Basic Knowledge of Mount Fuji
The highest peak in Japan is Mount Fuji which is 3,776 m above sea level. The mountain, which is 100 km from Tokyo, is known as one of the “three holy mountains” in Japan. Mount Fuji has also been registered as a world cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2013. During the climbing season, the mountain is visited by thousands of climbers from all over the world.
If you want to hike with children, it is better to bring a nanny or babysitter. Climbing Mount Fuji is an opportunity to experience the pleasures of reaching the top, but not with children as they usually tire quickly.
Let’s remember these important things well before climbing so that the Mount Fuji climbing event becomes an unforgettable happy moment!
Access: Take a bus bound for Fujikyu to the climbing point level 5 from Kawaguchiko station (Fujikyu Line) or from Fujisan station for approx. 1 hour. Access from Tokyo to Kawaguchiko station is by taking the Fujikyuko Line from Otsuki station on the JR Chuo Line for 40 minutes.
Route to the Top of Mount Fuji
There are 4 hiking routes on Mount Fuji . To get to the climbing point level 5, climbers are recommended to use a direct bus from Tokyo. You can use the train, but from the station you have to take a bus or taxi, so it’s quite a hassle. Want to take the bus or train, both take approximately 3 hours.
Climbing through any route, you can definitely reach the top. If you climb slowly, it will take 4 – 8 hours and it will take 2 – 4 hours to descend.
- Yoshida and Kawaguchiko Rute Route
This route is the easiest and most popular route. The level 5 climbing point is located at an altitude of 2,305 m above sea level with many gift shops and mountaineering equipment shops. If you want to see the sunrise, it is recommended to start climbing in the afternoon.
Travel time from the level 5 to level 6 ascent point is about 30 minutes, so consider it just a warm-up. The actual hike begins after the level 6 ascent point. The path is filled with soft sand and rocks, continues with a steep incline, and up and down stairs. It will take 60 – 80 minutes to reach the next resting place.
Starting from the climbing point level 7, the hiking trail is reddish in color with a zigzag groove and goes uphill. When the day is clear and cloudless, the climbing point of level 8 can be reached immediately. The peak can be reached within 4-7 hours from the start of the climb.
- Subashiri Rute Route
This route is not as busy as the Yoshida route and the Kawaguchiko route. The Subashiri route tends to be calm and unspoiled. If you start climbing at night, it’s best to use a head flashlight because the path passes through the middle of the forest. Although at the level 5 hiking point there are several shops and huts, compared to other trails, there are very few stalls or lodges on this route. By climbing through this path, you can experience the true mountain climbing experience.
The level 8 hiking point is the meeting point of the Yoshida – Kawaguchiko Trail and the Subashiri Trail, so there’s a good chance that the trail will be busy once you reach that point.
- Gotemba Route
This route is a route for experienced climbers. Departing from the climbing point level 5 at an altitude of 1,440 meters above sea level, it takes almost 8 hours to climb the steep slopes of this trail. Plus, until the point of climbing level 7 on this path there are no toilets.
The advantage is that only a few climbers pass this route and the sunrise can be seen at various points of the path. If you choose this route, don’t forget to bring enough food and drink and leave for the hike early.
- Fujinomiya Route
This route is easily accessible from the Kansai region. The route’s level 5 ascent point is located at an altitude of 2,380 meters above sea level. The distance to get to the top via this route is the shortest. However, climbers must be careful because the path is rocky and there are many steep slopes.
- Weather in Mount Fuji
The weather on Mount Fuji is volatile. It could be one day the weather is sunny, but suddenly it rains. Even in summer, the temperature at the top is usually 5-8 degrees lower than at the bottom. Before climbing, don’t forget to check the weather forecast. Prepare water, food, and essential equipment for climbing the mountain.
- Items that must be brought
Whether you start climbing at any time, you will need to bring a light source as the hiking trails are dark. Supplies also need to be brought because when the energy starts to run low, fatigue will also accumulate. Don’t forget to also wear mountain shoes, backpacks, and equipment to protect yourself from rain and cold.
- Off-Season Hike
When the climbing season opens, small huts in the middle of the mountain and buses operate, but not when it is not the climbing season. Therefore, climbing Mount Fuji during the off-season is not recommended.
In winter, strong winds and blizzards often occur. In the spring, there are many avalanches caused by melting snow. However, if you still want to climb Mount Fuji in the snowy season, please report it to the local police beforehand.