Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
FAQ of Climbing Mt Fuji.

How do I make a mountain hut reservation?

Please refer to the [mountain hut list] to find the contact information for your desired hut. **As a general rule, we at the International Affairs Desk no longer make reservations on behalf of foreign climbers. Please contact the huts directly. Mountain huts typically employ English speaking staff during the climbing season.
When making your reservation please provide your name, the number of people who will be staying, and whether or not you will require meals. On occasion you will be asked what country you are traveling from.
You must call and secure accommodation prior to ascent. Please be mindful that reservations fill quickly particularly on weekends, national holidays, and the first two weeks of August.

How difficult is the climb?

The difficulty of the climb varies according to each individual climber's aptitude and prior climbing experience. Mount Fuji is the most ascended peak in the world and is climbed by people of all ages and climbing abilities from around the world. However, there are some very particular challenges associated with climbing Mount Fuji's terrain. Of note, the earth is very loose and is composed of small rocks and volcanic debris. Climbing on this type of terrain makes it particularly difficult to secure your footing and can cause additional strain on knees and ankles, It can perhaps be closely associated with running in sand. Additionally, though the climb is not very technical, it is steep, particularly toward the top. At its steepest point, parts of the trail necessitate climbing on rocky surfaces using hand holds to assist with footing. Needless to say appropriate footwear is absolutely crucial.

It is an approximate 6km (3.7mi) hike from the 5th Station to the summit, however their is a 1500m (4900ft) elevation gain. Most complete the ascent from the 5th Station in approximately 5-7 hours. Descending to the 5th Station typically takes approximately 3-4 hours. Unfortunately for speedier climbers, congestion on the trail can make it impossible to climb at a desired pace. It is not unusual for their to be as many as 10,000 climbers on the Yoshida trail at one time on a weekend or holiday.

Many people are surprised by the difficulty of the descending trail. This is in part due to climbers growing weary after a taxing ascent and being faced with similarly difficult terrain on the way down. Please be aware that it is an equally steep descent and due to the nature of the terrain there is often a lot of dust that gets kicked up. Climbers are encouraged to bring along a mask or some type of fabric to avoid inhaling dust. Similarly it is suggested to carry sunglasses to protect the eyes.

Does it cost money to climb Mt. Fuji?

As of now there is no enforced fee for climbing Mt. Fuji. At the beginning of the 2013 climbing season the Mount Fuji section of Fujiyoshida City Hall asked for an optional ¥1000 climbing fee to put toward maintenance efforts. There has been talk of making payment mandatory but no such plans have been finalized.

Do I need to stay at a mountain hut when I climb Mt. Fuji?

No. It is not mandatory for climbers to stay overnight at a mountain hut. Many find, however, that breaking the climb into two phases and staying overnight is a welcome reprieve and provides a much needed opportunity to rest and reboot. For examples of climbing plans click here.
For those who do not utilize the huts as a form of accommodation, mountain huts along the Yoshida trail may still serve as rest areas where climbers can purchase food and drinks, get their climbing stick branded, and use restroom facilities (for a fee).

Do people climb during the day?

Yes. Though "goraiko" or sunrise climbs are incredibly popular, many climbers will choose to climb during the day. Daytime climbs provide incredible views, often less foot traffic, and more predictable weather conditions.

How do I get to the 5th Station?

・By Personal Vehicle via the Fuji Subaru Line (toll way)
--> The Subaru Line toll way begins in Kawaguchiko
--> Please be weary of seasonal road closures & changes toll prices. See the more detailed information on the Subaru Line here.
・By Bus
--> 5th Station Buses run daily from Mt. Fuji Station, Kawaguchiko Station & the Hokuroku Park Parking Lot. Time tables and prices can be found here.
--> There are highway buses that run directly to the 5th Station from Shinjuku. See bus schedules here.

Are there coin lockers available?

Yes, there are coin lockers available at Mt. Fuji Station, Kawaguchiko Station, and the 5th Station. The starting cost is 200yen. Lockers for large luggage are availabe at Mt. Fuji and Kawaguchiko Stations. If you need further assistance, arrangements may be made at either the Mt. Fuji or Kawaguchiko Tourist Information Centers.

What should I bring with me when I climb Mt. Fuji?

・Warm layered clothing
・Hiking boots
・Rain gear
・Flashlight or headlamp (for night climb)
・Water! Atleast 4 liters per person
・Sports drink/gels to replenish electrolytes
・Carbohydrates (rice balls, biscuits, etc.)
・Plenty of ¥100 coins (for restroom fees and the like)
・Cash (Absolutely essential if staying at mountain hut. Mountain huts only accept cash.)

What facilities and services are available on Mt. Fuji?

At the 5th Station:
The 5th Station, at the end of the Subaru Line toll way, is the largest station on Mt. Fuji offering the most facilities and services. The 5th Station has souvenirs shops, restaurants, toilets, a viewing platform, a guidance center where local firefighters and police are stationed, and a small post office.
Along the Trail:
Mountain huts along the Yoshida trail offer food and beverages for purchase & restroom facilities for a fee.
At the Summit:
There are small food vendors that sellhot noodles and coffee.

Where can I find more information about climbing Mt. Fuji?

Our favorite online resource for informtaion on climbing Mt. Fuji can be found here.
Find more information about Mt. Fuji at the Mt. Fuji Tourist Information Center in Kawaguchiko close to the start of The Fuji Subaru Toll Way.
Visit their website here.
More climbing information is available at the Fujiyoshida Tourist Information Center located at the Mt. Fuji Train/Bus Station and at Fujiysoshida City Hall's International Affairs Desk or Mt. Fuji Section.
The Kawaguchiko Tourist Information Center at Kawaguchiko Train/Bus Station is also a wonderful resource.

Can I camp on Mt. Fuji?

Unforunately not. Camping on Mount Fuji is strictly prohibited.

What time is the sunrise?

・Early July 4:20 --- Late July 4:30
・Early Aug 4:40 --- Late Aug 4:50

What are some tips that others have found helpful?

・Carry 100yen coins for the toilet facilities
・Headlamps are far more practical than flashlights
・Hiking gaiters are useful during the descent as they prevent loose rock and sand from getting in your shoes
・Hiking poles & traditional climbing sticks (Kongouzue) may be useful during descent but they are in fact rather cumbersome during the ascent
・Some huts will sell hot water inexpensively. Bringing your own cup noodles, instant coffee, etc. is cost effective.
・Bring not only ample water but something to replenish electrolytes (salt) i.e., sports drinks, gels, salt candies.
・Towels come in very handy for sweat or to be draped around the neck to prevent sunburn.
・Be prepared for sudden changes in the weather (carry a backpack with a poncho, extra layers, etc.)
・The hike around the crater offers tremendous views and takes about 1.5hrs.
・If you're a speedier hiker, climbing during the day may be a more suitable climbing option (there is considerable foot traffic during the night)

Inquiries about contents
Fujiyoshida Office of International Affairs
Address:1842 Shimoyoshida Fujiyoshida-shi Ymanashi