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.
Reach the summit of the tallest peak in Japan.
Discover an iconic natural place and admire the sunrise.
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!
We are going to stay at Taishikan-Lodge at the 8th station.
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.)
Mt. Fuji 5th Station.[Subaru line 5th station] In front of the red torii gate at 10:30 AM.
Check for gear, sign for paperwork, and eat lunch.
Other gear: Rain jacket and pants, hiking boots, head light, gloves, snacks, change of clothes, toothbrush, towel, Japanese cash.
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!!
awesome expreience - perfect weather and great guide
Chika, you must be the best guide in the world! Service-level 10+ ! Everything from transport suggestions, rentals and the whole climb was perfect! Thanks a lot! Niklas, Peter, Floris, Alex, Pär and Jon
Our trip went flawlessly. Chika is a true professional who put together a trip that my wife and I will not soon forget. The route was challenging, airy exhilirating and we wouldn\'t change a thing.
Best experience of our life and was definitely made better with Chikako guiding us. She is an expert in hiking and did everything to make sure we are ok. Communication from the start was perfect and everything well organised.
The trip was absolutely amazing and Chika was the best. After fours days of backpacking in Japan, Chika picked up my daughter and I at the hotel at Yamanakako early in the morning and brought us to Mt Fuji. During the drive, Chika shared with us her background and expereince in climbing and guiding mountains and back country ski trips throughout the Japan and the world. We actually saw a bear along the side of the road at Mt Fuji during our drive to station 5. During the ascent, it was evident, Chika\'s primary concerns were safety and a successful ascent. The climb was paced perfectly for our fitness level, and the hike around the crater at the top provided amazing views due to the perfect weather. Chika\'s great personality, knowledge of the outdoors and Japanese history kept the conversation flowing and enriched the entire experience. Anyone visiting Japan with an adventurous spirit should climb Mt Fuji, and I highly recommend using Chika as your guide. Without reservation, she is the best!
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It was fantastic! Chika is an excellent guide. Makes good decisions and is very well-prepared and also great company! Planned around my schedule and the weather as well.
My experience was outstanding, and Chikako made everything easy and fun. I shared with her that I am not an expert climber and from time to time I suffer of vertigo. Well, she managed everything perfectly, giving me many tips and letting me always feeling safe and secure. Also, the sunrise on the top of Mt. Fuji is breathtaking, you will never forget it. I am very grateful to Explore and Share and Chikako for this experience!
Group of 1
|JPY 96000 each|
Group of 2
|JPY 48000 each|
Group of 3
|JPY 38000 each|
Group of 4
|JPY 34000 each|
Group of 5
|JPY 32000 each|
Group of 6
|JPY 30000 each|
Group of 7
|JPY 28000 each|
Group of 8
|JPY 26000 each|
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- Guiding fee
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.