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Climbing Mount Fuji Safely

  • When to Climb?
    The best time to climb Mount Fuji is during the open climbing season from July to August, when the lodges are open. You can enjoy a worry-free climbing trip during this season because you can ask for help or rest at a lodge in case you feel sick or are injured. Climbing Mount Fuji in any other season is dangerous because no places of refuge will be available.
    Plan and prepare your climbing trip well in advance and keep your schedule flexible so that you can rest.

  • What to Wear?
    Cap,Gloves,Warm clothing,Hard-soled shoes
    Cap The sunshine is a powerful adversary!
    Ultraviolet radiation is very strong because there are no trees along the trails. Wear a cap and take precautions to keep it from being blown off by the wind.
    Gloves Gloves are essential apparel for climbing!
    Wear suitable types of gloves to protect yourself from jagged rocks and cold weather.
    Warm clothing Mountain weather is very changeable!
    The temperature may drop below zero degrees Celsius at dawn, even in midsummer. Regulate your body temperature by wearing layered clothing that you can put on and take off easily.
    Hard-soled shoes Prepare appropriate foot-wear for climbing!
    Most of the trails are rocky and sandy and can easily hurt your feet. High-cut, waterproof mountaineering boots or trekking shoes are perfect for climbing.

  • Essential Items
    Water 500 to 1000ml of drinking water to prevent dehydration
    Food Enough food for one or two meals
    Small change Around five one-hundred-yen coins for restroom tips
    Garbage bags One to three garbage bags(which can also be useful in case of rain)
    Raincoat A rain suit(pants and jacket)is better than a raincoat. It also protects you against cold weather.
    Medicine Medicine you might need in case of sickness or injury

  • Optional Items
    Towel , Sunglasses , Pocket warmer , Flashlight , Mask , Water-soluble tissue paper(toilet-paper)


  • Beware of Falling Rocks and Thunderbolt.


  • Watch out for altitude sickness.
    Watch out for altitude sickness. On arriving at Shin-Gogome(the new 5th-point),take some time to get used to the altitude before you start climbing. Do not overexert yourself and go down to a lower elevation if you develop symptoms of altitude sickness(headache, nausea, etc.).

  • Certain activities are prohibited in special preserve.
    The area above fifth station of Mt. Fuji is designated as a special protection area.
    The followings are prohibited by law:

    • Collecting or damaging plants.
    • Capturing, wounding or killing animals.
    • Collecting soil samples or stones.
    • Making bonfires.
    • Setting up structures or equipment without authorization (including tents etc.)
      Such acts are punishable by law.

  • Restriction on Private Cars
    Restriction on Private CarsPrivate cars are prohibited on the “Fujisan Skyline” and “Fuji Subaru line” in the middle of July and August.

  • Restriction of Off-road Vehicles
    The upper half of Mount Fuji is designated as a special area under the Natural Parks Law and vehicles are prohibited from entering there.

  • Using Mount Fuji’s Restroom
    Restroom Manners# Use the restroom facilities before you set out on your climb.
    #Proper usage varies according to the type of restroom. Follow the instructions of the lodge staff or the notices posted in the restroom.
    #Do not throw in garbage into the toilet.
    #Use only toilet paper or water-soluble tissue paper.
    #Many restroom on Mount Fuji use a tipping or user fee system.
    The usual tip is around 200yen. Be sure to leave a tip to help maintain the restrooms.