Explore Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain which blankets over Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures at a grand high of 3,776m above sea level.
Mt. Fuji is opened for visitors to climb its peaks from July until the beginning of September. So mark your calendars and discover all 10 distinct stages it has to offer. Go on a road trip from stages 0 - 5 and practice your stamina to climb up stages 6 - 10 on foot. Take a break from the summer heat and come enjoy the cold weather; a low of 5 degrees by day and below 0 by night.
4 trails ascending Mt. Fuji cater to tourists of all types:
1. Yoshido-guchi & kawaguchiko trail (yellow direction signs): Come and see why this has become the most popular trail among climbers. Its convenient path and rest points have made this the most popular trail.
2. Fujinomiya Trail (red direction signs): Suitable for climbers with some experience, this steep and and rocky path will quickly take you up the mountain, beginning from Fujinomiya Station.
3. Gotemba Trail (green direction signs): This is the trail chosen by adept climbers who love the challenge and thrill. It commences at Gotemba Station and is dubbed as the longest and most difficult path.
4. Suhashiri Trail (Blue direction signs): Delight in the natural surrounding as you make your way up the mountain on this lush green trail. This path, which begins at Subashiri Station, invites those who love a journey filled with serenity and privacy.
Climbing up from Stage 5 to the summit at Stage 10
- Stage 6: midway up Mt. Fuji, this pathway is still relatively simple. Don't forget to visit the tourist center for safety guidance before proceeding up the mountain.
– Stage 7: at a height of 3,000m, the challenge gets tougher as the path becomes steeper and rockier. Take a rest overnight at this stage if needed.
– Stage 8: Physical readiness is required here as your arms and legs are now needed to assist your climb and oxygen levels start to become low. Lodging is available for an overnight's rest.
– Stage 9: time to test your strength and stamina with this path at an almost 45 degree incline. The climb is definitely worth the effort as the viewpoint here is spectacular.
– Stage 10: the summit of Mt. Fuji. It's a rewarding experience for those who make it to the top and get to behold Mt. Fuji's crater, Kuzushi Shrine, and Fujisan Hongu Shrine amongst its natural scenery.
No matter what stage you reach, your efforts will give you a rewarding feeling as you take a descend back down the long zig-zag pathway
Safety tips for climbers (basics)
- Walk with a straight upright position, putting your weight in your feet.
- Balance is required which may require walking sideways at some points.
- Take short steps, lifting your feet up at consistent heights to reduce tiredness.
- Trekking poles allow convenience and will put less strain on the legs.
- Pace yourself
- Control your breathing.
- Take short steps, deep breaths, and be aware of every step taken.
- Walking backwards as you descend down may ease your legs of feeling tired.