Rising to 3.776 meters above sea level, Mt Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan and also one of the most spiritual. Spend a day or two hiking to the peak’s summit and learn about some of the country’s culture as you go.
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Located in Chūbu region of east-central Japan, Mt Fuji towers above the landscape. Serving as a symbol for the country, it is also Japan’s most popular mountain. More than 200,000 people visit the peak each year. An estimated 2,500 people reach the summit each day in the peak summer season.
Climbing Mt Fuji requires no technical know-how, but does require stamina and being in relatively good physical condition as you gain altitude quite quickly.
There are four routes up which to climb. However, the most popular one is the Yoshida Trail, which gives you the best view of the rising sun, if you’re heading up the peak for Goraiko.
The Fujinomiya trail is the second most popular one and is provides great views for daytime hiking, including out over the iconic cherry blossoms to the south of the mountain.
During the summer, average daily temperatures at the top of Mt Fuji range from just above freezing to 10 °C. Temperature at the base are usually in the 20s. Summer is the rainiest season on Mt Fuji, but still has plenty of clear days to enjoy.
Any trip to Mt Fuji begins with a flight into one of Tokyo’s international airports, Haneda (HND) or Narita (NRT). From here, it is easy to take the bullet train to Mt Fuji or make the two hour drive in a rental car.
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