If climbing Mount Fuji is in your Japan bucket list then there are certain things you must know. Mt. Fuji is an amazing mountain that could give you endless joy; on the other hand it may ruin your entire trip. Therefore, before climbing it I suggest you some important travel tips, as a result you happily reach to its summit and enjoy the sunrise and do the other things successfully. Remember, only advanced preparations and arrangements could lead you to climb its summit successfully.
Watching Mount Fuji from the window of a bullet train (Shinkansen) could be memorable for you but when it comes to climbing it yourself then you need at least some basic climbing skills and useful hiking accessories you need with you. I know it sounds great, though we all have to prepare for the worst. In fact, you have to be careful all the way since the time you set off your journey and climb down from the summit. However, don’t worry at all; I am here to guide you how easily you could climb it. Please follow my instructions.
Find As Much As Useful Information You Can
You have to climb 3776 meters! It is certainly a long way that even could ruin your entire hiking trip. So, how do you get prepared for taking this challenge? First of all, I suggest you to search for as many as information you could get from the information centers at the foot of the mountain as well as at certain trail heads. To get prior information, you should visit several websites and read recommended Mount Fuji Hiking Guide Books that provide you useful information on climbing Mount Fuji. Here you can read a personal experience of a hiker who once had climbed Mount Fuji.
Do I Need a Map of Mount Fuji Trails?
Map is an important accessory for a traveler. It shows the right path to reach to the exact destination we want to reach to. I guess while climbing Mt. Fuji you don’t need a map though if you want then you can get a free English brochure from the Tourists Information Centers in Tokyo and Kawaguchiko. There will be many hikers like you, so you will not get lost!
How Much Do I Have to Pay for Admission Fee?
As a hiker, you have to pay 1000 yen as for admission fee. This amount of money will be used for protecting the Mount Fuji environment and for hikers’ safety & protection. Your money won’t be wasted a bit rather it is a kind of insurance policy where future hikers like you would be benefited from.
Indeed, weather could be one of your main concerns before climbing Mt. Fuji. You are advised not to ascend the mountain in winter season. Usually, climbers climb Mount Fuji in summer season. In the afternoon, weather becomes unstable, it is hard to predict what’s going to be. Do you know that, the average temperature at the summit is between 5 Degree Celsius and 8 Degree Celsius! Check out today’s Mount Fuji weather.
What Do you Know About the Official Climbing Season?
When you start reading few articles on climbing Mount Fuji, you surly would know its official climbing season at once. Though, here I want to inform this to you again if you have not noticed yet. The official climbing season starts from early July to early September. Don’t even dream of climbing this majestic mountain during the off season, things will turn out to be very bad then.
Number of Trails for Climbing Mount Fuji
There are 4 (four) trails/routes you could choose from while ascending and descending Mount Fuji, they are: Yoshida Trail (Yellow Color), Subashiri Trail (Red Color), Gotemba Trail (Green Color), Fujinomiya Trail (Blue Color). Among them Gotemba is the longest trail. Yoshida route is the best one I could recommend because it has most of the huts where one can stay at night then set off for climbing the summit. While on the other hand Fujinomiya trail is the most popular trail for the beginners. Though, there is no special route for descending, so the way you ascend, on the same way you will have to descend.
Avoid The Crowds
How could you avoid the crowds during official climbing season? Especially, it becomes full of crowds during Obon Week (An annual Japanese Holidays). So, in order to avoid the crowds you have to stay away from this place on Obon week that is observed from August 13th to August 16th. At this time, many hikers arrive here and you will see many long queues. In fact, there is no exact best day to climb it but be careful of the Obon Week. Holiday means being free from work, this is for what Japanese people want to spend their time on hiking to see the majestic sunrise.
Don’t Break the Law
Mount Fuji is the national icon of Japan. You can’t disrespect and pollute its nature. There are acts that are legally prohibited, such as, disturbing animals and plants, releasing pets, pitching a tent, making a fire, removing lava, bringing unnecessary things, throwing out trashes around, using vehicles except designated areas, taking away animal and plants and so on. I also suggest you to keep the toilets clean every time you use them.
There’s No Need to Hurry
It is possible for you climb Mount Fuji in a day but being too much smart could be bad for your health, as a result you will lose your energy, may be you get sick and very tired. Also every hiker is advised to avoid the afternoon season. At this time of period, the weather becomes unstable. So, stay a night at the huts! I also want to suggest you to walk at a slow speed not very slow though. There is no rush, no one is chasing you, right! I want you safely ascend and descent the mountain.
You Must Stay at the Huts!
You should take a break at the huts. It will work as a medicine for regaining your energy. If you are not a professional hiker then there is no choice except this option. Again, if you choose to take Yoshida trail to climb Mt. Fuji then it will be easier for you to get huts to stay at night. In fact this is the only trail that has many huts. Some huts will not allow you to stay there if you arrive there at night. So, try to arrive there as early as possible, at least before the sunset. You have to pay real cash, no credit card is accepted. For staying a night it will cost you more than 5000 yen per person without meal and with meal it would cost more than 7000 yen!
Getting a Guide
Are not you confident enough to climb Mount Fuji? If you are not then I say you not to be sad. You can get a trekking guide from the FYG (Fuji-Yama Guides). An experience trekking guide will take care of everything!
The Exact Time for Setting Off from the Huts
Most of the hikers’ main aim is to view the sunrise from the summit of Mount Fuji. To do so, you have to wake up very early morning. Please note that, in summer, sunrise takes place between 4:30am to 5:00am. So, you know when you have to set off to see the sunrise!
How to Avoid Mountain Sickness
One can feel sick during his/her ascending time. You may feel headache, vomiting, dizziness, lack of nausea and etc. To avoid these you have to drink water regularly, have some rests, walk slowly, and take deep breath. Except all these I recommend you to take one hour rest before you set off again.
Know the Emergency Call Number
I never wish you feel bad on the way to the summit but in case you do feel sick and if you think you really need other help then please make a call at these numbers 110 or 119. These are the rescue call numbers, so I suppose you don’t forget them. You also could contact nearest mountain huts. Surly, you will be rescued by someone as quickly as possible time.
Don’t Forget to Take Your Camera
I am sure you want to share your Mount Fuji climbing experience with family and friends just like others. Make a good travel video from first to last until you reach to the top of the Mt. Fuji summit. To capture those memorable moments and experience you have to depend on a camera or smartphone So, never forget to take it with you. Take photos of the beautiful Mt. Fuji landscapes as well as the sunrise.
Get All the Useful Hiking Accessories
You need to have some must have hiking accessories before climbing Mount Fuji such as flashlight, trekking shoes, socks, walking sticks, waterproof jacket and trouser, hat, gloves, backpacks, trash bag, sunglasses, water & foods, first-aid box and etc.
Off Season Hiking is Dangerous
Off season hiking is possible but you may not get huts to get some rest on the way to the summit. After the end of hiking season, usually huts get closed. Though, if you are a skilled hiker then you can take this challenge. You will need to have extra hiking equipments including enough water and foods. From October to early June, the weather turns into like a devil, windy weather; snow falls may not allow you to climb Mount Fuji. So, always be careful and check the weather forecast before you set off.
I tried my best to share with you. I was lucky to see the sunrise from the summit of Mt. Fuji. That is an unforgettable experience that I can’t express in words. The reason I wanted to share with you is that I have had bad experience before and heard other stories how they suffered. So, mentioning you all these I feel like you are not going to encounter any bad experience while ascending and descending Mt. Fuji. Wishing you Good Luck, Be Safe!
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