Climbing Season and Trails

Countermeasures against overtourism

[Yoshida Trail]
 - Yamanashi prefecture: Please see below for FAQ about Mt.Fuji Yoshida trail gate entrance reservation system
[Fujinomiya Trail, Gotemba Trail, Subashiri Trail]
 - Shizuoka prefecture: Please see below for FAQ about Fuji climbing advance registration system.
     (Currently in preparation)

Climbing Season

Q When is the official climbing season?
      Yoshida Trail: July 1 to September 10
Subashiri, Gotemba and Fujinomiya Trails: July 10 to September 10

Q Can I climb Mt. Fuji in off season?
While there is usually no snow on Mount Fuji from late June until October, temperatures at the summit can drop to far below zero in the shoulder seasons. Only experienced hikers should consider the ascent in late June or September. If there is snow on the mountain, appropriate mountaineering equipment and experience is required.
From October to around mid June, climbing to the summit is highly perilous due to extreme wind and weather conditions, snow, ice and a risk of avalanches.

Q When is the most crowded season?
It is usually crowded from late July to late August, especially on weekends, holidays, and the Obon period. In order to enjoy a leisurely climb, we ask for your cooperation in spreading out the use of the mountain by avoiding weekends and planning your itinerary.


Q Which trail is relatively easy for beginners?
In terms of the number of mountain huts, Yoshida trail is recommendable. On the other hand, Fujinomiya trail is the closest to the summit. However, considering the steep slope and changing weather, no trail is easy. Please be well prepared, by planning, bringing equipment, and getting weather information at the starting point. Also, we recommend you to have daily training to climb mountains, such as to walk as much as possible. To compare each trail, please have a look here.

Q   I heard it is crowded. Can I reach my destination on time as in the map?
Around dawn, trails near the summit can be crowded because many people time their ascent to see ‘Goraiko’ (sunrise). Therefore, you need to make a flexible schedule if you want to see it too. Required time on the map is no more than a guide, and the actual time depends on your experience, weather, and how crowded it is. In case of beginners, since usually it takes more time than in the map, it is necessary to have a flexible schedule.
Q   Is there any dangerous place?
Although there is no place where the hike is technically difficult, many people fall down at steep, rocky slope. Some could not descend by themselves and asked for rescue. In addition, serious accidents by rock fall have occurred in the past. To avoid rock fall, please be careful not to be outside of the paved roads. We also recommend you to wear a helmet and globes to avoid injuring by falling down and rock fall. Although the ascent to the top of the mountain does not pose any major difficulty regarding your climbing skills, it cannot be said that it is safe. Please be aware of self-responsibility. For details of the risk, please refer to this page.

Q   I have a six-year-old child. Can I take him with me?
It depends on his physical strength and experience in mountains. It is better to know his pace by routinely climbing low mountains with him. In addition, it is important to practice not to let him become bored of walking. Since you may stay overnight in a hut, children ideally should have reached the age when they do not cry at night. 
Q   I have a dog. Can I take her with me?
It is legally prohibited to release animals outside. Please do not climb with your pet nor go into mountain huts, rest stops, and shops. Besides, climbing with your pet damages her foot because the paved roads consist of volcanic rock. For further information about actions that are legally prohibited, please refer to this page.


Access to Trailhead

Q     Is there a parking lot?
There is a parking lot available for general vehicles at the trailhead (5th sta.) of every climbing route. However, there is a private car restriction period for the Fuji Subaru Line (Yoshida Route), Fuji Azami Line (Subashiri Route), and Mt. Fuji Skyline (Fujinomiya Route). During periods when private cars are prohibited, please park at the parking lot at the base or halfway up the mountain and use the shuttle bus to the trailhead.
Click here for information on private car regulations.

Q   Are buses running even at night?
Climbing buses and shuttle buses do not operate late at night. Please check the bus timetable for operating times.

Q   Is there a possibility that a bus is overloaded and I cannot take it?
Since the capacity of a bus is limited, you cannot take when it is crowded.

Toilet/Food & Rest/Mountain huts


Q   How far apart are there toilets?
There are public restrooms at each trailhead (5th sta.) and at the summit. Otherwise, you can use the restrooms in the mountain huts, but this varies depending on the climbing route and the ascent/descent. Some routes have fewer toilets, so be sure to check in advance and use them wisely. The Gotemba route has fewer mountain huts than other routes, so be sure to check before you depart.
Click here for information about Mt. Fuji's toilets.

Q   Will the restrooms be crowded?
The public restrooms at the summit and the seventh station of the Yoshida descending trail can be extremely crowded depending on the day of the week and time of day. Please take advantage of your free time. On the Yoshida descending trail, there is also a public restroom at the 6th station, about 30 minutes from the 7th station, so please spread out your use.
Q   Is there toilet paper there?
Usually equipped. Environmentally friendly toilets have different disposal methods depending on the toilet, and some types dispose of used paper in a box installed next to the toilet instead of dropping it into the toilet tank. Please follow the instructions for each toilet when using it.
Q   I heard there is a fee, but how much is it?
Mt. Fuji conservation cooperation funds will not be used for the maintenance and management of Mt. Fuji's toilets. Maintenance costs a lot of money. When using the restroom, we ask that you pay a separate tip of around 100 to 300 yen. The tipping fee varies depending on the toilet, so please cooperate with the amount displayed at each toilet.

  Q   Can I use it if I don't have coins?
As a general rule, we ask that you use small change. Please have a 100 yen coin ready so you don't end up with change. Also, some restrooms accept QR code payments such as PayPay.

Food and Rest

Q   Is there any place to have a rest on trails?
There are no rest facilities on the trail. Please note that as a general rule, only guests staying at the mountain hut are not allowed to enter the mountain hut. Please refrain from taking breaks in the restroom, as this is occupying the facility and will cause inconvenience to restroom users.
Q   What kind of food do you recommend to bring as trail chow?
      How much should I bring?

We recommend something you can eat quickly (even when it rains) and take high calories, such as chocolate, cookie, and granola bar. Sweets are effective to recover from exhaustion. In order not to get heatstroke, you also should bring something that contains salt.Some behavioral foods can be purchased at mountain huts.
Q   Are water and food available on trails? Are they expensive?
Yes, water is available in each mountain hut. Some mountain huts sell cup noodle and udon (Japanese noodle made from wheat) too. However, basically you cannot buy them at night. They are more expensive than in other places because every time they are carried from the bottom of the mountain. We ask for your understanding.
Q   Can I use a portable stove?
There are no legal restrictions. However, there is a risk of fire, so please be careful when using it, avoiding the area around mountain huts (especially prohibited near propane gas) and crowds. If there is a mountain hut nearby, be sure to obtain permission from the mountain hut. Please note that bonfires are prohibited by law.
Q   Is there a place to pitch a tent?
Pitching a tent is prohibited by law. Also, please refrain from sitting or sleeping on a sheet, etc., as this is "occupying space'' and will be a nuisance to other climbers and mountain huts.

Mountain huts

Q   What is the difference between an inn and a hotel?
Water is extremely precious on Mt. Fuji, so mountain huts do not have running water or baths. There are no water sources, so please purchase water at the mountain hut. Many mountain huts have been converted to individual rooms due to the closure of the mountain due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, but there are also cases where men and women share the same room, so-called small fry sleeping. Futons and sleeping bags are provided for sleeping.
Q   Can I change my clothes and wash my face?
Some mountain huts have changing rooms, but men and women may change their clothes in the same room. Water is extremely precious on Mt. Fuji, so mountain huts do not have running water or water sources, nor do they have washrooms.
Q   When should I make a reservation?
It varies depending on the mountain hut. Please contact each mountain hut.



Q   My shoes are broken! What should I do?
There are no repair facilities, so if you are climbing, be sure to pack your belongings and take emergency measures. If the soles of your shoes come off, you can try wearing socks over your shoes or tying them up with cable ties or string, but be sure to check this before you leave to avoid this situation. If you have old shoes, you need to be especially careful as the soles will deteriorate and peel off easily even if you don't use them. Please repair it at a mountaineering equipment store before using it.
Q   I forgot my rain gear...can I buy it locally?
Vinyl raincoats can be purchased at mountain huts, but they are not useful on Mt. Fuji as they can be torn by strong winds. At the 5th station of the Fuji Subaru Line, there is a store that sells mountaineering equipment, but you cannot purchase it elsewhere, so please prepare separate rain gear for mountaineering in advance. Umbrellas are not only useless in strong winds above the tree line, but they can also be used as weapons against others if blown away by the wind, so please do not use them.
Q   Is there a place where I can keep my luggage?
      (At starting points and at the summit)

In principle, no. In some cases, the service is provided at the mountain hut where you are staying. Mountain equipment rentals (advance reservations) may be able to store luggage that is not used for mountain climbing. Please contact each facility you are using for details. Another option is to use a coin locker at a station at the foot of the mountain, but please note that there may be a limit to the number of days you can leave your luggage.
Q   Is there anything useful to bring?
For information on the equipment necessary for climbing Mt. Fuji, please see the "Equipment required for climbing" page. For other things, it is best to refer to guidebooks and gather the necessary items yourself. The weather often changes suddenly on Mt. Fuji, so in addition to taking measures to protect yourself from the cold, it is a good idea to take waterproof measures to prevent the clothes you change into from getting wet in the rain. We also recommend bringing a map. By checking your current location, you can avoid getting lost.

In an emergency

In an emergency

Q   What if I get sick along the way?
Please got to first-aid center at 7th and 8th station in Yoshida trail or 8th station in Fujinomiya trail. Doctors are staying there in a certain period of official climbing season. If you cannot walk by yourself, please contact the nearest mountain hut or call 110 (police) or 119 (ambulance). When you are near a signboard, please tell the number of present location and they will understand where you are.
Q   What if a thunder rumbles? What if there is weather warning?
Thunder cloud often appears in summer in Mt. Fuji. Since there is no place to hide outside, please go to safer place immediately such as mountain huts when you hear the sound of thunder. When there is a weather warning, it is important to have the courage to stop climbing and descend. Please check the latest weather forecast at the starting point and mountain huts.
Q   What if I get separated from my group?
In the official climbing season, open Wi-Fi is available. Please contact with your group member (family/friend/partner). When you climb in a group, please always confirm that no one is left behind or separated.
Q   What if I lose a way?
If you are in a group, contact your group member (family/friend/partner). If you are close to a mountain hut, we recommend to stop by and to think of what to do next. At the 8th station of Yoshida trail (descending), many climbers make a mistake and go to Subashiri trail. If you mistakenly go to Subashiri trail, we recommend you to keep going Subashiri trail and get to the starting point before it gets dark because it is dangerous to descend at night. Each trail is color coded (Yoshida trail: Yellow, Subashiri trail: Red, Gotemba trail: Green, Fujinomiya trail: Blue). Please remember the color of the trail you use. If you are climbing in a group, share it with everyone.