Climbing Fuji FAQ
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Climbing Fuji FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions about climbing Mt. Fuji.
When can I climb Mt. Fuji?
The official climbing season in July and August. This means that the mountain huts are open, and all services are available at the Subaru Line 5th Station. Please be aware that due to increasing traffic, the Fuji-Subaru Line closes to personal vehicles from mid-July through early Septmber. Visitors to the 5th station must take a bus from Mt. Fuji Station, Kawaguchiko Station, or Fuji Hokuroku Park.
For information about off-season climbing (September - June) see here.
How do I make a mountain hut reservation?
Please refer to the mountain hut list below to find the contact information for the hut you would like to stay..
When making your reservation please provide your name, the number of people who will be staying, and whether or not you will require meals. You will be sometimes asked what country you are coming 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.
***The International Affairs Desk does no longer makes reservations on behalf of foreign climbers. Please contact the huts directly. Mountain Huts typically employ English speaking staff during the climbing season.
Komitake Shrine Hut
Mount Fuji Miharashi
7th Station Tomoe-kan
Mount Fuji Hotel
8th Station Tomoe-kan
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. The terrain 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's somewhat similar to running in the sand. Additionally, even 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 6 km (3.7mi) hike from the 5th Station to the summit, however there is a 1500 m (4900 ft) 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 there 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 partially 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 for eye protection.
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
￥1,000 climbing fee to put toward maintenance efforts. There has been talk of making this a mandatory but no such plans have been finalized yet.
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 stopping point. This provides a much needed opportunity to rest and reboot. For examples of climbing plans click
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 (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). Beware of closures from July - September when you must take a bus.
--> 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
--> 5th Station Buses run daily from Mt. Fuji Station, Kawaguchiko Station & the Hokuroku Park Parking Lot.
--> There are highway buses that run directly to the 5th Station from Shinjuku.
Are there coin lockers available?
Yes, there are coin lockers available at Mt. Fuji Station, Kawaguchiko Station, and the 5th Station. 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
・Flashlight or headlamp (for night climbing)
・Water (at least 4 liters per person)
・Carbohydrates (rice balls, biscuits, etc.)
・Plenty of ￥100 coins (for restroom fees and the like)
・Cash (absolutely essential if you are staying at a 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 stay, police that 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 (Japanese) can be found
Also Official Mt. Fuji Climbing Site 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
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?
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 100 yen 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, and so forth. This 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 an hour and a half.
・If you're a fast hiker, climbing during the day may be a more suitable climbing option (there is considerable foot traffic during the night)
If you have any further questions please contact IAD (International Affairs Desk) either by phone or email
Phone: 0555-24-1236 (extension: 638)
Yoshida Trail Climbing Map
Mt. Fuji Climbing Map
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Fujiyoshida Office of International Affairs
Address：6-1-1 Shimoyoshida Fujiyoshida-shi Ymanashi