What to do at Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is the symbol of Japan. It is possible to climb it but only for a few months of the year.

The best time to see Mount Fuji is winter, especially in December and January. Here is an article with the chances of seeing it in each month of the year.

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Climbing Mount Fuji

At 3,776 metres high, Mount Fuji is the highest and most important mountain in Japan. Its imposing presence is a symbol of the beauty and grandeur of the Japanese landscape. Although it may seem more fascinating from afar than up close, climbing this mountain on a clear day and at dawn, surrounded by hundreds of hikers from all over the world, is a truly rewarding experience.

The official season for climbing Mount Fuji runs from 1 July to 10 September. During this time, support facilities, such as huts and toilets, are open and the route is guarded. However, it is important to note that outside these dates, climbing the mountain is at your own risk.

There are four main paths leading to the summit of Mount Fuji, each starting from different stations along the way. These trails have been developed to make the hike more accessible to visitors. They are well marked and offer different perspectives of the surrounding landscape during the ascent.

If you decide to climb Mount Fuji, remember to be adequately prepared. Bring suitable clothing, sufficient water and food, as well as a map of the route. Be sure to check the weather conditions before setting off and always follow the instructions of the rangers along the route.

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Fujinomiya (fifth station)

Of the various stops to climb Mount Fuji, the fifth station at Fujinomiya stands out as the most popular and fascinating. Located along the Fujinomiya road leading to the summit, this station offers easy access to the mountain and a number of opportunities to immerse oneself in Japanese culture and landscape.

The fifth station at Fujinomiya is a must-see for visitors eager to tackle the ascent of Mount Fuji. Here you can enjoy traditional culinary delicacies at local restaurants and buy unique souvenirs at specialised shops. Take a break from the strenuous climb and enjoy an authentic meal or take home souvenirs that recall the beauty of this iconic mountain.

It is important to note that during the peak of the climbing season (12 July – 1 September), Fujinomiya Fifth Station is closed to private traffic. During this period, visitors can rely on shuttle buses to get around. In addition, the road is also closed during the winter, from the end of November to the end of April. Therefore, it is essential to plan your trip carefully to avoid inconveniences.

Subaru Line (fifth station)

Kawaguchiko Fifth Station is one of the most popular and accessible stops for hikers intending to climb Mount Fuji. Located halfway along the Yoshida Trail, this station offers a convenient and easily accessible starting point for public transport in Tokyo.

Although it is mainly visited during the climbing season in July and August, Kawaguchiko 5th Station is open almost all year round, weather permitting. It is a place that offers the opportunity to immerse oneself in the majesty of Mount Fuji and enjoy spectacular views all year round.

To reach the station, you can take the Subaru Line, a spectacular toll road from the picturesque village of Kawaguchiko to the slopes of Mount Fuji. The toll cost for this scenic experience is only 2060 Yen. However, it is important to bear in mind that during the peak of the climbing season (12-15 July, 02-26 August), the station is closed to private traffic. During this period, shuttle buses are available to facilitate travel.

Gotemba (fifth station)

The fifth station in Gotemba is one of four stations on Mount Fuji and is characterised by a quieter atmosphere and less development than the others. It comprises only a small shop, a bus stop, toilets and parking facilities.

Located only 1400 metres above sea level, Gotemba 5th Station is the lowest station and marks the start of the Gotemba Trail, which is also the longest route to climb Mount Fuji. The ascent to the summit takes about seven to ten hours and the trail winds its way through an exposed route that offers few shelters, especially around Stations 7 and 8.

Despite its simplicity and lack of developed facilities, the fifth Gotemba station still offers hikers the opportunity to take on the challenge of climbing Mount Fuji. It is a slightly less frequented stage, which means you can enjoy some peace and quiet and a more intimate experience as you soak in the beauty of this majestic mountain.

Subashiri (fifth station)

The Fifth Subashiri Station is located on the eastern slope of Mount Fuji and is easily accessible by bus during the climbing season, which runs from July to the end of September. During weekends and public holidays, buses are available from May to October.

Compared to the more developed Kawaguchiko Station, the fifth Subashiri Station has a less imposing presence. You will only find a car park, toilets and two small shops and restaurants. Lockers are not available at this station.

To reach the fifth Subashiri station, you will have to take a winding road through the fascinating forests of Mount Fuji. It is important to note that this road is closed to private traffic during the busiest period, which runs from 12 July to 1 September on weekends and public holidays, and daily from 2 to 25 August. During these periods, shuttle buses operate to facilitate travel.

Fujiten Ski Resort

The Fujiten ski resort is a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. Located at the foot of Mount Fuji, it offers a wide range of ski slopes suitable for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced. Skiers can enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Fuji as they hurtle down the slopes.

The ski resort also has facilities such as restaurants, equipment rentals and ski schools for a complete experience. Fujiten is the ideal place to spend a fun and exciting day in the snow.

Practical information

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Official website 
Open from the beginning of December to the beginning of April
Daily 8:30am-5pm: 4000 Yen
Equipment hire
Skiing: 4500 Yen
Snowboard: 4000 Yen
Clothing: 4000 Yen
20 minutes by car from Kawaguchiko Station (approx. 4500 Yen by taxi)

Snow Town Yeti ski resort

Fujiyama Snow Resort Yeti is a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Located at the foot of Mount Fuji, the resort offers over 20 ski and snowboard slopes suitable for all skill levels. Skiers can enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Fuji as they ski down the slopes.

The ski resort also has facilities such as equipment rentals, restaurants and ski schools. Fujiyama Snow Resort Yeti is the ideal place to spend an unforgettable day in the snow, surrounded by the natural beauty of Japan.

Practical information

View location on Google Maps
Official website 
Open from mid-October to early April
Daily 8am-10pm: 3500 Yen (4000 Yen on weekends and holidays)
Nightly 16:00-22:00: 2500 Yen

Entry: 1300 Yen

Equipment hire
Skiing outfit: 4700 Yen
Snowboarding outfit: 4700 Yen
Clothing: 3200 Yen

Some buses from Mishima, Gotemba and Fuji Station
By car 22 km west of the Gotemba interchange