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Shizuoka & Yamanashi

Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji Mt. Fuji
Mt. Fuji Mt. Fuji



  • Climbing Mt. Fuji is a serious endeavor, and climbers should be appropriately equipped and attired. Conditions on the trails can change suddenly, with strong winds, cold conditions, and occasional rain. Bring climbing equipment, warm clothing, drinking water, and medicine to counter altitude sickness. The four trails to the summit each start from a different trailhead: Yoshida, Fujinomiya, Subashiri, and Gotemba. The Yoshida trail has several mountain lodges and first-aid stations and is recommended for beginners.

  • Experience the history of Mt. Fuji as an object of mountain worship. The iconic mountain is a registered UNESCO World Heritage site as a sacred place and a source of artistic inspiration. The Ohachi-meguri Trail (summit crater loop) follows an ancient Shinto pilgrimage route around the crater, with spectacular views of the volcanic terrain. Climbing season is from early July to early September.

  • See Mt. Fuji from a different perspective. Fuji Hongu Sengentaisha Shrine is dedicated to Asama no Okami, the deity of Mt. Fuji. Pilgrimages to the mountain summit have started from here for over a thousand years. Arakura Fuji Sengen-jinja Shrine and its pagoda in Arakurayama Sengen Park feature spectacular views of the pagoda with Mt. Fuji. See Mt. Fuji from the Fuji Five Lakes and enjoy hot springs and activities from camping to kayaking.

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.




Mt. Fuji Climbing (Official Web Site)


Mt. Fuji (Hikes in Japan)



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