Seven Safety Rules for Climbers of Mount Fuji
Countless amateur mountaineers climb Mount Fuji every year. Just because the summit is visible from the foothills, however, does not mean that getting there is easy. Mount Fuji is Japan’s highest peak, after all, and climbers should be fully prepared both physically and mentally. Here are seven safety rules to keep in mind when climbing Mount Fuji.
Private Vehicle Traffic Restriction Dates in 2019
■ Fujinomiya Trail entrance: Sixty-three days
July 10(Wed.) 9:00 a.m. - Sept. 10(Tue.) 18:00 p.m.
■ Subashiri Trail entrance: Sixty-three days
July 10(Wed.) 12:00 a.m. - Sept. 10(Tue.) 12:00 a.m.
Always check your gear before starting an ascent. It's important to make sure that no old piece of equipment is broken. Mt. Fuji is over 3,000 meters high, and sudden changes in weather are common. Take into account the risks of an unexpected delay, and see to it that your gear is in perfect order.Q&A Gear
Four trails lead to the summit of Mt. Fuji, and each has a separate starting point and trailhead. The trails are color coded, so remember your color and be sure to follow the correct trail. Study each of the trails beforehand and choose the one best suited to your physical strength.Video Guide
Mt. Fuji and much of the foothills are part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and a Historic Site. Certain acts are prohibited, such as taking away plants, animals, lava, and rocks, pitching tents, and making fires. Please mind your manners.Q&A Etiquette
Huts on Mt. Fuji run at and above the 5th Station on each trail, as a rule only during climbing season. It's a good idea to rest at an altitude suited to your physical strength and replenish your energy to reach the summit. Check business hours beforehand and always make a reservation.Q&A Lodging
Mt. Fuji attracts the largest crowds after the rainy season, from late July through August. Weekends and the Obon holidays are especially busy, and the trails can overflow with climbers. Avoid these peaks to climb at your own pace or enjoy a quiet view of the sunrise from the summit.
Mt. Fuji is an isolated peak of over 3,000 meters with severe weather year round. Conditions at the summit differ greatly from the foothills and the 5th Station. Sudden changes in weather are also common, and temperatures at the summit can dip below freezing even in midsummer. Always check the forecast before taking off on a climb.
The four trails to the summit of Mt. Fuji each starts around the 5th Station. With parking lots at the trailheads full, the roads leading to them had become congested in past climbing seasons. The current private vehicles no-entry dates help to alleviate traffic as well as pollution from exhaust gas. If driving to a trailhead (other than Gotemba) on a no-entry date, park at a pay parking lot at the foothills and take a pay shuttle bus or taxi to the 5th Station.
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Climbers of Mt. Fuji frequently suffer from altitude sickness. This happens if you climb all night without resting at a hut in the hope to see the sunrise from the summit, or if you plan a day trip and climb to high altitudes in one stretch. Lack of sleep can cause fatigue and even injury. For your own safety-and to enjoy climbing Mt. Fuji-plan a loose schedule including a stop at a hut. Make an honest assessment of your physical strength, be prepared for delays, and set a reasonable plan.Q&A Mental preparedness
The Subashiri and Yoshida Trails use the same descent path between the summit and the eighth station. Many people miss the split at the eighth station and follow the wrong path. For the Subashiri Trail, turn right at the Shita Edoya hut; for the Yoshida Trail, keep to the left on the narrow path instead.