Safe Climbing Checklist

(1) Weather forecast ●What is the weather at the base and summit going to be like in the next 24–48 hours? Check the risk of rain, wind and lightning at the summit as well.

*Check the warnings and advisories at the trail entrance, and consider cancelling your climb in the case of stormy weather. Mt. Fuji won't be going anywhere for the time being.

(2) Access/route status
  • ●Are the access roads open?
  • ●Are there any accidents, disasters or trail closures on your planned route?
  • ●Check the Volcanic Alert Level and evacuation route in case of eruption on your map.

(3) Equipment and belongings >Check if you have the right equipment and re-check their condition.
  • ●Wet weather gear (separate type)
  •    *Do not bring a vinyl raincoat or umbrella
  • ●Change of undershirt: Your body will be cold when it gets wet with sweat or rain.
  • ●Shoes: Are the soles coming off? Is the string about to break?
  • ●Headlight: Do you have enough battery?
  • ●Walking stick: Not a necessity, but it's good to have one (you can rent one at the trail entrance).
  • ●Helmet: Helmets can be rented if you don't have one.
  • >Re-check that you have the right belongings.
  • ●Do you have 100 yen coins for the toilet donation and the necessary cash for use of mountain huts?
  • ●Prepare your own bottle and drinking water (can be purchased at the mountain huts).
  • *There are no mountain huts on the Yoshida Trail descent trail
  • ●Energy food: You will struggle to climb if you don't frequently consume calories.
  • ●Garbage bag: Take all your garbage home with you.
  • ●Do you have enough battery in your mobile phone, etc.?
  • ●Do you have an area sightseeing map and climbing map for your chosen route?

(4) Physical conditions
  • ●Do you have enough physical strength?
  • ●Did you get enough sleep? Are you tired?
  • ●Do you have any injuries or are you in a bad physical condition?
  • ●Are you prepared for the potential coronavirus infection?
  • ●Do warm-up exercises and stretches and allow your body at least 30 minutes to adapt to the altitude. Start walking slowly!

(5) Climbing plan/course ●Have you confirmed your planned summit and descent time, and is your plan reasonable?
●Confirm the route for the ascent and descent trails, junctions, and water supply, rest and meal points.
●Check the location of public toilets, mountain huts and lodgings.
●Have you submitted the climbing notification, or told family and friends of your plan?
●(Especially in the case of watching the sunrise at the summit) Have you booked a mountain hut?

(6) Climbing rules and manners >Check the rules and manners especially for climbing.
  • ●Camping is prohibited.
  • ●Picking or damaging flora and fauna, rocks or cultural properties is prohibited, as is littering (there are penalties for such behavior).
  • ●Do not stray from the trail as this may cause falling rocks.
  • ●Consider the situation around you when overtaking in crowded areas.
  • ●Graffiti is prohibited.
  • ●Allow others to use the toilet as well.
  • ●Do not grab onto ropes or stakes.
  • ●In principle, priority is given to ascending climbers except at the summit (Kengamine Peak, etc.). Pay special attention when climbing the Fujinomiya route as the ascent and descent route is the same.
  • ●Please make a donation for the Mt. Fuji Conservation Donation Campaign before you start climbing.
  • *The commemorative badge that you receive for your donation shows the trail entrance and is convenient if you get lost. There are other advantages as well.

(7) Emergency response
  • ●Have you checked the contact details, means and meeting place in case you are separated from your group?
  • ●In case of emergency, use the number of the signposts. Does everyone have an emergency contact? If you're not sure, contact 110 or 119.
  • ●There is no rescue via helicopter.
  • ●First-aid stations are located at the Yoshida Trail 5th Station, 7th Station, 8th Station and Fujinomiya Trail 8th Station (check the opening period).
  • ●Do you have climbing insurance? Check your travel insurance coverage.