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Mount Fuji, Japan

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Snow-capped Mount Fuji is certainly the most iconic symbol of Japan. Mount Fuji (known as Fuji-San in Japanese; 'san' is not an honorific term in this sense, but rather denotes a mountain), at 3776 m, is also Japan's highest peak. Historically, Mount Fuji was actually created in three separate eruptions. The most recent eruption, in 1707, covered Tokyo in ash. The official climbing season is 1 July 1 to 31 August, though the mountain may also be hiked just before or just after these dates, offering some respite from the heavy crowds. It takes about 5 or 6 hours to reach the top, and then around 3 hours to descend. Allow yourself an additional one hour to circumnavigate the crater once you've reached the top.

Mount Fuji Japan

There are many huts along the route, including at the summit, offering places to rest, nap, eat, drink and warm up. Food is pricey, though, so bring your own refreshments if you want to save money. The hut toilets are available to use by paying customers. Most hikers wish to see dawn (around 4:30 am during the hiking season) from the summit of Mount Fuji. If you wish to do so, make sure to bring a headlight or flashlight. The temperature can change very drastically from bottom to summit, so make sure to bring adequate clothing to prevent hypothermia.

To reach Mount Fuji from Tokyo, you can rent a car (in August, leave your car in the parking lot at the base of Mount Fuji and take a shuttle), or take a bus from Shinjuku Kosoku bus terminal (2.5 hours, six departures daily in July and August). If you are traveling in a large group, it may be more economical and faster to take a taxi. Mount Fuji lies fairly close to Tokyo, a distance of 100km, and may actually be spotted from Tokyo on clear days, during the autumn, winter, or spring.

Mount Fuji Japan

There are a variety of routes to ascent Mount Fuji. Most hikers start climbing Mount Fuji from Kawaguchi-ko-guchi Fifth Station. Coming down, many people opt for the sand run, a trail that descends through volcanic rock to Gotemba New Fifth Station. It's fun and quick - just let yourself go with gravity! Alternatively, you can take the Subashiri New Fifth Station route to descend.

At the base of Mount Fuji, there are a series of five beautiful lakes, the Fuji Go-Ko, to contemplate. Also, be sure to try relaxing in one of the hot springs in the towns at the base of Mount Fuji, where you can soak away your hiking aches in indoor or outdoor pools.


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