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1-day Guided ascent of Mt. Fuji (May-June)

Mt Fuji
Mt Fuji
Mt Fuji
Mt Fuji

Climb sacred Mount Fuji, Japan's most iconic landmark, with a 1-day guided private ascent, along local JMGA certified mountain guide Yusuke.


Japan Alps

1 Day

May, Jun




* Enjoy spectacular views from the summit of legendary Mount Fuji

* Visit Mount Fuji shrine and take part in a customary pray before the ascent

* Climb along a local certified guide and enjoy Japan's natural beauty


Mt.Fuji, which is crowded in July and August, is a very quiet world in May and June, when the snow still remains, and only experienced mountain climbers can reach the summit. Here’s your chance to explore this magnificent wonder in the company of a local and internationally certified mountain guide in early season.

We will meet in Gotenba city. It is on the southeastern flank of Mount Fuji in Shizuoka Prefecture, and then head for the mountain. The guests are required to stay in Gotenba on the night before.

We will meet in Gonteba or Fujiyoshida city at 4am, and begin hiking at between 5am to 7am. The one-day climb is a 7-9 hour round-trip hike and it is recommended for experienced mountaineers and those who regularly exercise, rather than for inexperienced hikers or those who are not confident in their fitness. Guests must have experience using mountaineering equipment such as ice axes and crampons beforehand.

We usually take the Fujinomiya route, which is a relatively short route. It takes 5-6 hours to reach the summit. You will get some truly amazing photos from the summit, 360 degree panoramics that will be hard to match. We will arrive back down to the 5th station around 4pm and then we should arrive to Gotenba around 6pm.

If you would like to reach the summit of Mt Fuji and discover this stunning landscape and mythical location, then sign up now and I’ll be waiting to show you its beauty!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Mountain guide expenses

Price details


Transportation between Gotenba or Fujiyoshida and Mt.Fuji 5th station

Group equipment

Mountain Guide's expenses

Not included:

Transportation between Tokyo and Gotenba or Fujiyoshida

Meals and drinks during the trip and insurance


Day 1: Arrival-Summit

4am Meeting at your hotel in Gotenba or Fujiyoshida then drive to Mt.Fuji 5th station
5am Start hiking from 5th station Parkinglot
11am to 12pm Summit
4pm Back to parking lot then drive back to hotel
5pm Hotel in Gotenba or Fujiyoshida



What is the average distance and altitude gain that we will hike each day?

Altitude gain is 1200m to 1600m. Distance 8.5 km to 14 km depending on the trails. If it is a one day ascent, we usually hike Fujinomiya trail which is shortest route.

What experience do I need to have? How fit do I need to be? Is this program suitable for children or older people?

Participants must be physically fit to make the round trip in one day and should be older than 12 years.

How can I get to the trailhead/meeting point?

We come to pick up at your hotel in the base town of Mt.Fuji. The guest must stay in the base town (Gotenba city) in the night before. Then we drive up to trailhead at 5th station of Mt.Fuji.

How will accommodation and meals be handled during the trek?

This is a one-day trip, so no overnight stay is required. The guest is responsible for preparing meals and drinks during the climb.

Are there any other special requirements such as permits/insurance/vaccines that I need to consider before the tour?

Depending on snow conditions, ice axes or crampons are required. Guests are expected to bring or rent these tools and have used them before. Also, please make sure your travel insurance covers climbing Mt. Fuji during this time of year.

What is the best time of the year for this hike?

From May to Oct.

Can I join a group?

No, we only provide a private tour.

What happens in the event of bad weather?

In the event of bad weather, if it is determined prior to departure that the ascent cannot be completed, a refund will be issued. No refunds will be given if the climb is canceled for any reason after the departure. Refunds will be given as per ExplorerShare policy. Alternative tours will be offered upon request. 

What are the possibilities of a 1 versus a 2 day climb?

You must be an experienced hiker to climb Mt. Fuji in June. The lodge is not open yet, and we have no choice but to climb it in one day. The one-day climb starts early in the morning, reaches the summit in the afternoon, and returns to the parking lot by that evening.

Where does the trip start?

The trip starts in Gotemba and from there we will drive to the fifth station of Mt.Fuji.

What time would we start the drive to the 5th station?

For the 1-day trip, we would start at 4 am. to 5 am, depending on the group's fitness level. I will come to pick you up at your hotel in Gotenba early in the morning, and then we will drive up to the 5th station on Mt.Fuji.

What's included in the price?

The price includes: guiding fee, transportation between your hotel in Gotenba and 5th station of Mt. Fuji, and the guide's expenses. What is not included in the price are the hotel in Gotenba, meals and foods during the trip, and insurance.

About the guide

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Ski Guide

I was born in Tokyo and grew up skiing in Hakuba, Japan. Throughout the years, I have visited Alaska, Peru, Patagonia, New Zealand, Nepal and Canada for winter climbing and backcountry snowboarding.

In 2012, I became the first Japanese person to pass the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides's ski guiding course on a Snowboard. I have been guiding in Japan (Hakuba Nagano and Mt. Fuji), New Zealand and Canada for over 15 years.


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What people are saying about this trip



1) Guide, Mr Yusuke is a gem of a person who is perfect gude for a group of persons , even if you have children with you. He guided and lead us professionally and at the same time very supportive and friendly as a person. 2) Explore share group is very professional and positive team. It handled the booking and all other aspects including refund of extra payment made by us in a very positive manner. 3) We will 100% recommend Explore share and Yusuke.



Our experience with Yusuke was amazing!!! From coordinating pickup to renting equipment to the pickup and drop off, he was a good communicator. But, more importantly, on the mountain he provided background explanations and history of the various features and shrines as well as a focus on keeping us safe. We encountered other groups with less professional guides and the contrast was noticeable. After our climb Yusuke took us to a Fuji shrine where we offered thanks for our safe trip and learned more about the area and traditions. We have climbed in many different places and I can honestly say that our experience with Yusuke was one of our best experiences ever. We will remember our Fuji climb for a long time and are very appreciative of Yusuke for making our day such a wonderful one! Thank you Yusuke!!!

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