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Climbing Mt. Fuji (富士山) -
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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"If you come to Japan and don't climb Mt. Fuji, you're a fool; but if you climb it more than once, you're an even BIGGER fool."  smiley
--old Japanese proverb, especially tailored for gaijin--

For me, the attraction to climb Mt. Fuji was immediate. Less than 4 months after arriving in this country, I was worshipping the sunrise from its summit on Sun. Aug. 4, 1991.

After I first built this site in 2009, I found myself replying to a seemingly uncountable number of questions about climbing Mt. Fuji, so in Aug. 2010 I decided to compile a list of some of the most frequently asked questions about climbing Japan's highest peak. It has grown considerably since then as visitors have posed questions & graciously shared their climbing experiences. I've done my best to keep the links current & the content up to date, and for the past couple years this page has become the most visited page on my entire site, thank you.

Should you have any additional questions of your own or would like to share your climbing story, feel free to use the form at the bottom of this page. Thanks for visiting.

Lake Yamanaka seen from the top of Mt. Fuji
"Lake Yamanaka seen from the top of Mt. Fuji"
(Taken circa 1904 by a photographer with the Underwood & Underwood Co.
Used with permission from the Nagasaki University Library Collection)



July 10, 2015 update: As of 9 am this morning, the 3 trails from the Shizuoka Prefecture side are now open all the way to the summit & the 2015 Mt. Fuji climbing season for all 4 trails has now officially begun. These 3 Shizuoka trails will be open till Thurs. 9/10 & the main Yoshida Trail will close on Mon. 9/14. Happy hiking!!



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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Is Mt. Fuji (富士山, Fuji-san) the highest mountain in Japan?
Q: How many people climb Mt. Fuji (富士山) every year?
Q: When is Mt. Fuji's official climbing season?  (updated July 1, 2015)
Q: When are the best dates to climb during Mt. Fuji's climbing season?
Q: Is 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)
Q: How long does it take to climb to the top of Mt. Fuji and what is the elevation gain?  (updated Aug. 23, 2015)
Q: What are the hiking distances from Mt. Fuji's 5th Stations to its summit and how steep are the various Mt. Fuji climbing trails?  (updated Aug. 23, 2015)
Q: Are there some Mt. Fuji mountain huts where I can rest or sleep along the way?  (updated July 10, 2015)
Q: Is it necessary to make reservations at the Fuji-san mountain huts?  (updated July 4, 2014)
Q: What kind of equipment is required for climbing Mt. Fuji?  (updated June 3, 2013)
Q: What temperatures can I expect when climbing Mt. Fuji? 
Q: Where can I see current weather conditions and/or weather forecasts for Mt. Fuji?  (updated June 30, 2014)
Q: How do I reach Mt. Fuji's 5th Stations (Gogōme, 五合目)?  (updated July 4, 2015)
Q: What is the elevation of Mt. Fuji's 5th Station?
Q: What kind of services and facilities will I find at Mt. Fuji's 5th Station?  (updated July 12, 2015)
Q: What kind of services and facilities will I find at Mt. Fuji's summit?
Q: What time of day is the best time to climb Mt. Fuji?
Q: How can I avoid the crowds when climbing Mt. Fuji?  (updated Dec. 3, 2014)

Many more questions continued on Page 2.



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Q: Is Mt. Fuji (富士山, Fuji-san) the highest mountain in Japan?
A: Yes, at an elevation of 3776m (12,388 ft.) it is not only Japan's highest mountain, but along with Mt. Tateyama and Mt. Hakusan, it is one of Japan's "Three Holy Mountains" (三霊山, Sanreizan). It is also one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains (日本百名山, Nihon Hyaku-meizan).


Q: How many people climb Mt. Fuji every year?
A: I'm not aware of any reliable total estimates, but the Daily Yomiuri newspaper reported on Aug. 31, 2010 that as of 5 pm Sun. Aug. 29, a record 253,414 climbers had been counted during the 2-month Mt. Fuji (富士山) climbing season on the main Yoshida trail, according to the safety guidance center at the trail's 6th station. With 2 days remaining in the official climbing season, this number will likely reach 260,000 climbers. This is the 2nd straight record-setting year, surpassing last year's climbing season tally of 247,066. 

The main Yoshida trail, which serves the Tokyo 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 world.
(Note: This answer has been updated. Pls. see more recent statistics below.)


Q: When is Mt. Fuji's official climbing season?  (updated July 1, 2015)
A: The 2015 Mt. Fuji climbing season will be from 7/1 till 9/14 for the Yoshida Trail, and 7/10 till 9/10 for the other 3 trails. During these months, temperatures at the summit can be below freezing at night. Though there is no closing date as such, and it is possible to climb Mt. Fuji outside of the official climbing season, it is not recommended, as most facilities, including most mountain huts, are closed; weather conditions are unstable and unpredictable; rescue personnel are limited, climbing conditions may be extremely hazardous; and public transportation access is minimal. 

The following Mt. Fuji winter climb warning is from the Fujiyoshida City's official website:
Three Deadly Reasons to Stay off Mt. Fuji in the off-season:
● Avalanche. Mt. Fuji is the perfect domain for avalanches due to its steep slope and lack of vegetation. When a slab of ice breaks free, the hiker will be pummeled against snow, ice, and trees before being buried as if encased in wet concrete.
● Winds. Strong winds literally blow climbers off the slippery slopes. There have been several cases of tents flying off of the slopes with their occupants onboard.
● Hypothermia. Though not limited to the off-season, hypothermia is a life-threatening condition that proves fatal if not diagnosed and treated properly. It is the result of a hiker's core body temperature dropping and internal organs succumbing to the cold. (Source: City of Fujiyoshida)

The following excerpt appears on a sign just below Kengamine (剣ヶ峰, elev. 3776m), the highest point on Mt. Fuji's summit:

In the wintertime, Mt. Fuji weather conditions are extremely harsh. The maximum and minimum average temperatures at the summit are -15C (5F), and -22C (-8F), respectively. The average wind speed is 20 to 30 m/s (45 to 67 mph) with a 50% increase at the ridgeline. Mt. Fuji has heavy snowfall when low pressure systems pass in the winter. The forest reduces wind speeds below the 5th station, but they suddenly and drastically increase above timberline. The relative temperature falls by 1.0C with every increase of 1.0 m/s (1.8F per 2.2 mph) in wind speed.

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:

http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/japan/sasebo-sailors-rescue-climber-who-fell-from-mount-fuji-summit-1.164241

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201307190062

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. new icon


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Q: When are the best dates to climb during Mt. Fuji's climbing season?
A: School is usually out from around July 20 thru the end of August, so if you want to beat the crowds, before July 20th on a weekday is best, but in early July you risk climbing Mt. Fuji on late lingering snow fields. At all costs, avoid the Obon holiday period, usually Aug. 13-17, and weekends, especially Saturday nights.

Climbing Mt. Fuji
Climbing Mt. Fuji
(the trek to Mecca?)

During the 2010 climbing season on the main Yoshida trail, a record-high 100,000 climbers climbed Mt. Fuji in July. On average, more than 5,000 people climbed Mt. Fuji on Saturdays & Sundays and everyday during Obon. And on Sat. Aug. 21, a shocking 10,000 people (yes, you read that right) climbed Mt. Fuji on this one hiking trail alone.


Q: Is there a choice of hiking routes when climbing Mt. Fuji?
A: Yes, there are 4 routes:
1) Yoshida course (by far the most popular, as it serves climbers from the Tokyo metropolitan area):
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6922.html
2) Fujinomiya course (the shortest route--4 hrs. 20 min.--and the highest starting elevation: 2400m):
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6930.html
3) Subashiri course (the tree line @ 2700m is the highest on any route):
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6928.html
4) Gotemba course (the longest route--6 hrs. 20 min.--and the lowest starting elevation: 1440m):
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6929.html

Detailed Mt. Fuji trail maps for each of its 4 climbing routes are linked below.



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:

Year
Subashiri
Route
Gotemba
Route
Fujinomiya
Route
2008
July 5
July 8
July 11
2009
July 10
July 17
July 14
2010
July 8
July 9
July 9
2011
July 6
July 9
July 13
2012
July 13
July 20
July 13
2013
July 1
July 1
July 8
2014
July 10
July 18
July 18
Opening Dates to the Mt. Fuji Summit for the 3 Shizuoka Trails
(Source: http://www.pref.shizuoka.jp/kensetsu/ke-830/news/news_douro44.html)


Q: How long does it take to climb to the top of Mt. Fuji and what is the elevation gain?  (updated Aug. 23, 2015)
A: Among the 4 climbing trails, on average it'll take about 6 hrs. 20 min. up and 3 hrs. 20 min. down. On the main Yoshida climbing course, if you're in good shape, from the 5th Station you should allow at least 6 hrs. up and about 3.5 hrs. down. You'll gain 1471 meters (4824 ft.), almost a vertical mile, which is comparable to climbing the 1250-ft-tall Empire State Building in New York City almost 4 times. Wow.

Mt. Fuji Yoshida Trail hiking times
Mt. Fuji Yoshida Trail climbing times
(Image credit: Dept. of Community & Environmental Affairs, Shizuoka Prefecture)


Q: What are the hiking distances from Mt. Fuji's 5th Stations to its summit and how steep are the various Mt. Fuji climbing trails?  (updated Aug. 23, 2015)
A: Here are some Mt. Fuji climbing trail stats which are a "happy average" I've compiled from various sources:

Mt. Fuji
Climbing
Route
5th Station
Starting
Elev. (m)
Elev.
Gain (m)
Hiking
Distance
(km)
%
Grade
Hiking
Time
Up
(hr:min)
Hiking
Time
Down
(hr:min)
Yoshida 2305 1471 6.8 21.6 6:20 3:40
Fujinomiya 2400 1376 5.0 27.5 4:40 2:20
Subashiri 2000 1776 6.8 26.1 6:40 3:40
Gotemba 1440 2336 7.8 29.9 7:30 3:30

According to my less-than-scientific analysis, smiley 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 down, descending 1110m from the 3030-m 7th Station to the 1920-m New 5.5th Station in only 70 minutes. Yee Hah!! smiley But take care of those knees & don't forget your gaiters!


Q: Are there some Mt. Fuji mountain huts where I can rest or sleep along the way?  (updated July 10, 2015)
A: Yes, but they can be very crowded (read: full) during climbing season. Believe it or not, this incredible mountain has over 40 mountain huts which sleep nearly 7000 people:

Route No. of huts Capacity
Yoshida 19 3548
Fujinomiya 9 1330
Subashiri 12 1365
Gotemba 4
390
Total 44 6633

On a separate page I've compiled a list of Mt. Fuji mountain huts for the main Yoshida trail (updated July 10, 2015) with website addresses, phone numbers, elevations, sleeping capacities, and opening/closing dates. A list of Mt. Fuji mountain huts for the other 3 routes from Shizuoka Prefecture 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. 


Q: Is it necessary to make reservations at the Fuji-san mountain huts?  (updated July 4, 2014)
A: Yes, since its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on June 22, 2013, Mt. Fuji has become so popular that advance mountain hut reservations are imperative, because the huts are quite packed during climbing season. The average base weekday rate is ¥5500 per night, plus an optional ¥1000 for dinner, ¥1000 for breakfast, and an extra ¥1000-¥2000 for weekend nights. So staying on a Fri. or Sat. night with dinner & breakfast will run at least ¥8500. Some staff speak English in some of the huts.


Q: What kind of equipment is required for climbing Mt. Fuji?
A: Because climbing any mountain will subject climbers to highly variable, unpredictable, and often extreme weather conditions, one should follow the Boy Scout motto and be prepared for any scenario. Accordingly, sturdy high-cut, waterproof hiking boots, gaiters (to keep your boots from filling up with small volcanic rocks on the way down), warm layered clothing, wick-dry underwear/undershirt, sweater/windbreaker, wool socks, gloves, sunglasses, hat (with hat clip to keep it from blowing away in strong winds), hiking stick (pole), flashlight or headlamp (w/ spare batteries), effective rain wear (both top & bottom....ponchos are no good!), camera (w/ extra battery & memory card), plastic bags to carry out your trash ("Pack it in, Pack it out!"), small first-aid kit (w/ aspirin for altitude sickness), toilet paper, hand towel, high-energy snacks (e.g. CalorieMate, sweets, nuts, chocolate), a change of clothing, and sunscreen are essential.

This cute graphic on what to wear up Mt. Fuji is courtesy of mtfujiguide.com.

What to wear up Mt. Fuji
What to wear up 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.

Mt. Fuji walking stick
Mt. Fuji hiking sticks are usually bought for around ¥1000 and can be
stamped at each station for an additional ¥200 per stamp per station
(The pic above was taken Aug. 21, 2012 @ the Fujinomiya 5th Station)


Q: What temperatures can I expect when climbing Mt. Fuji?
A: The average temperature during the climbing season at the summit is between 5-8 degrees C (41-46 degrees F), but it sometimes drops below freezing. So if there's a strong wind, it can not only feel quite frigid, but expose climbers to hypothermia. During August at Mt. Fuji's summit, the average high temperature is 9.3 degrees C (~49 degrees F) and the average low temperature is 3.6 degrees C (~38 degrees F). Temperatures at the top are generally about 20 degrees C (36 degrees F) less than at the base, or 10 degrees C (18 degrees F) less than at the 5th Station.

Mt. Fuji average & record temperatures
Mt. Fuji average & record temperatures
(Source: Wikipedia)

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!


Q: Where can I see current weather conditions and/or weather forecasts for climbing Mt. Fuji?  (updated June 30, 2014)
A: Summit: 
http://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Fuji-san/forecasts/3776 (6-day forecast)
http://www.jma.go.jp/en/amedas_h/today-50066.html?areaCode=000&groupCode=35 (hourly observations)
Forecast for Yamanashi Prefecture: http://www.jma.go.jp/en/yoho/321.html (added Aug. 19, 2012)
Very near Mt. Fuji: http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/47721.html
Fujiyoshida City (near Mt. Fuji): http://bit.ly/atXoCB (Japanese)


View detailed snow forecast for Mount Fuji at:  snow-forecast.com
(updated every 4 hours)


Q: How do I reach Mt. Fuji's 5th Stations (Gogōme, 五合目)?  (updated July 4, 2015)
A: For those climbing the main Yoshida route, from Tokyo you can catch a highway bus from the west side of Shinjuku Station directly up to Fuji-san's Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station. During most of the summer 2-month climbing season, buses run up to 11 times everyday, depending on the day of week and month. The bus trip to the Mt. Fuji 5th Station departs Shinjuku @ 6:40, 7:40, 8:40, 9:40, 11:00, 13:30, 14:40, 15:30, 16:30, 17:10, & 19:30, and takes about 2 hrs. 25 min. and costs ¥2700.

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 bus schedules to Mt. Fuji's 5th Stations 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 offering the Mt. Fuji Round Trip Ticket which provides foreign tourists a discounted round-trip ticket package 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. 

More details on the 2015 Mt. Fuji Round Trip Ticket program are here: http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/fuji/   Train & bus timetables for the 2015 program can be found here.

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 be 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 you can 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:
How to access the Mt. Fuji Fujinomiya trail 5th Station
How to access the Mt. Fuji Gotemba trail 5th Station
How to access the Mt. Fuji Subashiri trail 5th Station


July 4, 2015 update:

For the 2nd consecutive summer, the Narita Express railway service will run from Narita Airport all the way to Kawaguchiko Station @ the base of Mt. Fuji, offering travelers a potential way to skip Tokyo altogether along with its congested railway interchanges.

The train will only operate on weekends and national holidays between Sat. July 4 and Sun. Sept. 27, when it will make one round trip per day. The ride will take about 3½ hours and will cost about ¥7,000 one way. It will also operate every day from Mon. Aug. 10 to Fri. Aug. 14 during the busy Obon holiday period.

It is scheduled to depart Narita Airport Terminal 1 at 9:15 am and arrive at Kawaguchiko Station at 12:41 p.m. The return ride departs Kawaguchiko Station at 2:14 pm and arrives @ Narita Airport Terminal 1 @ 5:29 pm.

The service requires reservations. Tickets go on sale a month before the date of travel and are available from JR Ticket Offices, Travel Service Centers (View Plaza), reserved seat ticket machines @ each JR East station, and from major travel agencies.

If this Narita-to-Kawaguchiko round trip is made within a 3-day period, Mt. Fuji climbers can save money with the ¥8,300 JR Kanto Area Pass, but this does not include the climbing bus from Kawaguchiko Station up to Mt. Fuji's 5th Station.

More details here: http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pdf/fuji_pass_150619_e.pdf



Q: What is the elevation of Mt. Fuji's 5th Station ?
A: It depends on the trail you choose:

Fujinomiya Trail - 2400m
Gotemba Trail - 1440m
Subashiri Trail - 2000m
Yoshida Trail - 2305m


Q: What kind of services and facilities will I find at Mt. Fuji's 5th Station?  (updated July 12, 2015)
A: The Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station is a city in and of itself, so before you set out to climb Mt. Fuji, you'll find just about anything and everything you need....convenience stores, restaurants, souvenir shops, toilets, firemen, police, mountain huts, guidance center, post office, shrine, coin lockers, prefectural management office, and a viewing platform.

Mt. Fuji 5th Station Guide Map
Mt. Fuji 5th Station Guide Map (富士山五合目案内図)
(compass direction "north" faces downward)
(image credit: subaruline.jp)


Quite a stark contrast, in fact, to how it appeared over 50 years ago... smiley

Mt. Fuji 5th Station in 1963
Mt. Fuji 5th Station in 1963
(photo courtesy: Joe Sanders)


Q: What kind of services and facilities will I find at Mt. Fuji's summit?
A: You'll find food vendors, coffee, noodle shops, and.....(do I dare say it?).....even vending machines (w/ drinks for ¥500). When I climbed Mt. Fuji, I even mailed a postcard from the summit to my friend in California. Can you imagine how cool it'd be to receive a postcard that is postmarked from the highest post office in Japan? Yeah ! If you have an extra 60-90 min. to kill, you can also hike around the summit crater, known as "Ohachimeguri (お鉢めぐり, お鉢巡り)," meaning in Japanese "to go around the bowl." Click thumbnail below to view detailed trail map for Mt. Fuji's Ohachimeguri:

Mt. Fuji Ohachi Meguri trail map
Ohachimeguri (お鉢めぐり) trail map
(click to view full-size map)
(1.5-hr. hiking course around Mt. Fuji's summit crater)

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)


Q: What time of day is the best time to climb Mt. Fuji?
A: Because most people want to arrive at the summit for sunrise, climbing Mt. Fuji at night is the busiest and most crowded time on the trails. If you want to avoid the crowds, a Mt. Fuji trek during the daytime is probably better; but I must admit, the unobstructed view of the sunrise is awesome. When I climbed Mt. Fuji on the first Saturday in August, my friends and I left the Fuji Subaru 5th Station around 10:15 pm and arrived at Mt. Fuji's summit just before sunrise around 4:55 am. By that time a layer of clouds had formed near the base of the peak, so the sun actually rose above the clouds, like the view you sometimes see from airplanes flying above the clouds. The Japanese call this phenomenon "unkai (雲海)," meaning "sea of clouds."

Mt. Fuji's "unkai" (sea of clouds)
Mt. Fuji's "unkai (雲海)" (sea of clouds)

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.  smiley  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.


Number of 2014 Mt. Fuji climbers by year and route
Number of Mt. Fuji climbers by year and route

 Legend:
平成17年 = 2005
         
全体 = Total
平成18年 = 2006

吉田ルート = Yoshida route
平成19年 = 2007

富士宮ルート = Fujinomiya route
平成20年 = 2008

須走ルート = Subashiri route
平成21年 = 2009

御殿場ルート = Gotemba route
平成22年 = 2010


平成23年 = 2011


平成24年 = 2012

平成25年 = 2013

平成26年 = 2014


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:

Busiest 2014 Climbing Days
Number of Climbers
Sat. Aug. 2
8,803
Sat. July 26
8,255
Sat. 8/23
7,720
Sun. 7/20(1)
7,077
Wed. 8/13
6,967
(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 2014 Mt. Fuji climbers by day and route
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 2014 Mt. Fuji climbers by time of day and route
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 National Parks of Japan and can be viewed in their entirety (in Japanese) here.


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What route is best as far as scenery, but may be less traveled? 
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How crowded will the Subashiri trail and the summit be on a weekday? 
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How about starting from Fujinomiya 5th station and connecting with the Gotemba trail 6th station... at night? 
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How long will it take to climb the Yoshida trail during the day? 
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Can I hike up the Yoshida Trail and down the Gotemba Trail in early July before the Gotemba Trail officially opens? 
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Which is your favorite Mt. Fuji route? 
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How far is it from the Yoshida 10th station to the Fujikan summit mountain hut? 
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Are there any stations open on the Fujinomiya trail after the close of climbing season? 
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Sunset from Munatsuki-sanso 
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When will the post office on Mt. Fuji's summit be open? 
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How do you go to the toilet? 
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2014 main Yoshida trail opening on track? 
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Lost and Found on Mt. Fuji 
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Fuji Attempt in September 2013 
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How can I climb Mt. Fuji in only 1 day in mid-September? 
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Arriving NRT @ 16:45. Transport to Fuji? 
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Are taxis allowed on the road up to Kawaguchiko 5th station?  
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What is the best way to go see Mt. Fuji at the end of October? 
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Can I rent simple boots/jacket and trousers to climb Mt. Fuji?  
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My Night Climb on Aug. 1, 2013 
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What is the best time to hike up for sunrise? 
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Are there shuttles running to the Mt. Fuji 5th station all night? 
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How to get from Highland Fuji-Q Hotel to Subashiri 5th Station? 
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Climbing up Mt. Fuji, but not sleeping in a hut. Can I sleep on the ground outside? 
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Is it ok to take a 2-day hike and watch the sunrise from the top? 
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How to find the Yoshidaguchi Climbing Trail from the Fuji-san train station? 
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Do you have any recommendations of a tour that we can join from Kawaguchiko? 
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Is there a place in Tokyo where I can purchase isobutane-propane canisters? 
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Mount Fuji-san off-season 
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Is there parking at the Yoshida Trail Sengen Shrine? 
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The shuttle bus from Kawaguchiko station is not very frequent and I am concerned about being able to get on it 
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Can you suggest other ways to get mountain hut reservations?  
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Mount Fuji Walking Stick Query 
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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? 
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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 …

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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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