One of the ultimate goals of a traveler in Japan is to climb the country’s most popular and revered mountain, Mt. Fuji. With its beautifully symmetrical cone, Mt. Fuji has been a Japanese icon for many years. It is located on Honshu Island, and is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776.24 meters or 12,389 ft. It lies about 100 kilometers south-west of Tokyo, and can be seen from there on a clear day.
Climbing the mountain is limited to July through August. Despite its steep slopes, Mt. Fuji can be climbed up quite easily even by beginners. Signboards and mountain huts provide direction and places to rest. But it is necessary to try to become acquainted with the features of Mt. Fuji well in advance, and make thorough plans before climbing up the mountain. One must take note that even in the summer, the temperature is at least 20 degrees colder than ground level and the air is thin. In the afternoon, the weather becomes quite unstable with quite a high possibility of thunder.
Climbers can drive up to the 5th Lake Kawaguchi–Yoshida-guchi course is the most popular course and takes about 6 hours to reach the summit from the 5th mountain huts along the way. You depart from the 5th become rocky slopes. Mountain huts are found at the Seventh Station and Eighth Station (2,700 m to 3,000 m). After passing the torii gate at the 9th station, which has an altitude of 1,400 to 2,400 meters. The Station. This course is recommended for beginners because there are many Station and climb gentle slopes which later Station the climb will be basically up bare rocks. Going up further, you will be welcomed by a white torii gate, and after climbing up more stairs, you will find yourself at the summit. The Kuzushi-jinja Shrine is found at the top where one can have a stamp impressed as a token of having reached the summit. There will also be mountain huts or rest areas at the mountain top and a place where one can mail postcards. The descent will be through a different route and would normally take 3 hours and 15 minutes. The mountain huts are well equipped with supplies but in case of an emergency, it is necessary that you bring a supply of water, light snacks and a change of clothes. It is also advised to put on trekking shoes and a hat to prevent sunburn. A walking stick or a trekking pole would also prove useful. There is cellular signal in the mountain so communication is not cut off during the climb.
Photos taken from Steve Tilford and Tokyo Travel Pal