There is still plenty of genuine thrills going up Mt. Fuji through the Fujinomiya route despite its proximity to the peak
Fujinomiya 5th Station is on the south side of the Mt. Fuji and is the gateway to the Fujinomiya route from Shizuoka Prefecture. Fujinomiya has been designated as a World Heritage site along with Mt. Fuji and in recent years as an effect from its designation, the number of foreign tourists has also increased. There are 4 routes to climb Mt. Fuji: Subashiri, Yoshida, Gotemba and Fujinomiya. Each has its own characteristics, but among the four, Fujinomiya is the closest to the peak and is a time-honored route for climbing the mountain. While the path is the shortest one to the peak, there are steep crags which continue on from the 6th Station. Furthermore, it is a route with a lot of real thrills as you navigate the “Horse’s Back” for 30 minutes to Kengamine Peak, the highest point on Mt. Fuji. Since Ascending Trail and Descending Trail are the same, it is necessary to enjoy your climb up while making way for those coming down.
Fujinomiya 5th Station, the highest of the 4 5th Stations
You can opt from 4 routes when climbing Mt. Fuji, but among the 5th Stations, there is one station that is accessible by car. Fujinomiya 5th Station is the highest in altitude among the 4 5th Stations at 2380 meters and can be reached by car. Even for people who don’t like climbing, it’s recommended for those who want to get as close to the peak as possible. However, please note that the raikou cannot be seen from Fujinomiya 5th Station. The raikou refers to the sunrise that can be viewed from the top of Mt. Fuji and it is one of the objectives for many climbers. It can be seen from the peak, but for people who don’t want to head to the peak or are afraid to go there, they can see the raikou from the mountain side via the Yoshida and Subashiri trails. Considering other routes would be wise. There is also a rest house at 5th Station so you can thoroughly enjoy the beautiful scenery.