Mt. FujiApprox. Time: 6 hours
Activity Level: Most Strenuous

Mt. Fuji, rising above the clouds, is symbolic of Japan. This 12,380ft high, dormant volcano is world renowned for its symmetrical slopes and serenity. It is the highest mountain in Japan. Located between Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures Mt. Fuji is the main attraction of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. The seasonal changes of snow covered tranquility in winter with the vital and energetic presence in summer make it a worthwhile attraction any time of the year. From near or far, from plane or train, one cannot behold the sight of Mt. Fuji without marveling at its beauty.

Spring brings cherry blossoms at the foot of Mt. Fuji in mid-April, followed by the blossoming of vermilion azaleas, which announce the coming of summer greenery, pronounce the beauty of Mt. Fuji. July 1st is the opening day for climbers because the perilous snow remains above the Fifth Level, 7868ft, until the end of June. The alpine roses and other alpine plants start to bloom in time to be enjoyed by the first climbers of the season. Summer on Mt. Fuji is rather short. Entry is closed and preparations for winter are made after the Fire Festival of Fujiyoshida in late August. The dramatic climate changes on Mt. Fuji are evident in the striking difference between the climate of the south slope and that of the north slope. The temperature differs by about 68 degrees F at the top and at the base, resulting in an annual average temperature of 20 degrees F. The atmospheric pressure at the summit is only 2/3 of that at the foot of the mountain.

Mt. Fuji is relatively easy to climb for most people, but due the high altitude, it is best to be well prepared. We suggest you wear comfortable shoes and bring extra layers of clothing for sudden climate changes. Also please take the time to rest at intervals as you climb.

Courtesy of Japan Tourism Board.