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My friends and I are looking to climb Mt. Fuji on Tuesday (July 2, 2019).

by Ryan
(Japan)

Hello, Gary,

My friends and I are looking to climb Mt. Fuji on Tuesday (July 2, 2019). As the trail on the Yoshida trail has been closed due to the land slide we are looking to ascend via the Fujinomiya trail, is it still possible to reach the summit when the trail is ‘closed’?

I have read mixed reviews online regarding this. But from what I can tell is that it is still possible as the majority of the snow will have cleared but the services will be closed?

Any info would be appreciated.

Regards,
Ryan

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Reply:

Ryan, the latest I've seen is that the Fujinomijya Trail will officially open as usual on 7/10. Last year the only hut above its 6th station (which is already open) that opened prior to 7/10 was Ikedakan at the 8th station: https://partners-pamph.jnto.go.jp/simg/pamph/293.pdf

If climbing the Fujinomiya route during the off-season, the Shizuoka Police Dept. requires the Mt. Fuji Climbing Plan form be filled out and emailed or faxed prior to your journey: https://www.garyjwolff.com/climbing-mt-fuji.html#2

Also, since there may not be any toilets above the 8th station, including around the Mt. Fuji summit area which lies in Shizuoka Prefecture, 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 asked to bring their own personal disposable toilet.

One final note. If accidents occur during the off-season, insurance polices 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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Climbing Mt. Fuji's Fujinomiya Trail:
https://www.garyjwolff.com/climbing-mt-fujis-fujinomiya-trail.html




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