Join Yukio, a JMGA certified guide, on this 3-day ascent to the summit of Japan's most sacred mountain. A truly once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Jul, Aug, Sep
is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2013, but Mt Fuji is not just about the climb to the summit but a package with the beautiful nature and view around it. I would like to offer a trip which combines the Japanese tradition in the vicinity of Fuji, beauty of natural spring water from the area and the climb of Mt Fuji itself. The spring water around Mt Fuji is used to brew Japanese Sake and for the making of Japanese traditional food such as Soba. In Oshino, there is a lake filled with this spring water, which is transparent all the way to the bed of the lake, and you can also witness the outflow of spring water from the bed of the lake.
My speciality is also to take photographs of beautiful landscapes and stars. I am keen to guide clients and also to give tips on how to take great landscape photos.
Fitness Level: You must have good general fitness and it would be recommended if you work on regular cardiovascular exercises.
Day 1: Meet at Kawaguchiko station (or Yamanakako Station or Hakone Station, wherever is the most convenient for you) in the morning. We enjoy the relaxing cultural tour by visiting the traditional Soba making factory and sources of Mt Fuji spring water. This day will serve as an acclimatisation day, as we spend our time at an altitude of around 1,000m.
Day 2: We start the hike up Mt Fuji and will stay at one of the higher mountain huts for the night.
Day 3: We start early and summit Mt Fuji, followed by a descent all the way down to the car park. I will drop you off at a station of your convenience.
I can also arrange your accommodations. The accommodations are usually priced at around JPY 15,000 per person.
1 person – JPY 100,000 per person
2 people – JPY 60,000 per person
3 people – JPY 47,000 per person
4 people – JPY 40,000 per person
5 people – JPY 36,000 per person
6 people – JPY 34,000 per person
Included in Price:-
Guide Fee, Route Fee
Excluded from Price:-
Gear rental, Guide / Guest Hut cost (JPY 9,000 or so per person), other hotel cost
- Guiding fee
First night at a hotel (I can arrange for you); Second night at a mountain hut on Mt Fuji.
Best Period: July - end of Sep (For those experienced with crampons, the season can start from May)
Most mountain huts shut from mid September onwards, except for Sato hut. However, it is better if we can stay overnight at a hut higher than Sato hut to make the summit day easier. Thus, I recommend for you to schedule your climb before most of the huts close in mid September.
If you need to rent gears, check out http://www.yamarent.com/en/item.html?language=en for online gear rental. You’ll be eligible for a discount of 10% with the Explore&Share promotion code, ES3776, if you rent more than JPY 5,000.
I have enjoyed climbing mountains since I was a high school boy. Since then, I've also lived and worked in the Netherlands for 10 years and in the US for 7 years, where I have enjoyed climbing in the alps and in the Yosemite, and ski mountaineering in the alps.
After my return to Japan, I rediscovered the beauty of Japan's nature and its mountains. I would be very happy to share this with you, not only through climbing, but together with good local sake and food, and some photography under the stars.
I guide through the season, and my favourite mountains are my local mountains that are in Tanzawa area as well as Hakkoda in Aomori, in the North. My passion also includes photography. I will be able to give you lots of tips on mountain photography even if only have smartphone or compact digital cameras.
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We made contact with Yukio through the Explore-Share website. We corresponded by email about our requirements, Yukio proposed a couple of alternative routes and we settled on a route that gave a day’s hiking with some fantastic views and an interesting stop over at the Owakudani volcano. Yukio was friendly, professional and proactive. A very rewarding day - the family regarded our hike with Yukio as definitely one of the highlights of our two week tour.
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