put together these very useful Winter Hiking Tips.
are the best dates to climb during Mt. Fuji's climbing season?
there a choice of hiking routes when climbing Mt. Fuji?
Q: I'm planning to climb Mt. Fuji in early July. Will there still be snow on the trail? (updated April 18, 2015)
A: If you choose the Shizuoka trails, the answer will almost always be 'yes.' In 2012, the Fujinomiya route above the New 7th Station and the Subashiri route above the 7th Station weren't opened all the way to the summit until July 13, and the Gotemba route above the 6th Station wasn't opened until July 20.
In 2014, the 3 routes originating in Shizuoka Prefecture were scheduled to open on July 10, but due to late lingering snow, the opening dates for the Fujinomiya & Gotemba routes (all the way to the summit) were delayed, as shown below.
The main Yoshida route, the only Mt. Fuji trail originating in Yamanashi Prefecture, as a rule always opens on July 1, but as you can see below, in years past the dates for when the 3 Shizuoka Prefecture routes opened all the way to the summit have varied considerably:
long does it take to climb to the top of Mt. Fuji and what is the
Mt. Fuji Yoshida trail climbing times
are the hiking distances
from Mt. Fuji's 5th Stations to its summit and how
steep are the various Mt.
Fuji climbing trails?
According to my less-than-scientific analysis, the
Gotemba Trail is not only the longest Mt. Fuji climbing route, but
because of the astounding,
knee-knocking elevation gain involved, it is also the steepest. One
thing you can look forward to on the downhill Gotemba Trail, though, is
the Osunabashiri (sand slope, 大砂走り) which many climbers literally run
descending 1110m from the 3030-m 7th Station to the 1920-m New 5.5th
Station in only 70 minutes. Yee Hah !!
there some Mt. Fuji mountain huts where I can rest or sleep
along the way? (updated July 4, 2014)
On a separate page I've compiled a list of Mt. Fuji mountain huts for the main Yoshida trail (updated July 4, 2014) with website addresses, phone numbers, elevations, sleeping capacities, and opening/closing dates. A list of Mt. Fuji mountain huts for the other 3 routes is linked from the mountain hut page above. Please note: a little known secret is that many huts are open well into September, so if you really want to escape the crowds, consider hiking up Mt. Fuji in early to mid-September. One hazard though is the frequent typhoons that normally blast thru Japan in September, as well as another problem of less frequent service for the climbing buses in September.
it necessary to make reservations at the Fuji-san mountain huts? (updated
July 4, 2014)
kind of equipment is required for climbing Mt. Fuji?
You should also bring lots of cash (including ¥100 coins for the ¥200, pay-per-use eco-toilets) to buy stuff like souvenirs, to pay for the huts, to get your commemorative Mt. Fuji hiking stick stamped, to eat a hot meal (curry rice or ramen may cost ¥1000), to mail a postcard from the summit, to catch a bus from the 5th station, etc. ATMs are generally found in most Japanese convenience stores these days, but they do not have 24-hour service. I also suggest you bring your own water, at least 2 liters per person, as you will have to fork over ¥500/bottle at the huts & vending machines, and there are generally no huts or watering spots along the "down" trails. Because Fuji-san is basically a "hike-up" climb (albeit a fairly steep one), with only some occasional scrambling, no technical equipment is required to climb Mt. Fuji.
temperatures can I expect when
climbing Mt. Fuji?
Interestingly, the highest temperature ever recorded on Mt. Fuji is
only 17.8 degrees C (64 degrees F). And I was amazed to see that
already in Oct. the average HIGH temperature is below freezing!
can I see current weather conditions and/or weather
forecasts for climbing Mt. Fuji? (updated June 30, 2014)
View detailed snow forecast for Mount Fuji at: snow-forecast.com
(updated every 4 hours)
do I reach Mt. Fuji's 5th Stations (Gogōme, 五合目)? (updated
June 27, 2015)
Return buses back to Shinjuku also take 2 hr. 25 min. & depart the 5th Station @ 9:30 and every hour on the hour from 10:00 till 18:00 during most of the summer 2-month climbing season. More details on Mt. Fuji bus schedules are here and reservations for the Shinjuku to 5th Station highway bus can be made online up to 30 days in advance here.
For the 4th
consecutive year, between July 1 & Nov. 30, 2015, JR East is
the Mt. Fuji Round Trip
Ticket which provides foreign tourists a discounted round-trip ticket
valid for train and bus travel between Tokyo and Mt. Fuji. The Mt.
Fuji Round Trip Ticket allows you to get on and off the
trains and buses freely in the area around Lake Kawaguchi and is
available for 2 days for only ¥5,600. It is recommended for day
tours as well as those staying overnight & desiring to climb Mt.
Fuji's main Yoshida Trail. This special price saves about
half off the price of the regular fare.
If you want to go by car via the Fuji Subaru toll
road to the 5th
Station, the toll will set you back ¥2060 and please
aware that in 2015, the road will be closed to private vehicles for 53
straight days from
5 pm on Fri. July 10, 2015 till 5 pm on Mon. Aug. 31, 2015. But
parking is available for ¥1000 in the Yamanashi Prefecture Fujihokuroku
parking area (北麓駐車場) near the Fuji Yoshida I.C. (interchange), where
catch a 45-min. shuttle bus to the Fuji Subaru Line 5th
Station. The 2015 Fujihokuroku parking area to 5th Station shuttle bus
schedule (in Japanese) is here & more details on the Fujihokuroku
parking area is here. The Google map for the Fujihokuroku parking
area is here.
As for the other Mt. Fuji climbing routes:
kind of services and facilities will I find at Mt. Fuji's 5th
Dec. 21, 2014)
kind of services and facilities will I find at Mt. Fuji's summit?
As you can see in the above Ohachimeguri trail map, the rim of
Mt. Fuji's summit crater actually has 8 peaks. In clockwise
order they are:
1) Kengamine (剣ヶ峰, elev. 3776m, Japan's highpoint)
2) Hakusandake (白山岳)
3) Kusushidake (久須志岳)
4) Joujugatake (成就岳)
5) Izugatake (伊豆岳)
6) Asahidake (朝日岳)
7) Sengendake (浅間岳)
8) Mishimagatake (三島岳)
time of day is the best time to climb Mt. Fuji?
Another option is to start climbing Mt. Fuji from the 5th Station in the late morning, arrive at the top for the equally beautiful sunset, sleep overnight at the top, catch the sunrise the next morning, and then head back down during the day. This page has some recommended plans for climbing Mt. Fuji, depending on how many days you have and what time of day you want to start hiking: http://www.city.fujiyoshida.yamanashi.jp/div/english/html/climbing_plans.html
Q: How can I avoid the crowds when climbing Mt. Fuji? (updated Dec. 3, 2014)
A: In short, to avoid the crowds when climbing Mt. Fuji, don't climb on the weekends, late in the afternoon or around midnight, during the 3-day Marine Day (海の日, Umi no Hi, 3rd Mon. in July) weekend or the Obon holidays in mid-August (usually around Aug. 10-15), or on the main Yoshida route. Below are some interesting charts compiled courtesy of the National Parks of Japan, showing statistics for Mt. Fuji climbers by route over the past several years.
During the July 1 - Sept. 14, 2014 climbing season, there was a total of 285,494 Mt. Fuji climbers, down for the 2nd consecutive year, and 11% less than the all-time record of 320,975 climbers in 2010. The breakdown of 2014 Mt. Fuji climbers by trail was 170,947 (60%) on the Yoshida route, 64,492 (22%) on the Fujinomiya route, 33,092 (12%) on the Subashiri route, and 16,963 (6%) on the Gotemba route.
Of these approximate 285,000 Mt. Fuji climbers in 2014, the busiest climbing period was July 21-31 with almost 52,000 climbers, and the 2nd busiest was Aug. 11-20 with nearly 50,000 climbers.
The busiest 2014 Mt. Fuji climbing days were as shown below:
(1) 2nd day of the 3-day Marine Day (海の日, Umi no Hi) weekend.
Also, the Fujinomiya & Gotemba routes just opened 2 days prior on Fri. 7/18.
In Mt. Fuji's 2014 climbing season, the average daily number of climbers on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays was 5,170, 64% higher than the weekday average of 3,143 climbers per day.
Number of Mt. Fuji climbers in 2014 by day and route
(Notes: (1) Not surprisingly, the busiest climbing days were on
the weekends: 金 (Fri.), 土 (Sat.), & 日 (Sun.)
(2) The steep dropoffs on 7/10 & 8/10 were due to Typhoons 8 & 11, respectively.)
Number of Mt. Fuji climbers in 2013-2014 by time of day and route
(solid lines=2014; dashed lines=2013)
All charts & Mt. Fuji climbing statistics above are courtesy of the and can be viewed in their entirety (in Japanese) here.
Q: Is it possible to climb to the summit of Mt. Fuji from the base of the mountain? (updated Mar. 11, 2015)
Yes, indeed. Since most climbers start from the 5th Station, if you want to escape the crowds and surround yourself with a quiet, breathtaking forest, you should seriously consider the historic Yoshidaguchi Climbing Trail, which starts from the northern base of Japan's highest peak.
The original Yoshida Climbing Route starts from the Fuji Sengen Shrine (formally known as Kitaguchi Hongu Sengen Jinja), where the pilgrims of over 500 years ago came to pray before they started their climb up the sacred mountain. Today, traditionalists claim that the only way to climb Mt. Fuji is from the Fuji Sengen Shrine (elev. 850m), which is designated as a national cultural asset & part of Mt. Fuji’s June 22, 2013 registration as a World Heritage Site.
But many climbers hike from Umagaeshi, from where it only takes two and a half hours to reach the 5th station. Located just below the 1st Station and easily accessible by bus, Umagaeshi is a great starting point to climb Mt. Fuji. Recently there has been a surge of people starting their climb from Umagaeshi because it provides a much more traditional & historical climbing experience, free from the hordes of climbers above the 5th Station.
Bus service from Mt. Fuji Station (formerly Fujiyoshida Station) is available to the Fuji Sengen Shrine, and up the road to Naka-no-Chaya and Umagaeshi. Click here for bus information to the Fuji Sengen Shrine, Naka-no-Chaya, and Umagaeshi. (A special thanks to Robin @ the Fujiyoshida City International Affairs Desk for kindly sharing this info.)
Yoshidaguchi Climbing Trail hiking times
(Click image above to view more details, including trail map)
Courtesy: Robin @ Fujiyoshida City International Affairs Desk
A new brochure published in Nov. 2013 by Fujiyoshida City shows even more details about this pigrimage route and can be viewed here.
Q: What time is sunrise and sunset on Mt. Fuji during climbing season? (updated Mar. 30, 2015)
2015 Mt. Fuji sunrise and sunset times
Source: U.S. Naval Observatory, Washington, D.C.
Q: Can I leave my large backpack in a locker at the train station and take only a smaller pack with me to climb?
A: The availability of coin lockers depends on a number of factors, including the trail you take, day of week, & time of day of your climb, all of which will affect how crowded it is at the time. You should be aware, though, that the number of coin lockers large enough for backpacks is usually quite limited, and may be all filled during peak times. According to the City of Fujiyoshida, some coin lockers for large luggage are available at both Mt. Fuji Station & Kawaguchiko Station (operated by the Fuji Kyuko (Express) Line), and possibly at the Fuji Subaru 5th Station. Although, they warn that sometimes people have had problems storing large hard-shelled luggage. The starting cost is ¥300/day. Also, it is possible that arrangements might be made at either the Mt. Fuji or Kawaguchiko Tourist Information Centers.
The chart below shows the sizes and costs for coin lockers typically found at train stations operated by JR East, although all sizes may not necessarily be available at the smaller train stations in the Mt. Fuji area.
JR East coin locker sizes & costs
(photo courtesy: JR East)
If you're climbing Mt. Fuji during peak climbing times (just about anytime in August), I think the chances of finding a coin locker at the Mt. Fuji 5th Station trailhead would probably be somewhere between slim & none. I think you're better off leaving your stuff at Shinjuku or Tokyo Stations, where you can use the coin lockers there for up to 3 days (from ¥300/day). On the following train station maps, if you mouse over the coin-operated locker symbols, you can see the number of various size lockers that are available there:
Shinjuku Station: http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/stations/e866.html
Tokyo Station: http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/stations/e1039.html
Also, if you stay at a hotel at the base of the mountain, you could possibly leave your pack at the hotel during your climb. Another option might be that, while climbing Fuji-san, some climbers have their suitcases shipped to their next destination by "takkyubin" (local ground transport service, like UPS in the states).
can I find a comprehensive checklist of tips on "How to Climb Mt.
I have to worry about altitude sickness when climbing Mt. Fuji?
should I do if I have
an accident, get sick, or have any other kind of trouble or emergency?
Let's be clear, Mt. Fuji can be quite dangerous, and during the past 5 years has claimed on average nearly 8 lives per year. Overconfidence results in deaths & injuries on Mt. Fuji every single year. This page shows a current & fairly detailed list of Mt. Fuji fatalities since 2003.
there are any live webcams showing Mt. Fuji? (updated
June 28, 2015)
can I find a good route map or elevation profile for climbing Mt. Fuji?
One of the best
internet maps, in my humble opinion, is my own customized Google Map of
Mt. Fuji below, which I created in Oct. 2009 as I thought it'd be cool
to see all of Japan's 25 highest mountains at a glance.
(zoom out to see all of the 25
mountains in Japan)
should think twice before pushing their children to scale Mount Fuji.
More than half of the children who attempted to reach the summit of the
iconic mountain developed symptoms of acute altitude sickness, a
Japanese medical society survey found....Of the respondents, 55 percent
said they had developed common symptoms of acute mountain sickness such
as headache, nausea and dizziness, and half of the children had given
up trying to reach the summit....At its worst, altitude sickness can
result in death."
--Asahi Shimbun, June 20, 2014
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can I get more helpful info on climbing Mt. Fuji? (updated July 2, 2015)
A: The Latest Mt. Fuji News (but not necessarily climbing related) (my own page on this site, added Mar. 3, 2013)
Mt. Fuji Yoshida-Guchi Trail Climbing Guide Map, published Nov. 2013 by Fujiyoshida City (added Feb. 26, 2015)
The newly published special July/Aug. 2015 Mt. Fuji Climbing Edition of "Reiho Fuji" (added July 2, 2015)
Mt. Fuji (富士山) topo map (from the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan)
Mt. Fuji (富士山) route map (part of the Yama-to-kogen Chizu series published by Shobunsha, available in bookstores and from Amazon Japan)
Mt. Fuji Climbing
Mt. Fuji Explorer
Mt. Fuji area tourist info/visitor centers
The Unconventional Guide to Climbing Mt. Fuji (12 insider tips from a guy who worked 37 straight days from 5:30 am till 9 pm every day cleaning toilets in a Mt. Fuji mountain hut)
Fuji Subaru 5th Station General
Fujiyoshida Tourist Info Center: 0555-22-7000
International Affairs Desk, Fujiyoshida City Hall (8:30-5:30, Mon.-Fri.): 0555-24-1236 (+81-555-24-1236 from overseas)
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What's the best way to get back to Shinjuku from Mt. Fuji's 5th Station?
First off - love the site. I've been on this site for the past 5 hours and the information here is phenomenal. Scenario: a friend and I were planning …
How do I get to the Mt. Fuji 5th station with a JR Rail Pass?
Hello! How do I get to the Mt. Fuji 5th station with a JR Rail Pass? Does the bus service from Kawaguchiko Station to the 5th station accept the JR Rail …
How about starting from Fujinomiya 5th station and connecting with the Gotemba trail 6th station... at night?
Hello Gary! Thanks for your wonderful website! I organized my 2014 climb by reading all your stories and tips and thanks to this, my climb was PERFECT! …
How long will it take to climb the Yoshida trail during the day?
Hi Gary! I've thought of climbing the Yoshida trail on a Saturday, maybe July 18 or 25. I've heard that it takes around 5 hours to ascend, but if I …
Can I hike up the Yoshida Trail and down the Gotemba Trail in early July before the Gotemba Trail officially opens?
We would like to hike up the Yoshida Trail and down the Gotemba Trail on July 7. We understand the Yoshida Trail will be "open" but we are wondering if …
What should I wear when climbing Mt. Fuji?
I am sending my daughter and want to make sure I pack what she needs.
Which is your favorite Mt. Fuji route?
Gary, great website! Which is your favorite Mt. Fuji route? I'm looking to go on 30th or 31st July which is a weekday with my two fit boys aged 13 and …
How far is it from the Yoshida 10th station to the Fujikan summit mountain hut?
Hi Gary! Lovely site you have here! My friends and I are climbing on the 18th of July (Saturday), and I'm so glad to know you stayed at the same …
How can I tell the current Mt. Fuji pressure readings?
Thanks for this informative website. I will be climbing Mt. Fuji on July 20th and descending on the 21st. I have done so much research, and now I see …
Are there any stations open on the Fujinomiya trail after the close of climbing season?
Hi Gary, in the shoulder period in late Sept. (after the close of the official season), are there any stations open on the Fujinomiya trail? Thanks, …
Is calling the Mt. Fuji huts the only way to place a reservation?
Thank you for posting so much useful information. My girlfriend and I are planning to hike Mt. Fuji in August - are calling the huts the only way to …
Will the mountain huts at the various stations be open from June 25?
Hi.... Thank you for a very insightful blog.... I wanted to know if the mountain huts at the various stations will be open from June 25 on....I wanted …
Will we be charged the 1000 yen admission to just go up to the 6th Station to look around?
Hi, I'll be driving past Fuji-San in late June 2015 and was wondering if you know whether we would be charged the full 1000 yen admission fee if we just …
Is there an overnight Mt. Fuji tour you recommend?
Thank you so much for your very informative website. I wished I had found it sooner. I am a Canadian Scouter (64 y.o.) taking another 20 members ranging …
What is the Mt. Fuji mountain hut price for a private tour?
Hello, I am writing from a travel agency in Lithuania. My 3 clients are interested in climbing to Fuji mountain. Date 09-07-2015 with 1 night in hut. …
How far in advance do we need to book the Mt. Fuji mountain huts?
Hi Gary, firstly, great website! Thank you very much for the effort you've put in to it! I was just wondering rounghly how far in advance we need …
When will the Fujinomiya Trail open?
First, thank you for this very informative site. I’m looking forward to reading your e-book, if I can figure out Smashwords. (Is it available on Kindle?) …
Up Fujinomiya, Down Yoshida? Loner vs. Climb Buddy?
Hi Gary, your site has been a wealth of info, so thanks for that. I think I'm sold on the sunrise hike, but plan to climb to catch the sunset and catch …
Is it possible to climb Fuji-san in the last week of June?
Hi Gary, First of all, thanks a lot for excellent compilation of the information, it's really helpful. I have one question, I am going to have a very …
Is it possible to ascend the Yoshida trail and descend the Fujinomiya trail?
Hi there. My girlfriend and I are looking to climb Mount Fuji midweek in July. We are hoping to set off from the 5th station and walk the Yoshida trail …
How can I get from Gotemba Station to Sengen Shrine really early in the morning on my climbing day?
Gary, First, thanks for all the great information you provide with your website. It's the best source of information I've found anywhere on climbing …
Which Mt. Fuji station is the best to sleep at in order to catch sunrise at the summit?
Hello! Your website is so informational! Thanks a lot! I'm planning to climb Mt. Fuji in 2 days which is from 9-10 July. I will take the most popular Yoshida …
Where can we store our backpacks while climbing Mt. Fuji?
Dear Gary Wolff, Your site is amazing! Tons of great info. I do have a question that I am hoping you can help me with. I am planning on climbing …
Can I climb Mount Fuji without a guide?
Basically I would like to know if I can climb Mount Fuji without a guide, i.e. all the way from Tokyo to the 5th Station and then book the hut at the 8th …
What kind of food can we expect at Mt. Fuji mountain huts?
Hi! We already made our reservation for Tomoekan 8th station on the 5th of July taking the Yoshida trail. Is it advisable to place our reservation …
How do you make reservations for Mt. Fuji mountain huts?
My husband and I really want to climb Mount Fuji when we visit in July/Aug. However, It seems impossible to make a reservation for a space at a mountain …
Can we hike up the Gotemba trail and down the Yoshida trail?
Hi Gary, Thanks for your informative post. It's made me even more excited about climbing Mt. Fuji this year. Do you know if it's possible to climb up …
Can we start climbing Mt. Fuji on the evening of June 30?
The trail opens on July 1st. Is that as of midnight? Will huts be available? Because we were thinking of climbing overnight starting at night on June 30 …
Mt. Fuji mountain hut availability at night
Dear Gary, First of all, thank you so much for all the information you provide over here. It really makes planning your trip so much easier. I have …
Does Mt. Fuji and its transport there close on national holidays?
A friend and I was wondering if we would be able to walk up Mt. Fuji on the 20th July which happens to be a national holiday. And if transport links there …
Is it more advisable to stay in the Mt. Fuji area or travel from Tokyo?
For a once in a lifetime trip (early September), I hope to spend a week in Tokyo and almost a week hiking and bicycling in the Mt. Fuji area, including …
Walking route from central Tokyo to Mt. Fuji
Is it possible to walk from Tokyo to the summit of Mt. Fuji? Are there roads all the way?
We want to start climbing Mt. Fuji from the bottom of the mountain
Hi Gary, Your website has been very helpful. However, I do have a few questions. We wanted to start climbing from the bottom of the mountain. Do …
Options for booking a mountain hut on the Mt. Fuji Gotemba Route?
Hi Gary, Thank you for posting all this very useful information on Fuji-san. A group of us is planning to climb the Gotemba route at the end of …
Can I hike from Sengen Shrine up to the Mt. Fuji 5th station in mid March?
I'd like to hike up half of Mt. Fuji while I'm there in mid-March. Would I be able to leave from Sengen Shrine, and hike only to the Fuji Subaru Line …
I plan to climb Mt. Fuji sometime between September 20-30, 2015. Is it possible?
I plan to climb Mt. Fuji sometime between September 20-30, 2015. Is it possible? I know that the climbing season is closing at the end of September. …
Is it possible to climb Mt. Fuji in mid-June?
Hi - thanks for your great website. I will be in Japan in mid-June of this year, and it looks like my window would be from the 15th-19th of June. Is …
When does the Mt. Fuji 5th Station open in 2015?
Hi, When does the 5th Station open in 2015?.....as I am planning a trip to Mt. Fuji, most likely would be taking a tour from Tokyo. Would March …
Is it possible to climb Mt. Fuji in February alone without being part of a tour?
Hi Gary, Is it possible to climb Mt. Fuji in February alone without being part of a tour or is the mountain closed during these times? Thanks in …
When will the Mt. Fuji summit post office be open in 2015?
Where can I find the service date of the Mt. Fuji summit post office in 2015? Many thanks!!
Can we leave our backpack in the mountain hut when we go up to the Mt. Fuji summit?
Hi Gary. Can we leave our backpacks in the mountain hut when we go up to the summit? Of course we will collect it on the way down.
Is it OK to climb Mt. Fuji on October 25?
I'll be in Tokyo the week of Oct. 20. I'm wondering if I can plan to climb Mount Fuji on Sat. Oct. 25? It's out of season, but not winter. Your thoughts …
Up and down Mt. Fuji in a day and nearly getting lost...
Thank you for an excellent resource about climbing Mt Fuji. Didn't have the time to go through all the details before I did the climb but on hindsight …
Can I get driving directions from Central Tokyo to the Yoshida Trail 5th Station?
We will be staying at the New Sanno Hotel and driving to the 5th station to get on the Yoshida trail. Any help is appreciated! Thank you!
How hard is it to get down Mt. Fuji if you're already scared of heights?
Which is worse? Going up or coming down? Any suggestions?
Do the Mt. Fuji 5th Station climbing buses really travel there in winter?
Hey, I just checked out http://www.japan-guide.com/bus/fuji.html. And I would like to confirm if the buses really do travel there in the winter. …
Can I climb Mt. Fuji if pregnant?
Would you recommend climbing Mt. Fuji if pregnant? I hiked up Machu Pichu (Peru) 3 years back while I was 8 weeks pregnant (21 miles over 3 days). …
Closing dates for the Subashiri trail mountain huts?
Hi Gary, Do you have any info about the huts on the Subashiri trail? I'm planning to hike it on 24th August - I'd like to know if the huts will still …
Parking for Mt. Fuji's Fujinomiya Trail 5th Station
Someone mentioned the Mizugazuka parking area with shuttles that go to the Fujinomiya 5th station. Do you have any more details? For Yamanashi Prefecture, …
Need details on climbing from the Fujinomiya 5th station
We are planning to start hiking from the Fujinomiya 5th station at around 10 pm (so that we can catch the sunrise) on 28th August 2014. Could you help …
Can you do a traverse of Mt. Fuji (Yoshida to Gotemba)?
Planning to do the traditional 2-day route up Mt. Fuji on Sept. 8-9 with a friend and am thinking of descending via the Gotemba trail and catching the …
Can I still climb Mt. Fuji between 10 to 15 Sept.?
Hi, I will be in Japan for work trip from 5 to 10th Sept. after which I am extending till 15 Sept. My question: What are the possibilities of climbing …
Sunset from Munatsuki-sanso
Hi Gary, just stumbled on your site and is great! Just wondering do you think it's possible to take the Fujinomiya trail and check in at Munatsuki Sanso, …
How easy is it to get from Mt. Fuji to other places in Japan?
Does one have to go back to Tokyo for continuing to Kyoto, Nagoya, or Osaka or is it possible to take buses or train to other cities in Japan?
Can Fujinomiya trail mountain huts be booked or do you just turn up to them?
Hey Gary! Thanks so much for sharing your Mt. Fuji climbing experience, it's really inspiring and has just further solidified my desire to climb it! …
Is it safe to climb Mt. Fuji during 50-60 km/h winds?
Dear Gary, Thank you for the very comprehensive information about mountains and hiking in Japan. I'm planning to climb Mt Fuji and it seems that the …
Can you backpack a 3-yr-old to the summit of Mt. Fuji, if taking off from the 5th station?
We have a nice hiking backpack, and was wondering if anyone has ever tried to hike their toddler to the top of Mt. Fuji?
Can we go to the Mt. Fuji 5th Station with a 2-year-old?
Is there any problem taking small children up to the 5th Station?
When will Mt. Fuji's Gotemba Trail open this year?
I'm getting mixed messages. Will the Gotemba route open July 10th this year? Thanks, Jen
When will the post office on Mt. Fuji's summit be open?
Hi Gary, Do you know if Mt. Fuji's summit post office will open at the same time as the Shizuoka Prefecture side of Mt. Fuji, i.e. July 10th (for 2014)? …
Will Yoshida trail amenities, buses, etc. still run up until the 9/14 closing date?
Hi Gary, I'm planning a trip to Japan in September and this site is proving very useful for the Fujiyama part! A quick clarification, when you say the …
Are there places to rent gear (i.e. hiking boots, warm jackets) as I have limited luggage capacity.
Dear C. Klipp, You might want to consider the rental gear service offered thru Fuji Mountain Guides: https://www.fujimountainguides.com/mount-fuji-rentals-for-all. …
How to get to Fujinomiya trail 5th station from Chubu airport?
Would like to go to Mt. Fuji Fujinomiya trail 5th station, but i will be coming from Chubu Centrair international airport. Would like to ask how to get …
Safe to climb Mt. Fuji on Sept. 16, 2 days after the official season ends?
Hello Gary, First, thank you for your site! it's really helpful! :) Second, I wanted to ask a question. Me and my sister will arrive at Mt. Fuji …
What can I do to kill time in the hut from 6 pm till midnight?
If I arrive at the Mt. Fuji 8th station at 6 pm and head off for the summit at midnight, there is no point sleeping because it's too early and I wouldn't …
How do you go to the toilet?
"Please note, however, that even though the main Yoshida Trail will be open to the summit as of July 1, all huts, restrooms, and other facilities above …
Could you recommend some clean onsen hotels near Fujiyoshida or Lake Kawaguchi?
Gary, I appreciate all the work you've done on your website. I am impressed! I have been working with a travel agent for weeks and she's still not arranged …
2014 main Yoshida trail opening on track?
Hi Gary, Do you think the 2014 trail opening is still on track for July 1st 2014 for the main Yoshida trail? I know that earlier in the year there …
If we climb up for the sunset, will we have enough time to get back down before dark?
If my husband and I climb up for the sunset, will we have enough time to get back down before dark? This would be during the last week In August 2014. …
Where to start climbing Mt. Fuji from the base?
hello. i think a big part of doing this for me is to -do it-. i want to climb the whole thing, not just from the popular station 5 to top. is it possible …
Can we climb Mt. Fuji around 20 June 2014?
Hello! I saw your post on Mt. Fuji! I'm actually a student touring Japan before my summer school starts. So my friends and I can only climb Mt. Fuji …
Can you climb Mt. Fuji from Sengen Shrine in Fujinomiya?
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. …
Advice on the direction I should take coming down Mt. Fuji and heading to Hiroshima?
I found your website somehow and it is full of great and useful information, which I deeply appreciate. Since you seem pretty knowledgeable, can you give …
Hiking time from Kawaguchiko 5th Station to Seikanso mountain hut?
hi gary and everyone. i am not planning climb to the summit. however, i would like to stay a night at the seikanso mountain hut at the 6th station. i would …
Renting winter climbing gear
Hi everyone. I am planning on climbing Mt. Fuji this year on the 23rd of April (or around abouts). I have done a significant amount of ice climbing here …
How to obtain a certificate for my Mt. Fuji climb?
Gary, Excellent web site. When I was stationed in South Korea (1960/61) in U.S. Army, I climbed Mt. Fuji. I brought my walking stick with all the brands …
Do they require 100 yen coins for the branding of your hiking stick?
Hi Gary, Firstly, like everyone else, thank you so much for such an informative website and especially for keeping it updated as you do. I really appreciate …
Is it possible to climb Mt. Fuji in April on my own?
Congratulations on your website, by far the most comprehensive resource I've found so far on Mt Fuji facts and information, specially in English. Thank …
Is there an alternative activity at Mt. Fuji in the off-season?
Since it's dangerous for casual non-pro climbers to go up Mt. Fuji in the off-season, are there alternative activities or sites to go to that's related …
How do you say fifth (5th) station in Japanese?
I only have a simple question. Extra space not necessary. Thank you.
Would it be a stupid idea to climb Mt. Fuji in the last week of February?
I am likely to be in Japan from the 20th of February to the 2nd of March. Do you think that it's possible to climb Mount Fuji during this period or is …
Is there a way to make a reservation at a Mt. Fuji mountain hut on line?
Hi Gary, Is there a way to make a reservation at a mountain hut on line? Do you know how far in advance they take reservations? I tried looking at …
Is it safe to climb Mount Fuji the last week of October?
We are 4 students and would like to climb to Mount Fuji the third week of October. We have read conflicting stories about not being safe to do that. Three …
How difficult is it to gain access to the trails after September 23rd?
Hiya, I arrive in Tokyo on September 23rd and would love to climb Fuji. It shouldn't be a problem in terms of fitness and equipment and hopefully the weather, …
Lost and Found on Mt. Fuji
I’m embarrassed to admit that the first time I climbed Mt. Fuji was with a guided tour. I had been invited to join by my girlfriend, herself having been …
Climbing Fuji last weekend of September
Hi Gary, First, many thanks for the great resource in your website! My question is sort of similar to some others, but slightly different which is …
Which trail down is easier on the knees?
When I read that the Subashiri trail had sand, I thought that would be less jarring and thus easier on the knees, but I read someone commenting that it …
Fuji Attempt in September 2013
Hello all, Thanks for all the good info here. I'd like to ask the experienced climbers about their hikes and some concerns. I am arriving in Osaka …
How can I climb Mt. Fuji in only 1 day in mid-September?
Hi Gary, Your site is a wonderful resource for those of us looking to make the journey up Fuji-san. I am considering making the trip in mid-september. …
Arriving NRT @ 16:45. Transport to Fuji?
Arriving NRT 16:45, figuring 1 hr customs and then what is the fastest way to Shinjuku to catch the bus to Fuji? Should we take the bus directly to …
Are taxis allowed on the road up to Kawaguchiko 5th station?
Dear Gary, we - 2 austrian honeymooners - are coming to mt. fuji in the middle of august. we are both experienced hikers and reasonably fit. we want …
What is the best way to go see Mt. Fuji at the end of October?
Hi, my husband and I are visiting Tokyo at the end of October. We really want to see Mt. Fuji if it's possible and want to know the best possible day trip …
Can I rent simple boots/jacket and trousers to climb Mt. Fuji?
Hi, I'm wondering if you can advise. I'm bicycle touring around southern Japan and very keen to climb Mt. Fuji on the last few days. Problem is due …
My Night Climb on Aug. 1, 2013
I successfully climbed Mt. Fuji for the second time with two other comrades from different countries. I guided them on the popular Yoshida trail from the …
What is the best time to hike up for sunrise?
Hi Gary, How are you? I am planing to do a day trip to hike Mt Fuji. Last year, i hiked Mt. Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. My speed is 8 hours hike to laban …
Are there shuttles running to the Mt. Fuji 5th station all night?
I am planning on going to Fuji and was going to leave tokyo after 7:30 pm which is past the time for last bus out of Shinjuku station. If I take the Chuo …
How to get from Highland Fuji-Q Hotel to Subashiri 5th Station?
My husband and me with our 3 year old daughter are traveling from Tokyo to Kawaguchiko on the 18th and leave on 20th from the area. We have booked the …
Climbing up Mt. Fuji, but not sleeping in a hut. Can I sleep on the ground outside?
I'm going to climb Mt. Fuji in mid August and plan to climb during night so I can see the sun rise. But I don't want to pay for the huts, so I plan to …
Is it ok to take a 2-day hike and watch the sunrise from the top?
Hi, We are going to be in Tokyo from September 7th until the 14th. Do you believe it would be ok to take a two day hike and watch the sunrise from the …
How to find the Yoshidaguchi Climbing Trail from the Fuji-san train station?
Hi Gary, I am an ambitious mountaineer from Austria/Tirol. I am coming to Japan from the 22nd to 31st of August. In the first days I will climbing …
Do you have any recommendations of a tour that we can join from Kawaguchiko?
Hi, my friend and I are planning to climb Mt. Fuji on 8-9 Aug 13. We will leave from Tokyo, but would like to continue our journey to Osaka after the descent …
Is there a place in Tokyo where I can purchase isobutane-propane canisters?
Aloha Gary, I'm planning to climb Fuji-san in Mid-July (2013). I'm thinking about bringing my Jetboil stove to heat water for a couple of freeze-dried …
Mount Fuji-san off-season
I would like to climb Mount Fuji on September 26 and I will be alone. I found your site on Google, and I want to hire a guide to climb with me. Do …
Is there parking at the Yoshida Trail Sengen Shrine?
I own a car here in Japan and would like to do the traditional climb. Is there a place I can park my car for about two days to go up and down the mountain? …
The shuttle bus from Kawaguchiko station is not very frequent and I am concerned about being able to get on it
Hi Gary. Great site, really useful stuff. In August we're planning to stay at the base overnight and climb during the day. This will mean getting a …
Can you suggest other ways to get mountain hut reservations?
Your website is full of valuable info. I asked a friend to call all the 8th and 7th station huts for the days I can climb (July 28, 27, 29) and nothing …
Mount Fuji Walking Stick Query
Hello, I was curious, is there a certain timeframe in which you can get your stick branded during july-august or is it 24 hours a day that you can have …
Can I climb in early September?
Can I climb Mt. Fuji in early September? Thanks, Sam
Can I use the lockers for more than 24 hours & will there be an extra charge?
Gary, I read your site information on lockers. I will be coming from a business meeting and I will have a suitcase and laptop. If I put them in a locker …
Start climbing on 1st July or 2nd Sept. - Would it be less crowded on either these two dates?
Hi Gary, First, I want to thank you for a great website. It is very informative that it is like a one-stop site for info relating to Mt Fuji. I like …
What is the meaning of this Mt. Fuji sign?
I read through your Climbing Mt. Fuji guide page and was wondering if you had ever seen this? I climbed the mountain a few years ago and had a picture …
My Mt. Fuji Climbing Experience
I first climbed Mt. Fuji in July of 2000. I had just turned 40 back in May and this was my birthday present to myself. I attended the opening ceremony …
Unable to find climbing partner for Mt. Fuji during Aug. 8-13, 2013
I was trying to find a climbing partner for Mt. Fuji during Aug. 8-13 and am also unable to find a tour guide. I checked your links, but the tour guide …
Hints from a Successful 2012 Summit via Gotemba Trail and a 2009 Fail via Subashiri Trail
First, let’s all thank Gary for one of the most helpful comprehensive English language sites on the topic of climbing Mt. Fuji! (Tasukaremashita (助かれました, …
My 2012 climb on the Kawaguchiko and Gotemba Routes
Using the information from this site, and following the advice of many kind people, I made it to the summit of Fuji-san in mid-July 2012. I'm not an athlete, …
Is the Yoshida forest trail hikeable?
I genuinely would like to walk through the forest at the base of Mt.Fuji. In your opinion, is the trail from the very base of Mt.Fuji to the fifth station …
Can we take our baby up Mt. Fuji?
My family and I were planning on climbing Mount Fuji in a couple of weeks, and my wife had asked about taking our baby up the mountain. I've asked around, …
Can I purchase a Mt. Fuji climbing stick outside of Japan?
Is there any place other than Japan (online?) to purchase a Fuji stick? With or without stamps. I am trying to find a replacement Fuji Stick for my brother. …
How do I get my walking stick home?
Hello, I will be hiking Mt. Fuji this summer and plan to get a walking stick like everyone else:) I was wondering how I should go about getting it home. …
What's the slope of the Mt. Fuji Subashiri trail?
I wanna know the slope of the Mt. Fuji Subashiri trail because I heard it has the least steep slope. **** Reply: You've asked a great question, …
Climbing Fujisan with AFS student Ryoji
When I was in high school, we took part in a program called the American Field Service (AFS), and twice, we had the privilege of hosting a foreign exchange …
Your Climbing Mt. Fuji FAQ page is excellent
Hello Gary. This is John. Thank you so much for your kind comments on my Fuji video and thanks for putting on your site! I feel honored! Your Fuji FAQ …
When will Mt. Fuji's trails open this summer?
Hi Gary. I wrote you last summer about my Mt. Fuji experience, and I am thinking about climbing again this year. Do you know where I can find information …
Climbing Mt. Fuji
Two weeks ago on July 26, 2009, four friends and I finally mounted Mt. Fuji. It may be the highest peak in Japan but reaching the summit is not as impressive …
Report From Mt. Fuji, July 2010
My climb took place overnight, beginning around 10 pm on July 10 and returning the next day at about 1 pm, a journey up and back of about 15 hours. Joining …
I'm no fool!
I climbed Mt. Fuji because I didn't want to violate the age-old Japanese proverb & become a fool for not climbing Mt. Fuji. :-) There were 2 things I …
Climbing Mt. Fuji - the 3rd time was the charm!
I arrived at Yokota Air Base Japan in June of 1962, not knowing anybody and lonely. I was an Airman 2nd class in the U.S. Air Force. The veterans at my …
Aug. 13, 14, 2011 Mt. Fuji climb
Your Climbing Mt. Fuji FAQ site was invaluable in preparing for my climb, Gary, thanks! My first ever climb up Mt. Fuji was August 13, 14, 2011. There …
I climbed Mt. Fuji on 09/28/10
My friend Yu and I drove to the 5th station and started our ascent around 7:30am. The wind at that time was very strong and the rain was coming down in …
Sunrise from the Top of Mt. Fuji
Beautiful Mt. Fuji in Japan is one of our favorite places to visit. Enjoy the awesome scenic beauty. The view from the summit of Mt. Fuji looks awesome, …
Over 250,000 climbers scale Mt. Fuji in 2010 Not rated yet
More than 250,000 people--a record high--have climbed Mt. Fuji by the trail on the mountain's Yamanashi Prefecture side this season, according to the Mt. …
What snow conditions should we expect on the Kawaguchiko trail on July 11, 2013? Not rated yet
My wife and I plan to climb Mount Fuji on July 11, 2013. Based on current snow conditions, does it look like we will have any trouble with the snow? …
Can you give me some rough climbing times between the various stations on the Kawaguchiko trail? Not rated yet
Hi Gary, super informative site!!! Thanks. We are planning to climb Mt Fuji on Tues 16th July. My questions are - 1. Is it a good idea to stay at …
Is it possible to take a bus to the Kawaguchiko 5th Station around Christmas? Not rated yet
Hi Gary, I am actually visiting Japan in December and will be in Kawaguchiko on Dec 25. Unfortunately, I realize that this is off-season and we will most …
Do you know if the downhill trail of the main Kawaguchiko route on Mount Fuji is still closed? Not rated yet
Hi Gary, do you know if the downhill trail of the main Kawaguchiko route on Mount Fuji is still closed? If so, do you think it's wise to try a different …
May Fuji Climb Not rated yet
Hi Gary, I hiked from Fujiyoshida to Stage 5 just to snoop around a bit. Want to go from the park entrance to the summit and take 3 days to enjoy it. …
Are there places to turn around if we can't make it to the summit? Not rated yet
We have a nine year old daughter who probably will not make it to the summit and we don't want to push her. It looks like the route up and down are different. …
Waiting for the sunrise overnight Not rated yet
Hello, one thing I have not been able to figure out, is whether it is viable to make it to the summit for sunset, and wait (not camp - as I understand …
Which trail/side of Mt Fuji is best to see the sunset and sunrise respectively? Not rated yet
Thank you for your very informative site, Gary. Very much appreciated. About my question, I'm planning to do a day-climb next week to the summit in time …
Is there lodging at the top of Mt. Fuji? Not rated yet
Mr. Wolff, I am impressed with your website. I am planning the trip of a lifetime with my two teenage boys. I wanted to climb Mt. Fuji during the day, …
Is it safe to climb Fuji-san alone? Not rated yet
I am planning to climb Fuji-san on the 1st week of July, 2012. Is is safe to climb Fuji-san alone? Also, can I wear my sneakers which are not waterproof? …
Why was it so hard for you? Not rated yet
I have a couple of questions: 1) I'm curious what made this particular hike so hard for you...was it the lack of oxygen (no vegetation to produce O2)? …
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