Are you one of the adventurous kind? Has scaling a mountain always been a part of your bucket list? How about climbing Mt Fuji? Well, if your responses to these are in the affirmative, you’re on the right page!
Mt. Fuji is one of the highest mountain peaks of Japan and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful too. It is situated at an altitude of 3,776 meters above sea level and reaching the top is a tedious task. While the mountain seems to be majestic from afar, surely climbing on top of it will leave you with an exhilarating experience that offers an iconic and breathtaking view.
So, all those already feeling the adrenaline rush within must prepare themselves from head to toe before climbing this mountain. Because if you’re well-prepared, climbing Mount Fuji will seem to be pretty straightforward and devoid of any unsettling surprises.
To help you with your Mt. Fuji adventure, we have created a list of some of the most important things to consider before you begin your hike to the majestic top. Read on to find out!
The perfect hiking season
Did you know that there is a Mount Fuji hiking season?
Although you can scale the mountain at any time of the year, it is recommended that you schedule your hike anytime between July to September. These are the safest and warmest months for hiking, hence you can be assured of a good time. Besides, it is only during this time that the local cafes and shops are opened. So, you can easily procure supplies and souvenirs to take back with you.
There’s more than one way to reach the top
Those of you who thought that there is just one way to go up, please take note that it is not true. 4 different trails can lead you to the top, brief information about each of which has been mentioned below. Most trails begin at the 5th station however, these differ in the level of difficulty and the estimated hiking time.
- Yoshida trail: This is the most popular route of all and is easily accessible from the 5th station. It gives you a spectacular view of the Fuji Five Lakes from the starting point and the sunrise when you reach the top.
- Fujinomiya trail: It is also one of the most commonly known trails. Being the shortest and the steepest of all, most people don’t consider it to be the easiest.
- Gotemba trail: All beginners, beware! This trail is not for you as it is considered to be one of the most difficult and time-consuming ones.
- Subashiri Trail: If you want to enjoy a forested hike, opt for this one. It starts lower than the other trails hence you get to witness the flora too.
Scaling Mt. Fuji is no cakewalk hence you need to be prepared in all aspects and that includes the gear too. There are a few indispensable items you need to count upon before getting started with your hike. And, these include:
- Bottled water (recommended 2 liters)
- Healthy snacks
- Walking stick
- Compressed oxygen (you can take the cans from the 5th station if you suffer from altitude sickness)
Besides, make sure you have dressed appropriately. But what does it exactly mean?
For starters, we suggest you slip into your hiking boots only. The terrain of Mount Fuji is rocky and uneven so make sure you wear your sturdy boots/shoes to minimize your chances of being hurt.
Furthermore, pack warm clothes for yourself as, by station 7, it starts to get cold. So, it is time to take along your 511 tactical pants, jackets, and other thermal base layers.
For Goraiko, begin climbing at night
It is up to you to decide when you wish to set off for your trail. But, it is recommended you do so at night so that you can experience the breathtaking sunrise, also known as Goraiko. It is not just about the view but also some sort of auspiciousness associated with Mount Fuji’s sunrise. So, chance upon the opportunity!
Beware of Altitude Sickness
As the name suggests, it is associated with climbing extreme elevations. If you experience any sort of dizziness, nausea, discomfort in breathing, and headaches, you should plan to rest at each of the 10 stations on the way. You can rest for about 20 minutes at each station so that you are able to adjust to the surrounding changes.
Climbing Mt Fuji – Wrapping up
You are now aware of some of the most important information for scaling Mount Fuji. So, prep yourself up and start packing already! When you do, don’t forget to carry a handful of coins as these will come in handy for using the washrooms. Yes, the restrooms are chargeable in the mountains. Moreover, you can buy gifts, pray at a shrine, have the best ramen and even send postcards to your loved ones informing them about your well-being.
Lastly, wish you good luck and safe hiking!