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We Asked a Mount Fuji Guide What To Know About Climbing Mount Fuji

Are you ready for an incredible adventure up Mount Fuji? If you’ve ever dreamt of conquering this majestic peak, you’re in for a treat. But before you embark on your journey, it’s crucial to understand things like the weather and what to pack.

That’s why we sat down with Mr. Yasuhiko Ota, an expert in all things Mount Fuji. As the representative director of the Mount Fuji Trail Club, he’s a wealth of knowledge when it comes to climbing this iconic mountain.

With over 500 successful ascents under his belt, Mr. Ota is not only an experienced climber but also the go-to person for guided tours around Mount Fuji and the Fuji Five Lakes region.

So, let’s delve into our interview with Mr. Ota and discover what you need to know about climbing Mount Fuji.

main image: (c) MFTC

When to Hike Mt. Fuji


The Mt. Fuji climbing season is usually limited from July 1 to September 10. During any other season, it tends to be snowy and dangerous.

Is there a particularly recommended time to climb within the climbing season?

“There are a couple of periods that are not as crowded when you can enjoy climbing more leisurely: from the day Mt. Fuji opens to climbing until Marine Day holiday (around July 23), and from the end of August (when the Bon holidays are over) to the closing of the mountain (September 10). And on weekdays, there are about 60% fewer climbers than on holidays.”

When climbing Mt. Fuji, you may want to aim for a time when it will be a bit less crowded.

Climbing Mt. Fuji (July 1-Sep 10): What You Need To Know First (Access/Dates/Congestion Calendar)

Best days to see the starry night sky

(C) Yamanashi Prefecture, Fujiyoshida City

Many people climb Mt. Fuji to watch the sunrise from the top of the summit. The morning sun rising from a sea of clouds is a magnificent and mysterious scene, a special view that you are unlikely to see anywhere else.

Another thing we recommend is watching the starry night sky from the top of Mt. Fuji.

“Because you are out in nature with no lights, you can see a beautiful, unobstructed view of the clear, starry sky. It is even more spectacular during the New Moon when even the moon’s light is dimmed. If you can, try to schedule your climb during a meteor shower. If you’re lucky, you can watch tons of shooting stars flying by at the same time.”

“If there are too many people using cars to get to the summit for the sunrise, it may be difficult to see the stars because of the headlights. It is a good idea to carefully plan ahead of time and place where you can best enjoy the show. However, it can be quite cold, so don’t forget to dress appropria…

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