2016.12.20

Guidelines for Safely Climbing Mt.Fuji

For increased safety when climbing Mt.Fuji

Establishing guidelines to conserve nature and prevent climbing incidents

The solitary peak of Fujisan(Mt.Fuji) is the highest in Japan. Weather conditions can be severe at any time of year, but many people do not take the climb seriously. As a result, many dangerous and fatal climbing accidents occur. During the summer climbing season* nearly 300,000 people climb the mountain. At other times of year many climbers may also to be seen. To conserve the natural environment of Fujisan and to prevent climbing incidents, the Ministry of the Environment, Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures, local administrations, tourism associations and other interested parties have formed the Council to Promote the Proper Use of Fujisan, which has drawn up guidelines for safely Climbing Fujisan
 

 *Mountain trails and other facilities are typically open from early July to early September.

Three off-season regulations

1. No one is allowed to ascend the mountain unless they are fully prepared.

People who do not have sufficient knowledge, adequate equipment, and a proper climbing plan are prohibited from climbing Fujisan. Particularly during the off-season, when weather conditions may be severe, when all of the mountain trails are closed along with aid stations and toilet facilities, and when cell phone signal transmission is poor, climbing safety is a challenge.

2. A Climbing Plan must be completed and submitted.

Anyone who climbs Fujisan is personally responsible for own safety. Before beginning the ascent, however, to aid rapid response for rescue in case of distress or disappearance, you must complete and submit* a Climbing Plan that lists route, schedule, equipment, group members, and who to contact in case of emergency. Be aware that, even after submitting a Climbing Plan, you may not receive permission to enter the mountain.


 *Address for submission is follows.
Yoshida Trail ●Local Section, Yamanashi Prefectural Police Head quaters
 1-6-1 Marunouchi, Kofu, Yamanashi 400-8586 TEL:055-235-2121 FAX:055-224-1180
●Fujiyoshida Police Station
 5-10-13 Matsuyama, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi 403-0016 
 TEL:0555-22-0110 FAX:0555-0110(Ext.309)
●Trailhead postbox for climbing plans 
Subashiri Trail ●Higashi Fuji Branch, Shizuoka Prefecture Council for the Prevention of Mountain Accidents
 Disaster Prevention Section, Citizen Wellfare Department, Oyama Town Hall
 57-2 Fujimagari, Oyama-cho, Sunto-gun, Shizuoka 410-1395 
 TEL:0550-76-6111 FAX:0550-76-3050
●Gotemba Police Station
 439-2 Hokkubara, Gotemba, Shizuoka 412-0004 TEL:0550-84-0110
●Trailhead postbox for climbing plans (near entrance, next to Azumaya mountain hut)
Gotemba Trail ●Higashi Fuji Branch, Shizuoka Prefecture Council for the Prevention of Mountain Accidents
 Administration Section, Administration department, Gotemba City Hall
 483 Hagiwara, Gotemba, Shizuoka 412-8601 TEL:0550-82-4320 FAX:0550-82-4523
●Gotemba Police Station
 439-2 Hokkubara, Gotemba, Shizuoka 412-0004 TEL:0550-84-0110
●Trailhead postbox for climbing plans 
 (near torii gateway at trail entrance, next to the notice board) 
Fujinomiya Trail ●Fujinomiya Branch, Shizuoka Prefecture Council for the Prevention of Mountain Accidents
 Tourism Section, Industry Promotion Department, Fujinomiya City Hall
 150 Yumizawa-cho, Fujinomiya, Shizuoka 418-8601 
 TEL:0544-22-1111 FAX:0544-22-1385
●Fujinomiya Police Station
 160 Johoku-cho, Fujinomiya, Shizuoka 418-0062 TEL:0544-23-0110
●Trailhead postbox for climbing plans 
 (staircase landing in the rest house in fromt of Fujisan General guidance Centre at 5th station trailhead entrance)
  Note: During times when the trails are closed, the post boxes on mountain may be removed. Please fax or mail completed climbing plans to the address or number given above.

3. Off-season climbers bring their own portable toilets.

Above the 5th station, huts and public lavatories are closed during the off-season. So as to preserve the natureral environment, climbers must bring and use portable toilets and, after descent, properly dispose* of their contents.
 *There are no disposal facilities on the mountain.

Leaflets of the guidelines

Three off-season regulations, Map of Mt.Fuji and Useful Information for Climbing Mt.Fuji in summer.