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Mount Fuji 1-day Off-Season Climb, Private Guiding

Mt Fuji
Mount Fuji 1-day Off-Season Climb, Private Guiding
Mount Fuji 1-day Off-Season Climb, Private Guiding
Mount Fuji 1-day Off-Season Climb, Private Guiding
Mount Fuji 1-day Off-Season Climb, Private Guiding

Climb the iconic Mount Fuji (3766m), the highest peak in Japan, on this 1-day guided ascent led by JMGA-certified local guide Chikako.


1 Day

Jun, Sep, Oct




  • Climb Mount Fuji, a sacred mountain and the most iconic symbol of Japan.
  • Experience a relaxed and peaceful ascent, away from the summer crowds.
  • Enjoy beatufiul views along the way and from the top.


Mount Fuji (3776m), the highest mountain in Japan, is a sacred mountain and one of the most iconic symbols of this fascinating country. I’d like to invite you to join me for a 1-day off-season climb, to enjoy all the natural beauty and peace Mount Fuji offers at this time of the year.

The ascent of Mount Fuji is a very popular trek during summer, so we would avoid the crowds. Climbing Mount Fuji during the off-season offers a more relaxed and peaceful approach, with fewer people on the trails. Furthermore, this is a privately guided tour, so you will have my undivided attention. 

This tour is available from early June till June 27th, and from September 10th till the middle of October. Please note that in June, I can take up to 2 people on this tour, depending on how much snow is left on the trails. In September and October, the guide ratio is up to 4 people.

I will pick you up from your hotel around 5:00 am and we will begin to climb in the early morning, around 6:00 am. Once we reach the summit, we will be rewarded with amazing views. We will be back around 5:00 pm. Keep in mind that you need an advanced fitness level to join this tour.

If you would like to come with me on this 1-day climb to this symbolic mountain in Japan, just send me a request and we will start planning your Mount Fuji ascent. Or, if you prefer to come in the summer, you can also check out my Mount Fuji 2-day climbing tour.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Mountain guide expenses

Price details


- Lunch: we will stop to buy lunch at a convenience store after picking you up early in the morning.

NOTE: *more additional fees could be added for climbing gear rental if you need them (It might be necessary in late May to early June).

* ice ax (JPY 500 )

* helmet (JPY 1,000 )

* trekking poles (JPY 500),

* avalanche gears (JPY 1,500),

* harness (JPY 500)

!! Please bring enough cash with you


Day 1: About 1,370m Vertical hike up

4:30-5:00 AM We meet at the hotel (Kawaguchiko area or Fujiyoshida city), check gear, sign the paperwork and drive to 5th station.

6:30AM We start hiking from 5th station.

9:30AM We get to 8th station.

13:00 PM We reach Summit.

17:00-18:00PM We go back to the 5th station.



More info

You might need to have crampons and trekking poles (500 JYP) or Ice axe depending on snow conditions. Transportation to the start of the trip can be arranged, but you need to be in the Mt. Fuji area.

Equipment you will need to bring



Watter bottle

Other gear: Rain jacket and pants, hiking boots, headlight, warm gloves, snacks, sunscreen,

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the price I need to pay here? What are the extra costs I'll have to cover?

What experience do I need to have to climb Mt Fuji off-season? How fit do I need to be?

I'm alone, can I join a group?

At what time do we start? When will we be back? What's the program of the day?

What equipment should I need to take with me? How do I rent it if I don't have it?

Where should I stay the day before? In which area?

About the guide

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!!


Japanese | English



What people are saying about this trip

Ayu Dwi


June, 2023

Chika provides exceptional service all the way and very communicative. We enjoyed her company too.

Guillaume Ballot


June, 2023

Hello E-S team Wonderfull service provided for this perfect day to summit fujisan off season. Thank you for having me linked to Chikako, an great guide! I will surely check your offers next time I travel. And obviously I have already shared your name to many adventurious friends. Coming back to Chikako, I have not enough words to thank her for her enthousiasme, seriousness, kindness and experience sharing. This day will stay in my memory for ever. Regards. Guillaume

Cristal McClure


May, 2023

Chika made this experience incredible from start to finish. She was quick to answer all of our questions leading up to the trip, and she checked in with us 3 weeks out from the trip, 1 week out, and a few days out to ensure we were ready. On the day, she was on time and prepared. She kept track of our time on the hike up, making sure that we were on schedule to reach the summit, but made sure to build in time to take frequent breaks. She set a slow but steady pace, and due to that we were able to reach the summit without being too tired. She is incredibly experienced and knows the mountain very well and was able to adjust based on conditions, weather, season, etc. Chika is also one of the best English speakers that I encountered on my entire trip to Japan. It was great to have a private guide, and I can't recommend Chika (and explore-share) highly enough.

Mattias Gunnarsson


May, 2023

Very enjoyable one day climb of Mount Fuji in mid May together with guide Chikako. She was very organized and provided information about the program, packing list, hotel options, equipment rental availability, etc. well in advance of the climb which made it very straightforward. Also super nice and pleasant to deal with and speaks excellent English. Altogether a fantastic experience.

Corbin Reinhart


May, 2023

Chikako was an amazing guide I would highly recommend her! She is extremely knowledgeable. She went above and beyond for me after the climb driving me an hour out of her way to make my life easier which I truly appreciate… Again I highly recommend her! Thank you for the awesome experience & everything you did for me Chikako !

Javier felip leon


November, 2022

Short story: Chika is awesome, hire her. Long version: We are very satisfied with the experience. Chika made sure we had the proper gear and kept us informed on what to expect and what to bring weeks in advance. One or two days before our reservation, the weather was uncertain and she offered us the flexibility to wait until the last second to decide whether to cancel, change the date (we could not change for another date) or go ahead with the activity. On the morning of the activity, the forecast was dangerously windy (70-80 Km/h) but she is very knowledgeable of the mountain and its weather and made the call to change the climbing route. Since the wind was expected to be mostly NE, she hoped the Yoshida route would be less windy since the mountain offered some cover. She was right, we enjoyed a fantastic climb. Moreover she picked us up in our hotel in the fuji area and dropped us off at the train station, and even helped us with the train tickets! couldn't ask for more! Thanks Chika!

Mauricio Matsumoto


October, 2022

Awesome climbing with Chikako-san, weather was perfect and she was really good, being able to provide us an excellent experience!

Simon GarciaVega


July, 2022

Great tips and pace

Tanner Woods


June, 2022

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Christian Krückemeier


May, 2022

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Jake Everitt


June, 2021

Chika was the best!



November, 2019

Cheka, made Mt Fuji for me. Cheka, ensured I had all the right gear, checked weather forecaste to select the best climbing day and provided a cultural experience. All the time ensuring I was ok. Definitely the best day of my Japan experience. Thanks Hamish

James Huang


October, 2019

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Zubin Ibrahim


October, 2019

The whole trip was well planned in advanced, about 2 months that I started communicating with Chika. There were rapid responses to questions, even before a confirmation/payment was made. As the dates grew closer, good advice on gear and other practical issues were passed. Typhoon Hagibis had just left significant damage, and the weather was quite unpredictable. It was clear that is was safest to delay the climb, and I was lucky the extra day that I had came with excellent weather. Chika was excellent in communicating the reasons for the delay, as safety was paramount. I had done an earlier trip during the usual summer season a few years back, but with light snow up top, this was one of my best treks/climbs so far.



October, 2019

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