When to Hike
1July to 31 August is climbing season so lodges are open. You can use toilet(\100-\300), take a rest, and buy snacks or noodles. After this season, almost lodges'll close(toilet close too) and public transport'll reduce. First snow on Mt.Fuji is 12 September, at last year(2012). So begginer should climb at climbing season. We recommend go to after rainy season and weekday.
How to get 5th Station
The easiest and cheapest way to trail head is to use the direct bus from Tokyo to Fuji Subaru Line 5th sta.(trail head of Yoshida track). Next choice is going to Kawaguchi-ko Sta. by bus or train. then take the bus to 5th sta. Anyway, Yoshida track is the easiest way both of approach and climb.
About other 3tracks, train and bus are operated on climbind season, too. Check each tracks pege we give bus timetable and fee from key train station.
There are four roads to each 5th station. Fuji subaru Line(to Yoshida route) and Fuji sky line(to Fujinomiya route) are toll road. Fuji Azami line is not toll road. These three road have road restriction on summer season. At each Tracks page, we'll give road restriction schedule, official parking, fees etc.
Generally, it takes 6-8 hours up to Summit and 4 hours for descend.
There are 4 tipes of popular plan.
Start around noon, hike 4 hours and stay at lodge around 8th sta. Take short rest and start at midningt again. Hike 3hours and reach 3am. Wait sunrise(called Go-Raikou) till 4.5am and descend a mountain around 6am and reach 5th sta. in the morning. This is the most popular plan cacuse of you can see sunrize at top. The downsides are booking of lodge is hard on weekend, and route to the top is the congestion.
Similar to the No.1plan above. The difference is time of restart. After seeing sunrize in front of lodge then start lodge. It's can avoid congestion near top and take long rest.
If you use car by 5th sta. this is reasonable plan. Racha at 5th sta. in the evening. Take sleep in your car, and start after sunrize. Climb 8 hours and reach at top till noon, and descend a mountain afternoon and reach 5th sta. till sunset.
Overnight climb. Start around 20pm, climb up 7 hours and reach at top of Fuji at around 4am. Wait sunrise(called Go-Raikou) till 4.5am and descend a mountain around 6am and reach 5th sta. in the morning. It's named "DANGAN TOZAN", the province ask to stop it recntry.
There are 4 tracks to top of the mountain. Click the link below. You can get the info of each route, buses time table to each trail head, parking info .
The most popular track, because good location(near the kawaguchi-ko Sta.), plenty of Yamagoya. Fuge amount of people make you mad, but, for foreigner I recommend.
The second popular track, the most short distance.Attraction of this route is to climb back to the Pacific Ocean, but it can also be overlooking the Suruga Bay, weather permitting.
You can enjoy quiet climbing, cause user is smaller than Fujinomiya and Yoshida track. Short forest hiking and many alpine plants are there until 6th sta. The sand running down the steep slope of the gravel descent is good.
The longest track than others. Cause of hikers less you can enjoy quietry walk. Big attraction is very long sand ran called SUNA-BASHIRI.
What to bring
- Waterproof jacket and pants
- lightweight jumper(fleece is ideal)
- Spare socks and underwear
- Torch (head-mounted is ideal),spare batteries
- Small first aid kit
- Sunscreen cream
- Water bottles (at least one litre)
- Snacks (chocolate, dried fruit, nuts, jelly beans)
- cash (Use only cash. Small change are need for toilet tip)
If you want to see sunrise at summit, you syould bring woollen hat or groves etc. And gaiter and trecking pole is useful.
You can buy bowl of noodles, snacks, water, at each lodge. But prices are inflated so bring your own snacks and fluids.
5th sta. water \150 » summit:\500
Car Traffic Control Period, sunrise time and Peak period
During thease period, you can't go up to the 5th station by your car, so you have to park at specified parking and use the shattle bus to the 5th staion.
- ● Fuji Subaru Line（Yoshida route）Traffic Control Period
- ● Fuji Azami Line（Subashiri route）Traffic Control Period
- ● Fujisan SkyLine（Fujinomiya route） Traffic Control Period
Pink Rows... High peak
Yellow Rows... Peak
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