Every year, many people aim for the summit of Mt. Fuji.
The climbing season is only around two months. As many people visit during this time, the trails just below the summit are packed with people, and become crowded before sunrise.
Avoid the crowded days and times, and enjoy climbing Mt. Fuji in comfort.
Fuji is visited by climbers from all over the world during the opening season of the mountain from July to September. Fuji from all over the world during the opening period of the mountain from July to September, when the mountain is crowded with people, including those who climb as a matter of faith, hoping to see the sunrise at the summit. This article explains the meaning and history of climbing Mt. Fuji and the importance of "dispersing the climb to avoid congestion.
Avoid crowded days
The mountain opens in early July, and after the rainy season in late July, the number of climbers starts to increase.
Crowding tends to occur on weekends, national holidays and during O-Bon in August.
On the days on the calendar below which are marked “especially crowded”, the mountain huts overflow with people, and congestion occurs just below the summit before sunrise on the trails, and you cannot advance as you would like.
By planning to climb on weekdays which are not crowded, you can spend a pleasant time in the mountain huts, and climb the trails safely and at your own pace.
- 7/1 Sat.Yoshida Trail opens
- 7/10 Mon.Subashiri, Gotemba, Fujinomiya trails open
- 7/17 Mon.Marine Day
- 8/11 Fri.Mountain Day
- 9/10 Sun.All Trails close
Avoid crowded times
As the start of the trail is at a high altitude, and it is the shortest trail, there are many novice climbers. As it is on the south side, the sunrise can be seen from the New 7th Station and above (from around 4:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.). The descending trail is the same, so it is crowded just below the summit before and after sunrise, however it is not so crowded at other times.
This trail is long, and has few mountain huts, so it is good for experienced climbers. You can see the sunrise from anywhere on the trail. We recommend descending the great sand run under the light of the sunrise. As the route has little crowding, it is a good place from which to enjoy the sunrise.
This trail has more greenery than the others. When you come out of the forest area, you can see the sunrise from anywhere. It merges with Yoshida Trail at Original 8th Station, but is not crowded before then. We recommend viewing the sunrise from the small peak “Kofuji” (Little Mt. Fuji) near the 5th Station.
There are many mountain lodges, suitable for beginners. The number of climbers is also the largest. You can see the coming light from anywhere on the mountain trail. You can also see the coming light from the observation square at the 5th station of the Fuji Subaru Line. It is very crowded from the 8th station before sunrise.
There are good views of the sunrise from places other than the summit
Many people start climbing in darkness in the middle of the night, and aim to reach the summit at sunrise. This causes crowding and congestion between 3:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., from the 8th station and above. However, the crowded times and places are limited, so by planning to avoid such times, you can avoid crowding.
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Shizuoka Prefecture Office
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Yamanashi Prefecture Office
Fujisan World Heritage Division,
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Yamanashi Prefecture Government 1-6-1 Marunouchi,
Kofu City, Yamanashi Prefecture, 400-8501