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Options for booking a mountain hut on the Mt. Fuji Gotemba Route?

by Angela
(Bristol, England)

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 July. I was wondering if you might know if it would be possible to bivy for the night or if there is any legislation against it.

Also, I would be interested to know what are our options in terms of booking a hut, I notice they don't speak English!

Have you ever stayed in Gotemba? Would you recommend a good hotel there?

Thank you very much,
Angela

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Some huts have English speakers
by: Gary Wolff

Thanks, Angela.

To my knowledge, camping of any type is illegal on Fuji-san.

If you change your mind on routes, though, Fuji Mountain Guides will make a reservation for you @ the Fujisan Hotel on the Yoshida & Subashiri routes: https://www.fujimountainguides.com/mountain-hut-reservations.html

Otherwise, you'll need to just call (or skype) the Gotemba route hut (home "office" numbers) on this page, starting from around April: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/arrange/travel/practical/pdf/Mt.Hut_Mt.Fuji.pdf

Some huts have staff who can speak a little English, but if not, if you speak slowly & use easy English, maybe there won't be a problem.

Basically, they'll be asking:
1) Date(s) of stay
2) Your name (please spell it out slowly)
3) # of males & females in your group
4) Whether or not you will require meals (dinner and/or breakfast)

To increase your chances for successful communications, you could always go to Google Translate (http://translate.google.com/#en/ja/) in advance and learn the Japanese for just a few words or expressions like how to say "reservations."

As for places to stay in Gotemba, you can click on the Trip Advisor links for the Gotemba area I've put together here:
http://www.garyjwolff.com/climbing-mt-fuji.html#29

Best wishes...

Cheers,
Gary

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