At a height of 3776 meters, Mt. Fuji (Fuji-san) is the highest mountain in Japan. Formed by volcanic activity, the beautiful conical single-peaked mountain has been depicted in countless works of art.
The mountain has also been a major destination for mountain climbing as an expression of faith ever since religious organizations known as “Fujikoh” began being formed all around Japan in the 18th century. Together with its natural geography, the unique cultural assets of its foothills, and other elements, Mt. Fuji became a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 2013 under the name “Fujisan, Sacred Place and Source of Artistic Inspiration.”
There are four trailheads, the Yoshida Trailhead, the Subashiri Trailhead, the Fujinomiya Trailhead, and the Gotenba Trailhead. The Yoshida Trailhead is the most popular with hikers because it can be accessed via a non-stop bus from central Tokyo.
Snow remains on the mountain until late June and first settles on the mountain in early September. As such, the hiking season usually lasts for two months from July to August, which is when the mountain huts operate. A trip up Mt. Fuji entails hiking rocky trails at high altitude above the tree line. As such, you will need equipment such as hiking boots to protect your feet as well as rain gear and warm clothing in case of rain and low temperatures. In order to avoid altitude sickness, make sure your schedule allows plenty of time for your climb. This will allow you to take your time, enjoy your climb, and stay safe.
There are many beautiful places up and down the side of Mt. Fuji such as Oniwa, Okuniwa, and Mt. Hoei (Hoei-zan). They are especially beautiful in June when the fresh greenery comes and in October when the fall foliage comes in. Hikers can enjoy these areas even when it is not possible to climb to the summit of Mt. Fuji.