Cveto, an IFMGA mountain guide, takes you on a 1-day climbing trip to the highest peak in Japan and a symbol of the country: Mount Fuji (3776 m).
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Only 100 kilometers away from Tokyo, enjoy the beauty of the most iconic peak in Japan on a 1-day climbing trip.
The official climbing season for Mount Fuji (3776 m) goes from June to September: that is, during summer.
As this is a 1-day climbing trip, it will start really early, in the middle of the night! I will pick you up at your hotel in Kawaguchi-ko area. From there, we'll travel by car to Mount Fuji's ascent point.
However, if you have your own transfer, we can also meet at the car parking close to our trailhead (I will tell you the exact point).
It will take us between 4 and 6 hours to reach the summit. For the descent, we will take the same route, although that will depend on weather conditions. It will take us around 3 hours to descend. Along the way, we'll enjoy some stunning views!
We'll be back at the car parking around 4 or 5 in the afternoon. From there, I'll take you back to your hotel at Kawaguchi-ko.
Join me to climb the most iconic and beautiful peak in Japan on this 1-day climbing trip, when conditions are dry and without snow.
You can also consider this Mt Fuji ascent in the off season (mid April / May) depending on your travel dates.
- Guiding fee
- Mountain guide expenses
- Use of Mt. Fuji toll road if we need to (payable at the spot: 2240 JPY)
- During weekends and holidays, this program is 15.000 JPY higher per group.
- Special service: pick up from Tokyo for an additional fee 24.000 JPY per group. Please see “more info”.
- Climbing with children age less than 10 years old is not recommended.
Skill level required: Beginner to intermediate. Fitness level required: FIT, able to climb minimum in 8 h, up and down 1500m (5000 feet).
There is usually no snow anymore on the trails and it is beginners level ascent. You’ll just need proper hiking shoes and some warmer clothing as it is a high mountain and could be windy and still cold at the summit. This is a volcano climbing trip and we really depend on weather which is very unpredictable, that is why we always need to be equipped with all the necessary.
Some tips: we usually ascent from the North, because you can rich the highest trailhead point by car. Hike up starts from parking at 2300m (7500ft); first, we climb on a sandy trail, following is the rocky ridge and last part before the summit is some mixed terrain (rock, sand, sometimes snow). Is there any technical component? The slope steepness is 30, partly 35 degrees. If the weather is nasty, often strong wind or afternoon storms, the guide will decide the route, regarding weather forecast. There are 3 different trails going up & down Mt.Fuji. Please note that some are longer as the starting point is lower like at 1900m.
The starting point of our adventure will be the Kawaguchi-ko area, a resort town with various tourist attractions, many kinds of accommodation facilities and great views of Mount Fuji. As this is a 1-day climbing trip, we will start really early morning, almost in the middle of the night! From there we’ll drive 45 min. to the 5th stage on the slopes of Mt.Fuji, to the nearest trailhead. If we use the toll road, opens at 3 am, I suggest a pickup time around 3 am. If you have your own means of transport, we can meet directly at the car parking close to our trailhead on the 5th stage (I will inform you the exact point).
Equipment: for this ascent, you will need to bring your own proper clothing and own mountaineering shoes. Some equipment rentals can be found in Tokyo. We can rent backpacks, walking poles etc. (1000 JPY/item, payable in cash direct to the guide after the climb). Please note we don’t rent shoes/boots.
Check it out as well; boots photo & equipment rental shops; http://lamont.jp/en/ or https://www.yamarent.com/en/shopinfo.html?language=en
Food and drinks: You should take 2L of water, also sometimes it is possible to buy drinks along the way at the mountain huts.
Insurance: please make sure you are individually insured appropriately with international travel insurance which specifically covers mountaineering.
Other: sometimes the trip itinerary may be altered and/or date change can be discussed, case by case, based on the weather forecast. I will try to modify my schedule and we’ll do our best to make our guests happy. I would advise you to make your schedule flexible as well. The guide may choose a different road approach and climbing route, the time of the early morning start, etc. Trouble while climbing: often people will get light altitude sickness (dizzy, headache etc.).
Special service: I can pick you up at your hotel in Tokyo, around 1:00 am, then it takes 1:30 to 2h to Kawaguchi-ko; for an additional cost of 24.000 JPY per group. Please inquire if you wish this optional service but please note, it is one way only, and you’ll need to return to Tokyo by train or bus, because of heavy traffic jams, usually every afternoon.
At Kawaguchi-ko town, which is Fuji five lakes area, easily accessible by trains or direct buses from Tokyo.
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I’m an international IFMGA mountain guide; also the first non-Japanese mountain guide certified by the JMGA (Japan Mountain Guide Association); born in Slovenia.
My country is small but well known in the world as strong in sports and mountaineering. I use to compete as Olympic team member and on World Cup competitions as a Cross-country skier. After I left Slovenia and traveled all over the world, I ended up in Japan. I married beautiful native lady, and have lived here for 30 years. I love Japanese mountains and feel privileged to be able to enjoy these mountains trough the entire four seasons.
I’m based at the foot of Japan Alps; convenient place in winter for ski touring from Nagano to Hokkaido, winter mountaineering or ice climbing at Yatsugatake, and of course ascending the symbol of Japan Mt.Fuji.
In summer Japan is a great place for hiking, alpine climbing or popular shower-climbing and some fine sport/free climbing year around.
Since 2013, I’m working on NHK (Japanese national TV) programs, introducing Japan culture and outdoor activities, climbing skiing etc. Check it out at the link below the recent one about BC skiing.
It is my absolute pleasure also to take and guide you in my home country Slovenia. In addition to guide in the mountains, I also enjoy having the opportunity to teach mountain climbing skills to every level of climbers, here in Japan. This is because I wish everybody to be SAFE on the mountains.
Please contact me on E&S if you would love to have great experience, as well as a tailor-made plan for other mountains and sport climbing all over SE Asia, EU, South America....in any season!
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Excellent guide . CHITO San has really helped to pace the entire trip to ensure that we can summit and still manage to descend without any issues ! Great help
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Our guide was great. He was very patient and quick to answer questions. My only quibble is that Cveto was not our guide, our guide was Yuichi Kanzaki. Yuichi was a great guide and very accommodating of our group. The only issue was that this was not made explicit, I had been in contact with Cveto and then the emails were from Yuichi without any explanation. I have no problem with the guide switch, it just would have been helpful to have gotten that information directly. It was great doing the hike right before the season started as the conditions were good but it was not too crowded yet.
Excellent service from explore-share. I did the one-day option; was picked up from my hotel in Tokyo at 1 am and started the climb at 4 am. We were lucky with the weather and the hike was fantastic, but strenuous. My guide, Kan was super helpful and knowledgable. I recommend him to anyone who is looking to do the hike up Mount Fuji.
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Climbing Mt. Fuji during this time was most definitely worth it. There were no crowds to contend with and the experience was very enriching. Cveto is an exceptionally amazing guide with decades of experience and was an absolute pleasure to be around. During the trip, my legs cramped up to the point of barely being able to walk. However, with Cveto's attentiveness and patience, we were able to make it to the top and back down without any issues. Having Cveto on this climb was highly vital for my trip and it would be a mistake to not have him accompany yours. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
For those who don't have the convenience of time or just want to avoid a crowd, would recommend this Mt. Fuji hike. No open amenities, but it also means no lines. My guide, Cvetko, was exceptionally knowledgeable - makes sense having done this hundreds of time - and extremely patient with this newbie hiker. I was worried I couldn't do it, but his gentle guidance made such a difference. I am proud to say I made it to the top. Definitely recommend!
Cveto has been great support from preparation to the peak - fantastic and safe souvenir. Thanks
We did the treck with our two kids 12 and 9, it was long and hard sometime Cveto was an amazing guide very confident very patient... we had no stress at all with him... 👏👏 thanks Cveto we were so happy to climb with you 👍👍
We had a great time with Cveto. He is the perfect guide, very knowledgeable and entertaining. We learnt so many thinks about Japan during our hike and we felt really comfortable and totally safe with him. Just book him and enjoy !!
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