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The appeal of climbing Mt. Fuji

Summertime only! Enjoying the experience of being truly moved

Mt. Fuji with its beautiful conical shape (a composite volcano shape) is the symbol of Japan. In fact, the shape that we see was formed through its third volcanic eruption, which occurred roughly ten thousand years ago. “Holy Fuji” has attracted people from ancient times. Why not try to reach the peak of Japan’s highest mountain once, rather than merely gazing up at it from its foothills?

Aspiring to climb Mt. Fuji from Lake Kawaguchiko

The most popular way to ascend Mt. Fuji is the Lake Kawaguchiko course, in which climbers travel by “Tozan” bus to the fifth station on the Subaru Line and attempt the ascent to the peak from there. After walking through the forest of Russian rock birch as you hear the light sounds of hooves of horses that can be rented out, you will see Northern Japanese Hemlock and Stellaria nipponica flowers near the sixth station. After a while you will reach the edge of the forest, where a rugged rocky path begins. At stations eight and nine, there begin to be more and more areas with chains to grip during the climb. These chains are in themselves a guide indicating the climbing path. Climbers are urged not to think of their climbing in a facile manner but instead ascend while giving proper attention to the path. Take a break gazing down at the sea of clouds stretching out below you and then continue on at your own pace, seeking to reach the peak that has now come into view immediately before you. After passing through several Shinto torii gateways, you will reach the mountain peak. Control your speed during the descent as well, maintaining proper caution, to enjoy a successful climb of Mt. Fuji.

Points requiring special attention when climbing Mt. Fuji

The climbing season extends from July 1 to August 26. From the end of the rainy season to mid-August is the best time for climbing as the weather is stable then. The peak of Mt. Fuji is roughly 5.6oC even in summer. Long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, sweaters and other cold weather gear are necessary. In addition, cotton work gloves, a hat, mountain-climbing boots that provide cover up to the ankles, and rain gear are also necessary. These are all worn or taken off as circumstances warrant. To relieve tiredness, climbers should consume water and sweetened items. Climbers are also recommended to bring with them light foods such as rice balls as well as a flashlight, first-aid supplies, tissues, a towel, trash bags, and a photocopy of health insurance information as a precautionary measure. In any event, climbers should ascend slowly, taking appropriate breaks. Purchasing an oxygen cylinder and making good use of that may also be worthwhile. Climbers who get altitude sickness should take it easy by taking a rest at one of the mountain cabins.

Some useful information

In order to enable more people to visit Mt. Fuji, the Subaru Line will run specially outside of normal operating hours, matching the time at which one can see the sun rise. (From May into June and September into October, from 3:00 AM)

Also, during the summer climbing season, restrictions on private vehicles are enforced in order to be environmentally conscious and also eliminate traffic congestion. (From early through mid-August and several days during the Obon [mid-August] holiday season)