Climbing Mt. Fuji is difficult; this tallest mountain in japan has constantly-changing weather, a short climbing season, and decreased oxygen levels at the higher altitudes. However, there are several paths to the summit of Fuji-san, such as Yoshida trail and Fujinomiya trail, and making the right choice has an incredible impact on the level of difficulty.
Fujinomiya trail, the second most popular route on Mt. Fuji, has the highest starting point at 7,872 feet/2,400 meters (Fujinomiya 5th Station). This makes Fujinomiya the shortest trek to the top of the mountain, with a typical trip taking approximately five hours to ascend, and half as long to descend.
As a result of the relatively short amount of time required to reach the summit of Mt. Fuji, it is recommended to start in the late afternoon, rest in one of the huts shortly after sunset, and then begin climbing in the middle of the night to see the sunrise. Sunrise in summer occurs between 4:30 and 5:00 am.
In addition to the relative shortness of the path (approximately 2.3 miles/3.7 km), this trail is also the steepest. Also worth noting, is the ascending and descending paths are not separated. This is the only route up Mt. Fuji that has no seperation. This contributes to the congestion and crowded state for much of the season.
There are plenty of mountain huts on the way to the top; at every station there is a hut. These supply food, water, shelter, and restrooms. Although rocky and steep, this trail, along with Yoshida trail are both among the safest as a result of the popularity and heavy presence of huts along the routes, as well as a first-aid station at the 8th station.
An additional bonus from trekking up this route is that there is a great view of Suruga bay, as Fujinomiya is on the southern-most portion of the mountain.
Fujinomiya 5th Station
Located higher than any other starting station for climbing Mt. Fuji, Fujinomiya 5th station offers the shortest hike out of all Mt. Fuji routes. This station actually has the most parking, which is a little inconsequential because it is only available to the public during the off-season. The station also has a shop, information office, as well as public restrooms.
Access to Fujinomiya Trail
Access to Fujinomiya 5th station is available only through buses and shuttles from nearby parking lots and train stations, as the road to the Fujinomiya 5th station is closed to public traffic during the climbing season.
This road, named Fujisan Skyline, is a beautiful winding 8 mile long road that snakes its way up to the 5th station. It is only open to the public between spring and the summer climbing season, and from the end of the climbing season until winter.
The best time for climbing Mt. Fuji using the Fujinomiya trail is early in the climbing season, as summer holidays in addition to summer vacation for students drastically increases the traffic on this route.
Buses to Fujinomiya 5th Station
There is a direct express bus that departs from Shizuoka, as well as a system of Tozan buses traveling between the Fujinomiya 5th station, Fuji, and Shin-Fuji. There is also a bus available from Mishima that goes directly to the 5th station.
Additionally, there are buses available from Osaka and Tokyo that offer services to and from these major hubs.
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Climbing Mt. Fuji Using Fujinomiya Trail
Although the Yoshida trail is regarded as the easiest route, if time is a factor or you’re trying to avoid major crowds, using the Fujinomiya trail to summit Mt. Fuji is probably the best option.With the amount of mountain huts, and safety of the trail, it is also a good option for those who wish to have a more relaxing journey to the top. However, because of the steepness of the trail, it is still no walk in the park.
Climbing Mt. Fuji is a wonderful experience, and anyone going to Japan should definitely not pass up this great opportunity.