Shizuoka & Yamanashi
As one of Japan’s most beloved icons, endlessly captured in poetry and painting, Mt. Fuji needs no introduction. This sacred mountain is the tallest in Japan, rising to a height of 3,776 meters, straddling Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures. Fuji is also a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, and there are four different paths to the summit. While you can hike all the way from the foot of the mountain, most trails begin at Fuji’s Fifth Station, a sightseeing area with restaurants and souvenir shops. The most popular route is the Yoshida Trailhead. Most climbers spend the day ascending to the Seventh or Eighth Station, where they stay at a mountain hut before waking in the night to view the sunrise over the clouds from atop the summit.
Duration 2day / 11hours
Highest Point 3,776m
Elevation Gain 1,471m
Horizontal Distance 16km
* Duration is an estimate and may vary depending on route and pace.
Reference: Yoshida Trailhead Route
From the bus terminal just outside of Shinjuku Station, take the Fuji Kyuukou express bus to the Fuji Fifth Station (Fuji Subaru Line Gogoume Station). The trail begins at the Fifth Station.
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