Climbing Mt. Fuji is the dream of many Japanese people. They wish to climb this beautiful mountain at least once in their lives.
Mt. Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan. Its height scales to about 12,388 feet. It is also a volcano. Mount Fuji is adored by all the Japanese people and they call it as ‘Fuji-san’.
As far as its location is concerned, Fuji Mountain is about 60 miles southwest of Tokyo in Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures.
But, it is not safe to climb this mountain in every season. Officially, you will be allowed to climb Mt. Fuji only from July 1 to the end of August. That is the official season for climbing. During this time, all the trails get really crowded but trust me, it is best to climb Mt. Fuji at this time of the year.
However, you will always be discouraged to climb during the off season due to the bad climate.
According to the reports, it is suggested that about 3,00,000 people try to climb Mt. Fuji every year and that a number of them are foreign tourists who come to enjoy the beauty of this enormous mountain.
Depending on the elevation, the various trails are named as ten different stations. The shortest route is the Mt. Fujinomiya-Guchi Route and most of the people start climbing this route. You can go to the fifth station (go-gome) either by a car or a bus.
To reach here, you just need to take a bus from JR Fujinomiya Station in Shizuoka to Fujinomiya Shin-go-gome. It is about 2,400m.
Regular cars are not allowed to drive up to the fifth stations in August. Also, buses to go to the fifth stations are not operated regularly during the off season.
‘Mountain huts’ are located between 7th station and the summit. It will usually cost you upto 5,000 yen to 7,000 yen per night. Though many drinks and good quality food are sold in the huts, they are very expensive. Therefore, it is better if you bring enough water and food with you.
The trend is to start climbing Mt. Fuji in the afternoon and take rest in a hut before climbing upto the summit at sunrise.
But, many people prefer climbing at night with flashlights so that they get to the summit at sunrise.
So, pack your bags and have a safe climbing.