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Can I climb up the Yoshida exit trail or Gotemba/Fujinomiya trails to the Mt. Fuji summit on July 5th?

by Scott Steger
(Chandler, AZ )

I'm hiking Fuji on July 5th and it appears the Yoshida trail will not be open by then. So in order to summit, could I go up the yoshida exit trail, where the exit and summit trail come together, or will there be ppl stopping you?

My other alternative is the Gotemba or Fujinomiya trails. Is there still a lot of snow at the top on these two, or can I reach the summit still?

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The Mt. Fuji summit is off limits from all 4 trails till July 10.
by: Gary Wolff

​Scott, according to the official Fujisan website and this article (http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201906250044.html), the entire Mt. Fuji summit area including the Ohachi-meguri Trail (summit circular trail) will be closed until 7/10, including the Yoshida exit trail.

As you can see on this map (https://www.pref.yamanashi.jp/ysd-kensetsu/doroiji/documents/2019yoshida2.pdf), Yoshida trail climbers will only be able to climb up to the Goraiko-kan hut at elevation 3450m and then will have to make a U-turn and go back down.

As for the Gotemba and Fujinomiya trails, they do not open to the summit until July 10.

Sorry about that.

If you choose to break the rules and climb anyways, since there may not be any toilets above the 8th station, including around the Mt. Fuji summit area, in order to avoid polluting Japan's most sacred peak and World Heritage Site, climbers planning to summit Mt. Fuji prior to the official opening date are required to bring their own personal disposable toilets.

One final note. If accidents occur during the off-season, insurance policies as a rule will not honor any claims, since technically you would be climbing illegally.

Best wishes and thanks for visiting my site...



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