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Climbing Mount Fuji

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Mount Fuji opens its four trails to the summit for a limited time during the summer season. Three of these routes extend from the Shizuoka Prefecture side, with convenient access from the Shinkansen (bullet) trains.

The Fujinomiya Trail was developed from the Omiya-Murayama Ascending Route, a part of the World Heritage Site. Linked to the monk Matsudai Shonin, who buried a sutra at the summit of Mount Fuji in the 12th century, the climbing route was constructed by Yamabushi monks of Shugendo, a mountain ascetic religion. The trail is depicted in the Fuji Mandala, a silk painting designated as an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government. Of the four trails, this one starts at the highest altitude, shortening the distance to the summit, and with many huts to stop on the way. It is the most recommended for novice climbers. From the new 7th Station and upwards, you can gaze at a beautiful goraiko sunrise. It is recommended that you see the sunrise from the huts and avoid the large crowd and harsh cold at the summit. When the weather is favorable, you will be able to enjoy a sweeping view of the Izu Peninsula and Suruga Bay.

The Gotemba Trail, opened in 1883, joins the World Heritage Suyama Ascending Route from an elevation of 2,050 meters and upwards. With the largest elevation difference and the longest distance, it is the most rigorous of the Mount Fuji trails. Only a few huts are on this trail, meaning you would have to be fully prepared and have the right gear, but you will also be rewarded with an unparalleled sense of accomplishment and joy. The trail is relatively uncrowded and offers a wonderful view of the goraiko sunrise from anywhere on the route. Also, one of the most exciting parts of the Gotemba Trail lies in the descent, when you can run down the vast volcanic gravels, called Osuna-bashiri or sand run, in a vertical drop of 1,000 meters. Unlike the other trails during the climbing season, the trailhead of Gotemba does not restrict private vehicles, making it popular for non-climber tourists as well.

The Subashiri Trail takes over from the World Heritage Subashiri Ascending Route, with most of the mountain huts displaying valuable artifacts such as signed or stamped plaques and clothes that were dedicated by followers of Fuji-kou, a Mount Fuji worship popular during the Edo period (1603-1868). Because the forest zone extends to a higher altitude than other trails, you can enjoy hiking among the trees and flowers for a while after departure. Once out of the forest zone, you can see the goraiko sunrise from anywhere on the trail. Also, since the trail merges with the World Heritage Yoshida Ascending Route at the 8th Station and upwards when descending, be sure not to miss the split so you do not go down the wrong route.

Location

Name Climbing Mount Fuji (Route from Shizuoka Prefecture)
Web Sites http://www.fujisan223.com/en/
Access Approximately 280 minutes' walk from Fujinomiya Trail 5th Station
Approximately 545 minutes' walk from Gotemba Trail 5th Station
Approximately 360 minutes' walk from Subashiri Trail 5th Station
Inquiries Mount Fuji World Heritage Division, Culture and Tourism Department, Shizuoka Prefecture
Admission Mount Fuji Conservation Donation: 1,000 yen
Bathroom tips: 100-500 yen/use
Others Shizuoka Prefecture asks Mount Fuji climbers to give monetary contributions to help efforts for environmental conservation as a World Heritage site.

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