Climb Mt Fuji

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The official climbing season for Mt Fuji lasts for only a few months, from July to early September. The trek to the summit is extremely popular and is completed annually by around 250,000 people! Reaching the summit of this incredible mountain leaves an unbeatable feeling of achievement and the spectacular views are well worth the hike. Our hike will be timed so that we will reach the summit before the sunrise, catching the first rays of sunlight from the highest point in Japan while the rest of the country sleeps! There are several different approaches to climb Mt. Fuji. We will be taking the Yoshida trail starting at the Kawaguchiko 5th station (2305m). It is an intermediate level climb to the summit, which depending on your pace, will take 5 to 8 hours. The trail is approximately 6km long with an elevation change of around 1500m. While it is considered an intermediate level course, the Kawaguchiko trail is a suitable trail for all ages and all levels of experience. There is no actual climbing required, just hiking, but there are some steep parts where you need to use your hands. We will be taking the hike nice and easy to allow us to aclimatize to the alititude and reserve our energy.

We plan to reach the summit around 3:30am, where we can rest and get a good spot to view the sunrise. There are a few huts at the summit that serve some hot dishes and are open from around 3:30am. A good chance to enjoy breakfast on top of the world! There is also an optional hike all the way around the crater at the summit of Mt. Fuji that takes around 1hr to complete. The descent from the summit takes a slightly different trail for some of the way and is quicker than the climb up, taking around 3 to 4 hours. You will never look at Mt. Fuji the same way again after having climbed to the top. This is definitely a must do for anyone living in or visiting Japan. Hope you can join us!

The Plan

Meet in Shinjuku. All aboard the TSC Bus! Watch movies, chat with old and new friends and get excited! Stop for snacks / rest along the way
17:00 ~ 18:00:
Arrive at Mt. Fuji 5th Station (2305m). Buy extra water/snacks etc if needed. Place uneeded luggage in lockers. Warm up stretches. Get used to the altitude. Meet at the start of the trail. Group photo.
Hike to the 6th station safety guidance centre. Re-group. Get used to the altitude.
Start the Mt Fuji Climb! Take it easy to get used to the change in altitude. Stop for rests / toilet / snack breaks at stations along the way.
Arrive at the 8th station.
3:00am ~ 05:00am:
Hike to the Summit and rest at the top. Re-group to watch the sunrise. Watch the sun rise above the clouds from the highest spot in Japan!
Optional 1~1.5hr hike around the crater at the top. Breakfast at one of the huts at the summit. Send a post card from the summit (summit post office open from mid-July).
Descend from the summit back to the 5th station using the descent route
Re-group. Rest / Lunch at the 5th Station
Bus back to Shinjuku stopping once for rest/snack break on the way.


  • Round Trip Private Bus from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji, Yamanashi
  • Experienced Trip Leaders and Trail Maps
  • Oxygen Canister - 5 litres (very light and only about 25cm long) - helps with aclimatizing to the altitude.
  • Rental headlight & batteries so you can hike hands free
  • Energy Snacks and Water (500ml)
  • Accident insurance for the whole weekend
  • Chance to challenge yourself with a fun group of folks!

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