Etiquette/Manners on Mt. Fuji

Manners at Mt. Fuji

Trail Etiquette

  • Ascending has the right of way
Please give priority to ascenders on narrow mountain trails in principle and cooperate with each other.
  • Do not forcibly pass another in front of you
Overtaking by force is very dangerous, because it can cause falls or falling rocks. Avoid overtaking by force.
  • Do not cause falling rocks
Walking on the edge of the mountain trail causes pebbles to fall more easily. Try to walk inside the trail (mountain side). If you cause falling rocks, inform the people around you as soon as possible by shouting "Falling rock!" or "laku."
  • Help people who are injured or in need
It is important to help each other in an emergency. If we cooperate with each other by asking the mountain lodge for help and providing first aid, we may be able to avoid serious problems.
  • Put a cap on the tip of stock.
If you use them without the cap, it can damage the mountain trail and lead to its collapse. The trails on Mt. Fuji are crowded. Sometimes the sharp tip can be a danger to other climbers.
  • Be quite to rest around the mountain lodge
There are many climbers sleeping and resting in the mountain lodge at night. Do not make a noise when you rest around the mountain lodge.
  • Do not get close to a bird or animal nest
In the wildlife sanctuaries, stay away from the nests even if you find them, so as not to affect the habitat and breeding.
  • Do not bring in external plants
Bringing in non-native plants from other areas into Mt. Fuji can affect its unique ecosystem. Please be careful not to bring in seeds on hiking boots or clothes, by removing them with a brush before climbing.

Fujisan Charters

On November 18, 1998, aiming to realize a society where nature and people can coexist in harmony, Shizuoka and Yamanashi Prefectures launched the Mt. Fuji Charter as the starting point of a nationwide movement to protect, nurture, and hand down the natural blessings and beautiful scenery of Mt. Fuji as the symbol of Japan to future generations.

  • Learn about and be familiar with the nature of Mt. Fuji and be thankful for its abundant gifts.
  • Cherish and protect its beautiful nature, thus cultivating an enriched culture.
  • Strive to reduce the burdens on the natural environment and live in harmony with Mt. Fuji.
  • Each individual should actively work towards preservation of its environment.
  • Pass on the nature, scenery, history, and culture of Mt. Fuji to future generations.

Mt. Fuji Country Code

The Fujisan Country Code has been established as a set of rules for climbers. We are making efforts to preserve beautiful Mt. Fuji for the future.

  • We pledge to pass on beautiful Mt. Fuji to future generations.
  • We pledge not to use vehicles except on designated roadways.
  • We pledge to stop the engine in the parking areas.
  • We pledge not to take away any animals or plants.
  • We pledge to take all trash home with us, never littering on Mt. Fuji.
  • We pledge not to bring unnecessary things to Mt. Fuji in the first place.
  • We pledge not to stray off the trails.
  • We pledge not to write graffiti in memory of reaching the summit.We pledge not to damage lava tree molds and any other special geological features.
  • We pledge to keep the toilets and other public facilities clean.