Mt. Fuji Friendship Hike

2016 July 23-24 (Saturday-Sunday)

Kawaguchiko, Yamanashi

There is a Japanese proverb that says, "He who climbs Mt Fuji is a wise man. He who climbs it twice is a fool." Mt Fuji has recently been made a UNESCO's World Heritage site, and this is your chance to see the breath-taking sunrise, meet lots of people, and make new friends while trekking Japan's most iconic mountain. This hike will be lead by a Mt Fuji Certified Hiking Guide and includes a stay at a mountain hut en-route, making this challenging adventure also suitable for novice hikers. The mountain hut stay is a unique experience in itself, and helps adjusting to the altitude. There is also the opportunity to visit an onsen after the hike to relax, recover, and reflect on your accomplishment at scaling Japan's highest mountain.

Cross this off your Japan 'to do' bucket list.

Trip Features

  • Climbing Japan's highest mountain.
  • Viewing the sunrise from the highest point in Japan.
  • Mt Fuji Certified Hiking Guide.
  • A Mountain Hut stay, for warm food, rest, and acclimatizing to the altitude.
  • Optional onsen visit after the hike.

Hike Itinerary

Climb Japan's highest mountain

Saturday (Jul 23)

  • Meet in Shinjuku at 10am
  • Get on the bus
  • Stop for some food on the way
  • Arrive at Kawaguchiko 5th station around 2pm
  • Get rental gears (if needed) and get changed
  • Distribution of supplies/gear check/acclimatize
  • Have lunch (not provided)
  • Final gear check
  • Start the hike at 3pm
  • Warm-up hike to the Safety Guidance Center
  • Safety briefing/pairing/acclimatize/stretching/group photo.
  • See the dramatic reflection of the sunset over the horizon (weather permitting)
  • Arrive at the 7th station and the hut around 5:30pm
  • Check-in at the reserved mountain hut
  • Have dinner
  • Stay overnight

Sunday (Jul 24)

  • Have breakfast and start the hike at 10:30pm
  • Arrive at the summit around 4:30am
  • See the sunrise around 5am (weather permitting)
  • Optional 2 hour crater walk
  • Start the descent at 5:30am
  • Arrive back at Kawaguchiko 5th station around 10am
  • Return rental gear
  • Have lunch (not provided)
  • Bus departs at 11am
  • A break at an onsen/restaurant (1.5 hr)
  • Arrive back in Shinjuku around 4pm

Trip Inclusion - Extras - Discounts

See the breathtaking sunrise

Price includes;

  • Private bus transportation (round-trip).
  • Mountain Hut accommodation.
  • *includes a light dinner and breakfast at the hut.
  • Oxygen canister.
  • Energy drink and snacks.
  • Gloves.
  • Accident insurance.
  • Experienced hike guides and a Mt Fuji Certified Hiking Guide.
  • 8% consumption tax.
  • Chance to meet a lot of people and make new friends.

Note:

Mountain huts do not cater for specific dietary needs.

Extras;

  • Emergency blanket (800yen)
  • Mount Fuji preservation fee (1,000yen) *Voluntary

Rentals; **Must be selected on signing up.

  • Backpack with rain cover (3,500yen)
  • Hiking shoes (3,900yen)
  • Hiking poles (2,300yen)
  • Headlamp (1,200yen)
  • Gaiters (700yen)
  • GORE-TEX rain jacket and pants (3,500yen)
  • Down jacket (2,800yen)
  • Hat (1,200yen)
  • Trekking gloves (700yen)
  • Sunglasses (1,000yen)

Discount;

  • Birthday on July 23-24 (3,000yen)
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Trip Notes

"Extreme Ironing" at the summit
  • Itinerary may vary due to the weather, traffic conditions, and other unavoidable circumstances.
  • This event is ON rain or shine!
  • You MUST have your own insurance (health, social, company, etc.) to be able join. Please carry your Japanese National Health Insurance card (or travel insurance details) with you.
  • Climbers of Mt. Fuji are asked to contribute 1,000 yen for the preservation of the environment, and maintenance of the trails and facilities for climber safety. There are collection stations at each trailhead.
  • Mt. Fuji is 3,776m above sea level and Kawaguchiko-5th station (Mt Fuji starting point) is 2,305m (more than 1,500m vertical ascent).
  • We will use the Kawaguchiko/Fujiyoshida hike trail for both the ascent and descent.
  • The weather on the mountain will be very cold even in summer, 0 ~ -5 °C with wind chill, so be well prepared.
  • Our goal is to reach the summit between 3:30~4:30am to avoid getting stuck in a ridiculous pilgrimage.
  • You'll be exposed to strong winds for an hour at the summit before they open the summit shop/huts so make sure to bring extra layers.
  • We will stay in a reserved mountain hut located between the 7th and 8th station to rest and to help acclimatize to the altitude.
  • In case of bad weather or if you're suffering from altitude sickness before we reach the booked Mountain Hut. The participant must cover the mountain hut fee.
  • We reserve the right to refuse participants without proper hiking attire.
  • Persons with heart ailment and/or serious knee problems are not allowed to participate.
  • Reasonable fitness required.
  • Hiking experience not necessary but an advantage.
  • Oxygen (canister) is highly recommended as it helps prevent altitude sickness.
  • "Buddy" system will be strictly applied.
  • You and your partner should look out for each other throughout the hike.
  • Only bring the stuff you need for the hike, the lighter the backpack, the better.
  • You can leave some of your stuff, such as spare clothes, in the lockers at the 5th station.
  • You can buy food and drinks on the trail but it will be very expensive.
  • This trip complies with All Nippon Travel Association's (ANTA) Mt Fuji Hiking guidelines where 'Bullet Climbing' (climbing continuously without a sufficient rest stop.) is no longer allowed. In recent years a number of serious illnesses' and injuries have occurred due to the altitude and increased popularity of the climb. This has also caused major congestion on the trails preventing climbers getting to the top for sunrise.
  • The average hike takes about 5~8 hours (standard for fairly fit people) but we will rest at a reserved mountain hut to avoid the risk of people getting sick (worst case, collapsing) due to thin air. This way, even people without any hiking experience have a greater chance of reaching the summit.
  • Mt Fuji mountain huts are a unique experience in itself. They are basic but are warm, dry, and provide good shelter from the elements, perfect for acclimatizing to the altitude, and making sure you maximize your enjoyment of the climb. They also have toilet facilities.
  • At the summit you can hike around the crater (about 2 hr) and/or send postcards to love ones from the summit post office (weather permitting).
  • Hiking stick for sale at the 5th station (1,000yen or 1,500yen w/ flag).
  • Stick stamps available at every stations for 200~300yen.
  • Rentals must be reserved in advance. Please select gear when signing up.
  • Final details will be sent to the participants two days before the event.

What to wear/bring

  • Rain jacket and pants (Gore-Tex highly recommended)
  • Warm clothes (down / fleece / thermals)
  • Spare clothes
  • Hiking shoes or trainers w/ ankle protection
  • Soft/thick socks
  • Hiking pole
  • Backpack with rain cover
  • Headlamp
  • Hat & Beanie
  • Trekking gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Light food
  • Snacks
  • Mineral water or sports drinks (2~3L recommended)
  • Small thermos (filled with soup, coffee or tea)
  • Cellphone
  • MP 3/iPod player
  • Book
  • Camer
  • Cash
  • 100 yen coins

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