Mt.Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan. It is 3776 meters above sea level and has a diameter of 44 kilometres. It’s an active volcano which is located between Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures. In June of 2013, it was registered as a World Heritage site. About 300,000 people climb Mt. Fuji during summer.
Let’s climb Mt.Fuji !
There are four routes to climb Mt. Fuji. Fujinomiya route, Gotemba route, and Subashiri route in Shizuoka prefecture, Yoshida route in Yamanashi prefecture. Yoshida route is the most famous route since it is known to be the easiest route to climb.
Mt. Fuji officially opens in early July. But at the beginning of July, it’s still rainy season in Japan. So it is recommended for beginners to climb from the middle of July to September.
The average climbing time is between 5 to 8 hours, and 3 hours to descend the mountain but it might take longer depending on your age or the weather.
↑You can buy wooden climbing sticks called “Kongou tue (or Kongou jou)” which are popular among climbers because you can get stamps from each hut.
How to go to Mt.Fuji
There is a bus from Shinjuku in Tokyo that will take you to the 5th station on the mountain. This is a very convenient way to get there. You can book a seat online in the site below.
You can go there by train but you have to take bus after the train. You can get information from this website about this.
Mt.Fuji Explorer (for climbers of Mt.Fuji)