Basics about climbing Mt. Fuji
Mt. Fuji can be climbed only for two months from July 10 to September 10 while it is open to climbers. During this period, more than 200,000 people from across Japan come to Mount Fuji and start out on their climb toward the peak. While this period is optimal for safe climbing by beginners, never underestimate the dangers of climbing Mt. Fuji since, after all, it is the highest mountain in Japan. Always check the weather report; if rain or thunder is predicted, it is the best to cancel your plans to climb/descend the mountain. The elevation of the area around the peak of Mount Fuji is 3,776 meters; the difference in elevation between this point and the climbing entrance at Gogome (the fifth stage) is between 1,000 to 2,000 meters and the difference in temperature between these points is about 10 degrees Celsius. The lowest temperature at the peak and its vicinity is below freezing even in summer. Make sure to take measures against cold temperatures as climbers may suffer hypothermia while waiting for the sun to rise because temperatures before the sunrise are considerably low. Climbers must also be cautious and protect themselves against altitude sickness.
Extensive services for foreigners
An increasing number of foreigners are taking up the challenge of climbing Mt. Fuji. This section describes the services available for foreigners who are climbing Mount Fuji. We hope that this information will assist you in climbing safely based on a reasonable plan. Mt. Fuji Trail Station: This facility is a community space located at Fuji Gotenba Shin-gogome. During the climbing season, foreigners can obtain a free ticket for three-day use of Wi-Fi spots by showing their passport at the information booth. This ticket is given to a maximum of 3,000 foreigners on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition, climber and visitor certificates for Mt. Fuji climbers are issued for free, and discount services for hot springs and facilities in Gotenba City are available as well.
Fujisan Tourism & Communication Bureau
This bureau is designated by the Japan National Tourist Organization (JNTO) as a member of JNTO’s Visit Japan Information Network. The organization’s website offers detailed information on Mt. Fuji in English, Chinese and Korean based on on-site experiences.