Mt. Fuji, Japan’s tallest mountain, is world renowned not only for its natural splendor and its spiritual significance, but also for its enduring influence on Japanese culture. The currently dormant volcano has inspired countless haiku and woodblock prints over many centuries, and around the world, its perfect conical shape has become one of Japan’s most iconic symbols.
Enjoy a climb to the summit of Mt. Fuji with Google Street View, and then stroll along the circular trail around the crater, the “Ohachi Meguri” .
The Mount Fuji climbing season is from 1 July to 14 September. It’s possible to take a direct bus from Shinjuku to the Fifth Station on the shoulder of Mount Fuji and climb it from there. While its possible to climb the mountain in one day its generally better to spend a night on the mountain – or just climb through the night – to arrive at the summit in time to view a sunrise from Mt Fuji.
It takes on average between 5 and 7 hours to climb Mount Fuji from the Subaru Fifth Station to the summit via the Yoshida Trail and another three to five hours to descend.