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What route is best as far as scenery, but may be less traveled?

by Ellie
(Toronto, Canada)

Hi Gary,
Very impressive and helpful site!
My husband and I are booked to stay in Fuji-Yoshida and had planned to climb in one day. We are looking for a route that may be less traveled. After doing more reading we are now considering staying on the mountain, mainly so we can see the sunrise. We are fairly experienced hikers and in good shape. Here are my questions:
1) if we climb all in one day, what would the transportation to and from Fuji-Yoshida look like? Do the buses or trains run early and late enough to get there and back?
2) If the weather isn't looking ideal for when we plan to climb, is it worth changing our plans to see the sunrise? As it may not be very clear and not much to see....
3) what route is the best as far as scenery less busy

Thank you!!

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Jul 10, 2015
I think Mt. Fuji's Fujinomiya route is the best
by: Gary Wolff

Thanks, Ellie.

I'd recommend the Fujinomiya route which I did 3 yrs. ago: Climbing Mt. Fuji's Fujinomiya Trail

It's less traveled and on a clear day, the views of the beautiful blue Suruga Bay are quite stunning, all the way up & down. Please check out my Fujinomiya pics @ Flickr & you'll see what I mean.

On that same Fujinomiya page linked above, you'll find bus access information and links to time schedules.

As for catching the sunrise (or not), another advantage of the Fujinomiya route is, that as Mt. Fuji's westernmost trail, you have the option of also catching the sunset as well (as you can see from the stunning pic of a sunset on the page linked above), something that is not possible from the top of the main Yoshida trail. In my case, in Aug. 2012 I was lucky enough to catch BOTH.

One downside, though, is that on the Fujinomiya trail, if you don't make it to the top in time for sunrise, because of its southerly orientation, you won't be able to see the sunrise, unlike the main Yoshida trail where you can see the sunrise pretty much anywhere above the 6th station.

Happy hiking....

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