If you were looking for an image to represent Japan, chances are the perfect, snow-capped cone of Mt Fuji would be high on your list. It’s not just there to admire from a distance, however. Conquering Fuji is at the top of many people’s bucket lists and there’s no time like the present to decide to take up the challenge!
The official climbing season for 2019 starts from July 1 (Yoshida trail), and July 10, (Subashiri, Gotemba and Fujinomiya trails) and ends on September 10.
To help you along the way, here’s our beginner’s guide to tackling this most iconic of mountains.
Choose your Mt Fuji trail
There are four different trails you can take to reach the summit of Mt Fuji: Yoshida (yellow), Subashiri (red), Gotemba (green) and Fujinomiya (blue). Trails are split into 10 stages. Most climbers will start from the fifth station of each trail.
The Yoshida trail is by far the most popular and is equipped with the most support facilities, including mountain huts. This makes it an excellent choice for first-time climbers. If, however, you want more of a challenge or a quieter climb then you might want to consider trying one of the other routes.
The Subashiri trail has more varied views and joins the Yoshida trail at the eighth station, so it’s another good option for beginners. More experienced hikers or those who have already crested Fuji once might want to try the longest and least crowded Gotemba trail or the steep and rocky Fujinomiya trail.
More information on the characteristics of each trail can be found on the official website for climbing Mt Fuji.
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