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2-day climbing trip to Mount Fuji

Contemplate the sunrise from the top of Mount Fuji, symbol of Japan and the highest peak in the country, in this 2-day climbing trip with Chikako, a JMGA mountain guide.

Duration2 days
Offer periodJul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Reach the summit of the tallest peak in Japan.

  • Discover an iconic natural place and admire the sunrise.

Description

Mount Fuji (3766 m) is regarded as one of the ‘3 holy mountains’ in Japan and has a very important place in Japanese culture. Besides being the highest peak in the country, it’s also a symbol of natural beauty.

For all this reasons, this perfectly symmetrical volcano is one of the main attractions for travelers in Japan. In fact, due to its proximity, it’s possible to see it from Tokyo in clear days.

This time, I propose a 2-day climbing trip that will take us right to the summit.

Our starting point will be Mt. Fuji 5th Station. We’ll meet there at 10.30 AM and hike towards Taishikan hut (8th Station), where we’ll have a short rest.

At around 11 PM, we’ll continue our way in the darkness to the summit of Mount Fuji. We’ll arrive to the top between 4 and 4.30 AM, in perfect time to see the sunrise.

Witnessing the sunrise from Mount Fuji is a very special thing. It leaves such a deep impression in people, that there’s even a Japanese word to describe it: ‘goraiko‘. Many people try to reach Fuji’s summit at night to admire sunrise, as it is considered a spiritual experience.

After this, we can choose to hike around Fuji’s crater for about 2 hours. Then, we’ll descend to 5th Station (it will take 4 or 5 hours).

For some extra inspiration, you can read about the experience of Matteo at Mt Fuji.

Would you like to join me for an amazing experience in Japan’s most famous peak? Please, contact me so we climb Mt Fuji together!

If you are looking for more adventures in Japan, you should also consider this 3-day hiking traverse in Yatsugatake, that includes climbing Mt Akadake.

Accommodation

We are going to stay at Taishikan-Lodge at the 8th station.

More info

If you do not have rain jacket, rain pants, and headlight, we highly recommend that you rent them. If you need to rent gears, please let me know what you need to rent and your size. I will organize them. *Your height and weight for rain jacket and pants *Size for shoes Remember there is NO drying room at the lodge. (Blue jeans are not suitable for climbing.)

Meeting point

Mt. Fuji 5th Station.[Subaru line 5th station] In front of the red torii gate at 10:30 AM.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Mt. Fuji 5th Station / Taishikan hut

  • 10:30 AM Meeting at the 5th station in front of the red torii gate.

Check for gear, sign for paperwork, and eat lunch.

  • 11:30 AM: Start hiking from 5th station.
  • 4:00-4:30 PM: Arrive at Taishikan hut at 8th station. Dinner and a short sleep.

Day 2: Summit! / Mt. Fuji 5th Station

  • 11:00 PM -00:00 AM start to hike.
  • 4:00-4:30 AM: at the top of Fuji we
    eat, rest and see sunrise
    (option: hike around crater for 2 hours only if you want to).
  • Descent for 4-5 hours. We arrive 10:30 AM-1:00 PM (it depends if you hike crater or not) at 5th station.


Equipment you will need to bring

Backpack

Water bottle

Other gear: Rain jacket and pants, hiking boots, head light, gloves, snacks, change of clothes, toothbrush, towel, Japanese cash.


About the guide

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I am a Mt Fuji guide and a backcountry ski guide, certified by the JMGA. I was born in Tokyo but currently live in Fuji-Yoshida city, located at the foot of Mt Fuji. Teaching was something that interested me since my school years, and thus chose to join a specialized college for coaching, instructorship, and sports biology, where I also started climbing and skiing in the mountains. After my graduation, I worked as a ski patrol for 10 years, 5 of which I worked through the year - Hakuba in the winter (of northern hemisphere) and in Methven, New Zealand in the summer (of northern hemisphere), and a backcountry ski guide for 10 years.

My main and favourite field of guiding is on and around Mt Fuji, but backcountry skiing is my favourite mountain sports! I guide backcountry skiing mainly around Hakuba areas but also have been a guide in Hokkaido for 2 years, and know Furano and Niseko areas very well. I also currently teach Japan Avalanche Network level 1 courses on avalanche risks and safety. I also enjoy rock climbing in my free time and love to share with you the beauty of the Japanese mountains through my favourite guiding routes, let it to be in trekking the mountains, snowshoeing with an onsen stay or backcountry skiing in Hakuba areas!

For me, mountains are a part of my life. It teaches me upsides and downsides of life, and I want guests to join me in this environment to realize the conveniences that surround us in our ordinary life and to be grateful of everything that lets us live.

I guide visitors from abroad quite frequently. Contact me if you’re also up for fun mountain adventures!!


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Prices per person

Group of 1

JPY 98970 each

Group of 2

JPY 49485 each

Group of 3

JPY 39176 each

Group of 4

JPY 35052 each

Group of 5

JPY 32990 each

Group of 6

JPY 30928 each

Group of 7

JPY 28866 each

Group of 8

JPY 26805 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

Price details

• You’ll have to pay for your own expenses including accommodation at the hut (JPY 11000, half board), guide expenses (JPY 5000), lunch (JPY 1000 or so), toilet charge (JPY 200-300 per usage). You’ll be paying on the spot so please bring enough cash with you.


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