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General rules and how to act in case of emergencies

It is important to keep some general rules in mind to complete your climb safely and avoid any problems with other climbers. Here, we will show some situations you may face when climbing Mt. Fuji.

 Part 3 - Safety Tips, Manners and Rules

Share your plan with all members of your group

As we mentioned before, there are 4 routes to climb Mt. Fuji, and you can see them in the map below:

Each route has a different color: Yoshida route in yellow, Subashiri route in red, Gotenba route in green and Fujinomiya route in blue. Be sure to share the information about the trail your following with all members of your group.

Mt. Fuji is a Special Protected Zone

Mt. Fuji is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, and the area above Mt. Fuji 5th Station and the Aokigahara Forest are considered Special Protected Zone according to the National Parks Act. It means that not only the fauna and flora of these areas but also rocks and tree branches, for instance, are protected, and they can not be taken without the authorization of the Ministry of the Environment.

Some people believe that there is no problem in taking small rocks with them, but considering that more than 280 thousand people climb Mt. Fuji every year (number of people who climb above the 8th Station), if every visitor take a small rock, Mt. Fuji's environment will suffer dramatic changes in only few years.

Yoshida Route

In the Yoshida Route, from the 6th Station, the ascending and descending trails are separated. In the ascending route, you will find public toilets and places selling water and food at the huts in and above the 7th Station, but in the descending route there is no toilet between the huts at 8th Station and the 7th Station public toilet, and you will not be able to buy water until reach the 5th Station, so be sure to use the bathroom before going down the mountain an save wYoshidaandSubashiriater for this part of the trail.

In the descent trail, there is a point where you need to be careful to not take the wrong path. Is it located in the 8th station and this is the point when the descent trails of Yoshida Route and Subashiri route gets separated. Keep left to use the Yoshida Route.

At the 8th Station, it is possible to access the descent trail from the ascent trail, so in case of emergencies you can start going down from this point.

It is advised to wear a helmet, especially above the 7th Station in the ascent trail, where the risk of being hit by falling rocks increases.

From the 7th Station, the trail gets rocky and you will need to use your both hands in some areas. Do not rely on the ropes, they are used only to show where is the trail, and they might come off if you pull them. Also, due to health conditions or other emergencies, some people can not reach the 8th Station and need to start descending in the ascent trail. Be considerate and let them pass.

If you are climbing at night to see the sunrise from the summit, be aware that the trail gets extremely crowded from the 9th Station. Do not rush or climb outside the trail. From the Yoshida Route you can see the sunrise from any place, so keep safe and enjoy the view.

 Mountain Hut

As Mt. Fuji is considered a Special Protection Zone, it is forbidden to set tents in any place of the mountain. Make a reservation in one of the huts.
Water and space are valuable things when climbing Mt. Fuji. The space available at the hut is very narrow, sometimes only enough for a sleeping bag and nothing more. Organize your  luggage outside the sleeping room to not disturb other climbers who are trying to rest.

You will be tired when you arrive at the hut, but avoid sleeping as soon as you arrive. When you sleep, your breath becomes shallow and the chances of getting altitude sickness increase. When you arrive, spend some time awake, enjoy the food and view until you get used to the altitude and after that sleep.

Many people can not sleep well at the huts, sometimes because they get anxious to see the Sunrise, sometimes because of the noise or the lights from other climbers, but it is important to rest to prevent altitude sickness and injures caused by fatigue. If you are a light sleeper, bringing eye mask and earplugs might help.

To be able to see the sunset at the summit, many people start waking up from 2 am or earlier, depending on where is the hut. But not everyone will, so be considerate and do not turn on the lights or speak inside the bedrooms. Be careful with the noises of plastic bags too.


All toilets above the 5th Station, public ones or at mountain huts, are environmentally friendly and for using them you are request to pay a fee, that costs 200 yen for the toilets located in the trails and 300 yen for those located in the summit. The money is used to cover the maintenance costs, so please contribute and bring coins with you to put in the fee boxes (there is no change).

 In case of altitude sickness

Dizziness, headache and nausea are symptoms of altitude sickness. If you start feeling any of this symptoms, stop, rest, take deep breaths and drink water.  If you don get better after some time, prepare to descent. You will feel better in lower altitude, so do not keep climbing. It is better to recover and try again in another occasion. 

In case of thunderstorms of eruption

If you are going up, go to the closest mountain hut. There is no emergency evacuation center between the 7th and 8th Stations. If you are already going down, look for the shelter below the 7th Station. If you are far from the huts or shelter, keep to the side of the trail closest to the mountain. Do not rush.

In case of accidents or injuries

Contact the local safety headquarters: 0555-72-1477 (24 hours). Be sure to inform the name of the closest mountain hut or the number of the closest sign in the trail.

In case of injuries, you can ask for help at 5th, 7th and 8th first-aid centers. Depending on the level of your injure, you might get carried back to the 5th Station by a crawler, and from there you can get an ambulance. Please notice that crawlers can not be used during heavy rains or typhoons, and you will be requested to pay a fee for the use.


Stay safe and hope you enjoy climbing Mt. Fuji!


Published on

  • August 9, 2018


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