How can I climb Mt. Fuji in only 1 day in mid-September?
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How can I climb Mt. Fuji in only 1 day in mid-September?

by Michael
(Thailand)

Hi Gary,

Your site is a wonderful resource for those of us looking to make the journey up Fuji-san. I am considering making the trip in mid-september. I was hoping you could provide some info about how I might be able to accomplish this in one day.

I know the bus schedules are limited, so what would be the easiest way for me to get to and from the mountain assuming an early morning start (sometime between 6-8am) in order to give myself plenty of time to summit and return to the 5th station before it is too late.

Thanks.

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Maybe 2 days is better
by: Gary Wolff

Hi Michael. Thx for your kind words.

I believe you hit the nail on the head about the limited bus service in Sept. :-)

One option is the Mt. Fuji Round Trip Ticket, which might save you some money: http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/fuji/index.html
Here are the train/bus timetables for that plan:
http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pdf/fuji_timetable.pdf

Also, it seems you can take the Fujikyu bus from Shinjuku directly to the 5th Station until 9/23 (http://transportation.fujikyu.co.jp/english/gettinghere/12.html) and the Keio bus until 9/12 (https://www.highwaybus.com/rs-web01-prd-rel/gp/foreign/frgSelectLine?lang=en).

Of course, you can always share the Y12,000 1-way taxi fare with other climbers from the base of the mountain in Kawaguchiko/Fujiyoshida area. Either way, I'm not sure it's realistic to do the climb in only 1 day, so you might want to consider 2 days.

One advantage of doing that is you reduce your risk of getting altitude sickness from going up & down too quickly, something which surprisingly struck me very seriously when I climbed Fuji in August of last year.

Mountain huts shouldn't be a problem, as many are open well into Sept.:
https://www.garyjwolff.com/mt-fuji-mountain-huts.html

Have a great trip!

Gary


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