How to prepare yourself for climbing Mount Fuji!

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“Fujisan” or “Mount Fuji” has become a symbol of Japan. Did you know that it is the highest mountain in Japan and soars to 3,776 meters above sea level? Just by looking at Fujisan with your own eyes, you will be amazed by the grandness of nature. Wouldn’t it be great to climb to the top of Fujisan?

Fujisan has many distinct features:

  • It is unique in that it has a symmetrical shape. If you folded Fujisan in the middle, both sides would be equal.

  • It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 22 June 2013.

  • It is located across two different provinces - Yamanashi and Shizuoka.

  • In the past, Fujisan was a sacred place of pilgrimage for males only and females were not allowed to climb the mountain.

  • If you register to climb Fujisan and make it to the top, you can receive a certificate from Yamanashi Province as a souvenir. It’s best to apply before climbing and you can also select the language you want written on the certificate. It takes about two days to receive the certificate and there is no expense, although you do have to pay the postage fee.

For more information, please read > (English Version)

For those who want to climb Fujisan, the first thing to know is that you cannot climb it throughout the year. During the cold months, the summit of Fujisan is a lot colder than below and the air is very light, which can be harmful for climbers. Because of this, the period for climbing Fujisan is restricted to the summer season, which extends from early July to the end of August each year. The most crowded period is during Obon (in the middle of August).

Preparing to climb Fujisan:

1. Choose the date you want to climb, physically prepare yourself, and get enough rest.

2. Check the weather ahead of time. Select a day with nice weather and no rain.

3. As the weather at the top of the mountain can change rapidly, always prepare additional equipment, such as an oxygen can. It is better to have it with you, just in case you cannot tolerate the air pressure.

4. There are 10 levels along the slopes of Fujisan. Climb slowly to each level so that the body can adjust to the changing air pressure.

5. Carry drinking water to sip while taking regular breaks.

6. Carry a jacket or windbreaker because as you go up to the higher levels, the temperature will become much colder.

7. Technically, you should start by walking for 30 minutes, followed by a 5-minute break. If your body becomes accustomed to walking, you can adjust this to 50 minutes of walking, followed by a break of 10-15 minutes. Do not forget to sip some water during your breaks!

8.Accommodation at the top of Fujisan should be booked ahead of time. It is only open between July and August. Credit cards are not accepted, only cash. You can make a booking at this website > >

9. Do not walk off the main trail.

Things to take with you:

  • Backpack

  • Hiking shoes

  • Ankle gaiters

  • Gloves

  • Hiking poles

  • Windbreaker/Raincoat/Jacket/Spare clothes in case of rain (The average temperature at the top is about 5 degrees Celsius, which will fall at night)

  • Long Johns

  • Sun hat

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses

  • Headlight for night or morning walks

  • Tissue paper

  • Flashlight

  • Drinking water

  • Snacks

  • Plaster/Disinfectant spray/Adhesive tape

  • Oxygen can

  • Personal belongings as necessary

In case of an accident or an act of God happening while hiking and you need to discontinue the walk, make a notification at number 110 or 119.

Apart from having adventurous fun climbing Mount Fuji, it is also a time to spend memorable moments with your fellow travelers. If you climb Mount Fuji together, you will become good friends when coming back down. May it be an impressive trip for all.

Written by  JapanKookKook

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