Conquer Mount Fuji with this complete guide, from how to go to Mount Fuji from Tokyo, where to stay, which trail to take, to what to see in the area.
Run away to a breath-taking and serene view right at the top, the beautiful Mount Fuji.
Mount Fuji is Japan’s highest mountain, most climbed and of course, most famous (not sure if we can name another one). It is also a symbol of good luck and fortune for the Japanese. Although it is a volcano, it has a low risk of eruption.
Avid climbers must know that climbing season lasts from July till September. All hiking trails are open in summer. At other times of the year, the trails and mountain huts are closed. Here are four trails that take you to the mountain top!
Yoshida trail – 2,300m (altitude of head trail) Subashiri trail – 2,000m Gotemba trail – 1,450m Fujinomiya trail – 2,400m
From Tokyo, Gotemba is the station that gives access to 2 of the ascent routes: Gotemba and Subashiri. Take the JR Tokaido line from Tokyo station, through Odawara to Kozu and change for the JR Gotemba line (there are only 1 to 2 trains every hour). From the Gotemba station, you can take a bus (everyday from June 1st to August 31st, and only the weekend out of season) in order to reach the climbing routes. Bus timetables can be seen here.
At the top? Celebrate!
Congrats! You’ve made it! Complete the experience at the summit by watching the sunrise or sunset. This is of course made possible if you decide to spend a night near the mountain, such as at Hotel Asafuji or Hoshinoya Fuji. If you are up for it, walk around the peak. It will take you about 1.5 hours to complete approximately 4km at the rim. Otherwise, just head for the Kengamine Peak. That would be the highest point in Japan! After that, be sure to send a postcard from Japan’s highest post office!
Address: 1408 Oishi, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamanashi, 401-0305
Tel: +81 50 3786 1144
Website: Hoshinoya Fuji
Address: 358 Azagawa, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0303, Japan
Tel: +81 555 72 1259
Website: Hotel Asafuji
What to see in the area
Mount Fuji is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, and Hakone is a popular destination for tourists. It offers stunning views of Ashi lake, hot springs and Mount Fuji itself. Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine is located in Fujinomiya City, in the southwestern foothills of Mount Fuji. It is a traditional starting point for climbing Mount Fuji and it's one of the largest and grandest shrines of the day. One of Japan’s largest amusement parks, Fuji Q Highland, sits near the base of Mount Fuji. If that’s too much thrill for you in the tranquil landscape, try relaxing by Lake Yamanaka and absorbing the view of the mountain in the backdrop.
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
Website: Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
Fujisan Sengen Shrine
Address: Japan, 〒403-0005 Yamanashi Prefecture, Fujiyoshida, Kamiyoshida, 5558
5:00am to 8:00pm (April to September)
5:30am to 7:30pm (March and October)\ 6:00am to 7:00pm (November to February)
Tel: +81 555 22 0221
Fuji Q Highland
Address: 5 Chome-6-1 Shinnishihara, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture 403-0017, Japan
Opening Hours: 8:30am to 5:00/6:00/7:00pm
Tel: +81 555 24 6711
Free Pass Adults 5,700 yen
Junior high and high school student 5,200 yen
Elementary school student 1 4,300 yen, infants and seniors (those 65 years old and over)
For those who are pregnant sell for 2,000 yen per person
Website: Fuji Q Highland
Address: Lake Yamanaka, Yamanakako-mura, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture