Enjoy a Challenging Excursion with This Unusual New Mt. Fuji Climbing Route!

  • Summer is the season to climb Mt Fuji, the tallest mountain in Japan. The place is open to climbers and hikers from July to September as the weather conditions are mostly stable at these times. There are many popular plans on how to climb the mountain with some even suggesting taking a break at the hut halfway up. You also have to make several arrangements and preparations before hiking. If you’d like to take a comprehensive route to the top of Mt. Fuji and see some gorgeous views along the way, then you should try the “Mt. Fuji Tourism Climbing Route 3776” which is available in bilingual maps from Fuji City (富士市).

    Common Routes in Climbing Mt. Fuji

    The most common way to climb Mt Fuji in order to reach the summit is to take the Fuji-Subaru toll road (富士スバルライン) which leads up to Kawaguchi 5th Station (河口湖五合目). From the station, you can hike along the Kawaguchi route going to the top of Mt. Fuji.

    This is not the only way to climb as there are several common options. Other routes are the Subashiri (須走), Gotemba (御殿場), Fujinomiya (富士宮), and Yoshida (吉田) routes.

    Over 500 years ago, the original route started from Fuji Sengen Shrine (富士浅間神社). Pilgrims came here to pray before they climbed the mountain. Most people conquer the mountain in a two-day time frame. It takes five to six hours climbing to the mountain hut and another two to three hours climbing at night to see the sunrise. However, climbing and descending from the mountain in a day is not impossible. Just be practical and start the hike early in the morning.

    The New Route

    Mt. Fuji Tourism Climbing Route 3776 is a doable route ideal for climbers and hikers who want to start from the sea going to the summit. The route is now available in a comprehensive map which can be read in English and Japanese.

    The route is 45 kilometers long and guides hikers to a height of 3776 meters. It starts at sea level from Tagonoura Port Park (田子の浦みなと公園) or Fujizuka (富士塚), both of which are located in Suruga Bay (駿河湾), a bay on the Pacific coast of Honshu (本州) in Shizuoka Prefecture (静岡県).

    Most of the elevation starts on the third and fourth courses. Apart from this information, the map also suggests sightseeing places as well as accommodations to try along the way. As such, the map has been created to be finished on a four-day leisurely trek rather than a single day. If you’d like to take the entire course but can’t do it in one go, you may do so through repeat trips into the area. You can break the route into segments so it will be easier for you.

    If you’d like to spice up your Mt Fuji routine, then you should try this uniquely long route. It’ll help you discover the beauty of the country while keeping in touch with nature. Challenge yourself and if you complete the courses, you will be given an original badge!

    Route website *Japanese only

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