I wonder if it's possible to just hike up to the Mt. Fuji 7th station and make a return.
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I wonder if it's possible to just hike up to the Mt. Fuji 7th station and make a return.

by Sylvia
(Hong Kong)

Hi Gary, thank you for the very useful tips for climbing Mt. Fuji.

My family would like to do hiking, but some members don't think they could finish the 8th station or above and wonder if it's possible to just hike up to the 7th station and make a return.

Is that possible? Is there any descending path on the 7th station?

Many thanks.

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Jun 25, 2017
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by: Anonymous

Thank you for this information! I am supposed to climb Mt. Fuji in two weeks with my sons (age 18 and 19). Unfortunately, I have just recently starting recovering from pneumonia so I made the difficult decision to forego the climb. I will now go with my boys to the 6th Station and follow your route to get in some hiking of my own. I'm still sad, but now feeling better about it! Thank you.

Feb 02, 2017
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I'd recommend the 6th station instead or the Ochudo Nature Trail.
by: Gary Wolff

Thanks, Sylvia.

As you can see in this map (Mt. Fuji Yoshida Trail Map), unless it's an emergency, trying to go down the ascent trail from the 7th Station will be highly frowned upon by the hordes of climbers going uphill, especially if it's during peak climbing hours.

What I would recommend is that you consider what my friend and I did on Aug. 20, 2015. We just hiked over to the Safety Guidance Center at the 6th Station and then down the Yoshida trail to the Sato-goya mountain hut and then looped back to the 5th Station (my pics: Mt. Fuji 5th & 6th Stations - Aug. 20, 2015).

We also took a little time to hike 15 or 20 minutes or so down the Ochudo Nature Trail (you can see it on this map:
Mt. Fuji Yoshida Trail Map #2
), a level course that partially circumnavigates the Mt. Fuji volcano. It was SO green & lush then.

Hiking either or both of these trails should give you a good feel for the magic of climbing Japan's tallest peak, but without the rigors of any significant elevation gain. :-)

Hope this helps. Best wishes and thanks for visiting my site...

Cheers,
Gary

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