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Start climbing on 1st July or 2nd Sept. - Would it be less crowded on either these two dates?

by Daniel
(Singapore)

Hi Gary,

First, I want to thank you for a great website. It is very informative that it is like a one-stop site for info relating to Mt Fuji.

I like to seek your advice on the following period I plan to climb Mt Fuji;
1) Start climbing on 1st July or 2nd Sep. - Would it be less crowded on either these two dates? Is 2nd Sept still permitted to climb?
2) I was thinking of either the Subashiri or Fujinomiya Trail. Is there a direct bus from Tokyo/Shinjuku?

Thank you.

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May 27, 2013
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Neither of those dates should be crowded, but...
by: Gary Wolff

Hi Daniel, thx for your kind words.

Neither of those dates should be crowded, but you're likely to encounter snow near the top in early July (https://www.garyjwolff.com/climbing-mt-fuji.html#35), and in Sept. many of the huts will have already started closing down (http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/pdf/regional/kanto/Mt.Hut_Mt.Fuji.pdf).

I climbed the Fujinomiya trail last Aug. late in the month and found it to be a good time to climb, with a breathtaking view of Suruga Bay
(https://www.garyjwolff.com/climbing-mt-fujis-fujinomiya-trail.html).

As for buses, last summer there was a JR Kanto Highway Bus directly from Tokyo Station to Shin-Fuji Station & Fujinomiya Station for about half the cost of taking the shinkansen bullet train as I did, but I'm not sure whether the service will be available in 2013.

Otherwise you may need to take a train out of Tokyo:
Fujinomiya: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6930.html#jump_access
Subashiri: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6928.html#jump_access

Best wishes!

Cheers,
Gary

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