"If you come
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."
--old Japanese proverb--
For me, the attraction to climb Mt. Fuji was immediate. Less than 4
after arriving in this country, I was
the sunrise from its summit on Sun. Aug. 4, 1991.
On this page which I first built in Aug. 2010, I have attempted to
some of the most frequently asked questions about climbing Japan's
highest peak. It has grown considerably since then as visitors have
posed questions & shared their climbing experiences. And I've done
my best to keep the links current & the content up to date.
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.
Mt. Fuji (富士山), Japan's highest mountain
and the most visited mountain in the world
(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
mountain, but along with Mt. Tateyama and Mt. Hakusan, it is
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).
many people climb Mt. Fuji
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
main Kawaguchiko Yoshida trail, according to the safety guidance center
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 Kawaguchiko 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
world. (Note: This answer has been
updated. Pls. see more recent statistics below.)
is Mt. Fuji's official
A: It lasts for only two months, from July thru
August. 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 July
1-Aug. 31 official climbing season, it is not recommended, as most
facilities, including most mountain huts, are closed; weather
are unstable and unpredictable; rescue personnel are limited, climbing
conditions may be extremely hazardous; and public transportation access
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.
The following excerpt appears on a sign just below Kengamine (剣ヶ峰,
3776m), the highest point on Mt. Fuji's summit:
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
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
(the trek to Mecca?)
During the 2010 climbing season on the main Kawaguchiko Yoshida trail,
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
The Fujinomiya route above the New
7th Station and the
Subashiri route above the 7th Station were opened all the way to
the summit on Fri. July 13 @ 12 noon, and the Gotemba route above the
6th Station was opened on Fri. July 20 @ 12 noon. The page linked above
also previously featured some pics of all the snow that was still
trails until the 3rd week of July.
As for the Kawaguchiko Yoshida trail, I've been informed by the
Fujiyoshida City international affairs desk that the mountain hut staff
have now cleared the trail of snow all the way to the summit. But
because of the risk of falling rocks & avalanches due to the
remaining 3-meter snow depth around the 8th Station & damage caused
by Typhoon #4 from a
couple weeks ago, the downhill trail is closed for the time being and
climbers descending from Mt. Fuji's peak must share the uphill trail
section with those going up.
The Kawaguchiko tourist info center informed me this afternoon that the
downhill trail for the main Kawaguchiko Yoshida route is still closed
climbers descending from Mt. Fuji's peak must continue to share the
section with those going up. They also said this situation will likely
remain unchanged for the remainder of the climbing season. This should
make for some pretty massive traffic jams during the weekends on Mt.
Fuji's main climbing route.
long does it take to climb to the top of Mt. Fuji and what is the
A: Among the 4 climbing trails, on average it'll take about 5
hrs. 10 min. up and 2 hrs. 55 min. down. On the main
Kawaguchiko Yoshida climbing course, if you're in good shape, from the
5th Station you should allow at least 5 hrs. up and about 3.5 hrs.
down, as shown in the graphic below.
You'll gain 1471 meters (4824 ft.), almost a vertical mile, which
is comparable to climbing the 1250-ft-tall Empire State
in New York City almost 4 times. Wow.
Kawaguchiko Yoshida trail climbing times (source)
are the hiking distances
from Mt. Fuji's 5th Stations to its summit and how
steep are the various Mt.
Fuji climbing trails?
A: Here are some Mt. Fuji climbing trail stats I've compiled from
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? A: Yes, but they can be very crowded (read: full)
season. Believe it or not, this incredible mountain has over 40
mountain huts which sleep nearly 7000 people:
On a separate page I've complied a list
of Mt. Fuji mountain
huts for the main Kawaguchiko Yoshida trail with
website addresses, phone numbers, elevations, sleeping capacities, and
Lists of Mt. Fuji mountain huts for the other routes are shown on the
climbing course pages linked above. Please note: a little
known secret is that many huts are open well into September, even
October, 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.
it necessary to make reservations at the Fuji-san mountain huts?
A: Although not required, they're appreciated & would
definitely be a good idea because the huts are quite packed during
climbing season. The average base weekday rate is 5000 yen per night,
optional 1000 yen for dinner, 1000 yen for breakfast, and an extra 1500
yen for weekend nights. So staying on a Fri. or Sat. night with dinner
& breakfast will run at least 8500 yen. Some staff speak
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
sunglasses, hat (with hat clip to keep it from blowing away in strong
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),
hand towel, high-energy snacks (e.g. CalorieMate, sweets, nuts,
chocolate), a change of clothing, and sunscreen are essential.
You should also bring lots of cash (including
100-yen coins for the
200-yen, pay-per-use eco-toilets) to buy stuff like souvenirs, to pay
huts, to get your commemorative Mt. Fuji hiking stick stamped, to
eat a hot meal
(curry rice or ramen may cost 1000 yen), to mail a postcard from the
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 yen/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.
Fuji hiking sticks are usually bought for around 1000 yen and can be
at each station for an additional 200 yen per stamp per station
(Photo courtesy: Alexandre
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
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
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!
do I reach Mt. Fuji's 5th Stations (Go-gome)?
A: For those climbing the main Kawaguchiko Yoshida route, from Tokyo
you can catch a highway bus from the west side of
Shinjuku Station directly up to Fuji-san's Kawaguchiko 5th Station.
summer 2-month climbing season, buses run 6 times everyday in both
directions. The bus trip to the Mt. Fuji 5th Station departs
Shinjuku @ 7:45, 8:45, 9:40, 16:50, 17:50, & 19:30, and takes
about 2 hrs. 25 min.
and costs 2600 yen. Return buses back to Shinjuku take 2 hr. 20 min.
& depart the 5th Station every hour on the hour from 10:00 till
15:00. More details on Mt. Fuji bus schedules and
reservations are here
(in English) & here (in Japanese).
If you want to go by car via the Fuji Subaru toll
road to the Kawaguchiko 5th
Station, there are 4 free parking areas waiting for you
there between the 4th & 5th Stations, totaling nearly 900
But the round-trip toll will set you back 2300 yen and please be
aware that in 2012, the road is closed to private vehicles from July
16-18 & Aug. 5-16.
1, 2012 update: The newly launched Mt. Fuji Round Trip
Ticket 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 5,500 yen. It is recommended for day
tours as well as those staying overnight & desiring to climb Mt.
Fuji's main Kawaguchiko Yoshida Trail. This special price saves about
half off the price of the regular fare. More details, including
links, are here: http://www.att-japan.net/en/topics/syosai/1350
kind of services and facilities will I find at Mt. Fuji's 5th
A: The Kawaguchiko 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
stores, restaurants, souvenir shops, toilets, firemen, police, mountain
huts, guidance center, post office, and a viewing platform.
kind of services and facilities will I find at Mt. Fuji's summit?
A: You'll find food vendors, coffee, noodle shops, and.....(do
say it?).....even vending machines (w/ drinks for 500 yen). 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
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
Mt. Fuji's Ohachimeguri:
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 Kawaguchiko
Yoshida 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 (雲海)" (sea of clouds)
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.
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
can I avoid the crowds when
climbing Mt. Fuji?
A: In short, to avoid the crowds when climbing Mt. Fuji, don't climb
on the weekends, late in the afternoon, or on the main Kawaguchiko
Yoshida route. Here
are some interesting charts compiled courtesy of the National Parks of
Japan, showing statistics for Mt. Fuji climbers by route over the
past few years.
Number of Mt. Fuji climbers by year and route
平成17年 = 2005
全体 = Total
平成18年 = 2006
平成19年 = 2007
平成20年 = 2008
平成21年 = 2009
平成22年 = 2010
平成23年 = 2011
the July 1-Aug. 31, 2011 climbing season, there was a total of around
293,000 Mt. Fuji climbers, down around 28,000 from the previous year,
most likely due in part to the March 11, 2011 strongest ever
earthquake and tsunami. The breakdown of Mt. Fuji climbers by trail
165,038 (56%) on the Kawaguchiko Yoshida route, 72,441 (25%) on the
Fujinomiya route, 40,179 (14%) on the Subashiri route, and 15,758 (5%)
on the Gotemba route.
Of these approximate 293,000 Mt. Fuji climbers in 2011, around 110,000
(37%) climbed during July and around 183,000 (63%) climbed during
August. The busiest 10-day climbing period was in mid-August with over
71,000 climbers, or 24% of the total.
Number of Mt. Fuji climbers in 2011 by day and route
(Note: All dates shown above on the horizonal axis were Sundays,
and not surprisingly, the busiest climbing days were on the weekends.)
Number of Mt. Fuji climbers in 2010-2011 by time of day and route
(solid lines=2011; dashed lines=2010)
All charts & Mt. Fuji climbing statistics above are courtesy of
the and can be viewed
in their entirety (in Japanese) here.
time is sunrise
and sunset on Mt. Fuji during climbing season?
Source: U.S. Naval Observatory,
Washington, D.C. (Note: 2013 sunrises/sunsets for Mt. Fuji are
either exactly the same
or vary by only 1 min. from those shown above.)
Q: Can I
leave my large backpack in a
locker at the train station and take only a smaller pack with me to
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, coin lockers
for large luggage are available at Mt. Fuji Station, Kawaguchiko
Station, and possibly at the Mt. Fuji 5th Station. Although, they warn
that sometimes people have had problems storing large hard-shelled
luggage. The starting cost is 300 yen. Also, arrangements may be made
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)
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.
A: This is one of the best checklists I've seen so far, courtesy of
to Climb Mt. Fuji
I have to worry about altitude sickness when climbing Mt. Fuji?
A: If you are not an experienced hiker nor have trained properly, there
is a real possibility of altitude sickness, including headaches,
dizziness, nausea, and even vomiting. The best way to avoid this is to
pace yourself, take lots of breaks, and to acclimate yourself to the
higher elevations. Perhaps you can even sleep for a while, say, at the
5th, 7th, or 8th Stations, giving your body a chance to adjust to the
thinner air. If your travel schedule permits, staying
overnight at one
of the area
hotels at the base of the mountain before starting your climb
help with the acclimation process. While some mountain huts have oxygen
bottles, if you
suffer a severe case of altitude sickness with vomiting, it is probably
best to get down off the mountain ASAP. An excellent report on the
and prevention of altitude sickness can be found here.
should I do if I have
an accident, get sick, or have any other kind of trouble or emergency?
A: Carrying a first-aid kit is a good idea, but if you need emergency
assistance, it's best to try to make it to the nearest mountain hut.
There are emergency aid stations at the 7th & 8th Stations on
the Kawaguchiko Yoshida course and at the 8th Station on the Fujinomiya
which are open from mid-July to mid- or late August.
For more serious emergencies, you should dial "110" on your cell phone
(assuming it works on Mt. Fuji) to receive immediate assistance. Also,
at the Kawaguchiko Yoshida trail 6th
Station (Tel. 0555-24-6223) as well as at the Fujinomiya trail 5th
Station are Safety
Centers where you can get help with injuries and other
Let's be clear, Mt. Fuji can be quite dangerous,
and during the past 7 years has claimed on average 5 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.
can I find a good route map or elevation profile for climbing Mt. Fuji?
A: Since the
trails are very well marked, and are almost always filled with throngs
of people, it'll be difficult to get lost & you probably won't
need one. Free English brochures are available at the tourist
information centers in Tokyo & Kawaguchiko. Just make sure
before you head down, you choose the right trail, or you'll wind up at
the wrong 5th Station and that'd be a real bummer.
Click thumbnails below to view detailed Mt. Fuji trail maps for
its 4 climbing routes:
One of the best
internet maps, in my humble opinion, is my own customized Google Map of
Mt. Fuji, which offers a very
impressive 3D view if you have Google Earth installed on your PC.
Using GE's tilt & rotate features, you can actually
around the cone of Mt. Fuji as if you were in an airplane:
My Google Map of Mt. Fuji
(zoom out to see all of the 25
mountains in Japan)
The actual 3776m Mt. Fuji highpoint is one of 8 peaks around the
summit crater rim named Kengamine (剣ヶ峰).
(View 25 Highest
Mountains in Japan in a larger map.)
Another useful route map for
climbing Mt. Fuji is the Yamareco map
shown below, which includes an elevation profile graph from a person
who hiked up the Kawaguchiko Yoshida trail and then all the
way around Mt. Fuji's cone.
Route Map & Elevation Profile
for Climbing Mt. Fuji (富士山)
Q: Is it
ok to climb Mt. Fuji (富士山)
A: The minimum age for climbing Mt. Everest is 16 (from the Nepal side)
and the minimum age for climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is 12.
Ok, Mt. Fuji (富士山) is
not THAT difficult, but let's be clear, it's also not a Sunday stroll
in the park. Having been climbing mountains since my Boy
Scout days and
having scaled all of the 25
highest mountains in Japan, 12 of the U.S. State
Highpoints (tallest peak in each state), and 12 of Colorado's 54 famous
"Fourteeners" (peaks higher than 14,000 feet (~4267 m)), I can honestly
climbing Mt. Fuji (富士山) was one of the more difficult hikes I've ever
in my life.
The trail gets quite steep above the 9th station, involving
some moderate rock scrambling which requires giant steps, even for an
adult. And when it rains, the rocks can get very slippery. The winds
can get so strong, some hikers literally get blown off the trail, and
this risk of injury is obviously much greater with little munchkins.
When I climbed Mt. Fuji, I saw many kids, some appearing as young as 6
or 7, and who seemed to be part of some organized outing, like a school
or scout trip, etc. But many of them had frowny faces & were
obviously in a lot of pain, and some of them were even whining.
of a million other reasons, including the very primitive
& scarce toilets, lightning risk, and the inherent dangers in
Mt. Fuji including rock slides and the occasional dislodged boulder
tumbling down from above......in my humble opinion, I believe taking
kids up the highest mountain in Japan is a mistake.....unless of course
experienced mountain hikers and in good physical condition. Therefore,
although some tour groups allow kids as young as 8 to climb Mt. Fuji,
I'd recommend a
minimum age of 10. That said, if taking children, the less crowded
probably best, and because of all the huts, resting points, emergency
aid stations, and other
services, the main Kawaguchiko Yoshida climbing trail would be the
can I view some good videos
that encapsulate the true spirit and essence of climbing Mt. Fuji?
A: There are perhaps an uncountable number at YouTube, but these are 2
of my favorites:
An Aug. 20, 2012 ascent by Dr.
Don't miss his own electric viola as the background music.
(View @ YouTube here.)
10-11, 2010 climb of Mt. Fuji
(View @ YouTube here.)
can I eat,
sleep, and sightsee at the base of Mt. Fuji?
A: The area surrounding Mt. Fuji is one of most beautiful
parts of Japan and includes the Fuji Five Lakes region. One
of the most interesting things about Mt. Fuji I've ever heard
of while residing in Japan is what's known as "Diamond Fuji," a
phenomenon which occurs only from Oct. to Feb. when the sun sets into
rises out of Mt. Fuji's cone, setting off sunbeams that resemble a
The Diamond Fuji pic below was taken by a Tokyo friend of mine
from the shore of Lake Yamanakako, one of Fuji's 5 Lakes.
As an affiliate for Trip Advisor, the world's largest travel site,
below I've compiled a list of links to their site to assist you in
finding some good
spots to hang out at
the base of Mt. Fuji before or after your climb, whether it be a place
catch some shuteye, feed your tummy, or just a cool sightseeing spot or
Fujiyoshida (FY) areas
(serving the main Kawaguchiko Yoshida Trail)
(serving the Fujinomiya Trail
area (serving the Gotemba & Subashiri
not confident in my own mountain climbing abilities. Can you recommend
a good local mountain climbing guide?
A: I suspect there are several, but here are 2 examples:
Oops, the previous climbing tour posted here is finished for the
season, but here is a 1-day Mt. Fuji & Hakone guided bus tour run
by JTB: http://www.japanican.com/tours/tourdetail.aspx?tc=GMT01TYOOF880W
2) Fuji-yama Guides, featured in the July/Aug. issue of Reiho
offers a number of 2-day & 3-day Mt. Fuji tour
options, as well as some off-season Mt. Fuji tours: http://fujiyamaguides.com/english/
not a mountain climber. Are
there guided Mt. Fuji tours I can
A: From the comfort of an air-conditioned motorcoach, you can
enjoy not only the beautiful panoramic views from Mt. Fuji's 5th
Station, but there are 1-day & 2-day Mt. Fuji tours starting
from 11,000 yen (without lunch) that also take in the nearby Hakone hot
spring resort and include a pirate boat cruise on Hakone's
Lake Ashi. Two of the more popular Mt. Fuji bus tour services are Sunrise Tours & Japan
Kawaguchiko Yoshida Trail 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 Other Mt. Fuji Climbers Have Said
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Is the Yoshida forest trail hikeable?
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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...
Waiting for the sunrise overnight
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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...
Is there lodging at the top of Mt. Fuji?
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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?
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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?
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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)?...