What's the Mt. Fuji mountain hut and toilet situation before the season officially opens on July 1st?
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What's the Mt. Fuji mountain hut and toilet situation before the season officially opens on July 1st?

by Dennis
(USA)

Hi Gary,

I am going to be in Tokyo for a few days (en route to Thailand) at the end of June, but will be departing before July 1. What is the hut and bathroom situation then?

I've read it may be illegal to climb before the season officially opens? I live at 8750ft (2667m) so the potential weather and altitude is not a factor for me.

I look forward to hearing from you... arigato gozaimasu.

Dennis

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May 04, 2023
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All Mt. Fuji mountain huts & toilets above the 5th station will still be closed.
by: Gary Wolff

Howdy, Dennis. You can climb Mount Fuji in the off-season, provided you submit the required climbing form to the Yamanashi Prefectural Police, however climbing even in the week before the official beginning of the season is highly discouraged by park officials for a million reasons... and not recommended except for experienced mountaineers.

These reasons include the fact that all mountain huts above the 5th station will still be closed (including toilets & first-aid stations) which requires climbers to carry their own portable toilet in order not to pollute Japan's holiest & most sacred peak and World Heritage Site.

List of Mt. Fuji Mountain Huts

Other reasons include limited transport access to the 5th station, extreme weather conditions including late lingering snow, hypothermia, lightning strikes, & very limited emergency rescue personnel.

In case you haven’t already seen them, more details are here:

- When is Mt. Fuji's official climbing season? (includes link to required climbing form)

- Three Rules for Off-season Climbers of Mt. Fuji

But even though the climbing trail to the summit will still be closed, you should still be able to hike around the 5th station (there's a LOT to see & do there, including the short Ochudo circumferential trail):
What kinds of services and facilities will I find at the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station?

Best wishes and thanks for visiting my site…

Cheers,
Gary

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