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Climbing Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is a large volcano and an icon of Japan. It is a perfect shaped cone and rises high above its natural environment. Unfortunately, it is often covered in clouds so those seeking to take the classical picture of Fuji rising out from it surroundings will often be disappointed. Many Japanese will climb this volcano ones in their lives and every year many stick to their words. If you are into outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing Mount Fuji is a must do. The mountain can be climbed in around 5 to 7 hours depending on your level of fitness, although many people will take longer. This also depends on the crowds as some parts are narrow and you will get stuck in a slow moving queue.

The most common way to climb it is by starting at the fifth station. There is a bus from Tokyo which can take you there. The climb is challenging and some will say hard, but definitely doable and ultimately it is rewarding to reach the top. The terrain is constantly changing which makes it an interesting journey.The start is a path with moderate difficulty. After a mile it turns into volcanic dust and becomes gradually steeper until you reach the point where you have to climb and scramble your way upwards. Some bits take more effort whereas other might be steep, but easy to get up. This is also the place where the path gets clogged up with climbers as overtaking here is difficult. When you get closer to the top, a clear path of volcanic dust and rocks develops again. This is easier to climb, although this is where the altitude starts to kick in and you will need to stop a few times to catch your breath. The higher you go, the less distance you will be able to cover without stopping. The altitude is not that high that you have to expect altitude sickness, all it takes is time and energy. Ultimately, almost everyone makes it to the top. Once you are there you will have to wait for the sunrise. The difficulty is that it is difficult to determine how quick you reach the top. If you leave later, you will encounter more traffic, but if you leave early you will have to spent more time at the top. This is unfortunate as it is freezing cold (well below zero) and there is little to heat you up. The best advice is to bring some extra clothes and a pair of dry socks and t-shirt so you can replace the most sweaty clothes. When I climbed it, the temperatures in Tokyo were boiling whereas on the top of Fuji it was well below zero and there was a fair amount of wind. 

The reward comes when the sun comes out and shines it rays of light over the clouds. The clouds which take away the view during the day now provide an enormous beautiful sight, making you forget the hardship of getting up here in the first place. After seeing this amazing spectacle of nature you can also have a view at the crater which you can also encircle. Most likely there are a few patches of ice on the top. The last hard bit is the way down back to the fifth station. This is a different path mainly through loose gravel and seems to keep going on forever. Still a climb of Mount Fuji is for most people the most memorable activity in Japan. For those who would like to take it a a slower pace and do not want to climb and descent in one go, there are several mountain huts at different heights where you can sleep.

The easiest way of getting to Mount Fuji from Tokyo is driving yourself or go by bus. There are several tour companies, but to do it yourself just book a ticket for the Keio express bus. There are several departures in the evening and in the morning. This allows you to climb overnight, spent some time on the top and then take one of the buses back when you are down again. They do fill up so it is worth booking in advance. The best time to climb is in July and August. The top is then free of snow and the weather is mild. However, being a popular mountain and only having a limited time of the year to make the assent does mean it gets busy. 


Mount Fuji travel photo gallery

 
First rays of the sun rising above the clouds.

First rays of the sun rising above the clouds.

 
Cloud cover surrounding Mount Fuji.

Cloud cover.

 
Sunrise seen from the top of Mount Fuji.

Sunrise seen from the top.



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Beautiful sunrise.

Beautiful sunrise.

 
Sunrise above the clouds.

Sunrise above the clouds.

 



Mount Fuji rising above the clouds.

Above the clouds.

 
View from Mount Fuji.

View.

 
Climbers hut on top of Mount Fuji.

Climbers hut.

 
Mount Fuji crater.

Crater.

 
Ice in the crater of Mount Fuji, Japan.

Ice in the crater of Mount Fuji, Japan.

 



Torii gate on top of Mount Fuji.

Torii gate on the top.

 



The sun shining down on the clouds.

The sun shining down on the clouds.

 
Top of Mount Fuji.

Top of Mount Fuji.

 
Volcano crater.

Volcano crater.

 
View down the volcano crater.

View down the volcano crater.

 
Torii gate on top of the volcano.

Torii gate on top of the volcano.

 



Sun rising above Japan.

Sun rising above Japan.

 



White clouds.

White clouds.

 
Hole in the clouds near Mt. Fuji.

Looking down through a hole in the clouds.

 
Black rocks against a blue sky.

Black rocks against a blue sky.

 
People going down Mt. Fuji.

People going down.

 



Looking down a hole in the clouds.

Looking down a hole in the clouds.

 



View from Mount Fuji, Japan.

View from the upper part.

 
Sunshine through a torii gate on top of Mt. Fuji.

Sunshine through a torii gate.

 



Volcano crater covered partially in ice.

Volcano crater covered partially in ice.

 
Bright sun above the clouds.

Bright sun above the clouds.

 



View of Mount Fuji on the way down.

View on the way down.

 
Torii gate at the end of the path up Mt. Fuji.

Torii gate at the end of the path up.

 
Volcanic rocks against a blue sky.

Volcanic rocks against a blue sky.

 
Torii gate near the crater.

Torii gate near the crater.

 
Sunrise shining light into the crater.

Sunrise shining light into the crater.

 
Volcanic rocks.

Volcanic rocks.

 
Sun rising above the torii gate.

Sun rising above the torii gate.

 
Volcanic landscape.

Volcanic landscape.

 
Mount Fuji scenery.

Scenery.

 
Amazing view of the volcano.

Amazing view of the volcano.

 
Rocks and dust on the slope of the volcano.

Rocks and dust on the slope of the volcano.

 
Clouds surrounding the volcano.

Clouds surrounding the volcano.

 
View down the volcanic slopes of Mount Fuji.

View down the volcanic slopes.

 
Mt. Fuji: torii gate, blue skies, white clouds and dark volcanic sand.

Torii gate, blue skies, white clouds and dark volcanic sand.

 
Clouds leaning against the volcano Fuji.

Clouds leaning against the volcano.

 
The steepness of Mt. Fuji.

The steepness.

 
Moon landscape of the volcano.

Moon landscape of the volcano.

 
Black volcanic sand covering the slopes of Mt. Fuji.

Black volcanic sand covering the slopes.

 
Melting glacier.

Melting glacier.

 
Bright colors of the scenery of Mt. Fuji.

Bright colors of the scenic view.

 
Steep slope of Mount Fuji.

Steep slope.

 
Rocks and sand covering the slope.

Rocks and sand covering the slope.

   
Walking down through the clouds.

Walking down through the clouds.

 


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Last update: 20/03/2014