Climbing plan flow chart

Check before planning

Prepare your body for climbing

Learn about Mt. Fuji
  • - Learn in advance about Mt. Fuji’s natural and cultural charm and value. We recommend visiting the World Heritage Centre and museums in advance to learn more about Mt. Fuji.
    • Knowing more about Mt. Fuji (Currently Being created)
    • Maps and brochures

Why climb Mt. Fuji?
  • - Mt. Fuji has a variety of hiking courses at the mountain base as well. You can enjoy the charm of Mt. Fuji, such as the view of the mountain itself, even without reaching the summit.
  • - You may find it hard to climb Mt. Fuji if you're just accompanying someone without wanting to climb it yourself. One option is leisurely enjoying the mountain base instead of forcing yourself to climb.
  • - Every year, many people suffer from poor physical condition, injury or accident. Some even lose their life on the mountain. If you're aiming for the summit, read the 10 Steps carefully and prepare thoroughly for the climb.

The 8-Step Mt. Fuji Climbing Plan

1.Know the risks
  • There are various risks associated with climbing Mt. Fuji, such as weather, disasters, accidents and injuries/sickness.
  • Don't climb by yourself if you're a beginner. If you have concerns, consider using a guide or participating in a tour.

2.Choose your dates
  • Mt. Fuji has an opening period. Climbing Mt. Fuji during a closed period is dangerous, as trails, mountain huts, first aid stations, restrooms, and other facilities are closed. It is a harsh world that is only for experienced experts.
  • During the opening period, weekends, holidays, and mid-August (Obon) are very crowded. If possible, consider climbing on weekdays.

3.Choose your route

4.Review your schedule
  • Climbing at an unreasonably high pace increases the risk of altitude sickness. We recommend a schedule that allows you to stay overnight in a mountain hut rather than a day trip with unreasonable plans. For day-climbing, it depends on the trailhead, but in the case of the Yoshida Trail, it is best to leave the 5th station at least before 9am after acclimatizing to the altitude.
  • "Bullet mountain climbing" involves climbing all night without resting in a mountain hut, and since you are climbing in the dark, there is a high risk of injury, accidents, distress, and altitude sickness. Although there are many posts on social media, "bullet climbing" is not recommended.
  • Reservations are necessary to use the mountain huts. Don't forget to book in advance.
  • Most mountain huts do not allow payment by credit card on site. Please pay online when making a reservation or pay in cash on site. Please check with the mountain hut for details.

5.Check access
  • Use public transportation to reach the trail entrance, such as buses or trains. If coming by car, you will need to change to a shuttle bus at the base parking lot during the private vehicle restriction period (excluding the Gotemba Trail).

6.Prepare equipment
  • Check your equipment before departure. Old equipment may be broken, so ensure to check the condition before departure.
  • Mt. Fuji has an altitude of more than 3000m, so the weather conditions change quickly and your descent may be delayed. Prepare thoroughly for your climb (renting equipment is possible).

7.Check the rules and manners
  • The majority of Mt. Fuji and the mountain base are designated as the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, a World Heritage Site, a historic site and a place of special scenic beauty. Strict regulations are enforced to preserve its nature and cultural properties. Follow the rules and enjoy your climb.

8.Check the weather forecast

Check once you’ve reached the trail entrance

Check safety items and implement your plan

When your departure is close, check the Safe Climbing Checklist.