Climbing Mount Fuji
Fuji’s official climbing season runs from early-July until mid-September, during which time, all trails and mountain facilities are open. Weather is typically mild and this time and all snow will be gone from the mountain. Visitors have the option of summiTting Fuji via different trails including the Yoshida Trail – open from early-July until mid-September – along with the Subashiri, Gotemba and Fujinomiya Trails – open from mid-July until mid-September.
Stations are positioned along each trail with most climbers choosing to walk from the 5th station of their chosen trail. The Yoshida Trail is the most popular and as such, the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station on that trail is a very popular starting point for many visitors. Climbing Fuji is an extremely popular undertaking for both Japanese and international visitors. The more popular trails are liking to be congested as you join a column of many hundreds of people moving up the mountain.
It is worth noting that Fuji stands at just under 4000 metres in height. As you ascend, the air is notably thinner. It will affect most people and can have serious health implications for some visitors. Even in summer, temperatures can be cold – potentially below 0°C – near the summit, so make sure you are well-prepared and suitably dressed.
Finally, Mount Fuji is an active volcano and your personal safety should be your first priority. The Japan Meteorological Agency provides real-time advice and warnings for the entire country. Prior to visiting Fuji, we recommend checking the following website.
July to September
To reach the Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station, regular buses run to and from Kawaguchiko Station - 50 minutes / JPY1570 . Alternatively, some bus companies offer express services Shinjuku Station in Tokyo - taking around 150 minutes / JPY2900 - to reach the 5th Station