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Mt.Fuji Early Season Climbing

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Embrace the tranquility of Mount Fuji's serene season, reserved for skilled mountaineers who possess the expertise to navigate its challenging landscapes. Seize the opportunity to discover the wonders of Japan's most famous mountain during the early season, accompanied by Yusuke, an internationally certified local guide.


1 Day

May, Jun




* Scale Mount Fuji in May or June, when its slopes are still adorned with glistening snow.

* Embrace the tranquility of the off-peak season

* Conquer the heights of Mount Fuji


Bask in the serene realm of Mt Fuji during its more peaceful season in May and June. Unlike the bustling crowds that flock to its summit in July and August, this tranquil period is reserved for seasoned mountaineers who possess the expertise necessary to conquer its challenging terrain.

Our expedition will start from either the delightful city of Gotenba, located on the southeastern flank of the majestic Mount Fuji, or the scenic town of Fujiyoshida, nestled at the base of the mountain in Yamanashi Prefecture. From there, we will embark on our journey towards the majestic Mt. Fuji.

We will meet at the break of dawn to start our hiking adventure, aiming to start between the hours of 5 and 7 am. Our preferred path is the Fujinomiya route, known for its relatively shorter duration. This route typically takes approximately 5–6 hours to reach the summit.

From the summit, you will capture breathtaking photographs that offer unrivaled beauty—a 360-degree panoramic view that is difficult to surpass. On a clear day, you can see for miles in every direction and witness Mount Asama, Mount Bandai, and Mount Hakusan in all their splendor.

Our descent will bring us back to the 5th station at approximately 4 pm, and from there, we anticipate reaching Gotenba around 6 pm.

This one-day climb is a 7-9 hour round-trip hike and is best suited for experienced mountaineers and those who regularly exercise. It is important to note that this trek is not recommended for inexperienced hikers or those lacking confidence in their physical fitness. Prior experience with mountaineering equipment, such as ice axes and crampons, is essential for all participants.

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

What included in price, transportation between Gotenba or Fujiyoshida and Mt.Fuji 5th station. What not included, transportation between Tokyo and Gotenba or Fujiyoshida, Meals and drinks during the trip and insurance.


Day 1: Ascend Mt. Fuji

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


Equipment you will need to bring


* Poles * Helmet * Goggles * Sunglasses * Avalanche equipment (beacon, probe and shovel) * Crampons * Ice Axe * Harness * Water bottle * Backpack


What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Hoshinoya Fuji Fujikawaguchiko Japan
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Fuji View Hotel Kawaguchiko Japan
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Hotel Route Inn Court Fujiyoshida Fujiyoshida Japan
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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



Yuske is a LEGEND. Highly recommend to anyone looking to climb Fuji!



Fantastic guide, very familiar with the mountain, and made sure we were well prepared for the climb. He was able to provide us with some of his extra gear as well, which was very kind of him. I highly recommend Yusuke to anyone looking to climb Fuji.



Awesome trip with expert guide Yusuke Hirota. Our trip was a day trip on April 27, 2024, which was the first day that the road was open to the fifth station of the FujiYamori trail (ie mid mountain). The upper half of the hike was snow covered and required crampons and ice axes due to snow that time of the season. The upside is that we only saw one other person hiking to the summit that day compared to 200,000 hikers during the summer season when one can avoid the snow and this crampons and ice axes. Yusuke is truly an expert guide for this mountain and not only the summer season when most of his guided tours are but also for early season when we went. He set a great pace of hiking. Knew when we needed to put on crampons. He even brought harnesses and climbing rope for one member of our party who benefited from it. Yusuke gave great tips on the use of crampons and ice axes since we were only minimally experienced with those skills. We highly recommend Yusuke for guided mountain tours including Mt Fuji!

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