The Payoff (one of them): Reward yourself for your hard work with an amazing view of the sunrise from atop Mt. Fuji, the highest point in Japan.
Mt. Fuji has long been a place of artistic inspiration and spiritual importance for the Japanese and, thanks in no small part to this, has become a popular image of Japan, its stunningly symmetrical cone becoming practically synonymous with this island nation for many. For those hoping to challenge themselves physically while getting up close and personal with this towering national symbol, climbing to the summit of Mt. Fuji is the perfect activity. With the 2-day Mt. Fuji Climbing Tour, participants will get the opportunity to test their endurance with the rigors of the climb and to enjoy the mountain’s natural beauty, like a breathtaking view of the sunrise from the summit, the highest point in Japan. This tour is only available during the summer when Mt. Fuji is open to the public for climbing, so don’t miss this incredible experience! Read on below for more information.
Tokyo (Shinjuku) ⇒ Mt. Fuji 5th station ⇒ Mt. Fuji 7th station
7:30 a.m. Depart Tokyo for Mt. Fuji.
11:30 a.m. Arrive at Mt. Fuji 5th station (2,304 meters). Free time for lunch and climbing preparations.
1:00 p.m. Leave Mt. Fuji 5th station via the Kawaguchiko-Yoshidaguchi ascending route.
5:00 p.m. Arrive at the 7th station (2,910 meters). Short stay at Toyokan lodge. Eat dinner and rest (nap).
10:00 p.m. Receive your breakfast bento to carry with you to the summit. Leave Toyokan lodge to continue the ascent.
Mt. Fuji 7th station ⇒ Mt. Fuji Summit ⇒ Mt. Fuji 5th station ⇒ Tokyo (Shinjuku)
5:00 a.m. Leave the summit via Kawaguchiko-Yoshidaguchi descending route.
9:00 a.m. Arrive back at the 5th station. Free time to rest.
11:30 a.m. Depart the 5th station for Lake Yamanaka Hot Springs, Beni Fuji no Yu.
12:30 p.m. Arrive at the hot springs. Free time to relax in the hot spring baths and have lunch on your own.
3:00 p.m. Depart for Shinjuku.
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tour disbands on arrival at Shinjuku Station.
With this tour, getting between Mt. Fuji and Tokyo is a breeze. Participants will be shuttled between Shinjuku in downtown Tokyo and Mt. Fuji’s 5th stage on Day 1 and Day 2 by bus. You could stay at the Keio Plaza Hotel, the assembly point for this tour, on the night before departure to make the morning of Day 1 even easier. Get a good night’s rest at this popular hotel, and save your energy for the mountain! (Note: This tour is now also available with round-trip transportation from Kyoto.)
Participants will be driven by bus from Shinjuku to the 5th stage of Mt. Fuji, a popular starting point for climbing to the summit. The tour will be accompanied from Tokyo by an English-speaking tour guide and will be joined upon arrival at the 5th stage by a Japanese mountain guide. Climbing Mt. Fuji is a physically taxing activity, so please be sure to prepare yourself for the excursion! For important information about the tour and the climb itself, please click here.
Meals & Rests
As a part of the tour, participants will receive dinner at the 7th stage on Day 1 and breakfast at the summit on Day 2. There will also be space for resting and sleeping at the 7th stage, some downtime at the summit, and time to rest upon returning to the 5th stage before departing Mt. Fuji. Before returning to Shinjuku, the tour will also visit a hot spring, so don’t miss your chance to relax and rejuvinate; you’ll have earned it!
One of the biggest payoffs of climbing Mt. Fuji, besides personal achievement and the experience itself, is the opportunity to enjoy an incredible view of the sun rising over Japan (literally!) from the best seat in the house. The summit of Mt. Fuji is the highest point in Japan and commands a deeply moving, unbeatable view of the sunrise over a sea of clouds. Be sure to rest while taking it all in, and don’t forget your camera!
After climbing up and then right back down the tallest mountain in Japan, you’re sure to be at least a tad tired and your feet a bit sore. No problem! On the way back to Tokyo, this tour stops at Lake Yamanaka Hot Springs’ “Beni Fuji no Yu” where you can take a relaxing soak in the soothing waters while gazing at Mt. Fuji and reflecting on your journey. After the onsen, the tour returns to Tokyo and disbands at Shinjuku Station.
Gear rental is not included in this tour, so please be sure to prepare the appropriate clothing and gear in advance. Though it can be very tiring, climbing Mt. Fuji is not considered an overly rigorous climb, so professional grade mountaineering equipment is not necessary. If you’re coming from overseas and are not keen on the idea of lugging stuff all the way from your home country, it may be good to just pick up what you need at discount stores in Tokyo. Much of what you will need can be purchased at 100 yen stores and bargain retailers like Don Quijote and Uniqlo. Some gear, like climbing sticks and headlamps, is available for purchase at the 5th station on the mountain. For more information about recommended gear, as well as other important information, please click here (PDF, new window).
By the way, our pal Akane from Sunrise Tours climbed Mt. Fuji last year! Read about her experience on the JTBGMT and JTBATC Staff Blog (new window)!
Mt. Fuji Climbing Tour
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