Tips from Japan Trip Experts!! Japan’s World Heritage Sites Feature: Mt. Fuji (Yamanashi/Shizuoka)

Tips from Japan Trip Experts!! Japan’s World Heritage Sites Feature: Mt. Fuji (Yamanashi/Shizuoka)

The highest mountain in Japan, a beautiful mountain registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013. 

Its height of 3,776 meters makes it an exceptionally tall mountain in the country and it has long been, since ancient times, worshipped by people of the nation religiously for its unique beauty. The evidence of that is Fuji Asama Jinja shrine at the foot of the mountain enshrining Mt. Fuji. Woodland spreading out around the skirts of the mountain includes the rich ocean of trees called “Aokigahara-jukai”, and at the same time, if you go anywhere higher than the 5th uphill station (half-way to the top), volcanic desert called gravel ground is what you get walking in. One of the greatness of Mt. Fuji is that you get totally different landscapes from the mountain and of the mountain depending on the season.

The period you can enjoy Mt. Fuji climbing is from early July to mid September. 

Here below are the four routes you can take for climbing the mountain. 

【Yoshida Route】

The most well-known route. Easy access from Tokyo metropolitan district, abundant mountain cabins to rest and a secure route even for mountain climbing beginners. Just be careful that it might be very busy with people as it is the most famous route of all. 

【Fujikyu Route】

The 2nd popular route after the Yoshida with the shortest distance to the top out of the four routes. If the weather is good and the sky is clear, you get to see the whole Suruga-wan Bay below you. You take the same path for both going up and coming down so very little chance of getting lost along the way, but sometimes the trail can get congested with people.

【Subashiri Route】

Much less people taking this route than others so it would be ideal if you want a quiet climbing experience. Until you get to the 6th uphil station, you will be walking surrounded by a lot of greenery, of alpine plants.  In coming down the route, you can do the sand run almost sliding down the steep hill of sand ground. 

【Gotenba Route】

The longest route of all with the biggest altitude difference. I recommend you plan your climbing schedule

accordingly. It’s a good route with relatively little climbers with the fun of the sand run! 

Yuriko Sakurai

Female university student born and raised in Kyoto. Blogger. Born in the city of World Heritage, Kyoto, made her interested in old towns of Japan since she was quite young. She is currently studying architecture at a University in Yokohama, a port town, and "integration of Western and Eastern cultures" is of her particular interest in the subject. Loves visiting World Heritage sites of Japan and old Ryokan (Japanese-style traditional lodging). Her hobby is collecting stamps of various places and spots she visits. Loves Eastern landscapes and Western food. An active SNS advocate.

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