Guide and information of Japan travel, with Mt.Fuji (Fujisan) trekking trail from Yoshida, Gotemba, Subashiri and Fujinomiya.
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CLIMBING MT.FUJI
Yes, The World Heritage. Mt.Fuji (or Fuji-san) is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776m peak and located approximately 100 kms south-west of Tokyo. The symbol of Japan and the spirit of Japan as Mr.Abe describes. The official climbing season is July and August, only 2 months which is the season all huts are opened and mountain climibing buses also run. Map 1. Map 2. Lazy to climb but would like to capture the great view? And perhaps drive Toyota there? Then, please surf on Hakone Fuji Tour. Mt.Fuji photo, picture
FAQ : Can I climb and come back within one day from Tokyo? Is it possible to do the summit if I departed early in the morning (hotel/ryokan based in Tokyo)? Yes, you can. Detailed answer is at the bottom of this page.
There are officially four routes for climbing Mt Fuji, making it possible to all range of people at any age. The record is said to be 101 years old (or some says 105 years old or even 108 years old). Interested in naming on the Guiness Book? In fact, more than 300,000 people attempting the climb every year.
Seems easy task, but there are matters which require attention, please. Without noticing the risk of death, mountain sickness is something which affects some people due to the high altitude even at 3,000m range above sea level, in which case it is strongly advised to descend immediately. Indeed, July and August is summer in cities and towns at the bottom of Mt.Fuji, but even this time (even day time) is normally less than 5 degrees Centigrade at the summit, plus strong gust, therefore appropriate and adequate protection against the cold and the wind (as well as rain and fog) is necessary. On certain other days, the day time temperatures can also get very hot, so enough drinking water is must. You know mountain is bit different from beach, therefore, bad weather, strong winds and lightning can be very dangerous, not to mention falling rocks, sunburn, cold, heart failure and other accidents which have led to fatal circumstances.
Type of accommodation on the routes are sort of huts which normally charge about 7000 yen. Usually one person occupy one tatami which is about 1.6 square meters! approximately 90cm x 180cm. Closer to the summit, the scenery can be somewhat heaven (if you remember the one between your previous life and this time) when the weather is fine, when your body condition is fine.
Shops on the summit open from about 3.30 a.m. in July and August but may close during the last few days of the season. Sunrise is generally between 4.30 and 5.00 a.m., when many shout the Japanese phrase "Banzai" which is originated in Chinese "Wansui" meaning 10,000 years! a word of celebration and hope for longevity (and thank what led you to be your own self).
Officially 4 Routes (with color of Red, Pink, Green and Blue)
The crater has a diameter of approximately 800 meters, and the circle route of the rim is about 3km which might take 1 hr 30 min. The top of the top (the summit, the peak) is at south west of the circuit, apparently, Fujinomiyaguchi route is the closest reach, but it is totally the other way if you reached from Yoshidaguchi or Subashiriguchi. Clockwise is so called "right way" to walk which is perhaps related to religious act, moving forward while your right shoulder is facing the center object. This pilgrimage is called Ohachi Meguri in Japanese language. And why not send a love letter from Mt.Fuji . South of the ring edge has a public Post Office .
Climbing Mt.Fuji trail, route
Yoshidaguchi Trail (Kawaguchiko-guchi Trail)
Start Point Fuji Subaru Line 5th station's (Altitude : 2,305m)
Mountain Hut 7th Hanagoya (2,700m, 150 people)
Hinodekan (2,710m, 150 people)
7th Tomoekan (2,740m, 250 people)
Kamaiwakan (2,790m, 200 people, newly re-opened in 2016)
Fujiichikan (2,820m, 250 people, re-built in 2010)
Toriiso (2,870m, 250 people)
Toyokan (2,900m, 320 people, many groups of bus tour)
8th Taishikan (3,050m, 360 people, hato bus tour stay here)
Horaikan (3,100m, 200 people)
Haku-un-so (3,200m, 300 people)
Gansomuro (3,250m, 300 people, SMAP slept here on TV show)
Fujisan Hotel (3,350m, 550 people, Hotel like, reality just a hut)
8th Tomoekan (3,370m, 200 people, open until mid September)
Goraikoukan (3,450m, 120 people, last hut, the highest hut of the trail)
Pros: Many huts for anytime rest.
Sun rise could be seen even without reaching to the summit.
Public transportation access is better than other route.
Horse rides available from 5th to 7th.
Cons: During peak season, it would be heavily congested, literally nose to butt, especially after 8th to the top. Much longer walk length compare to other routes.
Note: Beginning is even and flat like which may acceralate your foot step, but please hold your engine, otherwise, you'll be getting headache from high altitude sickness. Let's start slow with breathing deep.
Length 15.1km (up 7.5km, down 7.6km)
Average Time
(no incl rest)
up : 5 hrs 30 min
down : 3 hrs
Access from Tokyo
Direct bus to the 5th station is available from Shinjuku West Exit Kosoku Bus Terminal. JPY2,700 one way one adult. 3 buses in the morning (for day climber), another 3 buses in the afternoon (for night climber). Reservation is highly recommended (up to 1 month ahead).

Shinjuku => 5th station : JPY2,700 and 2 hrs 30 min

Train is not really recommended, but if you had JR Pass already somehow and would like to make most of it, please take JR Chuo Line from Tokyo or Shinjuku, get off at Otsuki to transfer Fujikyu Line all the way to the last stop called Kawaguchiko station (or middle station called Fujisan, formerly known as Fuji-Yoshida). This train is not JR therefore extra JPY1,140 or JPY1,020 respectively is needed for one way one adult for JR Pass holder/s. Without JR Pass, it is JPY2,460 (JPY1,320 for JR local train + JPY1,140 for Fujikyu Line) or JPY2,340 (JPY1,320 for JR local train + JPY1,020 for Fujikyu Line). Limited Express needs extra JPY930 - JPY1,650 depending on which day you ride (JR Pass holder/s can ride without surcharge). Then, mountain bus from Kawaguchiko station (or Fujisan station) to the 5th station which is JPY1,500 and just 1 hour ride from whichever station.

Without JR Pass via Kawaguchiko station : Tokyo/Shinjuku => Otsuki => Kawaguchiko => 5th station : JPYJPY3,960 + limited express fare if needed

With JR Pass : Tokyo/Shinjuku => Otsuki => Kawaguchiko => 5th station : JPY1,140 + limited express fare if needed on Fujikyu Line (JPY300) + JPY1,500

With JR Pass : Tokyo/Shinjuku => Otsuki => Kawaguchiko => 5th station : JPY1,140 (local train on Fujikyu Line) + JPY1,500
The cheapest way to the top!
You can start climbing actually from 1st station called UmaGaeshi (literally translated as Horse Return). Every hour has bus service from Fujisan station (Fujikyu Railway) from 10:00 to 14:00 (at top of the clock), it takes 30 min from Fujisan station to Uma-Gaeshi, costs JPY500 one way one adult. Ready for the longest walking journey starts from the 1st station to the 10th (top of the Yoshidaguchi route), which is about 9 - 10 hours ascend. This page and this as well have the whole route map. You may consider staying over-night at the 5th station for easier task.
Gotembaguchi Trail
Start Point Gotembaguchi 5th station's (Altitude : 1,440m)
Mountain Hut 5th Fujikyugoya Half Mountain (1,440m, this is where Fujikyu Bus arrives/departs
Ooishichaya (1,520m, 50 people)
7th Hinodekan (3,040m, 150 people)
Warajikan (3,090m, 80 people, many times not in management)
Sunabashirikan (3,110m, 150m, relay point for Fuji-san-Marathon)
8th Akaiwa Hachigokan (3,300m, 150 people, unlimited refill of curry rice for dinner)
Top Ginmeikan (3,720m)
Pros: You can make it your one step as 3 meters when you are descending. Sand Running is famous competetion in early August every year. Long jump or running broad jump with great view in front of view is the unique attraction on this route.
Less people compare to other routes.
Cons: Biggest height difference from the 5th station to the top, about 2,300m, which may give you more chance of high altitude sickness.
There are only few mountain huts on this route.
Note: There is no hut at all between Ooishichaya(1550m)and Hinodekan(3000m), therefore, watch out for the quantity of water. Some old maps would mention that there are 6th hut and 8th hut which are no longer exsist.
Length 19.5km (up 11.0km, down 8.5km)
Average Time
(no incl rest)
up : 7 hrs 30 min
down : 3 hrs
Access from Tokyo
There is no direct bus to the 5th station from downtown Tokyo. You must transfer at Gotenba station. To reach to Gotenba, the easiest way is to take Odakyu Line from Shinjuku. Note that there are only 3 trains a day directly bound for Gotenba from Shinjuku (otherwise, you may need to change at Shin-Matsuda or Matsuda station). Also note that it is JR line from Matsuda to Gotenba.

With JR Pass : Shinjuku => Shin-Matsuda (Matsuda) => Gotenba : JPY1,470 (this is the fare and limited express fee for Odakyu Line, you do not need to pay JR part)

Without JR Pass : Shinjuku => Shin-Matsuda (Matsuda) => Gotenba : JPY2,810 all included with Limited Express Asagiri

For those easy access from/to Tokyo main station (Shinkansen station), there is no Odakyu but JR only as follows.

With JR Pass : Tokyo => Kozu => Gotenba : JPY 0 (zero yen since all covered by JR Pass) and 2 hrs 10 min

Without JR Pass : Tokyo => Kozu => Gotenba : JPY1,940 one way one adult

There is a bus from Gotenba to the 5th station called Gotenba-Guchi Shin-Gogome.  It is JPY1,080 one way one adult, runs almost every hour from 8AM to 4PM throughout summer.
Subashiriguchi Trail
Start Point Subashiriguchi ;5th station's (Altitude : 2,000m)
Mountain Hut 5th Sansou Kikuya (1,970m, 70 people, Ryokan style hut, his imperial highness of of Japanese royal famiy visited this place for his first Mt.Fuji)
Higashi Fujisansou (1,970m, 50 people, Kinoko tea or fungus tea is well served)
Yoshinoya (2,230m, only for rest not for over night stay, only on descending route)
6th Osada Sansou (2,420m, 25 people)
Setokan (2,620m, 120 people, toilet is bio treated)
7th Taiyokan (2,920m, 150 people, best meal on any route of Mt.Fuji. White dog is still alive? Open until mid October.)
Miharashikan (3,140m, 120 people)
8th Edoya (3,270m, 250 people, His Imperial Highness once stayed)
Munatsuki Edoya (3,370m, 250 people, edoya's sister hut)
Top Yamaguchiya (3,720m, 250 people, geographically this is located on the side of Shizuoka, not Yamanashi)
Oogiya (3,720m, 120 people)
Tokyoya (3,720m, not for over night stay but rest only)
Pros: No congestion up to 8th station.
Some woodland, through little forest, good for eyes.
Suna-Bashiri (literally sand-running) is fun for descending.
Cons: You have to start from 2,000m (a bit lower compare to another 5th station of another routes)
Crowded from 8th station to the top.
Note: When you are descending, please make sure which route you'd go further at the turning point of Edoya Hut. Most people go down towards to Yoshida (via Yoshidaguchi route). If you were aiming to Subashiri, please do not follow the majority.
Be careful becoming dehydrated, especially before entering into Suna-Bashiri (Sand-Running). Please double your quantity of water.
Length 14.0km (up 7.8km, down 6.2km)
Average Time
(no incl rest)
up : 5 hrs 30 min
down : 3 hrs
Access from Tokyo
There is no direct bus to the 5th station from downtown Tokyo. You must transfer at either Gotenba station (JR) or Shin-Matsuda station (Odakyu Line). To reach to Gotenba, the easiest way is to take Odakyu Line from Shinjuku. Note that there are only 3 trains a day directly bound for Gotenba from Shinjuku (otherwise, you may need to change at Shin-Matsuda or Matsuda station). Also note that Shin-Matsuda (Odakyu Line) and Matsuda (JR) is nearby each other. it is JR line from Matsuda to Gotenba.

With JR Pass : Shinjuku => Shin-Matsuda (Matsuda) => Gotenba : JPY1,470 (this is the fare and limited express fee for Odakyu Line, you do not need to pay JR part)

Without JR Pass : Shinjuku => Shin-Matsuda (Matsuda) => Gotenba : JPY2,810 all included with Limited Express Asagiri

With or Without JR Pass : Shinjuku => Shin-Matsuda : JPY780 on Odakyu Line, 1 hr and 20 min by express. Limited Express Romance Car does not stop this station.

For those easy access from/to Tokyo main station (Shinkansen station), there is no Odakyu but JR only as follows.

With JR Pass : Tokyo => Kozu => Gotenba : JPY 0 (zero yen since all covered by JR Pass) and 2 hrs 10 min
With JR Pass : Tokyo => Kozu => Matsuda : JPY 0 (zero yen since all covered by JR Pass) and 1 hr 40 min

Without JR Pass : Tokyo => Kozu => Gotenba : JPY1,940 one way one adult
Without JR Pass : Tokyo => Kozu => Matsuda : JPY1,490 one way one adult

There is a bus from Gotenba to the 5th station called Subashiriguchi Gogome. It is JPY1,540 one way one adult, takes an hour.

There is a bus from Shin-Matsuda to the 5th station called Subashiriguchi Gogome. It is JPY2,060 one way one adult, takes an hour and half.
Fujinomiyaguchi Trail
Start Point Fujinomiyaguchi 5th station's (Altitude : 2,400m)
Mountain Hut 5th Fujisan Omoteguchi Shin-Gogoume (2,400m, 60 people)
6th Unkaisou (2,490m, 100 people)
Houeizansou (2,490m, 100 people)
7th Goraikou Sansou (2,795m, 180 people)
Ganso Yamamuro (3,030m, 200 people
8th Ikedakan (3,220m, 300 people, emergency center)
9th Man-nen Yukiyamasou (3,410m, 300 people)
Munatsuki Sansou (3,550m, 170 people)
Top Chojo Fujikan (3,740m, 300 people)
Pros: Shortest of the routes since the starting point of the route is already at 2,400m high.
Huts are located in equal distance, in equal interval.
Ocen (Suruga wan, or bay of Suruga) view is available throughout the way!
Easy access from Nagoya and Osaka as well as Tokyo because bus connects both of Shinkansen stations called Shin-Fuji and Mishima.
Cons: Less chance to see sunrise because you are walking behind the mountain (in related to the direction of sunrise). Tend to be crowded because ascending route and descending route are the same way.
Rocky surface rather than soft sanded trail, so please take good care on your ankle.
Parking lot is heavily congested, no recommend for private cars during weekends.
Note: Shortest route means that slope is at steep angle, so if you were feeling tired, why not walk zig-zag with small step each. No hurry, just one by one, step by step, you'll be there, which is like life. Steep trail has risk of falling rocks, please do not play football or soccer!
Info: It is worth to pee at the high tech toilet which cost 200 million yen! which is right after the starting (5th station). You might be dissapointed by the road sign saying OLD 7th station as you might have thought it were 8th station next to your passing NEW 7th station. Not expect too much, but just walk and walk and walk :)
Many couples have marriage celemory at base camp shrine called Sengen Taisha as well as at the deep end shrine called Sengen Taisha Okumiya.
Next to the end of the route, there is a post office open only summer time (from July 10th to August 22nd, 6AM to 2PM). Would you like to send the marriage invitation card from this post office one year before your actual marriage?
Length 10km (up 5.0km, down 5.0km)
Average Time
(no incl rest)
up : 5 hrs
down : 2 hrs 30 min
Access from Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka
This route has the benefit of Shinkansen connection at both Shin-Fuji and Mishima. Shin-Fuji has only Kodama (the slowest Shinkansen) available. Mishima has 6 - 7 Hikari stops everyday. For JR Central (JR Tokai) information, please visit their official Shinkansen home page. Time table is also available at HyperDia.

From either station, there is a bus service to Fujinomiyaguchi 5th station.

Mishima has 07:30, 09:10, 10:10, 12:10, 13:10, 14:10, 16:10, 18:10). It cost JPY2,260 and takes about 2 hours.

Shin-Fuji has 07:15, 09:45, 11:45, 13:45. It cost JPY2,510 and takes about 2 hours.

FAQ : Can I climb and come back within one day from Tokyo? Is it possible to do the summit if I departed early in the morning (hotel/ryokan based in Tokyo)? Not recommended, but yes, you can. And here's the tough and rough time table.

Shinjuku West Exit Kosoku (Highway) Bus Terminal 06:40AM => 09:05AM 5th station of Mt.Fuji

You have about 8 hours - 11 hours to conquer the top of Japan! which is enough for both ways (5th station <=> top) depending on how you are sporty and experienced in mountain climbing.

5th station of Mt.Fuji 17:00 => 19:25 Shinjuku West Exit Kosoku (Highway) Bus Terminal
5th station of Mt.Fuji 20:10 => 20:55 Kawaguchiko (last chance to get back to downtown Tokyo)
5th station of Mt.Fuji 21:10 => 21:55 Kawaguchiko (you can not make it to downtown Tokyo in same day)

Kawaguchiko 20:10 => 21:55 Shinjuku West Exit Kosoku (Highway) Bus Terminal
Kawaguchiko 20:11 => 21:05 Otsuki 21:12 => 21:47 Takao 21:50 => 23:02 Tokyo
Kawaguchiko 21:19 => 22:16 Otsuki 22:24 => 23:00 Takao 23:05 => 00:19 Tokyo

During September 1st and September 30th inclusive, there is a seasonal bus scheduled as......
Kawaguchiko 08:20AM => 09:15AM 5th station of Mt.Fuji

In order to catch this 08:20AM bus, here's the only bus from downtown Tokyo......
Shinjuku 06:00AM => 07:49AM Kawaguchiko
Too hot to climb? Why not cool yourself down in ice cave at Fuuketsu and Hyooketsu in so-called suicide woods Aokigahara Jukai? Even summer has ice, actually this is the ice stock for Edo people for the Edo period. Apparently, there was no electricity nor Hitachi refrigerator (^_^)
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