Mount Fuji hiking
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The beautiful Mount Fuji is the symbol of Japan. The shape of Mount Fuji we see now was formed by its third eruption 10,000 years ago. It is a holy mountain that has drawn the hearts of Japanese since ancient times. Rather than looking up at it from below, why not at least once try climbing Mount Fuji and looking down at it from the summit?
Aim for the top from Lake Kawaguchiko
For climbing Mount Fuji, the most popular course is the 5th stage of Mount Fuji on the Subaru line, Lake Kawaguchiko, where you can aim for the mountain summit. After a ride on a rental horse through the forest, listening to the soothing sound of the click-clacking of the horse’s hooves, you should reach the 6th stage of Mount Fuji, which is abundant with hemlock fir and watsume weed. After stage 6 the path quickly becomes one of jagged rocks and crag. By the time you reach stage 8 and 9, you may start to notice chains in various places near the track. These chains exist simply to mark the boundaries of the track, we kindly ask you to refrain from climbing them or attempting to use them to support your weight. After this is an area where you can take rest, and regain your energy for the final stretch to the summit while watching the sea of clouds below you. After passing through several shrines is the summit at last. On your descent, please make sure to keep a controlled speed, and be aware of your surroundings, and your trip up and down Mount Fuji will be a success.
Important notice for those who will be climbing Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji to open to all wishing to climb from the 1st of July to the 26th of August. This is the best period to climb, as the weather is extremely stable after the rainy season. The air temperature at the summit is a chilly 5.6°C even at the peak of summer; so long sleeved jackets, long pants, sweaters, and etc. are essential. It is also highly recommended to have gloves, headwear, climbing boots, and rainwear just in case. You may need to adjust, remove, and put on various items of clothing and equipment as environmental conditions and the air temperature change while you ascend. To combat fatigue, be sure to drink plenty of water and eat foods with high sugar content. Although hopefully not needed, please make sure to take extra food, a torch, a first aid kit, tissues, towels, a rubbish bag and a copy of any travel insurance you may have. It is not a race, so please take your time and climb at your own pace, taking plenty of breaks. You may even want to consider purchasing or renting an oxygen cylinder to make breathing easier at high altitudes. Finally, if you start to feel the effects of altitude sickness, please rest in one of the mountain cabins until you have recovered.
A bit of pleasant information
Due to popular demand, the subaru line is now open for those wishing to see the sunrise from Mount Fuji. This means the Subaru line is now open from 3am during May, June, September and October.